List of the 80 largest real estate debt investors Europe [2024]

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Features of ResearchgermanyIncludes institutional investors, investment managers, project developers, real estate companies, REITs and pension funds that actively acquire real estate debt in Europe. This list is based on our list of the 1,200 largest real estate investors in Europe.

Excellent depth of detail: purchase profile (asset classes and regional focus), link to purchase profile and assets under management if available, contact details, management board, etc.

Suitable for serial letters: list contains columns for formal salutation, title, first and last name of the management.

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List of 3 debt real estate investors in Europe

Debt real estate investors often play an important role in financing, especially for large or riskier real estate projects. Below we present three weighty debt investors from the list.

1. Heitman (Chicago/USA)

Real estate private equity investor Heitman manages over USD 4.8 billion in debt and is also an active investor in Europe. The company focuses on three main strategies: core/structured senior, value-add and mezzanine, and opportunistic debt.

Update 2023: Heitman exited a self-storage joint venture in Singapore with the sale of Mandarin Self Storage to Warburg Pincus-backed StorHub late last year for an estimated $172 million.

2. Cheyne Capital (London/UK)

London-based investment house Cheyne Capital manages over USD 10 billion in assets – much of which is invested in European real estate debt. Cheyne focuses on four different asset types: Senior Loans, Mezzanine Loans, Listed Credit and Special Situations. As a senior investor, they will invest in the first layer of debt, and in the case of mezzanine loans, the middle layer. In addition, Cheyne also invests directly in real estate.

Update 2024: The investment specialist now manages assets of around USD 11 billion.

3. Tyrus Capital (Monaco)

The debt investor Tyrus Capital has already participated in transactions with a volume of over EUR 1 billion. Various investment strategies such as senior debt or mezzanine capital are pursued. Debt investments are between EUR 15-100 million. Investments are made throughout Europe, among others in Stuttgart (Germany), Hilversum (Netherlands) or Barcelona (Spain). The asset classes are also broadly diversified.

What are real estate debt investors?

So-called “debt investors” emerged in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. After banks temporarily withdrew from the real estate markets, institutional lenders stepped in. They provide debt capital for real estate projects and transactions in return for – usually quite high – interest rates. Debt investors often play an important role, especially for project developers. In addition, investors also buy up so-called “distressed loans” or offer “bridge loans” for interim financing. Mezzanine capital – an intermediate form of debt and equity – is also very popular.

These investor types are included in the list:

  • Investment managers
  • Real estate companies
  • Project developers with portfolio acquisition
  • Private equity investors
  • REITs
  • Pension funds
  • Foundations

These property types are purchased:

  • Mezzanine loans
  • Loans
  • Project financing
  • Distressed Loans
  • Senior debt

Investors in the list are interested in:

  • Debt investments
  • Often also regular real estate investments

 Included columns in our directory

  • Company data (name, legal form, country of origin)
  • Contact details (address, URL, e-mail, telephone number, management)
  • Form of address of the management suitable for serial letters (e.g. “Dear Dr. Müller”)
  • Investor type (investment manager, REIT, pension fund, private equity, etc.)
  • Investment focus (asset classes, ranking from A to E, (global) investment volume / assets under management, detailed geographical focus)
  • Special investment focus (debt, parking, forward deals, etc.)
  • Link to the acquisition profile of the companies and contact details of an acquisition manager (if indicated on the investors’ website)
Map real estate debt investors Europe

Where are Europe’s debt investment firms from?

There is a clear trend where European real estate debt investors are located. Foremost in the UK, Germany and France. In addition many debt investors are based in the United States.

Picture Source: Unsplash(Alexander Lallemand), Joel Filipe via Unsplash (22.08.2023)


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