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Laxfield National secures funding for deals up to £100m

16 January 2017

Laxfield Group, a real estate debt investment manager, has revealed that it is now able to fund individual loans of up to £100m thanks to an increased allocation of capital for its Laxfield National programme.

Lloyds Bank

Lloyds sells off high-street bank branches

13 January 2017

Lloyds Banking Group has offloaded 84 bank branches in sale-and-leaseback deals in a bid to boost its balance sheet ahead of its return to full private ownership.

Corn Exchange Building, Liverpool

OakNorth funds aparthotel development

13 January 2017

OakNorth Bank has provided a £16m development loan to the Mason family, who are well-known property investors and advisers in Liverpool, for a new 202-bed aparthotel in the city.

Student accommodation, iQ Leeds

Student housing firm secures £305m debt deal

13 January 2017

Vero Group has rebranded as iQ Student Accommodation and secured a £305m debt facility arranged by Morgan Stanley with participation from RBC Real Estate Capital Partners.

Chris Oglesby, chief executive of Bruntwood

Bruntwood secures £115.5m long-term loan

9 January 2017

Bruntwood has secured a new £115.5m long-term debt facility from Aviva Investors Real Estate Finance.

Laxfield debt barometer

Borrowers more cautious in wake of EU referendum vote

6 January 2017

It is not just lenders whose appetite for risk is waning in the wake of the EU referendum. Borrowers have also become a lot more circumspect, data on the commercial property debt market from Laxfield Capital has revealed.

Grosvenor House international

Reuben brothers' deal brings Grosvenor House out of administration

5 January 2017

The owner of London’s landmark hotel Grosvenor House has emerged from administration thanks to a refinancing deal with the billionaire Reuben brothers, Property Week can reveal.

DuncanHouse UPP

£104m loan for University of London student halls

4 January 2017

University Partnerships Programme (UPP) has completed the close on £104.7m deal to fund student accommodation at the University of London.

Property Companies

Empiric’s student accommodation at College Green in Bristol

Empiric buys in York for £23m

17 January 2017

Empiric Student Property has acquired the freehold of a 220 bed student accommodation scheme in York for £23.3m.

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Fund Management


AXA Investment Managers appoints new head of Japan

17 January 2017

AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets (AXA IM - Real Assets) has appointed Yoshihiko Hayafuji as Head of Japan, effective immediately.

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Mergers and Acquisitions

Helen McArdle

HC-One acquires Helen McArdle Care and its 20 care homes

17 January 2017

Care provider HC-One has completed the acquisition of Helen McArdle, the largest independent care home operator in the North East of England.

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