Institutional Real Estate Europe

June 1, 2012: Vol. 6, Number 6

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From the Current Issue


A Conversation with Borja Sierra

As deal facilitators, brokers and consultants are at the heart of the real estate investment business. This business is local and global. Local, because on-the-ground market knowledge forms a key component of a deal’s structure; global, because there is an army of expert investors out there seeking real estate investments that meet their requirements, whether diversification, risk-adjusted returns, stable income or — ideally — a combination of the three. Editor Richard Fleming spoke recently with Borja Sierra, CEO, continental Europe, at Savills, based in London, about real estate markets across Europe; the pressures and uncertainties caused by fiscal austerity, rising unemployment and the continuing rumblings of the euro zone sovereign debt crisis; the risks inherent in the apparent investor concentration on core and prime in the principal markets; and Europe’s place in the real estate investment world. 


Who Are the Leaders?: These Are Uncertain and Volatile Times, but Some Real Estate Players Are Showing How to Get Ahead

Debt. Deficit. Austerity. Unemployment. Inflation. For what seems longer than just the past few months, the old continent has been struggling with these demons. Investors are still eager to find new opportunities despite these threats. The real estate sector can be an attractive option, because it’s seen to be far less risky than stocks and shares and offers better returns than the obligations of bonds. Investors are hence still interested in real estate prospects in the “golden triangle”: France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Specifically, investors are on the lookout for prime office assets in London, Paris, Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin. But other investors have become more adventurous and are seeking returns from different types of assets and markets.


Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Funds Look to Asia

Non-listed Asian property funds will receive a greater increase in allocations from investors than non-listed European property funds, according to a comparison of the two markets carried out by INREV, the European Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles, and its sister organisation, ANREV, the Asian Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles.


INREV Publishes White Paper on SDDS

INREV, the European Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles, has published a white paper on the Standard Data Delivery Sheet (SDDS), an initiative to improve communication between investors and fund managers.

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