BNP Paribas Prepares to Enter Spain’s Property Development Sector

13 November 2018 – Eje Prime

BNP Paribas Real Estate already has the foundations in place to begin its activity in real estate development in Spain. The French group, which has extensive experience in this area, is preparing its structure in the domestic market to be able to increase a portfolio comprising more than 100,000 m2 of offices and more than 3,000 homes located all over Europe.

The first step taken by the company in this sense was carried out in July, when it simplified its corporate structure in Spain, as revealed by Eje Prime. At that time, the group dissolved its consultancy company (BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory Spain) and transferred its assets and liabilities to its sister property company (BNP Paribas Real Estate Property Management Spain).

After that modification, the real estate area of the French consultancy firm had two companies in Spain: the property company and the investment company (BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management Spain).

The group’s Director of Development, Thomas Charvet, said in France yesterday that the real estate company is going to “accelerate” the development of assets in Europe. And Spain, undoubtedly, is one of the most mature markets in the continent in the development of office buildings and residential properties. Nevertheless, sources at BNP Paribas Real Estate España indicate that “the company has no intention of starting that activity soon”.

With experience spanning more than 40 years in property development, BNP Paribas Real Estate has constructed everything ranging from new build projects, to residences with special services to “the development of new neighbourhoods”, according to its website in France (…).

Presence in half of Europe

Spain is one of the few leading companies in Europe where BNP Paribas Real Estate has not undertaken any real estate development, yet. As well as France, the company also has a presence in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal and Luxembourg (…).

New faces for the new roadmap in Spain

All of the internal changes that BNP Paribas Real Estate has carried out in Spain in recent months have a common denominator: the recruitment of Frédéric Mangeant as the new CEO at the beginning of the year. The real estate firm has made several new hires since then to lead its different areas. Between May and June, Mangeant recruited five experienced executives in the real estate sector to lead the various lines of business that the consultancy firm operates in the real estate sector (…).

A giant with 33,500 homes under management in Europe

Spain could become another major market for the real estate arm of BNP Paribas. Taking advantage of the boom in the economy and, therefore, in the domestic real estate market, the French bank will put its efforts into growing in the country through its different lines of business.

BNP Paribas Real Estate is a giant in the sector, with more than 33,500 homes under management in Europe and 30.6 million m2 of real estate assets under management for third-party companies in Europe.

Original story: Eje Prime (by J. Izquierdo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Deloitte Strengthens Its Financial-RE Team

22 April 2015 – Expansión

Deloitte hires nine new professionals / The consultancy firm has recruited a team from Quadratia, a company that specialises in the residential RE sector

Deloitte expects to see a boom in the sale of homes and land to overseas funds; and it wants to become a leader in that market. The consultancy firm has recently strengthened its financial-real estate team by hiring new professionals from the specialist company Quadratia. The new recruits include the Managing Partner of that consultancy firm, Gonzalo Gallego, who joins as a Real Estate partner in the Financial Advisory team.

This move comes as a result of the belief that following the purchase of real estate platforms, shopping centres, individual buildings and loan portfolios, the opportunistic funds are going to focus their attention on the residential market this year and next. “We are seeing an increasing focus by real estate investors on the residential market, where they are interested in buying land, homes and other properties on the coast”, said Enrique Gutierrez, partner in the Transaction and Restructuring Advisory team at Deloitte. Gutierrez is responsible for the department where increasing weight is being given to the real estate sector. The RE team at Deloitte is led by the partner Alberto Valls, who Gallego will report into. In total, Deloitte’s Transactions team comprises more than 300 professionals.

Valls explains that, in the same way as has happened with other types of assets, “history is repeating itself and there is a lot of conviction amongst opportunistic investors that now is the time to enter the residential sector”. These types of funds are specialists in acquiring assets that carry higher risk and therefore, represent opportunities for extracting higher returns. “In a year from now, higher returns will be obtained. Once the situation stabilises, other more conservative, institutional investors will enter (the market)”, he adds.

In this context, investors are focusing their attention on banking assets: “(Many of the banks’) balance sheets are still fully loaded with debt from property developers and other foreclosed assets, and there are 400 funds willing to invest in Spain. No other segment has as much potential as the residential market”, says Gallego.

The banks are adopting two approaches to unblock the real estate plughole: the sale of homes in their networks, which accelerated every month in 2014 thanks to the mortgage war; and the sale of portfolios to funds. Deloitte estimates that there have been 30 transactions involving the transfer of (property) developer loans over the last year and a half.

The consultancy firm explains that the banks take three parameters into account when they put these types of portfolios on the market: time, cost and price. If the result of this equation shows that it will be more expensive to foreclose assets in the future than sell them at a discount now, then they put them on the market.

Original story: Expansión (by J. Zuloaga)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Mazabi Strengthens Team And Plans To Invest €300M In 2015

15 April 2015 – Expansión

Mazabi Gestión de Patrimonios, the Spanish group that manages more than €650 million of real estate assets (on behalf) of several large wealthy Spanish investors, is strengthening its team at a time that it considers is “optimal for investing in the real estate sector in Spain”. It has just recruited Jamie Pazos from Grosvenor Fund Management, as (its new) Director of Real Estate Projects. The executive has more than 12 years experience in the sector.

Alongside him, Marta Tenorio, who was previously a senior auditor at Deloitte, will be the Head of Financial Control for Mazabi’s projects.

The company is planning to invest around €300 million in real estate projects in Spain during 2015, together with its domestic and international partners. The firm is focusing on shops and offices in the major cities around the country, as well as on the hotel sector.

Mazabi recently launched an investment club with Citi, comprising HNWIs from around the world – mostly of Latin American and Middle East origin – to invest at least €200 million, which could amount to up to €400 million with leverage, in Spanish property over the next three years.

Original story: Expansión (by A. Antón)

Translation: Carmel Drake