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Center Parcs - Park Eifel

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Germany’s largest listed commercial real estate company Aroundtown SA is buying seven Center Parcs Europe holiday parks from Blackstone for about €1bn, in a deal that looks like it was brokered by Eastdil Secured. Read more

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Maledives aerial

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It has long been billed as a tropical paradise offering unparalleled sandy beaches, incredible diving and high-end cuisine but now the Maldives has caught the eye of cross-border investors, including German hospitality chains, who are on the hunt... Read more

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Scout24

Scout24

Germany’s Scout24 classified listings company is set to remain as a publicly-listed company after the takeover bid led by US groups Hellman & Friedman and Blackstone failed to secure the required 50% of shares earlier this month. Read more

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German Investment

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Asian investors are looking at Germany with renewed vigour, as uncertainty surrounding Brexit and China-US trade wars pushes them to take a chance on Europe’s biggest economy. Read more

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Michael Zahn

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In our December issue of REFIRE, we speculated that Ouram Holding, controlled by Israeli investor Amir Dayan, was about to make a full takeover attempt for the German listed TLG Immobilien. Read more

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Frankfurt

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Even by Frankfurt’s standards, it was a busy week for sales. No less than three office towers changed hands within a seven-day period earlier this month in the city for more than a billion euros, along with a number of significant other office transa Read more

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Warehouse and logistic space

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The average European logistics yield dropped 14 basis points (bps) to 5.95% in Q2 2018, the first time it has fallen below 6% since Cushman & Wakefield began regularly tracking the three main property sectors in 1992... Read more

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Berlin

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Germany’s residential market is becoming increasingly differentiated as interest in the sector heats up, Dr. Konstantin Kortmann, head of residential investment at JLL Germany, told REFIRE. Read more

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Luxembourg-based boutique real estate investment manager Optimum Asset Management has completed a €100m secondary transaction with new investors into Optimum Evolution Fund SIF – Property II, which is invested primarily in well-located... Read more

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Berlin

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Phoenix Spree’s bet on the Berlin market has paid off: the UK-listed investment company specialising in German residential real estateachieved an NAV total return of 53% in 2017, in a sign that Berlin can generate hefty returns. Read more

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Tobias Kassner - BulwienGesa

BulwienGesa

Light industrial deals hit a new high in Germany last year at €3bn, a 27% increase on the former record in 2015, according to a report published this month by Bulwiengesa, ‘Initiative Unternehmensimmobilien 2H 2017’. Read more

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Europe

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AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets is beefing up its exposure to logistics, Laurent Jacquemin, head of European transactions at the group, told REFIRE at EXPO REAL. ‘We want to grow our logistics portfolio, notably in Germany,’ Jacquemin said. Read more

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Ralf Kemper - JLL

JLL

JLL’s Victor Prime Office Index flattened out in the second quarter, rising by just 0.2% to 169.7 points, according to data released this month by JLL. Read more

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Germany could be headed for a bumper year with up €100b in deals, according to Fabian Klein, head of investment Germany at CBRE in Frankfurt. ‘We’re expecting a record year in Germany this year, with at least €50b of deals. If enough supply comes... Read more

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Dr. Julian Deutz - Axel Springer

Axel Springer

Another giant Berlin commercial property sale also took place this month, having been flagged (including in REFIRE's pages) about half a year ago as likely to be one of the biggest sales of the year. German publisher Axel Springer has sold its... Read more

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Sony Centre

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The sale process for the landmark Sony Centre property on Potsdamer Platz in Berlin is moving into its final phase, and from what REFIRE understands, the Canadian pension group Oxford Properties seems to be the frontrunner at this stage to become... Read more

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Anthony Myers - Blackstone

The Blackstone Group L.P.

Blackstone has raised €7.8b for its fifth European opportunistic real estate fund, Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe V (BREP Europe V), making it the largest ever dedicated European fund, it announced earlier this month. Read more

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Deal

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AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets has agreed to acquire a portfolio of 39 predominantly logistics assets spread across five European countries from Gramercy Property Europe for around €1bn. Read more

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Shopping Center

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An unnamed Berlin investor represented by Frankfurt-based real estate manager Curator r.e.m. has acquired a portfolio of three German shopping centres from UK-based real estate group Edinburgh House for a price described as ‘in the high double... Read more

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Anthony Myers - Blackstone

The Blackstone Group L.P.

Private equity giant Blackstone earlier this month completed its €3.3bn acquisition of the OfficeFirst platform in Germany from IVG Immobilien and wasted little time in appointing a new management board. It has also started the disposal of what it... Read more

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