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Allan Lockhart

Listed sector bounces back as specialist strategies pay off

28 July 2017

“Perhaps the surprise of 2017 will be the outperformance of the UK-quoted real estate sector against the wider equity markets” was the closing sentence in my January column.

City Tower Manchester Schroder

The real estate lending landscape is on the move

4 May 2017

As new entrants and alternative lenders continue to arrive brandishing origination initiatives and whole page adverts, borrowers are tentatively exploring their increased choice but reluctant to sign on the dotted line. 

Richard Tice

AREF report: no lessons learned

20 April 2017

AREF’s latest report assessing the impact of the Brexit vote on UK real estate and the funds industry is complacent and protects the vested interests of those who instructed it.

Richard Tice

REITs put open-ended property funds to shame

18 August 2016

Should the property industry be embarrassed that, post Brexit vote, some of its main domestic-property-owning institutions have been involved in a mini flash crash, caused by fundamentally flawed open-ended fund structures?

Open Source offices

Is flexible office space the answer to 2019’s increased leasing liabilities?

11 August 2016

With new rules on lease accounting on the horizon, businesses who lease their office space will face the prospect of having to list their property on their balance sheets as liabilities.


Expect the unexpected in the second half of the year

26 July 2016

The first six months of 2016 were challenging for the quoted real estate sector, ending a fantastic run of out-performance against the wider equity markets.

Banks and lending


AXA IM raises €1.5bn for tenth commercial property debt fund

13 September 2017

AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets has closed its tenth commercial real estate senior debt fund, CRE Senior 10, having achieved its capped target of €1.5bn.

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Fund Management

Affordable housing

Yarlington issues £120m bond

20 September 2017

Yarlington Housing Group, the south west of England affordable housebuilder, has issued a £120m 40-year bond.

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Mergers and acquisitions

Martin Clark SHW

Stiles Harold Williams rebrands amid expansion plan

22 September 2017

South East-based agency Stiles Harold Williams is rebranding to SHW and has launched an expansion strategy centred upon acquiring commercial property management businesses.

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Property Companies

Central Cross Shaftesbury

Refinancing leaves Shaftesbury with £305m to invest

25 September 2017

Shaftesbury has revealed it has £305m to invest in its portfolio following a refinancing.

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