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What lies around the corner?

Stay close to Real Estate Capital this festive season as we look back on 2016 and prepare to investigate the themes that are likely to dominate the year ahead.

Stay close to Real Estate Capital this festive season as we look back on 2016 and prepare to investigate the themes that are likely to dominate the year ahead.

As we reflect on the passing of a dramatic year for politics and the global economy, Real Estate Capital will be bringing you a two-part assessment of what it all meant for the real estate financing markets. Don’t forget to make time, amid your seasonal celebrations, to visit our website and read a summary of the themes that captured attention in 2016.

Of course, while last year will stay long in the memory, it’s also time to look forward to what lies ahead. In that respect, you’ll be pleased to know that Real Estate Capital has plenty of articles to savour in the early months of 2017.

For example, in our upcoming February issue, we will be taking a look at the Irish market and finding out whether it has benefited from a “Brexodus”. Will investors which have traditionally favoured the UK increasingly begin to turn towards a neighbouring market which is culturally similar but still benefits from European Union membership?

In the same issue, we will put alternative lenders under the spotlight. With some of them having raised repeat funds, the non-banks are becoming an increasingly established part of the landscape and their future seems all the more secure when you take into account growing institutional appetite for high-yielding asset classes. But can managers stand out from the crowd in an increasingly competitive environment?

In a subsequent issue, we will investigate whether Asian lenders will continue to view European core assets as an attractive destination for capital or – amid all the volatility in the region, including the elections taking place in various European countries next year – will they set their sights elsewhere instead?

And, in a special feature on development finance, we will ask whether developers will be able to keep the wheels turning in 2017 having – perhaps surprisingly – been able to finance a number of large, high-profile schemes amid all the turbulence we saw last year.

Permeating all of our coverage will be a constant reflection on where we are in the cycle and whether the market has broadly remained on track or been destabilised by the geopolitical tremors that were regularly felt throughout 2016. Will 2017 be a year of growth, or one in which the field of active lenders decreases in response to a tapering of opportunity?

Finally, a reminder that our poll to establish the stand-out firms and deals of last year is still live until midnight PST on Thursday, 5 January. Make sure your opinions count by registering your votes HERE.

We wish you a very happy and relaxing holiday period.

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