RESEARCH SUMMARY:

  • Cross border investment in Europe up 32% in H1 2014 to €44bn
  • Weight of capital and lack of product driving City of London yields lower
  • UK institutions return to Central London primarily due to rental growth story compared with regional UK performance
  • Second wave Asian capital moving up the risk curve as European economies grow, with more established buyers looking beyond Central London offices at other asset classes like shopping centres in the UK, and stable office income investments in other tier 1 cities like Frankfurt, Paris and Madrid
  • Canadian investors increasingly active in continental Europe, with Australian funds and SWFs like NBIM and Kuwait Investment Authority also eyeing European expansion.
  • Spain sees increase in transactions as investors widen their focus to retail and development opportunities
  • Growing foreign interest in Dutch residential, while German investors cement their presence in Amsterdam CBD
  • Flurry of other deals underscores investors’ appetite for alternative product including hotels/serviced residential