Banking & Finance

The launch on 13 February by the Charity Commission of consultation on draft guidance for managing relationships between charities and connected non-charitable organisations is a timely reminder of the governance issues facing charitable registered social landlords when handling their relationship with non-charitable group companies. Although the Charity Commission guidance will not have effect in Scotland… Read more »

Banking & Finance

The successful delivery of a private placement transaction by a social housing provider requires a lot of effort and ball juggling. Here are 10 pointers for first time participants in the process. Do not under-estimate the benefit of early engagement with arrangers, even whilst still at the early stages of considering a potential PP. Often… Read more »

Banking & Finance

The news this week that the world’s largest real estate private equity investor, Blackstone, has decided to invest in the UK affordable housing sector is potentially a game-changer for the sector given their financial might. Equally intriguing is their use of a ‘for-profit’ housing association, Sage, as their investment vehicle, with the intention of securing… Read more »

Banking & Finance

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) are tax efficient property investment vehicles. They are common in the commercial property investment market and more recently there have been launches in relation to English PRS and social housing. With investor appetite for housing at a high there is now scope for a Scottish social housing focused REIT. In… Read more »

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