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RealCast: Life sciences go mainstream, BTR grabs a bigger slice, look out for TfL

Nicol Dynes, Dan Innes, Paul Strohm and Richard Betts

In the spotlight this week:

The life science sector is attracting increasing attention and becoming more mainstream, less niche, as revealed by the first of Real Asset Management’s 2021 Investment Briefings programme which commenced last week. Our CEE briefing looked at how well the region has fared comparatively during the covid pandemic and looked at the implications of a change of US president.

Meanwhile, reports reveal strong expectations for investment in Germany this year and at investors’ increasing spend on rental apartments. The residential sector is not all plain sailing though and coliving specialist Quarters has closed its operation in the US.

And, as Unibail Rodamco Westfield disposes of another Paris office building as part of its €9 billion disposal plan, the logistics sector continues to draw large investment volumes such as Barings latest buy in Gothenburg.

In the UK, Transport for London looks for joint venture partners for a massive housing scheme in Acton, West London, one of many on the stocks.

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