Leading UK Real Estate Debt Advisors
As one of the most respected Debt Advisory teams in the UK, our experts provide bespoke real estate debt fund and financing solutions that deliver enhanced returns and more efficient structures whilst reducing your execution risk. We provide expert advice across all forms of funding including acquisition, refinancing, repositioning, development, investment and across all markets including office, retail, industrial, hotels, student accommodation and healthcare.
Funds Advised On
(Since 2018) £5bn+
Transactions Advised On
(All Asset Classes) 100+
What We Offer
One-stop solution to all your real estate debt needs.
Providing independent, specialist advice supported by strong lender relationships and extensive experience across all real estate sectors, we're best place to meet your unique needs.
Connected with over 350 lenders globally, we offer the broadest range of options and most innovative solutions to you debt requirements through a single point of contact.
Our services include, but are not limited to:
- Business Planning
- Capital Raising
- Debt Restructuring
- Funding Options
- Lender Negotiations
- Strategic Advice
- Transaction Execution
Why work with us?
We ensure optimal terms with maximum confidence by working impartially with lenders who best match each client’s circumstances.
Our National Capital Markets team advises on acquisitions and disposals, real estate investment, development and finance requirements across the UK. Also operating worldwide, we work with a range of institutional investors, property companies, asset managers and private equity firms.
Engaging us for Real Estate Debt Advisory means:
- A single point of contact to 350+ lending relationships
- In-house modelling, strategic advice, stress testing and analysis of comparables
- A holistic understanding of real estate within Colliers' National Capital Markets Team
- Draw down to completion managed on your behalf
- Lead or supporting role to completion
- Lending providers out of the mainstream scope
How we work
Understanding risk appetite is paramount. From high street banks to pension funds, specialist and peer-to-peer lenders, we track market information and lender policies. Structuring optimal lending in changing markets is where we truly add value. We approach only the most suitable providers, leveraging our credit expertise into client savings.
Engaging us entirely delegates:
- Strategic analysis of gearing, debt maturity, capital allocation and funding structures
- Modelling and stress testing to determine equity required
- Sourcing and presenting to lenders
- Negotiating pricing, covenants and other requirements
- Reports for investors and boards
- Optimal debt structuring, including project timetable
- Management of the draw down process from conception to completion
Through expertise and relationships, we are trusted by our clients and lenders to bring perspective to the structuring of debt within real estate portfolios.
We are lender-impartial and free from bias or incentives. By representing the borrower, we equip our clients to make best-informed lending decisions.
In addition to providing real estate finance solutions, we work closely with the Colliers' Advisory & Restructuring team who specialise in supporting corporate restructuring, turnaround and insolvency situations – find out more here.
This enables us to provide truly end-to-end advice regarding loan origination, interim monitoring and exit across performing and non-performing assets.
News & Insights
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Our Debt Advisory Experts
Director & Head of Debt Advisory
As Head of Debt Advisory, Ben is responsible for advising Colliers UK and European Clients on Real Estate debt facilities that delivers enhanced returns, more efficient structures and a greater connectivity to the financial markets.
With 20 years’ experience within the Structured Finance & Real Estate Banking sector, Ben established ALC in 2013, a specialist Real Estate Debt Advisory business, the team then joined Colliers in 2018. He previously worked for Standard Chartered, National Australia Bank and RBS in various Real Estate roles.
Ben has extensive experience in the arrangement and monitoring of Real Estate credit structures across the capital stack and asset classes. This includes senior, whole and mezz loans, with facilities arranged from several million to several hundred million.
The team work with over 240 global credit funders, from banks to debt funds to opportunistic Family Offices. As a single point of contact, Ben and his team are able to reduce execution risk, improve clients IRR and Cash on Cash Yields whilst striving to deliver an outstanding client experience.
Director - Debt Advisory
National Capital Markets
London - West End
With over 20 years’ experience in the finance sector as both a lender and advisor, Amy specialises in providing advice and execution support to enable her clients to raise finance with confidence. Amy has a client centric approach and proven track record of optimising terms whilst reducing execution risk.
Amy has a broad knowledge of debt products and capital providers, across the credit spectrum, from traditional banks and challengers to asset based lenders, bridgers and credit funds. This enables her clients to optimise their capital structure to support their strategic objectives, from acquisitions and refinances to working capital and shareholder realignments.
Her financing experience spans all core sectors including: commercial and residential real estate, construction, healthcare, hotels and leisure, logistics, manufacturing, social housing and student accommodation.
Laurence is a Director at Colliers International in Jersey, where he joined the team in 2016.
He specialises in institutional and corporate debt financing. Working across all parts of the debt stack, and all real estate asset classes, he is passionate about structuring creative credit solutions to further a client’s investment objectives and maximise target returns.
Adrian is a Director at Colliers International in Jersey, where he joined the team in 2015.
He is responsible for driving the Private Client business forward and building strong links with Channel Island based Trust and Company Service Providers. He is passionate about finding the right solutions for his clients and helping them to satisfy their financing needs as seamlessly as possible.
Diana is responsible for structuring and brokering real estate debt solutions for institutional clients. She advises on all asset classes and across the entire debt stack, including senior, stretched senior, mezzanine, whole loans and profit-share arrangements. She covers properties ranging from single-tenant assets to diversified property portfolios as well as being experienced in the financing of development projects, both ground-up and refurbishments, and bridge financing.
Richard has over ten years’ experience working in high-security technology industries; including Defence, Nuclear and Oil and Gas. He joined the team in 2015 and applied analytical skills, developed within an engineering environment, to the finance sector and now specialises in modelling and credit analysis across all asset classes.
Richard also has a strong background in IT with experience implementing and supporting business systems for a number SMEs; including document management, CRM, accounting and network / system administration.
Associate Director - Debt Advisory
National Capital Markets
London - West End
Eamon has significant experience raising finance for trading businesses across the full lifecycle of debt transactions, including; business planning, funding options, debt capacity, credit analysis, debt structuring, marketing materials, offer analysis, negotiation & documentation.
As a qualified accountant, but with direct experience in bank liquidity and capital adequacy, Eamon has a deeper understanding of the relationship between the borrower’s underlying financials and the lender’s rationale. This unique skill set has proven valuable. In fact, funding advised on by Eamon has resulted in the delivery of over 6,000 units.
One particular strength of Eamon’s skillset is his understanding of different lenders in the fragmented markets. Eamon has lead successful transactions with banks and non-bank lenders such as pension funds, insurance funds, aggregators, local authorities and private equity/debt funds to name a few. Finally, Eamon is a Fellow Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (2012 Prizewinner) and holds an MSc. Finance from Trinity College, Dublin.