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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.

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.

The European CMBS market is having a growth spurt

Commercial mortgage-backed securities issuance in Europe is gathering steam, with at least four deals in the pipeline.

Five takeaways from the Cass report

An increase in lending activity, a retreat by the German banks and a drop in residential development finance are among the key trends highlighted by the business school’s latest report on UK property lending.

Lenders should not always give borrowers what they want

Although some borrowers are asking for higher leverage, lenders should only provide it when there is a clear opportunity to add value to an asset.

Financing retail requires an urgent rethink

Retail property needs to adapt to survive. And to ensure it has an adequate supply of debt, lenders and borrowers must adjust their approach.

SAREB risks losing momentum by abandoning NPL sales altogether

Spain’s ‘bad bank’ will not put large portfolios of toxic assets up for sale, despite high demand from investors. This refusal might be unnecessary.
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