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UK Commercial Real Estate Debt: An introduction and market opportunity

Our latest report explores the opportunities within CRE Debt, tracking its history across different jurisdictions and market cycles, and exploring the typical risks and characteristics associated with various levels of finance structuring.

Having assessed the current market opportunity, we believe that the UK presents an attractive investment destination, with a high and stable commercial real estate risk-return profile, aided by a liquid, transparent market place, a creditor-friendly jurisdiction and a well-understood legal framework.

Acknowledging that there are still headline risks, including uncertainty around economic growth, global political stability, and the timing and pace of interest rate increases; we believe that asset prices are at sustainable levels, and broad market return forecasts are favourable. Rental growth prospects for secondary assets remain muted, and prime property is more exposed to rises in base rates. With this uncertainty in mind, the appeal of core-like and higher returns available from the financing of quality secondary and regional assets, where the secured debt investor is in a priority protected position in the capital repayment order, is apparent.

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