International investors continue to be attracted to Germany, which for many has replaced the UK as the first port of call in Europe. The country has seen huge capital inflows and increasing competition for assets, which has driven prices higher.
At the market becomes more competitive, are investors going up the risk curve? Office vacancy rates are at a 20-year low, pushing rents higher: will offices remain ‘investors’ darling’? What are the prospects for other sectors? Is competition in the market becoming too intense? Is there too much capital chasing scarce product? Are high price levels a deterrent to investment? Are there any clouds on the horizon? Are investors worried about the end of the Merkel era or do they see Germany as a safe haven whatever the government? Are they worried about the impact of the current economic slowdown? Will Germany continue to attract record flows of capital in the year ahead? How sustainable is this flow of capital? What are foreign investors looking for? Berlin is foreign investors’ favourite destination, while Frankfurt is emerging as the main beneficiary from Brexit, luring thousands of financial sector workers away the UK. To what extent will Brexit benefit Germany? Is it all about the top 5 or 7 cities or are investors looking at secondary and tertiary markets too? Is Europe’s largest residential sector still attractive? What about fast-growing alternative sectors like student housing and micro housing? What are the prospects for logistics and how fast is e-commerce growing? What are the latest legislative trends to be considered? Should coming tax changes worry investors?
Partner Real Estate
PricewaterhouseCoopers GmbH, Germany
Head of German Real Estate Desk
PwC Legal AG, UK
Head of Origination International Investors
Berlin Hyp AG, Germany
Prof. Dr. Michael Becken
BECKEN Invest GmbH, Germany
Richard Divall, MRICS
Head of Cross Border Capital Markets, EMEA
Colliers International, UK
Chief Transaction Officer
Round Hill Capital, Germany
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