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Societe Generale and HSBC have financed the Generator Hostels portfolio recently acquired by real estate fund manager Queensgate Investments with a €215 million loan.
Whether by geography, sector or product, real estate finance providers are broadening their scope. Alternative lenders, particularly, are set to benefit from the drive to diversify.
Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking has provided a £50 million (€56.7 million) financing through its Green Lending Initiative to a UK science parks joint venture.
UK-based development finance provider Maslow Capital has completed four financing deals totalling £74 million (€83.8 million), in a move to diversify its loan book.
UK healthcare REIT Primary Health Properties has signed a £75 million (€84.3 million) refinancing facility with Aviva and a £30 million revolving credit facility with Lloyds Bank.
Global broker CBRE has hired PwC’s former real estate corporate finance executive, Philip Shields (pictured), as senior director within its Capital Advisors team.
Hermes Investment Management has provided a £120 million (€136 million) loan to UK boutique hotel operator Firmdale Holdings.
Unite Group, the UK student housing specialist, has signed unsecured debt facilities totalling £500 million (€565 million) with HSBC and Royal Bank of Scotland.
Empiric Student Property has signed a £70 million (€78 million) revolving credit facility with Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking to fund future purchases of student accommodation.
JLL has appointed Chris Gow as head of debt advisory for the firm’s hotels and hospitality division in the EMEA region.

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