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Financing retail requires an urgent rethink

Retail property needs to adapt to survive. And to ensure it has an adequate supply of debt, lenders and borrowers must adjust their approach.

SAREB risks losing momentum by abandoning NPL sales altogether

Spain’s ‘bad bank’ will not put large portfolios of toxic assets up for sale, despite high demand from investors. This refusal might be unnecessary.

Europe’s office opportunity moves south

Investment volumes for German offices are down as investors and their lenders increasingly look to Spain.

Loan-on-loan deals show how European real estate finance is being gradually Americanised

European banks’ growing interest in funding non-bank lenders illustrates how the continent’s property debt market is coming to resemble its US counterpart.

Why property lenders don’t think they will cause the next downturn

Panellists at the fifth annual Real Estate Conference in Oxford insisted that reckless lending is no longer the norm, but warned of parallels with the activities that occurred in the run-up to the global financial crisis.

How JLL stands to benefit from HFF’s European debt business

Since it launched in London in 2017, HFF has made significant inroads in European property debt advisory.

Another upbeat MIPIM, though concerns about headwinds are building

Industry figures at the annual Cannes gathering predicted another strong year for real estate, but acknowledged threats including Brexit and slower eurozone growth.

The UK housing debt gap creates opportunities for lenders

Britain is in dire need of residential development. Debt providers can play an important role in supplying the necessary finance.

Lenders can be part of the solution for retail

Debt providers and borrowers need to work together if they are to help struggling shopping properties.

German banks need a legal fix to stay competitive in post-Brexit Britain

The Pfandbrief Act needs to change if Germany’s lenders are to use cheap funding to write UK loans.
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