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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

German IVG exits insolvency with hedge funds as new owners

A Bonn court has lifted insolvency proceedings on Germany's IVG, allowing it to operate without restrictions again. A new supervisory board has been appointed and former creditors, largely hedge and opportunity funds, are now owners after a ¤2.2bn debt-equity swap.

Blackstone, IVG confirm Frankfurt Pollux tower purchase

US fund manager Blackstone, together with co-investor and asset manager Finch Properties, based in Düsseldorf, has bought the Pollux tower in Frankfurt from German IVG and Dutch asset manager OVG, confirming media reports. Price was not disclosed.

French Immochan moves ¤266m Italy mall portfolio to fund

French retail group Auchan's Immochan real estate unit has transferred a ¤266m Italian mall portfolio to the fund Antirion Retail/comparto gallerie commerciali in which the ENPAM doctors and dentists' foundation will have a majority stake.

Grosvenor eyes more Euro retail after portfolio sale to Syntrus

After selling a ¤120m portfolio of French assets to Holland's Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance, UK private manager Grosvenor is on the lookout for more retail assets in Europe for its funds arm and is ready to spend ¤100m or more on individual deals.

German Aareal in ¤160m loan to Madrid mall developer

German property lender Aareal Bank, together with an undisclosed Spanish bank, have granted a ¤160m loan to Spanish shopping centre developer and investor SCCE for the Plaza Norte 2 mall in the nation's capital Madrid.

German Sierra to build seven German hotels for IHG

InterContinental Hotels has signed a multiple development agreement with German Sierra Hotel Management to build seven hotels across Germany, and the first, a Holiday Inn Express in Karlsruhe, is due to open in mid-2016.

Dutch urban centres spark interest at Beijing Design Week

The wish of the Chinese government to look for new business models while improving the quality of life for its citizens has prompted a second Dutch contribution to the Beijing Design Week, and Dutch urban centres provide an interesting practice, says property advisor Fakton.

Dutch property 'tidal wave' to peak in 2015 - JLL

Local and international investors are set to buy ¤7.3bn in Dutch real estate and sell ¤2.1bn between now and end-2015 when price increases across all sectors are likely to mean the 'tidal wave' of investment will peak, says advisor JLL.

Italy REIT changes could spur IPOs, state property sales - EPRA

Changes to Italy’s REIT regime could spur more IPOs and speed the disposal of government-held property by making them more attractive to foreign capital, the European Public Real Estate Association said. The reform is on the discussion agenda at PIE's Italy Property Breakfast in London tomorrow.

Dutch Syntrus buys French retail from Grosvenor for ¤120m

Dutch Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance, part of the Amsterdam-based pension group, has acquired 16 French high street retail properties in central Paris, Bordeaux and Toulouse for over ¤120m from a fund managed by UK private manager Grosvenor.

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