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Alicia Villegas is a reporter with Real Estate Capital, based in PEI Media’s London office. Her primary role is to provide news and analysis of the European real estate finance markets. Prior to joining PEI Media in 2017, she was Iberia Correspondent at InvestmentEurope, covering the asset management industry, with a focus on fund sectors. Previous roles have included reporting on the international seafood industry for Undercurrent News.
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Debt market sources say some banks are agreeing to drop interest rate floors as they compete for core, senior financing deals in liquid markets.
The latest Cass report on UK real estate lending found new loan origination to have increased by 4% to £23.4bn in H1 2019 despite fewer property transactions and increased political risks.
Turbulence in financial markets, less activity among established players and consolidation of lending teams are factors in the fall, according to Paragon Search Partners.
Student accommodation: a growing sector for real estate investors
The vehicle will primarily lend against PRS and student accommodation assets in Spain and the UK.
Nunzio Laurenziello
The Italian insurance giant has launched its first property credit vehicle and is aiming to build a €3bn loan book within three years. Nunzio Laurenziello, who is leading the strategy, tells us why.
Insurance companies like the Italian giant are capitalising on institutional demand for real estate lending strategies.
Cyril Hoyaux and Arnaud Heck AEW Ostrum
The joint venture partners expect to hold a second close for their third senior property credit vehicle by December, targeting €400m.
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The asset management firm has raised €250m for its maiden property debt fund and has deployed €180m across six loans in France, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy.
Madeleine McDougall (pictured), the UK bank’s real estate boss since 2017, will share responsibilities with Andy Hulme in a move designed to improve work-life balance.
The Italian insurer is planning to open the platform to third-party investors and raise an additional €500m over the next two years.
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