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Health / Senior 16/03/2018

MIPIM BLOG Day 3: The Awards – for the ‘creative art’ of real estate in Europe

Live from MIPIM (Cannes) - Day Three-Thursday: Despite the driving rain in Cannes, even more evidence that the scope of European opportunities is widening, yes, and (...)

Finance 15/03/2018

MIPIM BLOG Day 2: Still plenty of life in Old Europe, Mipim Proptech in view

Live from Mipim (Cannes) - Day Two-Wednesday: It is clear that plenty of opportunities are open to real estate investors in Old Europe, perhaps however no (...)

Finance 13/03/2018

MIPIM BLOG Day 1: Sun still shining on European real estate but rain (caution) enters forecasts

Live from MIPIM (Cannes) - First impressions from the sunshine of Cannes: still plenty of optimism around real estate value in Europe though now it comes (...)

Finance 09/03/2018

Benko, S Immo said eyeing creation of Austrian Champion, perhaps including Signa

Speculation in Vienna is growing that Signa boss, the sometimes controversial René Benko, will move soon to try to merge the three quoted property firms S Immo, CA Immo and Immofinanz to (...)

Office 05/03/2018

Blockchain: talk of the town in Cannes at MIPIM 2018 ?

The imminent arrival of blockchain to the real estate industry will 'disrupt' in the full sense, shortening deal times to, perhaps, 24 hours from (...)

Housing 05/02/2018

Twilight of the gods reverberates as German politics struggles for new Groko

Götterdämmerung, twilight of the gods, is the real reverberation in the background of German politics in these days; not CDU/CSU-SPD grand coalition policy talks (...)

Listed 29/01/2018

German TLG in spotlight as major shareholders assess new 23% investor

German listed TLG, managing €2.4bn in commercial real estate, is in the spotlight this week after investor Amir Dayan said he potentially controls 23% of (...)

Office 19/01/2018

Eyeing European REITs, US Seeking Alpha adviser picks Gecina, Paris office as winners

Never before have I seen a private US stock-picking adviser venture into listed European real estate, but US retail investors are looking around the (...)

Listed 05/12/2017

Post-IPO, Singapore's Cromwell European REIT eyes Italy, eschews Poland

With the Australian Cromwell Property Group as its 35.8% sponsor, Cromwell European REIT raised €866m in a second try at a Singapore float last (...)

Retail 03/11/2017

Kaufhof/Karstadt would be major test of Signa’s entrepreneurial ability

Austria’s private Signa group is well on its way to wiping out memories of the past troubles of its youthful founder René Benko. If (...)

Logistics 24/10/2017

European logistics dots that lead to China, Jack Ma mean yields are headed lower

It doesn’t take much to join the dots in logistics real estate. When Alibabafounder Jack Ma sees it as crucial to globalisation and aims (...)

Finance 23/10/2017

Icade, SNI privatisations possible amid shake-up at French CDC

Changes in French state finance arm CDC, starting with the reported selection of its new head, are likely to shake up long-established economic structures just (...)

Listed 18/10/2017

Material news from the European listed universe: Unibail, Hypoport, Colonial

Ahead of third quarter results, which will be upon us starting this week, here are some selected actions and calls that are material to (...)

Retail 18/10/2017

Berlin’s Sony Center: N. American weight of capital outweighs even Korean

If anyone still doubts if European commercial property yields will fall further it’s certainly not Oxford Properties and New York-based Madison who last month signed to (...)

Housing 16/10/2017

No wide-scale house price inflation in EU but Nordics most at risk

Depite house price rises across western Europe in the past few years there has been no wide-scale house price inflation during the recovery from (...)

Office 14/10/2017

The reason why office space demand in Poland, CEE will remain strong for a while yet

New Eurostat figures show that one working hour in Poland last year cost €8.60, around one-third of the EU average of €25.40. Surrounding countries (...)

Finance 12/10/2017

Dear Japanese investors: If you don’t come to Europe now, forget it until the next cycle

They’ve been setting up, restructuring, researching and laying plans for years, but Japanese investors are not yet in European mainland real estate. Why? My (...)

Office 09/10/2017

Intense grab for assets as Expo Real attendance smashes record

The mood at Expo Real was extremely intense this year. New companies and alliances are forming. Big Deals are happening in a grab for assets. 41,500 (...)

Housing 03/10/2017

Despite Spanish vote violence, Barcelona, Madrid resi prices in pull of Airbnb

It may be that the violence in Barcelona amid the Catalonia referendum slows visitors to that beautiful city but this is likely to be (...)

Finance 01/10/2017

The CEE opportunity seems clear. So why are west Europeans so cagey?

When you look at the bid/offer spread logic of the South Africans entering eastern Europe, laid out so clearly by the Growthpoint MD on (...)