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Letter from Brussels

How do you measure the downside volatility of real estate investments in the worst situation imaginable? How far could property values fall? Put simply, that’s the issue confronting regulators developing solvency capital requirements (SCRs) for property investments under Solvency II as far back as 2009 and 2010. Read more

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Investing through a new world of tax complexity

With business activity becoming ever more global, tax authorities are increasingly focused on multi-national organisations and the opportunities they can give to optimise corporate tax charges and obligations. Read more

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Welcoming the new faces of European Policy

The European elections in late May marked the end of the political structure in power in Brussels during the past five years. In its place, a newly constituted European Parliament and Commission will determine the course of European policy for the next five years. Read more

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Letter from Brussels

Brexit has become one of the world’s most talked- and written-about events in the past few years. Early hopes for an orderly withdrawal of the UK from the EU that takes into account the needs of business have evaporated in recent months and, at the time of writing at least, it looks as if a very disorderly withdrawal is the most likely outcome. Read more

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Letter from Brussels

While a large part of the Public Affairs team’s efforts in Brussels are focused on monitoring, reviewing and commenting on proposed regulations with a potential impact on real estate investment, another important focus for the team is educating policy makers about the structure, operation and economic and social role of real estate investment in Europe, as well as recent developments in our industry. Read more

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Letter from Brussels

Here in Brussels, the major topic of conversation during the last few months has been the upcoming European elections, and interest is only expected to intensify during the months ahead. The vote for the new European Parliament will be held throughout the EU from 23 to 26 May 2019. Read more

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AIFMD review in full swing

AIFMD, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive, was developed in steps and finally came into full effect in July 2014. Its adoption marked a watershed in the regulation of real estate investment in Europe and reflected regulators’ desire to increase systemic stability, transparency and investor protection. Read more

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Similarities and synergies of infrastructure and real estate investment

One of the primary goals of the INREV public affairs team is to leverage our presence in Brussels to help EU policy makers understand the important role of real estate investment in the European economy. Read more

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Dramatic political changes impact regulatory strategy

The past year has seen economic stability gradually re-establish itself in Europe. Higher growth, lower unemployment and relatively stable foreign exchange rates have brought a measure of calm to economies severely tested by the Global Financial Crisis. Meanwhile, though, major political shocks have led to unprecedented instability for policy makers. Read more

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New Tax and Regulatory Guide

IQ caught up with Nina Grunow, Legal Counsel – Transactions and Tax at ATP Real Estate, who told us why the new INREV Tax and Regulatory Guide is so useful and how members can get the most out of it. Read more