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​​​​Alternative Investment Seminar 2013​​​

​Our annual Alternative Investment breakfast seminar took place on Thursday 26th September at RIBA London. Our experts on the alternative se​ctor, plus two guest speakers Rob Martin - Director of Research, Legal & General Property and Brett Lashley - Managing Director, Greystar Real Estate Partners presented to an audience of over 60 clients and contacts.

Jon Neale, Head of ​​​​​Research UK presented the findings of a JLL survey of fund managers and investors which revealed that four out of five investors plan to increase Investments in these sectors.

The main conclusions drawn from the seminar were:

  • 83% say that they will increase exposure to alternatives

  • Main reasons include declining availability of opportunities in conventional sectors plus increasing competition, as well as the need to obtain long income and higher yields

  • There is also an opportunity in some sectors as state funding and bank lending contract

  • Main areas of interest are student accommodation, private rented residential and healthcare – although infrastructure is popular among institutions

  • The survey suggests weightings will increase from c. 5% now to c. 15%-20% in 2023

  • Main issues are around liquidity, exit strategies and transparency

Quotes from our Experts 


Jon Neale

Head of Research, UK

“The competition for commercial real estate combined with shortening lease lengths is forcing funds to look further afield for yield and longer-term income. Investors are also concerned about structural change in the Retail and Leisure and Offices sectors, as well as the need to find inflation-linked product to match their requirements.

“Smaller, more opportunistic operators also recognise the potential for capital and rental growth – and the sheer weight of additional demand – driven by demographic shifts in sectors such as Residential and Healthcare.”


Chris Ireland

UK Chairman and Lead Director of Capital Markets

​"The sentiments of the investors we interviewed demonstrate that Investment in alternatives will increase substantially over the next 10 years.

“Judging by the results of our survey, when we hold our annual Alternative Investment seminar in five years’ time alternatives will be an established part of the real estate market.”​​