***PLEASE NOTE: ALL EVENTS WILL MOVE TO A VIRTUAL PLATFORM DURING THE COVID-19 CRISIS, PLEASE REGISTER AS NORMAL TO GUARANTEE YOUR PLACE*** 2020 seemed set to be a positive year for the real estate debt market, which offers significant opportunities for investors to capture attractive risk adjusted returns. Real Estate debt has been one of the fastest-growing property asset classes in recent years and has played an increasing role in acquisition financing, thanks to the ongoing demand for debt finance from developers and investors' hunt for yield. How will the global health crisis influence the market? Is it expected to be a short term or longer term influence?
There is a significant requirement for real estate debt finance in the market and more alternative lenders are seeking to exploit the opportunities. As for sources of debt lending, experts expect a moderate increase in debt funding for real estate investments coming from alternative lending platforms and a moderate increase in debt financing from non-bank institutions.
What are the prospects for the months ahead? Will the surge in institutional interest in debt continue or will we see a pause? Debt has been described as an 'investment superfood' that can enhance portfolio performance. What are the advantages, and what are the risks? What is happening with loan sale activity in Europe? In which countries or regions is the activity likely to be concentrated? What impact are record low interest rates having on the market? Will politics or economics be the main driver of financial markets for the rest of 2020? What are the prospects for investment activity in Europe this year? Investors' search for yield is leading them to diversify into alternative sectors - to what extent will this benefiting the loan sale market? Do you see, or expect to see issues with liquidity?
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