Institutional Real Estate Europe

October 1, 2012: Vol. 6, Number 9

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Europe

Life in the Fast Lane: Investors Are Speeding to Embrace Infrastructure, But This Diverse Asset Class also Demands Skill and Caution

There is an urgent need for infrastructure assets globally, and at the same time there is an emerging appetite among institutional investors for investments that share the characteristics of the infrastructure asset class. If we toss in the fact that the traditional means of infrastructure funding are proving to be woefully insufficient, the forward-looking potential for infrastructure as an investment class looks robust.

Europe

There’s a New Fund in Town: German Insurance Companies Are Looking at Debt Funds to Provide a Solution to More than One Problem

German insurance companies have a big problem. They need to generate sufficient profits in order to meet their long-term liabilities vis-à-vis their policyholders. How can they achieve this in a time of decreasing interest rates, tumbling stock markets and general economic malaise? The shining beacon on the horizon, promising decent returns and salvation: debt funds.

Europe

Play It Again, Sam: As with any Competitive Activity, There Are Winners and Losers in Europe’s Commercial Real Estate Markets

As the world reflects on the medal winners and the records broken at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, we take a look at the winners and losers in Europe’s real estate investment market at the half-year stage, using Q2 2012 results collated by Cushman & Wakefield. And as Brazil now starts to prepare to host the 31st Olympic Games in 2016, we assess the prospects for Europe’s real estate markets over the next four years.

Europe

Embracing the Change: Real Estate Funds and Fund Managers Need to Take Account of the Changes that the New Regulatory Environment Will Bring

The global economic crisis has taken a toll on financial markets, leading to a greater need for investors and governments to become more familiar with the most recent developments on all investment operations. This has resulted in the emergence of new government regulations. In order to gain an edge, managers will need to familiarise themselves with the new regulations and the areas they will impact.

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