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Thursday, 23 October 2014

French LVMH to resume ¤460m Paris Samaritaine conversion

A Paris court has ruled that French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH can resume work on its ¤460m conversion of the Paris La Samaritaine department store into a mixed-use complex including a prestige hotel. Work was stopped after a court ruling in May.

GIC-backed GMP becomes latest Spanish REIT; eyes listing

Spanish group GMP, controlled by the Montoro family property dynasty and now backed by Singapore's sovereign wealth fund GIC, has registered as the latest in the nation's expanding list of REIT/SOCIMIs, planning a stock market listing soon.

East German cities are safe places to invest – Dëus-von Homeyer

East German cities have developed into attractive living spaces over the past 20 years and are a safe place to invest now, says Nikolai Dëus-von Homeyer, Managing Partner of NAS Invest and panelist at PIE’s German Residential Property Breakfast in November in Berlin.

Kennedy Wilson Europe raises £352m for new deals, eyes Spain, Italy

Kennedy Wilson’s listed European real estate affiliate has raised £351.5m through the issuance of new shares in a public offering to help it fund new deals and expand, also with an eye to opportunities in Spain and Italy.

La Française debt fund completes ¤350m investment phase

French fund manager La Française REM'S real estate debt fund has completed its investment phase at ¤350m after participating in financing Kai Yuan's ¤345m purchase of the Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysées. It will now develop more real estate debt financing tools.

French REIT Frey selected for major Montpellier redevelopment

French retail park REIT/SIIC Frey has been selected by the southern city of Montpellier to carry out the first phase of the Ode à la Mer urban development project, one of the biggest ever redevelopments of a French suburban retail zone.

Austrian Immofinanz exits Swiss logistics with ¤95m sale

Austrian listed Immofinanz has divested its last logistics holdings in Switzerland, selling three assets to a fund managed by Credit Suisse for ¤95m. It says it will now concentrate activities in this segment on Germany.

GRESB-GBCI merger could create green rating monopoly

The merger between two green building benchmarkers, Amsterdam-based GRESB and US-based GBCI, is set to create a powerful platform to certify sustainability properties. But a top German executive warns it risks creating a kind of green rating agency monopoly.

German housing deals to reach ¤11bn this year – Savills

German residential portfolio transactions are likely to reach ¤11bn this year despite lack of supply, rising prices and a cyclical slowdown, says realtor Savills. Deals in the first three quarters were close to ¤9.1bn, up 4% on the same period in 2013.

Global capital for Euro real estate double 2007 at ¤515bn – Catella

Global capital aimed at European real estate in the next 12 months has risen to ¤515bn, double 2007’s ¤250bn, says Swedish financial group Catella. Investment will widen into mainland Europe, even if much of this may not be placed.

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