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Five EXPO takeaways

Macro-economic prospects, challenges for investors, and bankers' efforts to cope with low margins were among topics of discussion at this week's EXPO Real fair in Munich.

Mind the gap

A conservative approach to lending is favouring real estate finance in core London, which is widening disparities in lending across the UK regions.

A sector still benefiting from hindsight

The past decade has been turbulent for European real estate finance, but the market that has emerged is more robust.

Syndication lull reflects disjointed market

The significant drop in the volume of syndicated loans in the first half of 2017 stands in contrast to increased property investment figures.

Europe is adopting US-style debt brokerage… slowly

Advisory services are becoming a more accepted aspect of commercial property markets on this side of the Atlantic, although they lag their heavily intermediated American counterpart.

Blackstone to capitalise on Spanish ‘bail-in’

Following Santander’s rescue of Banco Popular, its JV deal with Blackstone to tackle €30bn of distressed real estate assets could prove a success story for both the bank and the private equity real estate giant.

Western banks look set for minor role on Logicor

Europe’s largest private real estate deal will involve a €6.8 billion loan, but Chinese banks are likely to be first in line for the €3 billion that will be syndicated.

The state of German CRE lending: five crucial issues

Our recent special report on the health of the German real estate lending market laid bare the challenges facing the country’s banks. Driven by their funding model, real estate bankers are under continual pressure to replenish property loans to maintain the pools of assets that back their issuance of Pfandbrief notes; their principle source of […]

The evolution of European loan sales

Non-core property debt is being offloaded in innovative ways amid pressure to reduce toxic portfolios.

Insurers’ short loans give banks a run for their money

Legal & General’s three-year loan to GreenOak demonstrates how insurance companies are laying their roots in unfamiliar territory.

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