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Monday, 10 March 2014
Manfredi Catella, high-profile CEO of Hines Italia, has boosted his holding in the Italian affiliate of the Texas-based manager to 28.87% and now aims to grow real estate investment management to capture surging interest in Italy from sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and global private equity.
Just a few weeks after the US Quantum fund of billionaire investor George Soros took a stake in one of two Spanish REITs floating this month, it has announced a 5% interest in Italian shopping centre REIT IGD, becoming its s third largest shareholder.
Swiss private equity manager Corestate Capital is expanding its search for assets across the risk spectrum, CEO Ralph Winter says in a PIE interview in the March magazine. Huge available equity means competition has become more intense.
UK & European Investments, backed by the Lewis family which owns the River Island clothing chain, is seeking value-add direct exposure in Germany, Poland and Spain alongside homebase London, a senior executive tells PIE magazine in an interview published today.
US-based alternative investor Angelo, Gordon wants to double its portfolio in Europe to around ¤1bn over the next two years, focusing on the continent, senior executives tell PIE in an interview published in the March magazine today.
European hotel investment sentiment is at a peak, with an expected upturn in the offer pipeline, says cooperative system manager Union Investment. The up-and-coming asset class will be aparthotels or serviced apartments.
Rabo Real Estate, the property arm of Dutch Rabo Bank, has mandated realtor JLL to sell the PalaisQuartier urban quarter in Frankfurt, aiming to raise around ¤1bn. If successful, the price would make it the largest single asset sale in Germany since the financial crisis.
German logistics specialist Palmira Capital Partners is joining forces with Madrid-based investment manager Kefren Capital Real Estate to invest in Spanish industrial and logistics property. The move is part of Palmira’s expansion plan into Europe.
Swedish property group Hemsö, majority owned by the third Swedish pension fund, has bought a portfolio of 15 Finnish healthcare assets for ¤100m from a fund managed by Helsinki investment manager Trevian.
Properties beyond prime locations in Sweden have been turned into winners by investors’ higher risk appetite, projected higher economic growth, reduced vacancies and easier availability of financing, says advisor Newsec.
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