Mar 23 2017Add to Favorites
Sarah Jones, Bloomberg
Deutsche Bank AG is in exclusive talks to move its U.K. headquarters to a new building being constructed at 21 Moorfields in the City of London financial district.
Germany’s biggest bank is negotiating with Land Securities Group Plc on a 25-year lease for the building, with staff due to start moving across in 2023, according to a memo sent to the lender’s staff and seen by Bloomberg News. The move is subject to the lease being agreed to and the building gaining planning consent. Sky News reported the talks earlier Thursday.
Corporate demand for office space in London has fallen in the wake of the Brexit vote, with BNP Paribas SA estimating that firms leased 19 percent less space in central London in 2016 than a year earlier. Deutsche Bank, which is in the process of overhauling its businesses, said this month that the next phase of its plan will cause additional job losses. In 2015, it predicted that 9,000 jobs would be eliminated through 2018.
“The move underlines the bank’s commitment to the City of London and the importance it attaches to being an employer of choice in the capital,” Garth Ritchie, Deutsche Bank’s U.K. chief executive officer, said in the memo. “It will advance the bank’s strategic goals of increasing efficiency, reducing complexity and strengthening links between the business divisions and infrastructure functions.”
The current investment landscape in Australia is driven by a range of factors, not least the 2019 federal election, and the view is that the result of the Wentworth by-election, a seat that has historically been monopolised by the Liberal Party, will be the foreshadowing of the federal outcome. The Australian equities market is experiencing volatility, with a 200 point drop last week in the S&P ASX index, the largest drop this year and potentially the result of sentiment surrounding geopolitical headwinds with the latest developments relating to the trade war between the USA and China. Global bond rates remain low, and despite incremental increases, interest rates are too low to be attractive from an investment perspective.
In an ongoing low-interest rate environment on savings and with banks withdrawing from property and construction financing, investment groups like Centennial Property Group are seeing value in providing first mortgage funding for property development, recently settling a $48m loan for a mixed-use retail/residential development in Sans Souci, NSW
With the combined influences of a cooling residential property market and heightened bank scrutiny on all aspects of real estate lending, traditional debt sources are, in many cases, closed to developers and commercial real estate investors, particularly where circumstances require a specific funding solution.
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