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The Return of the Americans

BERLIN, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

- US capital Dominates Foreign Financing Activities on Germany's Commercial Real Estate Market

According to a market survey conducted by real estate financing consultancy Flatow AdvisoryPartners GmbH (FAP), no less than 4.1 billion euros in foreign capital will be available for commercial real estate financing in Germany in 2014. The lion's share is being brought in by US investors: They are making 2.5 billion euros available. Trailing US lenders in terms of equity volume are lenders hailing from the UK (1.05 billion euros), France (350 million euros), and Switzerland (125 billion euros).

The volume of investment-seeking US capital is nearing a magnitude not seen since the years 2005/2006. It is hard to say at this point whether a sufficient number of target assets are actually on the market that meet the return-on-equity requirements. American investors take an interest in Germany for the same reasons as other lenders (stability, robust economy, safety), but did not (re)discover the financing market as an asset class until recently.

In terms of corporate structure, the origin of the capital betrays a dominance of foreign insurance companies, which as a group account for 1.65 billion euros in capital funding. Next in line are international investment funds with a combined total of 1.3 billion euros, ahead of corporates with 1 billion euros.

Said Curth-C. Flatow, Managing Partner of FAP: "We responded to these trends, and expanded our advisory services to include, in addition to the borrowers' side, domestic and international lenders as well." FAP advises real estate investors and developers on fundraising in Germany's real estate market. The new business line "Lender Advisory - Creditor and Lender Consulting" marks the expansion of the activity to include the lending side. "Relying on decades of experience in the real estate financing sector, we will analyse the prospects for success and identify necessary chances or suggested improvements. Together with a given lender, we will develop an optimal strategy and devise a structured implementation," said Flatow.

Where required, FAP identifies target customers, and supports the acquisition of the envisaged deal on behalf of the creditor/lender.

Tobias Frank
Tel.: +49-30-46006-142
E-mail: [email protected]

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