After much anticipation, Real Estate Capital can reveal the winners of its third annual awards, recognising the organisations and deals which had the greatest impact on the European real estate finance markets in 2016.
ING Real Estate Finance was voted the year’s top European bank lender, while Allianz Real Estate emerged as Europe’s institutional lender of the year. In the debt fund categories, AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets was voted the senior debt fund lender of 2016, with Chenavari Investment Managers recognised as the year’s top high-yield debt fund lender.
In light of recent events at the Academy Awards, all the below winners have been checked and rechecked and Real Estate Capital can confirm that the full list – which can be found below – is final. Further coverage of the awards winners can be found in our 2016 Awards & Annual Review edition, which is published alongside this month’s magazine.
In total, the 2016 awards comprised 26 categories. The shortlists were compiled by our editorial team, after taking soundings from the market. The poll was opened in December 2016 and closed on 5 January 2017, meaning that you, the readers, decided the winners.
Taking four accolades, the stand-out performer of 2016 was ING. As well as the bank lender award, the Dutch bank was voted the lender of the year in southern Europe and the Benelux. The bank’s syndication desk, which distributed more than €2 billion of paper in 2016, was voted the European syndication team of the year.
Wells Fargo was another strong performer, taking two awards. The US bank, which acquired the former Eurohypo’s UK portfolio from Commerzbank in 2013, was voted the lender of the year in the UK. Alongside developer Brookfield Property Partners, Wells also won the award for the European development financing of the year for its efforts arranging the financing of 100 Bishopsgate in the City of London.
Germany’s Helaba also scooped two awards. The bank’s performance in its home country saw it crowned lender of the year in Germany, while its activity to in the central and eastern European market also saw it voted the lender of the year in that region.
Thank you to all those who voted and congratulations to the winners.
The full list of winner is:
• European bank lender of the year: ING Real Estate Finance
• European institutional lender of the year: Allianz Real Estate
• European senior debt fund lender of the year: AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets
• European high-yield debt fund lender of the year: Chenavari Investment Managers
• European alternative sector lender of the year: Aareal Bank
• Lender of the year in the UK: Wells Fargo
• Lender of the year in Germany: Helaba
• Lender of the year in France: BNP Paribas
• Lender of the year in southern Europe: ING Real Estate Finance
• Lender of the year in the Nordics: Nordea
• Lender of the year in the Benelux: ING Real Estate Finance
• Lender of the year in Ireland: Bank of Ireland
• Lender of the year in central and eastern Europe: Helaba
• European financing of the year: P3 Logistics Parks for its refinancing
• European development financing of the year: Brookfield Property Partners/Wells Fargo for 100 Bishopsgate
• European residential financing of the year: Venn Partners for its UK PRS bond
• European debt capital markets team of the year: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
• European syndication team of the year: ING Real Estate Finance
• European institutional fund manager finance team of the year: M7 Real Estate
• European private equity finance team of the year: Blackstone
• European REIT finance team of the year: Hammerson
• European debt advisor of the year: Eastdil Secured
• European loan servicer of the year: Mount Street
• European loan seller of the year: National Asset Management Agency (Ireland)
• European loan buyer of the year: Oaktree Capital Management
• European loan transaction advisor of the year: Cushman & Wakefield