Institutional Real Estate Europe

February 1, 2017: Vol. 11, Number 02

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From the Current Issue


Structural issues but investors still head for Italy

The failure of the constitutional reform referendum in Italy on 4 December 2016 had a predictable effect on the Italian political scene and a less predictable impact on the ability of Italian banks, notably Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, to extract themselves from the financial mire that they find themselves in without falling foul of EU state-aid rules.


Lack of supply pushes investors toward noncore markets

According to Savills, some noncore European commercial real estate markets saw stronger investment volume growth last year than core markets, due primarily to a lack of stock in core markets and to the impact on investor sentiment of the uncertainty caused by the EU referendum in the United Kingdom.


2016 finishes with a flurry of fund launches and closes

The one megafund that launched during December 2016 was International Campus AG’s €1 billion student housing fund, the FIZZ Student Housing Fund SCS, with Allianz and an investor represented by CBRE Global Investment Partners as cornerstone investors.


The phoney war: The Brexit story is about to begin in earnest

The United Kingdom’s vote in June 2016 to leave the European Union has the potential to redefine the pecking order of global cities, as London seeks to maintain its dominant position while the country negotiates its divorce settlement with the rest of the continent.


Just the start?

This issue’s lead story is about views on the real estate market effects of Brexit, now and to come. That’s fine; that’s what I asked James Buckley to do. But we know that Brexit goes so much wider.

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