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    We are one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. We provide them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the Firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.
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    Cloudscraper is the information backbone for commercial real estate assets, debt and equity. The platform provides users with the ability to store, retrieve, analyse, visualise and share commercial real estate data, as and when needed allowing users to convert intuition into data-driven decision making.
    For the first time, all components of the commercial real estate capital stack can be found and structured through one platform – equity, senior debt, mezzanine debt, loan syndication – even the ability to raise and trade joint venture equity – all with the ability to manage the entire due diligence process through a single hub.
    Founded in 2014 and launched publicly in February 2018. Cloudscraper is headquartered in London with offices in Frankfurt, Dublin and Tel Aviv.

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    DRC Capital LLP is an independent investment adviser focusing on the commercial real estate debt sector in Europe. Through its London-based dedicated debt investment platform, it offers advisory and origination services to borrowers and investors seeking high quality returns from commercial real estate. The company has been at the forefront of developing debt structures for the commercial real estate sector. DRC adopts an opportunistic approach focussed on high quality commercial real estate assets for both new and existing debt.

    –       Investment focus: acquisition financing, interim financing, refinancing, debt acquisitions
    –       Geographic focus: Western Europe, particularly the UK, Germany and France.  Also the EU, Norway, Switzerland
    –       Asset focus: commercial real estate, particularly offices, hotels, retail and light-industrial

    Since 2008, the DRC team has successfully arranged over £1bn worth of debt investments for its institutional investor client base

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    Eastdil Secured, as the wholly owned real estate investment banking subsidiary of Wells Fargo and Company, specialises in arranging capital transactions within the private and public real estate debt and equity capital markets. Such transactions include the sales of properties, CRE mortgage loans, and corporate entities; the placement of mortgage, mezzanine, and entity level debt financings; and arranging joint ventures, recapitalisations, and platform level equity raises.

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    GÖRG is one of Germany’s leading business law firms. As an independent law firm with more than 270 lawyers at five offices in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg and Munich, GÖRG advises on all core areas of business law. GÖRG has a leading reputation in restructuring and insolvency and is top ranked in corporate, real estate, banking and finance as well as in procurement law. Clients include renowned companies both in Germany and abroad as well as the public sector. GÖRG has a wealth of experience, particularly in advising banks and financial service providers, real estate and energy companies.



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    JLL is a leading professional services firm that specialises in real estate and investment management.  A Fortune 500 company, JLL helps real estate owners, occupiers and investors achieve their business ambitions.  With offices in over 80 countries, JLL works closely with clients across a wide range of asset classes, offering sector and local real estate expertise.  Services include the arrangement, structuring and distribution of commercial mortgage and residential development loans, real estate structured products, credit tenant financings, loan sales and general debt advisory.

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    K&L Gates has one of the largest dedicated real estate finance practices of any global law firm with over 200 real estate finance lawyers across our global platform. We have offices spanning across the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. We regularly support our institutional and corporate clients on complex structured real estate finance deals, real estate fund structuring and high level investment work. In recent years we have played a major role in the restructuring and regeneration of the real estate sector.  We are consistently ranked by both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as one of the leading real estate finance law firms and have been described as “very knowledgeable”, “hardworking” and having ‘strength in depth’.

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    M7 Real Estate is one of the leading specialists in the pan-European, regional, multi-let real estate market. With circa 220 employees in 13 countries across Europe, the team manages a portfolio of over 800 assets with a capital value in excess of €4.7 billion.

    M7 acts as an investment and asset manager to a series of funds that it has established and in which it co-invests alongside a large number of family office, high net worth and institutional investors. In addition, M7 has a joint venture with H.I.G. Capital and has partnered with private equity firms including Blackstone, Goldman Sachs, Oaktree Capital and Starwood Capital in the past. M7 also has separate account mandates where it acts as a third party asset manager for the portfolios of institutional, family office and high net worth.

    Additional information about M7 can be found at www.m7re.eu

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    McCracken Financial Solutions Corp. is a leading full service vendor in the commercial real estate lending industry. McCracken’ s solution, Strategy, incorporates loan accounting, asset management, servicing, and investor reporting into a comprehensive solution for the entire loan life cycle. Easily accessible tools integrate business process management, business rules, and comprehensive information about the borrower, collateral, and loan history. The combination automates monitoring for risk indicators and initiates user-defined business processes to mitigate risk, meet regulatory requirements, and complete covenant compliance. Want a more proactive way to manage your portfolios? Take a look at McCracken.

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    Our real estate finance lawyers have the deep market knowledge and transactional experience to guide our clients through complex and challenging financings in markets throughout the world. We represent both lenders and borrowers in the full spectrum of financings – from conventional commercial loans to sophisticated capital market and securitised transactions.

    Our London team specialises in large CMBS transactions and as a result, our finance, tax and restructuring lawyers are among the most experienced in the market.  The team at Paul Hastings is better able to lead a CMBS transaction through the legal, regulatory, rating agency and investor hurdles than any other legal team in the market.


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    Situs is a global provider of strategic business and technology solutions for investors and lenders in the real estate industry.  Situs has been involved in over $1 trillion of real estate debt and equity deals across the U.S. Europe and Asia. Situs, is currently a rated servicer with Moody’s, Fitch and Morningstar, has more than $165 billion (€137 billion) of assets under management. With offices in London, Frankfurt, Dublin, Amsterdam and Madrid, Situs offers a wide array of services across Europe, including Loan Servicing, Loan Asset Management, Valuation Management and Distressed Solutions.

    Lisa Williams – Executive Managing Director – Head of Europe

    +44 (0) 20 7220 1854




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    For asset management, loan servicing, due diligence and customized advisory solutions, discerning lenders and investors trust Trimont. With over 25 years in the real estate industry, we provide unparalleled knowledge and unfailing service across the capital stack. And we do so as an entirely non-conflicted and non-competitive partner, securing not only your asset, but your legacy.

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Spring Conference – Liquidity – too much of a good thing?

19 April 2018 @ 08:45 - 20:00

We hope those who attended our Spring Conference enjoyed it.  The main event, with its timely focus on liquidity, was accompanied, as usual, by a speakers’ dinner and a YPREF afternoon of more educational content, but also by an exclusive, invitation-only reception for lenders and borrowers that we hope will become a fixture for the future.  Both the YPREF and main conference keynotes were economists – Sabina Kalyan from CBRE Global Investors and Anatole Kaletsky – and offered fascinating and thoughtful insights into the state of the world and our markets.  Conference sessions encouraged delegates to think about climate change as well as hot sectors like logistics and the UK residential sector.

Many thanks to all our sponsors, to UBS for hosting us, and to conference co-chairs Richard Croft (M7 Real Estate), Ali Crosthwaite (Simmons & Simmons) and Anthony Shayle (UBS AM).

200 + delegates attended the one day event this year which focussed on the theme ‘Liquidity’.


Thank you to our sponsors:

Clifford Chance; Cloudscraper; CoStar; DRC Capital; Eastdil Secured; Goerg; JLL; K&L Gates; M7 Real Estate; McCracken; Paul Hastings; Reed Smith; Situs; Trepp; Trimont.

MEDIA SPONSORS; Commercial Mortgage Alert; CoStar; Debtwire; Real Estate Capital

Supporter; Women Talk Real Estate

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