CBRE Global Investors completed €8.9 billion transactions throughout Europe in 2018. This includes EUR 5.5 billion of acquisitions and EUR 3.4 billion of disposals.
“The market place is competitive, but given our strong local presence and sector expertise, we have had another successful year securing attractive risk weighted opportunities throughout EMEA for our clients” commented Sophie van Oosterom, CEO & CIO EMEA, CBRE Global Investors. “These figures illustrate the strength of our platform securing and deploying capital with discipline, as well as creating value and liquidity for our investors through active management.”
The CBRE Global Investors’ residential team secured the largest investment growth, increasing investment volume by 36% compared to last year. Furthermore, transactions were successfully completed in the retail sector (EUR1.1bn), logistics/industrial sector (€1billion) and offices (over €600 million).
Notable transactions were concluded in the UK, including two successful fund launches which were a new Affordable Housing Fund and a Long Income fund, in The Netherlands (Orange & Green residential portfolio in Amsterdam), France (Rue Reaumur in Paris), Germany (Hanseviertel in Hamburg) and Poland (disposal of Wars & Sawa and Junior scheme).
Frans van Toor, head of transactions EMEA, CBRE Global Investors said: “We anticipate another active year of buying and selling throughout Europe with a focus on assets that we can add value through active asset management initiatives and sectors with more defensive qualities such as hotels and student housing. With over €4 billion of dry powder for 2019, our 28 person-strong transaction team located in 15 countries will continuously be looking for the right opportunities.”
Globally, CBRE Global Investors completed €21.3 billion in private real assets transactions in 2018.