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  • COMMENT Blackstone woos wealthy lawyers and dentists

    US private equity giant Blackstone is gearing up to become not just an alternatives investment manager but one that is heading in the direction of being a large-scale money manager, writes Robin Marriott, editor of PropertyEU CapitalWatch.

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  • COMMENT There’s still value to be had in Europe

    Following Angela Merkel's election win in Germany, and as 30,000-plus delegates head to Munich for Expo Real, the outlook for European property markets could not be brighter, writes Andrew Sim, Knight Frank’s new head of global capital markets.

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  • Spain roars back as investors downplay vulnerabilities

    Spain's property investment market has rebounded along with the country's roaring economy but investors and developers would do well to display a degree of caution and level-headedness, writes Nick Spiro.

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  • Private Equity Letter: Apollo landing

    Following Joseph Azelby’s move earlier this year to Apollo Global Management, all eyes are on what the real assets 'guru' is planning in this area at the US private equity giant. Robin Marriott, editor of PropertyEU CapitalWatch, takes stock.   

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  • Paris is always Paris and Berlin is never Berlin

    Of all European cities, Berlin stands out as the one where the office landscape has changed most significantly in recent years, writes Tony Smedley, head of Schroder European REIT.

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  • Passing on the baton

    Last month, Benson Elliot announced Trish Barrigan had been appointed managing partner. From 1 January 2018, she will assume the leadership position as Marc Mogull transitions to executive chairman and chief investment officer. In truth, the announcement came as no surprise: it was merely confirmation of something already decided a long time ago – back in 2006 in fact when Benson Elliot was formed. But more on that later.

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  • Private equity letter - Internos fund holds many truths

    There seems to have been a steady procession recently of fund managers shunning closed-ended structures in favour of perpetual vehicles. Internos Global Investors provides the latest example, writes Robin Marriott, editor of PropertyEU CapitalWatch.

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  • Board and C-level diversity drives bottom-line results

    Many organisations over the last decade have gained an increased awareness and understanding of the critical role diversity plays for their boards of directors and C-level positions, especially in the real estate industry, writes Serena Althaus.

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  • COLUMN APG’s record secondaries deal points the way

    Traditionally, no part of the private equity real estate industry has been more opaque than  secondaries – the trading of fund interests. But thanks to some improved transparency, the European market got to hear of a significant deal last month. 

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  • MIPIM Why are international investors still targeting European real estate?

    With the UK prime minister pushing for a 'hard' Brexit and important elections due in France, the Netherlands, Germany and perhaps Italy, one might question why international investors are still allocating capital to European and UK commercial real estate. As Mipim 2017 opens, David Kirkby, CEO for Europe at Cromwell Property Group, casts his eye over key markets in search of possible answers.

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