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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.

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.

The NPL deal that could unlock the Cyprus market

Apollo’s purchase of a €2.7bn loan portfolio from Bank of Cyprus is expected to reactivate the island’s property market.

DRC Capital hires Natalie Howard to expand debt strategies

Former AgFe executive joins the London-based firm as partner.

KKR and Urban Exposure platform targets ‘underserved’ UK housing

The firms aim to address a ‘shortage of debt capital’ in mainstream residential developments with their joint venture vehicle, which has an initial size of £165m.

Savills IM buys minority stake in DRC Capital

The firm enters property lending as it aims to exploit the ‘attractive’ alternative the asset class offers to direct equity investment.

Barings writes £43m London office loan amid strong Asian demand

The seven-year facility will finance the acquisition of 165 Fleet Street by a Chinese borrower as capital from the continent drives record investment volumes in the sector.

Brunswick closes second Swedish senior debt fund on €640m

The Swedish asset manager is targeting a 2% net return as it provides longer-term credit across commercial real estate markets in its home country.

AEW and Ostrum debt vehicle set for €549m final close – Exclusive

The pair’s Senior European Loan Fund II is 80% invested, with full deployment targeted for September.

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