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Florian Glock - REFIRE Ltd.

Alternative asset fund managers are expecting to see a seismic shift over the next five years in terms of where they source their capital from, thereby forcing traditional lenders to up their game to entice sophisticated investors. more

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EXPO REAL

Messe München GmbH

EXPO REAL will kick off again in Munich in a few days’ time. As conversations at the fair are a reliable barometer for investment in months to come, REFIRE asked some of Europe’s major players which topics we can expect to dominate this year. more

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Housing market

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The boom in investment into the student and micro-housing market in German shows no sign of any let-up, with transaction volume for the first half of the year up a whopping 224% to more than €1.6bn, shows the latest study by property brokers CBRE. more

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Student living

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European student housing deals have rocketed by 29% y-o-y to €13.6b across the continent in 2017, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s latest Student Accommodation Guide, published this month. more

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Sony Centre

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The recent mega-deal which saw Canadian pension fund Oxford Properties and Madison International buy the Sony Centre in Berlin from Korea's national pension fund for €1.1bn has now been financed by the buyers. They have closed a €625m loan... more

Investment

Drones

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Drones are the new black in real estate. Everyone wants one so it is no surprise that, for some companies, they are starting to become indispensable. Allianz X, the venture unit of insurer Allianz Group, is so committed to using drones that it... more

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Christoph Donner - Allianz

Allianz

Allianz Real Estate has formed a joint venture with US REIT Columbia Property Trust to acquire Class A offices in the US. more

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Annette Kroeger - Allianz Real Estate Germany

Alianz

German insurer Allianz has bought a €175m office redevelopment project in Berlin in a forward deal on behalf of several Allianz group companie from private equity investor Patron Capital and its local partner, Berlin-based investment company Suprema. more

Investment

Olivier Téran - Allianz Real Estate

Allianz Real Estate

Munich-headquartered student housing specialist International Campus AG has launched €1bn student housing fund with €600m in cornerstone capital already raised from insurer Allianz and another European investor, represented by CBRE Global... more

Investment

Acquisitions, Contracts and Deals

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Diversified Paris-based investment group Tikehau Capital earlier this month completed the acquisition of 80% of the shares of Singapore-based IREIT Global Group, the real estate investment trust listed in Singapore set up to invest exclusively in... more

Companies

Michiel Jaski - IVG

IVG

Once Bonn-based IVG Immobilien had pulled its mooted IPO of office subsidiary OfficeFirst recently after breaking off negotiations with potential partners for a trade sale, it was inevitable they would immediately re-examine the status quo ante... more

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Michiel Jaski - IVG

IVG

As REFIRE reported in recent issues, Germany's erstwhile largest listed property IVG Immobilien AG has embarked on the sale of its core property portfolio under the flag of its new corporate identity as Officefirst Immobilien. Plans seem to be... more

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Michiel Jaski - IVG

IVG

Germany's erstwhile largest listed property IVG Immobilien AG has embarked on the sale of its core property portfolio under the flag of its new corporate identity as Officefirst Immobilien. The portfolio comprises 97 office properties, valued at... more

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Roland Fuchs - Allianz Real Estate

Allianz

US REIT NorthStar Realty Finance Corp. has been in the news for several sizeable deals recently, including its recent acquisition of the landmark office property Trianon in the Frankfurt business district for €540m. Last year it hit the headlines... more

Investment

Brueckenrasthaus - Tank & Rast

Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH

The wheel is turning full circle for German insurer Allianz, as the consortium headed by its infrastructure arm has won the bidding for motorway services company Tank & Rast from the Guy Hands-led UK private equity company Terra Firma. Allianz... more

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Tank & Rast - Lipperland

Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH

Among those bidding for the German autobahn service area chain Tank and Rast, which is jointly owned by British private equity group Terra Firma and Germany’s RREEF Infrastructure Funds, is the giant China Investment Corp. more

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Autobahn Tank & Rast

Autobahn Tank & Rast GmbH

The German autobahn service area chain Tank & Rast, which is jointly owned by British private equity group Terra Firma and Germany’s RREEF Infrastructure Funds, is now officially up for sale for a reported €3.5bn. However, contrary to what we... more

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Aareal Bank in Wiesbaden

Aareal Bank AG

Wiesbaden based property lender Aareal Bank has finalised the acquisition of all the shares in Westdeutsche Immobilienbank (WestImmo) from EEA, the workout bank of former owner WestLB for €350m, in the process gaining a €4.3bn performing European... more

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Königsbau Passagen in Stuttgart

ECE

The UK-based investment banking and private equity group Evans Randall said this week that it had completed a full refinancing of its senior debt position on one of its major German assets, the Königsbau Passagen in Stuttgart. more

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Verkauf

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Westdeutsche Immobilienbank (WestiImmo), the previous real estate lending division of the mothballed WestLB is said to be in talks with at least two possible buyers to sell its lending business out of the clutches of the German state, which... more

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