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Alicia Villegas

Alicia Villegas
Alicia Villegas is a reporter with Real Estate Capital, based in PEI Media’s London office. Her primary role is to provide news and analysis of the European real estate finance markets. Prior to joining PEI Media in 2017, she was Iberia Correspondent at InvestmentEurope, covering the asset management industry, with a focus on fund sectors. Previous roles have included reporting on the international seafood industry for Undercurrent News.

Four European property financing trends to have on your radar

The rising total cost of senior debt and growing competition in Europe’s smaller real estate debt markets are among the trends that stand out in CBRE's latest quarterly debt snapshot.

Where debt became cheaper last quarter

The total cost of senior borrowing increased in Q3 2018 across the whole of Europe, excluding three markets, CBRE’s European Debt Map shows.

Spain is back in business

The debt tap to finance Spanish real estate is on. New players have entered the fray and competition to fund the right assets is growing stronger.

Deutsche and SocGén bolster 2018’s European CMBS revival

The two banks have issued the first post-crisis transaction with significant French real estate exposure.

Why lenders are funding niche property debt platforms

Credit lines for specialist lending platforms are becoming a sought-after investment.

Logicor favours unsecured capital structure with €1.8bn debut bond

The company will gradually replace most of its existing secured debt facilities with more issuances under its €10bn medium-term note programme.

AXA IM’s US acquisition expands its debt playing field

Through its purchase of a debt business from Quadrant, the French giant has gained access to a greater set of lending opportunities, and the ability to be more selective.

Aareal’s new lending volumes up as it keeps US drive

The German bank generated €6.1bn of new real estate loans in the first nine months of 2018, up 7% year-on-year despite lower activity in Europe.

Pbb’s new lending down on cautious approach

The German bank expects a strong final quarter to push new lending volumes to the lower end of the €10bn to €11bn range for 2018.

Spanish alternative finance gains traction with new entrant

Azora and Oquendo Capital have launched a property lending platform in Spain, which is expected to raise €300m for its first vehicle.

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