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RealCast: UK Winter economy plan, ‘biggest RE debt fund ever’, EQT equips for the future

Dan Innes, Nicol Dynes, James Wallace, and Richard Betts

In the spotlight this week: UK chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak announced his winter economy plan which detailed a change in emphasis in the government’s response to the Coronavirus. It places a greater share of the burden on businesses and an emphasis on supporting jobs that are deemed “viable”. The government has also reversed its advice to workers to return to the office.

Meanwhile, Blackstone has raised $8 billion for its property debt fund which closed this month making it the largest real estate credit fund ever.

And Swedish private equity firm EQT Real Estate, in conjunction with Sigma Capital, has launched a joint venture to create a £1 billion portfolio of 3,000 build to rent homes in “more affordable” areas of London.

EQT has also acquired Italy’s online property portal Casa.It a week after it  bought the Idealista platform in Iberia.

These deals and more plainly show that real estate is expected to play a significant part in the post-Coronavirus recovery.

Dan Innes, Nicol Dynes and James Wallace join Richard Betts in your regular analysis of the key themes for the week in real assets.

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