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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

Wafic Saïd

Saïd Holdings secures $100m credit with Northern Trust

15 August 2017

Saïd Holdings, the principal investment vehicle for businessman and philanthropist Wafic Saïd’s family interests, has arranged a $100m (£77.21m) standby credit facility with Northern Trust.

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Fund Management


Hillview launches Partners Property Fund

7 August 2017

The Hillview Group has launched its first real estate fund, Hillview Partners Property Fund (HPPF).

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Mergers and acquisitions

Standard Life Aberdeen

Aberdeen and Standard Life complete merger

14 August 2017

The merger of Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life has completed today to form Standard Life Aberdeen, one of the world’s largest investment companies with assets under administration of £670bn.

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Property Companies

Larry Lipman, managing director of Safeland

Safeland FD quits firm

18 August 2017

Mark Beveridge, finance director and company secretary at Safeland, is set to leave the firm to pursue new business interests.

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