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In backing niche debt provider LendInvest’s drive into the UK buy-to-let residential mortgage market, Citi has demonstrated the potential for an investment bank to access property lending via fintech.
PGIM Real Estate has sourced a €300 million loan from Allianz Real Estate and Helaba to finance the purchase of more than half of the Austria Campus office complex in Vienna.
Core investors’ growing interest in providing debt rather than buying prime assets outright makes sense in this prolonged stage of the cycle.
The question now is whether this is a ‘one and done’ move or a gradual realignment that will eventually end a decade of cheap debt.
The big logistics transactions seen in the past few months have created financing opportunities for lenders.
Real estate lenders at the recent EXPO Real 2017 were positive about the sector’s prospects, but acknowledged the prolonged cycle.
German lenders look set to capitalise on increased investment activity in the Paris market.
Industrial developer CTP Group has sourced a €160 million loan to refinance a logistics portfolio in the Czech Republic.
Barcelona’s office sector could be hit if Catalonia’s push for secession continues.
The bank strengthened its position by growing its presence, particularly outside Germany.

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