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Alicia Villegas

Alicia Villegas is a reporter with Real Estate Capital, based in PEI Media’s London office. Her primary role is to provide news and analysis of the European real estate finance markets. Prior to joining PEI Media in 2017, she was Iberia Correspondent at InvestmentEurope, covering the asset management industry, with a focus on fund sectors. Previous roles have included reporting on the international seafood industry for Undercurrent News.
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AEW and Ostrum hit €200m first close on third fund – exclusive

The joint venture partners expect to hold a second close for their third senior property credit vehicle by December, targeting €400m.
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Amundi raises more than €1bn for debut real estate debt strategy – exclusive

The asset management firm has raised €250m for its maiden property debt fund and has deployed €180m across six loans in France, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy.

Generali launches €1bn European real estate debt fund – exclusive

The Italian insurer is planning to open the platform to third-party investors and raise an additional €500m over the next two years.
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UK NPL portfolios expected to be put up for sale

CBRE’s head of loan advisory expects an increasing number of non-performing retail loans to hit the market in the next two years.

Schroders focuses on alternatives to hit debut credit fund return target

The asset manager has committed an initial £70m of lending through its debut UK-focused vehicle across five loans.

Amundi approaches €150m first close on its debut property debt fund

The asset manager has an additional €100m of commitments to its lending vehicle in the pipeline.

‘Megadeals’ drive rise in 2018 NPL sales

The European loan sales market reached new heights last year, with €113.8bn of non-performing loans been sold, according to Evercore.

Spanish alternative finance gains traction with new entrant

Azora and Oquendo Capital have launched a property lending platform in Spain, which is expected to raise €300m for its first vehicle.

AXA makes further strides into the US market with $9.4bn Quadrant deal

The French firm has acquired a real estate debt portfolio in the country and a 24-member investment team as it expands its global strategy to deploy capital.

Laxfield raises additional £250m for UK debt fund

The vehicle has been upsized to £750m on the back of ‘strong’ demand from borrowers, coupled with investors’ appetite, says director Alexandra Lanni.
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