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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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  • Trump Watch: Dutch institution stalls US investment

    A Dutch institutional investor recently decided against a commitment to a US real estate fund because the board disapproved of Trump’s social policies. Isolated incident or indicative of a trend? Shocking or totally intelligible? Robin Marriott comments.

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  • PRIVATE EQUITY LETTER Thomas Barrack’s contrarians are back, and bigger

    Colony Capital's healthy real estate investment pipeline coincides with the rise to prominence of its founder and executive chairman, Thomas Barrack, writes Robin Marriott in his Private Equity Letter, published in the January edition of PropertyEU Magazine.

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  • LETTER FROM LONDON Chinese rebut Trump by putting money into the UK

    As long as China remains a revolving dictatorship, enriched citizens will continue to shove money out the door, just in case the proletariat revolts. A cynical take on why Guangdong soy sauce conglomerate, Lee Kum Kee, last month paid £37 mln (€44 mln) for a 75,000 sq ft (7,000 m2) office block in London Docklands – even though they intend to occupy only one of the 10 floors. 

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  • COMMENT Wall of worry will get steeper in 2017

    In November, a staggering $1.7 tln (€1.6 tln) was wiped off the value of global government bonds, as measured by the Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate bond index, the sharpest losses since the index was established more than a quarter of a century ago, writes Nicholas Spiro.

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  • PRIVATE EQUITY LETTER De Beers HQ – a diamond in the rough?

    The Central London site of famous diamond trader De Beers is being seen as the first opportunistic/value-add asset to hit the market in the UK capital since Brexit, writes Robin Marriott in his Private Equity Letter published in PropertyEU Magazine.

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  • Keep calm and carry on

    No property man has ever got this far, writes real estate finance specialist Jeppe de Boer, of Donald Trump's US election win. And his victory may not spell all bad news for the European property sector. 

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  • Groovy Dockland offices and a gong for AXA’s CEO

    A new 'Republic' is bringing the groove back to the London Docklands, while the new mayor is trying to put figures on foreign ownership in his city and a French insurer is giving a concrete signal of its belief in the post-Brexit capital. Three themes in Peter Bill's Letter from London. 

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  • COMMENT How Brexit could boost the chances of a city nicknamed Mainhattan

    Last month, Joe Valente, head of real estate research at JP Morgan AM, wrote a rather upbeat article on the role of London during the upcoming Brexit negotiations. In this comment, Thomas Beyerle, head of research at Catella, offers a continental perspective. He argues that other financial centres in mainland Europe such as Paris, Amsterdam and Frankfurt - or the city nicknamed Mainhattan - also have high expectations.  

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  • COMMENT An alternative future for the City of London office market post Brexit

    The viability of the City of London as a global financial market post-Brexit has come into question, causing commercial real estate investors to reassess, writes Joe Valente, European Head of Real Estate Research at JP Morgan Asset Management – Global Real Assets, in this commentary.

     

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