Allianz Real Estate finances BVK's investment in Dublin shopping centre

Allianz Real Estate has provided €290m loan for Bayerische Versorgungskammer’s (BVK) investment in a Dublin shopping centre.

The seven-year fixed-rate loan, arranged on behalf of several Allianz entities, is for Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, which was acquired last year by BVK.

BVK, Germany’s biggest pension fund, acquired the asset from Hines, HSBC Alternative Investments and Grosvenor in December 2016. Hines continues to manage the property.

“Ireland has provided attractive opportunities in a short period of time,” said Roland Fuchs, European head of real estate finance at Allianz Real Estate.

The investment follows Allianz Real Estate’s direct investment in Dundrum Shopping Centre and a €150m loan for a Dublin portfolio of 11 office and one residential building in 2015.

Fuchs said the investments had “resulted in Ireland becoming a notable part of our portfolio”.

Allianz Real Estate’s European and US real estate debt portfolio totals just over €15bn.

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