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Always the dollars 2006-06-01 Staff Writer At the end of the movie <italic>Casino</italic>, Nicky Santoro, the Las Vegas mob enforcer played by Joe Pesci, is lured to a cornfield outside Chicago where he and his younger brother are buried alive. In a voiceover sequence just prior to that ill-fate
Private equity firms around the world have become active investors in the theme park industry—will they be able to handle the G-forces? By Paul Fruchbom
Private Equity Real Estate recently conducted its first survey of general partners' opinions on the limited partner community—the results were illuminating. By Dave Keating


Founded in 1999, EPRA's mission is to promote, develop and represent the listed real estate sector in Europe—it is, in essence, the region's counterpart to the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) in the US. EPRA currently has approximately 170 members, including many of Europe's largest real estate companies and investment institutions. Serge Fautré, the chief executive officer of Cofinimmo, serves as the organization's chairman. A native Belgian, he recently talked with PERE about EPRA's goals, the future of European REITs and why the Social Democrats are wrong.
Due to both political and economic issues, the introduction of German REITs is progressing slower than expected. To compete with the rest of Europe's publicly listed real estate market, however, the country cannot afford to lose any more time. By Dr. Michael Kreft
Long a staple in Japan and the US, real estate investment trusts are gaining ground throughout Europe—with varying results. By Aaron Lovell
The introduction of publicly traded REITs in Europe's two largest economies is bound to have repercussions on the region's property markets—should private equity real estate firms be worried?
Over the past two decades, The Townsend Group, led by co-founder Terry Ahern, has become one of the largest institutional real estate consultants in the world. Here he talks with PERE about the need for top-down investment strategies, his previous life as a lawyer and how the TV show Charlie's Angels influenced his career in real estate. By Paul Fruchbom Photos by Phyllis Christopher
real estate supply and demand imbalance in Russia may create a unique opportunity for property investors.
A group of real estate professionals recently gathered in New York City to discuss the Indian property market. While the participants are eager to get involved, they also expressed some caveats. By Aaron Lovell

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