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Quarter of European senior real estate loans or €33b seen sourced from institutional investors and specialised funds

A quarter of all European senior commercial real estate mortgage loans, or an estimated €33 billion per annum could be sourced from insurers, pension funds and specialist loan funds within five years, pan-European real estate investment manager AEW Europe estimates. Mahdi Mokrane, Head of Research & Strategy for AEW Europe said: “There is a deep structural change occurring in the European commercial real estate lending market, with insurers and specialised loan funds rushing to fill the gap left by receding bank mortgage lending in the sector. Based on the experience in the U.S., which saw institutions stepping into the market on a large scale in the 1990s, I wouldn’t be surprised to see around 25% of all senior loans coming fro[…]