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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.

Toby Courtauld Chief Executive and Nick Sanderson Finance Director GPE

GPE 'well positioned to take advantage of EU Referendum opportunities'

25 May 2016

Chief executive Toby Courtauld and finance director Nick Sanderson discuss Great Portland Estates annual results including a 19.5% rise in net asset value.

Banks and lending


Picton extends credit facility

22 June 2017

Picton Property Income, the property investment company, has extended one of its revolving credit facilities (RCF) with Santander Corporate and Commercial Banking.

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Fund Management

Student accommodation

New JV targets student sector

16 June 2017

Europa Capital Partners and Generation Estates have formed a joint venture called Europa Generation to manage a new UK student accommodation fund.

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Mergers and acquisitions

Holland and Barrett

Russian billionaire buys Holland & Barrett for £1.8bn

26 June 2017

Mikhail Fridman’s investment vehicle L1 Retail has agreed to buy health-food retail chain Holland & Barrett from private equity owner Carlyle Group for about £1.8bn.

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Property Companies

Andrew Jones

LondonMetric sells in Marlow for £68.5m

27 June 2017

LondonMetric has sold its last remaining office asset in Marlow to Kildare Partners for £68.5m, netting an £18m return on its investment in the scheme it bought five years ago.

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