Capital markets

Helping clients to make secure, long-term investment decisions


Property’s appeal as a stable, long-term investment is clear to both private and public sector investors. Our Capital markets team help clients to make confident and informed decisions about the management of their real estate assets and capital.

Working with financial institutions, overseas investors, local authorities, private investors, property companies and developers, we advise on asset types ranging from a single property to nationwide portfolios. Our expertise covers acquisitions, disposals, funding, cash-flow modelling and leaseback creation.

Our national investment team have a long and successful history of helping investors and property companies, in buying and selling commercial property around the UK.

Our national investment team have a long and successful history of helping investors and property companies, in buying and selling commercial property around the UK.

We can also give you strategic advice designed to maximise your returns and reinforce your portfolio.

Because our commercial property services are anchored in key UK cities, we provide powerful insights into the state of the national and local markets – insights which include identifying opportunities for short and longer-term investment. We’re also able to respond rapidly to assignments anywhere in the country.

Successfully navigating the market increasingly requires in-depth sector knowledge. Our team has sector-dedicated investment experts to meet that need, guiding clients through the UK’s complex real estate landscape.

We’re fully integrated with our internal transactional, management and finance teams - which means that when needed, you can tap into a knowledge base that spans multiple property sectors and areas of expertise.

We’ve built enduring relationships with our clients. That trust has been forged by the heat of commercial reality: Over the past three years our national commercial property investment consultants has acted on over £1bn of transactions - per year.

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The sustained and continued growth of London’s investment market has been a beacon for domestic and international investors alike.

The sustained and continued growth of London’s investment market has been a beacon for domestic and international investors alike.

It’s a market that our London investment team has helped clients to successfully navigate, alerting them to investment opportunities – and drawing their attention to risks.

We cover every area of commercial property disposal and acquisitions, but also offer invaluable strategic investment advice across sectors – from funding to sale and leasebacks. That advice is based on our intimate knowledge of London commercial property, gleaned from years of experience.

To keep up with the continually evolving London property market can be challenging. Our regular Central London Office Analysis research reports look into rental growth and yield shifts across central London, and City sub-markets. This is supported by wider industry and bespoke reports for clients.

The location of our West-End and City offices means we’re literally in the thick of the action. We’ve been active participants in the development of those areas, and the Midtown and Docklands renaissance. Our deep understanding of the capital’s commercial property market is rooted in that experience.

Our commitment to you is simple: to help you find the best existing property investment options, and in spotting new and exciting opportunities in the market.

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Cross-border property deals are increasingly common, as capital continues to flow into overseas real estate assets.

Cross-border property deals are increasingly common, as capital continues to flow into overseas real estate assets.

GVA Worldwide’s Capital Markets investment specialists are members of our international affiliates, giving you expert advice on local markets around the globe. We share a common commitment to excellence in every aspect of our service.

Our clients include institutional investors, pension funds, property companies and private individuals - who rely on our strategic investment advice on commercial property and portfolios, across all property sectors. The strong relationships we’ve formed with institutional lenders, funds and local banks can make a crucial difference when we’re trying to secure a deal on your behalf.

Because we’re truly global, we can access early information on open market sales. As a result, we’re able to spot opportunities before they’re publicly announced - and find the ideal buyer for your property.

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The days when investing in ‘alternative’ commercial property was considered niche have passed.

The days when investing in ‘alternative’ commercial property was considered niche have passed.

Alternative sectors like the fast-growing residential market, student housing, healthcare, hotels and income strips are now fixtures in the investment scene. We give our clients the critical information they need before deciding whether to invest or divest alternative property.

Investing in alternative real estate has a number of potential advantages. They can be used to diversify a portfolio, with some types of real estate being largely immune from economic downturns. But many of the alternative sectors offer the possibility of securing long leases – particularly appealing to institutional investors. There are also certain challenges faced by the alternative property investor. It’s often highly specialised, and can be regulated in quite different ways from the larger property sectors.

The service we provide is fully integrated. That means that clients can draw on the collective expertise of our transactional, management, professional and finance teams, all of which have alternative sector specialists.

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Securing investment or development finance for a commercial, or residential, property can be a challenge.

Securing investment or development finance for a commercial, or residential, property can be a challenge.

The lending market for UK real estate is buoyant, but also complex and highly competitive.

Our debt and equity broking team has years of experience under its belt, sourcing finance for our clients to invest in – or develop - commercial and residential property. We’ve spoken to over 100 lenders in the last year alone, giving us excellent knowledge of the lending market and the terms available.

We work across multiple property sectors. That means that we’re equally at home securing investment finance for an office block as we are for finding lenders to develop a healthcare centre. And we’re used to dealing with complex property portfolios. We can also refinance existing debt, depending on requirements.

The strong relationships we’ve built up with UK clearing banks are a definite advantage for our clients. But we’ve also forged links with large European, North American and Asian banks – and life insurance companies, alternative lender, pension funds, debt funds and a host of other institutions.

Your interests are always at the heart of our service. When we approach lenders they always put their ‘best foot forward’ in relation to pricing and structure - giving you the best chance of getting the money you need to progress your development or property purchase.

After financing is concluded, we’re often called upon to stay on in a reporting role. It’s a strong indicator of the trust our clients have in us.

Finding the right structure for a property investment is critical to its success.

Finding the right structure for a property investment is critical to its success.

A deep understanding of the intricacies of fund structuring is needed, but so is knowledge of real estate – often in multiple property sectors.

Our team synthesises the two disciplines, and includes specialists in structuring, governance, finance and investment. This means we’re ideally positioned to help our clients find a property investment structure that fits their specific project.

The clients our investment partnerships team supports include investment funds, development companies, joint ventures and partnerships. We span the entire real estate spectrum, and work with both the public and private sectors – often helping to crystallise joint venture agreements between them.

Being part of a larger organisation means that we can provide a vast array of additional real estate services. Our objective is consistent: to give you the advice and support you need to get the most out of your investment.

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