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CMBS needs greater regulatory backing

Iain Balkwill, partner at law firm Reed Smith, argues that the legislative treatment of commercial mortgage-backed securities will harm the long-term growth of the product.

Three reasons to lend against Spanish student housing

Demand outstripping supply, increased investment activity and higher returns are making this space more appealing to lenders.

The case for selective development lending

There is growing demand for construction finance. In the right circumstances, it makes sense for those lenders that understand the risks.

What we learned at the PERE Debt and Finance Forum

The lure of debt to investors, the evolution of lending products and the need for greater emphasis on ESG were among the topics discussed at our sister title’s conference.

Europe’s Top 40 Lenders 2019: Do you deserve to make the cut?

We’re already considering which firms should make this year’s list. There’s just over a week to argue why yours should be included.

Operators are key in the growing senior living sector

Demographics and a demand-supply imbalance are compelling reasons for debt providers to back senior living, although partnering with experienced operators is crucial.

Five talking points from Savills’ state of the property debt market address

The need to refinance a huge pile of maturing debt, lenders’ reticence to fund retail, and the growing importance of cashflow were among key topics raised at the consultancy’s latest Financing Property presentation.

UK still offers long-term opportunities for real estate investors, despite Brexit turmoil

Just as the Brexit vote dampened activity, this year’s political uncertainty is taking its toll. But, as in 2016, certain sectors remain resilient, writes Lorna Brown of Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets

The UK’s upstart lenders are earning credibility

Many of the emergent lenders targeting the country’s smaller-scale property loan space have yet to prove their staying power, but some are building solid businesses.

Alternatives are coming into focus

There are benefits for debt providers in looking outside the mainstream real estate sectors. But financing alternative property assets requires an understanding of the factors driving demand.
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