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David Catelain

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Journaliste web

Office

"In 2022, the headquarters paradigm has changed"

Business Immo: Allianz Real Estate recently inaugurated its new Paris headquarters for the Western Europe and European Debt teams at 50-52 boulevard Haussmann. What (...)

Logistics

"ICG Real Estate sees the French light industrial space as a very attractive destination"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Adam Golebiowski, Managing Director and Co-Portfolio Manager at ICG Real Estate. With him, we discuss the firm's new French strategy, recently launched (...)

Finance

"The European CRE investment market has largely recovered from the Covid-19 pandemic"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Benjamin Bill, Partner in Real Estate at CMS Francis Lefebvre, the French branch of the international law firm network CMS.  The firm recently (...)

Finance

Why Europe's hotel industry recovery could be tempered by macroeconomic and geopolitical pressures

BiTV Interviews welcomes Hina Shoeb, Director Retail, Media & Leisure at S&P Global Ratings. In its recently published analysis, S&P Global Ratings states that many European lodging (...)

Finance

Union Investment: a new strategy for a "new era"

"It is no exaggeration to say that we are living in a new era", says Martin Brühl, Chief Investment Officer at Union Investment Real (...)

Hospitality

Driven by the capital, French RevPAR jumps 22 % in May (Extendam)

After finally returning to its pre-Covid level of activity in April, the French hotel industry has continued to build on this momentum over the (...)

Green

“Blackstone sees an opportunity to invest c. $100bn in climate change solutions projects”

Business Immo: Blackstone is partnering with St. Modwen to develop carbon-negative affordable homes. What is this initiative and what are the objectives? Caroline Hill: St. (...)

Finance

"Invesco Real Estate's debt strategy is looking to support borrowers who prioritise ESG"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Andrew Gordon, Head of European Real Estate Debt at Invesco Real Estate. The firm announced earlier this week the launch of its first (...)

Finance

“The pricing of real estate remains attractive compared to other asset classes”

Business Immo: M&G Real Estate reported a record fund-raising for its M&G European Property Fund in Q1 2022. How do institutional investors view real (...)

Health / Senior

Novaxia plays the diversification card with Life Sciences

Through a co-investment partnership involving €1bn of capital, Novaxia and Oxford Properties have acquired a €2bn investment capacity to be deployed between now and (...)

Hospitality

"There is currently a wind of change in the hotel industry"

Business Immo: What are the main lessons the hotel sector can learn from the health crisis? Vanguelis Panayotis: There are different fundamental levers that have (...)

Housing

"Bouygues Immobilier must be a leader in the way housing is designed"

Business Immo: Last week you presented your new housing signature, Cœur de vie. What does this approach consist of? Bernard Mounier: Over the past year, (...)

Finance

"The European logistics market has still significant room to grow"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Christian Goebel, Co-Head Core / Core Plus Real Estate at Macquarie Asset Management. The Munich-based investor recently acquired two logistics platforms totalling (...)

Hospitality

The French hotel industry is (finally) catching up with its pre-Covid level of activity (Extendam)

In France, the return of fine weather and the end of the mask mandate are accompanied by a strong recovery in hotel activity, according to (...)

Office

Novaxia and Oxford Properties join forces to invest €2bn in French Life Sciences

As part of a co-investment partnership, Novaxia and Oxford Properties intend to raise €1bn of capital in France by 2024 for Life Sciences real (...)

Office

Offishall debunks hybrid work

Her story At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Audrey Barbier-Litvak, then General Manager for Southern Europe at WeWork, had to manage the first closure (...)

Office

"KanAm Grund's focus in France is no longer limited to Paris"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Alexia Jaeger, Senior Director and Head of Investment and Asset Management France at Kanam Grund. The German investment group recently acquired the Opéra Italiens (...)

Office

"Going forward, smart buildings will help to enable more sustainable properties"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Andrew Phipps, Head of Business Development, EMEA & Global Futurist, at Cushman & Wakefield. In a report published earlier this year, he was (...)

Finance

"Why CRE collateralised loan obligations are interesting for European investors"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Florent Albert​, Director Structured Finance at Scope Ratings. With him, we discuss the firm's recently published report on commercial real estate collateralised (...)

Office

"Kadans strongly believes the Life Sciences sector is only starting its journey in Europe"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Michel Leemhuis, CEO and Co-owner at Kadans Science Partner. With him, we discuss the new 70,000 sqm building in London developped by his (...)

Office

"We can now offer global strategies to enhance the value of assets more effectively"

Business Immo: You took over the presidency of Cushman & Wakefield France 18 months ago. What do you remember about this period? Barbara Koreniouguine: I (...)

Office

“Investors will need to reconsider how they price deals in the ongoing rising rates environment”

BiTV Interviews welcomes Christopher Mertlitz, Head of European Investments at W.P. Carey With him, we discuss his recent blog post which, following Mipim, identified interest rates (...)

Finance

"Residential has historically proven itself to be the best inflation hedge"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Nigel Allsopp, Senior Director, Investment Strategy & Research at Greystar. With him, we discuss the rising inflation Western economies, as economic and political uncertainty (...)

Finance

L'Étoile Properties no longer, here comes Sienna Real Estate

Following its takeover in the summer of 2021 by Sienna Investment Managers, the alternative asset platform of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert (GBL), L'Etoile Properties has (...)

Hospitality

French hotel industry ends February on a high note (Extendam)

If the French hotel industry started February as it had ended the previous month, weighed down by the uncertainty caused by the Omicron variant, (...)

Green

BBCA joins forces with European real estate players on a new pan-European low carbon label

Aware of the key role of real estate in the fight against climate change, as the world's largest emitter of CO2, several European players (...)

Finance

"As we go into a period of uncertainty, residential will continue to provide a strong income stream"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Simon Wallace, Global Co-Head of Real Estate Research at DWS. With him, we discuss DWS’s Europe Real Estate Outlook report, which  singles (...)

Office

La Française REM launches a new rental offer based on flexibility and service

Convinced of the importance of offering flexibility and support to its tenants in order to minimise vacancy risks and optimise the rental conditions of (...)

Finance

"Improvements can be made to property investment valuation around process, culture and management"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Peter Pereira Gray, Independent Chair of the Property Investment Valuation Review for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). A recent review (...)

Finance

"Fifth Wall sees a lot of opportunities in Europe's PropTech ecosystem"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Roelof Opperman, Partner and Co-Head of Europe at Fifth Wall. With him, we discuss the Los Angeles-based PropTech venture capital firm's recent oversubscribed €140m (...)

Listed

"Covivio has experienced a recovery in all its business sectors in 2021"

Business Immo: Covivio presented its results for the year 2021 this evening. What do you remember about this year from a financial point of (...)

Listed

As a changing of the guard looms, Gecina looks to the future with confidence

As she prepares to hand over to Klépierre's Beñat Ortega after five years at the head of Paris-based REIT/SIIC Gecina, Méka Brunel presented the (...)

Finance

“Real I.S. continues to look for different investment opportunities across France”

BiTV Interviews welcomes Jochen Schenk, Chairman of the Board of Management at Real I.S. The Munich-based investment manager has increased capital commitments from investors to more (...)

Hospitality

French hotel activity declines in January, but sends encouraging signals (Extendam)

Still affected by the Omicron variant, the French hotel industry is starting 2022 as it ended the previous year, according to the monthly barometer (...)

Green

"For property investors entering a net zero carbon pathway, the clock is ticking"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Lori Mabardi, Global Research Director, ESG and Sustainabilty, at JLL. With her, we discuss JLL’s recent report, “Return on Sustainability : How the ‘value (...)

Finance

"Savills France continues to diversify from a business a geographical point of view"

Business Immo: The Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on property markets over the past two years. What is your assessment of Savills? Boris (...)

Office

Urban Station: when RATP takes the 'corpoworking' route

The idea behind the creation of Urban Station began to take shape at RATP Real Estate five years ago, following an observation that it (...)

Hospitality

Dutch hotel brand Zoku to enter France in Paris 17th's Stream Building

To operate the hotel component of its mixed-use Stream Building, scheduled for delivery in the summer of 2022 in the 17th arrondissement of Paris, REIT/SIIC (...)

Finance

"Real estate markets are not all growing as quickly as the headline number suggest"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Jos Tromp, Global Head of Data Intelligence & Head of Continental Europe Research and Data Intelligence at CBRE With him, we discuss (...)

Finance

With first €500m dedicated impact fund, Patrizia looks to build sustainable communities

German investment manager Patrizia has launched its first fund fully dedicated to impact investing, Patrizia Sustainable Communities. After a first closing at the end (...)

Finance

"Valor continues to target the supply/demand imbalance existing on the urban logistics market"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Christian Jamison, Managing Partner at Valor Real Estate Partners. With him, we discuss the firm's second joint venture with QuadReal Property Group, a (...)

Finance

Ardian Real Estate closes its second fund at €1.2bn

Ardian Real Estate has closed its second real estate fund, AREEF II, after raising €1.2bn. Nearly 100 investors from 13 countries in the Americas, (...)

Finance

"Immobel Capital Partners will focus on pan-European high-quality sustainable long-term investments"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Duncan Owen, CEO of Immobel Capital Partners. With him, we discuss the creation of Immobel Capital Partners by Belgium's largest listed real estate developer, (...)

Retail

M&G Real Estate confirms appetite for food retail with the acquisition of two Casino hypermarkets

M&G Real Estate continues to satisfy its appetite for food retail. After acquiring two Géant Casino hypermarkets in Marseille and Mandelieu-la-Napoule in September, the (...)

Housing

Patrizia invests €600m in Barcelona portfolio after raising €950m from its Living Cities fund

Patrizia has raised over €950m of new capital for its Living Cities open-ended residential fund over the past 12 months, notably from several French (...)

Hospitality

Despite the emergence of Omicron, French hospitality sector ends the year on a positive note (Extendam)

The French hotel business, which had been on the rise during the autumn, had to slow down in December under the pressure of the (...)

Finance

“Despite Omicron, BNP Paribas REIM is optimistic for real estate in 2022”

BiTV Interviews welcomes Maarten van der Spek, Global Head of Strategy at BNP Paribas REIM. With him we discuss the firm's new study, “Lighthouse – outlook for (...)

Office

French CRE investments down 8%yy in 2021, Greater Paris office take-up jumps 32%yy (Immostat)

In France, the investment volume in commercial real estate over the year 2021 reached €24.9bn (-8%yy), according to Immostat, while office take-up in the (...)

Office

Why fintech occupiers are drawn to Paris

BiTV Interviews welcomes Mike Barnes, European Commercial Research Associate at Savills. With him, we discuss the firm's recent study, which found that Paris was the (...)

Finance

Extendam looking to transform hospitality assets with new Converthotel FPCI fund

Aiming to accompany the evolution of the French hotel sector, Extendam is launching the new Converthotel FPCI fund, geared towards private and professional investors. The mission (...)

Finance

What are the paradigm shifts in European real estate ?

BiTV Interviews welcomes Vanessa Muscarà, Head of Research & Strategy at Europa Capital. With her, we discuss Europa Capital's recently published 2022 outlook report, “Paradigm shifts (...)

Office

"Despite the pandemic, the European CRE investment market is in a period of recovery"

Business Immo: Investment volumes fell sharply last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. After three quarters, how does the property investment market look in (...)

Listed

"Carmila is ready to start a new cycle"

Business Immo: Carmila recently announced the adoption of a new strategic plan, "Building sustainable growth". What will this new development phase be about ? Marie (...)

Finance

"France is going to play an important role in Cheyne Capital's strategy"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Raphael Smadja, Real Estate Debt - Head of French Origination at Cheyne Capital. The London-based investment manager has, over the past four years,  (...)

Hospitality

In November, the French hospitality sector's recovery weakens, but does not collapse (Extendam)

Despite the emergence of the Omicron variant, the French hotel sector's recovery weakened, but did not collapse, according to the monthly barometer carried out by (...)

Office

"We need to renew the spirit of innovation that characterises La Défense"

Business immo global: Paris La Défense has set itself the ambition of becoming the first "post-carbon" business district. How do you achieve this goal? Pierre-Yves (...)

Finance

"Corum L'Épargne has chosen to approach the crisis as an opportunity"

Business Immo: Faced with the vagaries of the health crisis, the real estate markets have been severely disrupted over the past year. How did (...)

Territories

"Our ambition is to demonstrate the art of living and working in Val d'Europe"

Business Immo: The agreement between Disney, the State and the local authorities for the development of Val d'Europe was signed 35 years ago. What (...)

Finance

"Real estate portfolios will look very different in 2030"

BiTV Interviews welcomes José Pellicer, Head of Investment Strategy at M&G Real Estate. In an interview with BiTV earlier in the year, he was reporting a (...)

Retail

"Fundamentally, we think there is a future for physical retail"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Darya Frolova, Associate, European Real Assets Research at CBRE Investment Management. With her, we discuss the firm's recently published research entitled "Clicks to (...)

Finance

Experimental Group raises €380m to launch a hospitality property vehicle alongside Brookfield AM

French hotel group Experimental Group has announced a €380m fundraising round, the lion's share of which will be devoted to the creation of a (...)

Green

How abrdn intends to reduce the carbon intensity of its assets by 50% by 2030

BiTV Interviews welcomes Dan Grandage, Head of ESG, Real Assets, at abrdn. With him, we discuss the firm's recently announced ambition to reduce the carbon intensity (...)

Hospitality

France’s hospitality sector consolidates its recovery in October (Extendam)

What a difference a year can make to French hoteliers! While they were preparing this time last year for a second national lockdown, October (...)

Finance

“European investors’ express optimism short term, but uncertainty remains further ahead”

BiTV Interviews welcomes Lisette Van Doorn, CEO Europe at the Urban Land Institute. Alongside PwC, ULI has recently published its Emerging Trends in Real Estate Europe 2022 (...)

Finance

"Real estate investors are going to have to work much harder to generate returns"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Zachary Gauge, Head of Real Estate Research & Strategy Europe at UBS Asset Management. With him, discuss the uneven effects the pandemic (...)

Finance

On the road to recovery, European real estate inspires confidence (ULI/PwC)

Based on the views of 844 property professionals, the 19th edition of the survey reports the highest levels of business confidence since 2014, with (...)

Logistics

"Q4 2021 will be the best quarter ever in the history of European real estate logistics"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Dr. Thomas Beyerle, Head of Research at Catella Group. With him, we discuss the firm's recently published Logistics Market Map Europe 2021, which showcases (...)

Retail

"We are witnessing the return of the local shop"

Business Immo: Retail is often identified as one of the big losers in the health crisis. Since Selectirente has made it a central element (...)

Housing

A new €15m financing round for Sharies

Coliving operator Sharies today announced a new €15m round of funding. This second round of financing sees the investment company Audacia, founded and managed (...)

Hospitality

The French hotel industry is entering autumn under favourable auspices - Extendam

After a summer that was (finally) favourable to the French hotel sector, the latter maintained its good form in September, according to the monthly (...)

Finance

"The sale of 17 Hoche sets a new record on the Parisian market"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Mohamad Abouchalbak, CEO of SFO Capital Partners. With him, we discuss the firm's recent sale of Paris 8th's 17 Hoche to Deka Immobilien, in which the (...)

Logistics

Oxford Properties invests €360m in French and Danish city logistics

Oxford Properties announced in Business Immo in the spring that it intended to include logistics in its European investment strategy. The Canadian investor has (...)

Housing

Residential proves its appeal on a continental scale

Multi-family residential assets, took 38% of capital raised in Europe for single-sector strategies, according to Inrev, ahead of logistics (33%), office (16%) and retail (...)

Logistics

"Integrating logistics in the fabric of the city is one of our most important challenges"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Ben Bannatyne, President of Prologis Europe. With him, we discuss the group's development strategy and how it plans the integration of its assets (...)

Finance

"The MSCI Pan-European Quarterly Property Fund Index had its best performance since June 2015"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Helene Demay, Head of EMEA Real Estate Client Consultants at MSCI. With her, we discuss the MSCI Pan-European Quarterly Property Fund Index, which had (...)

Office

M2DG, a 360 degree flex office solution with intercontinental ambitions

Its history Five years ago, the M2DG group launched the MyFlexOffice brand with the ambition of offering flexible and qualitative workspaces in the city centre, (...)

Finance

"Digitalisation and new technology solutions offer a wide range of benefits to the industry"

Returning from a summer hiatus, BiTV Interviews welcomes Lonneke Löwik, Chief Executive Officer at INREV. With her, we discuss the main findings of INREV's recently published paper on the (...)

Retail

"All the ingredients are in place to be optimistic about the future of Rue de Rivoli"

Business Immo: What place does Rue de Rivoli occupy in the Parisian retail ecosystem today? Nathalie Razafine: Historically, the Rue de Rivoli is one of (...)

Housing

New housing: French developers still waiting for the recovery - FPI

For the observatory of the France's developer association FPI (Fédération des promoteurs immobiliers), the quarters pass and the problem remains the same. Greatly affected by (...)

Housing

A first investment for the Greystar, Ivanhoe Cambridge and Bouwinvest joint venture

Greystar Real Estate Partners, Ivanhoé Cambridge and Bouwinvest Real Estate Investors have launched the investment of their new "develop-to-core" vehicle, whose ambition is to (...)

Finance

"The economic context is favourable for real estate investment in Europe"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Maarten Van der Spek, Global Head of Strategy at BNP Paribas REIM. With him, we discuss the firm's latest report, “Lighthouse – (...)

Listed

Gecina reassured in its strategic choices

Reassured by the like-for-like growth of its rental income in the first half of 2021, both in offices (+0.4%) and traditional housing (+1.1%), Gecina (...)

Logistics

Mileway's insatiable appetite for France

The Covid-19 pandemic has not slowed down Mileway's activity. Established in France since March 2020, the group dedicated to urban logistics has signed 60 (...)

Territories

Lille asserts its ambitions on a European scale

The most recent edition of the 2021 Attractiveness Barometer, a survey conducted by EY among 200 foreign-owned company directors, counted 100 foreign investor projects (...)

Hospitality

Easing of health restrictions benefits hoteliers - Extendam

It wasn't a mirage or a statistical anomaly. After (finally) reporting an upturn for the French hotel industry last month, the monthly barometer carried (...)

Green

Why Cromwell and Dasos Capital are targeting wooden buildings with their new open-ended fund

BiTV Interviews welcomes Pertti Vanhanen, Managing director Europe at Cromwell Property Group. With him, we discuss his group's recent partnership with with Finnish real asset manager Dasos (...)

Logistics

"Logistics and offices are on Dream Asset Management's radar in Europe"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Bruce Traversy, Head of Investments for Dream Industrial REIT. With him, we discuss the Canadian firm's recent acquisition of a 827,000 square metre (...)

Finance

"European real assets have a roadmap for recovery, but we are not out of the woods yet"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Justin Curlow, Global Head of Research & Strategy at AXA IM Alts. With him we are discussing the roadmap to recovery of the European real (...)

Hospitality

In May, Europe's hospitality sector is finally enjoying a rebound - Extendam

Handicapped all winter by the Covid-19 pandemic, hoteliers took advantage of the easing of health restrictions and the intensification of vaccination campaigns to finally (...)

Logistics

Valor Real Estate Partners is on the move in France

With a joint venture formed at the end of last year with the Quadreal real estate group to invest €1bn in urban logistics assets, (...)

Finance

“We will see more risk taking in Europe to take advantage of the economic recovery”

BiTV Interviews welcomes José Pellicer, Head of Investment Strategy at M&G Real Estate. With him, we discuss M&G’s recent Global Real Estate Outlook report, which indicates that the (...)

Housing

France’s new housing supply crisis persists in Q1 2021 - FPI

The first quarter of 2021 will not have seen the supply crisis that the French new housing sector is going through resolved, the developers (...)

Housing

"Now is a good time to develop a residential and living sector strategy"

BiTV Interviews welcomes Jessica Hardman, ‎Head of European Portfolio Management at DWS, which recently launched a new open-ended pan-European residential and living sector strategy geared (...)

Hospitality

French hotel industry in decline in April 2021, but preparing for recovery - Extendam

It was to be expected. The containment measures adopted by the government to contain the third wave of the pandemic have weighed heavily on (...)

Office

Colliers has big plans for France and Belgium

Antoine Derville arrived at the head of Colliers France and Belgium last November and is ready to breathe new life into the structure. Through a (...)

Finance

M&G Real Estate on the move in France

From €1bn just four years ago, M&G Real Estate's exposure to European real estate has grown to €5.4bn today, of which 15.9% is invested (...)

Office

Jeuneville, a different way of making the city signed by Jean Nouvel

The story begins in 2008, when a private French investor acquires land in Gennevilliers with the idea of developing the first positive energy tertiary (...)

Logistics

Segro invites itself into the heart of French cities

"Our development has not slowed down despite the health crisis, with 50,000 sqm delivered in 2020 and in the process of being marketed, and (...)

Office

"The future of real estate should be better connected, but also smarter"

BiTV Interviews welcomes William Newton, President of Wiredscore. With him, we discuss Smartscore, the new international certification for smart buildings launched on Tuesday by Wiredscore. What (...)

Green

Ivanhoe Cambridge to make its portfolio carbon neutral by 2040

In response to the climate emergency, Ivanhoe Cambridge, the real estate arm of Quebec's public pension fund (Caisse de dépôt et de placement du (...)

Hospitality

After €550m Paris Westin buy, Henderson Park eyes more across Europe

Following its €550m acquisition of the Westin Paris-Vendome last year, its second luxury Paris hotel buy, private equity firm Henderson Park is looking for more across (...)