All articles by Robert Melia Watson

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    Pan-European retail sustainability standard launched


    EUROPE- Bre Global, a property research and consultancy group specialising in the assessment of the environmental and social impact of property developments, has launched what is said to be the first pan-European retail sustainability standard – a ‘green’ code of practice designed to ensure commercial development projects have minimal impact ...

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    Laxton to head UK charge of Cushman & Wakefield


    UK - Cushman & Wakefield, the global real estate consultants and investment firm, has appointed Bryan Laxton as chief executive officer of its UK business from January 2009.

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    Behringer Harvard opens door to European expansion


    EUROPE – Behringer Harvard, the US-based international commercial property investment fund specialists, has extended its European range with several acquisitions in Central Europe.

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    London tops the office expenses


    UK - London remains the most expensive office market in the world, according to the latest research by London-based global commercial property investment consultants, CB Richard Ellis (CBRE).

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    DEGI continues European expansion


    BELGIUM – DEGI, the €6bn German specialist property investment group, has bought a major European Union (EU) office complex in Brussels, in a deal worth €90m.

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    Singapore expected to bounce back strongly


    SINGAPORE - Singapore remains the centre of choice in Asia for long-term investors seeking stable real estate investment returns, according to a new survey by

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    German investors dominate in falling London markets


    EUROPE - The Central London commercial property markets are continuing to fall under pressure from the current financial and economic crisis but indicators suggest overseas investors are still willing to consider deals, according to London-based commercial real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield.

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    Union seeks growth through Axa CEO


    GERMANY - Hamburg-based investment management firm Union Investment Real Estate (Union) has appointed Karl-Joseph Hermanns-Engel to its management board with specific responsibility for the €14bn firm’s international asset management operations.

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    Russia to be avoided, warns JP Morgan


    RUSSIA - Investors should avoid Russia as a potential area of growth as its property markets will be the hardest hit if the world’s largest country is drawn to the impending global recession, JP Morgan Chase has claimed.

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    Germany steps in protect Hypo’s funds behind the funds


    GERMANY – A consortium of German banks has stepped in at the eleventh hour to provide Hypo Real Estate, a provider of loans and financing to real estate purchases and funds, with assets to meet its financing obligations.

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    Non-listed real estate stays top buy in poor conditions


    EUROPE - Non-listed real estate funds remain the asset class of choice among institutional investors looking to increase their investments in European real estate in turbulent times, according to a study by INREV, the Amsterdam-based European association for investors in non-listed real estate vehicles.

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    Student accommodation contrasts economic slowdown


    UK - The UK student accommodation sector is continuing to thrive while most other property sectors feel the pinch in tough economic conditions, according to real estate consultancy group King Sturge.

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    Knight Frank expands Middle East operations


    MIDDLE EAST - London-based global real estate management and advisory firm Knight Frank has extended its global network by opening a office in Bahrain to cover the burgeoning Middle Eastern property market.

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    ABP extends hotel holdings in key European cities


    EUROPE - Europe’s second-largest pension scheme ABP, the Netherland’s huge €215bn public service fund, has expanded its European real estate portfolio with the purchase of six hotels in Paris, Amsterdam and Düsseldorf.

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    Jones Lang LaSalle reshuffles directors


    UNITED STATES - US-based property investment and consultants group Jones Lang LaSalle is reshuffling its senior board in a bid to reinforce its global presence and strategy for expansion.

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    Schroders expands Nordic team


    SCANDINAVIA - Schroder Property, the real estate arm of London-based €164.4bn Schroders, has further strengthened its presence in Scandinavia with the appointment of Ubbe Strihagen as director of business development for the Nordic region.

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    Propinvest seals largest ever European property deal


    SPAIN - London-based real estate investment and management specialist Propinvest has acquired the global headquarters of Spanish banking giant Banco Santander, for €1.9bn – the largest ever European real estate deal.

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    AXA REIM steps up Asian presence


    ASIA - AXA Real Estate Investment Managers (AXA REIM), the global property arm of French financial services group AXA, has opened an Asian headquarters in Singapore as the springboard for moves into India and Japan.

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    Invista sees 5-yr German potential


    GERMANY - The developed countries in Europe continue to offer the best real estate investment opportunities but Germany is perhaps still the best investment even with current pressures, according to London-based Invista Real Estate Investment Management.

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    Emerging market real estate indices launched


    GLOBAL – The European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA) and National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) are extending its joint venture with the FTSE Group to develop a series FTSE EPRA/NAREIT Global Real Estate indices also covering the emerging markets.