The 10 most-read stories of 2018 and the plan for 2019

Insight into Goldman Sachs’ lending business, data on Europe’s property debt deals and our spotlight on the sector’s top 40 lenders were the most popular stories of the year.

We’ve been crunching the numbers to find out the most-read stories of 2018. The results tell us what you, our readers, need to know about Europe’s real estate finance market.

Below are the top 10 stories, our take on why they matter, and how we will focus our coverage in 2019:

1. Goldman Sachs MBD: Going big: Our interviews with the leading market players proved popular in 2018. In a rare interview in March, Jim Garman and Richard Spencer of Goldman’s merchant banking business gave us their view of the world of real estate lending.

2. DOWNLOAD: The latest CRE lending data: Our most popular downloadable slideshow of the year provided access, for the first time, to our full database of UK and European lending deals; a key source of data in a secretive market.

3. DOWNLOAD: Europe’s Top 40 Lenders 2018: Our list of who we see as the lenders making the most impact on Europe’s real estate markets is a popular fixture of our annual coverage. This downloadable slideshow provided a digestible run-down of the leading organisations.

4. Savills IM buys minority stake in DRC Capital: A landmark M&A deal in the European property debt space. Our analysis explored the appetite from institutional real estate organisations to buy into the success of the emergent non-bank lenders.

5. Europe’s Top 40 Lenders 2018, part 1: The UK and German banks: The Top 40 Lenders again. The first instalment of our analysis of each lenders’ performance highlighted some of Europe’s most important banking sector players.

6. DOWNLOAD: How Italy’s shift to populism is affecting real estate lending: This downloadable presentation explored the impact on our market of one of 2018’s political shocks.

7. Blackstone’s Jay: ‘We aim to avoid hard covenants’: The issue of loosening loan covenants got tongues wagging this year. Here, Gadi Jay of Blackstone – which is arguably Europe’s most powerful borrower – explained what the firm wants from its capital structures.

8. CBRE hires from RBS to expand development and residential debt offer: Real estate is a people industry, and people are interested in people. They are also interested in their peers’ strategies, including CBRE’s efforts to expand its reach in the debt advisory space.

9. AustralianSuper: The €90bn pension fund targeting European property lending: The shifting of capital from equity to debt was a major theme of 2018. The entry of Australia’s largest pension fund into European property debt was big news; they told us why the asset class appealed to them.

10. Why lenders don’t fear Brexit: We spoke to lenders about the issue dominating European politics.

We’re listening to what you want from Real Estate Capital. This research and our conversations with you tell us you want: deeper insight into the key trends shaping the European real estate debt space, more data and more interviews with the movers and shakers of the industry.

From 2019, you can expect exactly that.

Our daily and weekly emails, alongside our website, will become richer with fresh data and insight. Video, podcasts and downloadable presentations will help shine a light into our often-opaque business.

To showcase the very best insight from Real Estate Capital, our print edition will appear quarterly, starting March. It will feature more powerful and industry-leading insight that simply cannot be found anywhere else. There will be recurring data on the lending market, rankings – our Top 40 Lenders, for example, featured prominently in the most-read list above – and deeper interviews with the industry’s leading players.

2019 promises to be an exciting year in the world of real estate finance and the Real Estate Capital team looks forward to providing the insight that you demand.

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