German Debt Project

Transparency in Real Estate Lending



US Debt Market Update

Simon Mallinson, Executive Managing Director EMEA & APAC of RCA, presented at our recent publication event in Frankfurt an update of the US debt market. A highly relevant topic in times when German lenders having an eye on international expansion. Besides a snapshot of the US Investment market, Simon presented an update on LTVS by … Continued

INREV: “The Rise of European Debt Funds”

Edgar Orlovskis of INREV presented at our recent event in Frankfurt an update on European debt funds. In his concluding remarks he stated five key points: 1) Managers are growing their AUM; 2) Debt funds are growing in importance; 3) AuM allocation to debt funds have risen; 4) Post crisis sees an increase in debt … Continued

Some 150 participants in Frankfurt and Berlin / press release

International comparisons lead to even more insight: At our Event “German Debt Project 2018 in an international research context” we could welcome a good mix of high-profile speakers from our sponsors (see logos of sponsors on the start page) as well as Prof. Dr. Rick Peiser from Harvard and Dr. Nicole Lux from Cass Business … Continued

June 28 in Berlin: Presentation of the German Debt Project 2018 at the “vdp-Immobilienforum”

It has almost become a tradition. We present the IREBS German Debt Project at this exciting vdp event. The association is a strong supporter of this transparency project.

June 27 in Frankfurt: German Debt Project in an international research context

The International Real Estate Business School (IRE|BS) of the University of Regensburg, in association with renowned sponsors, will be devoting a full day of research presentations. The aim will be to explore the financing of commercial real estate in Germany compared with selected international markets. There will be adresses to national and international project sponsors and we … Continued


There is a need for a better understanding of the commercial real estate lending market because real estate finance can have a decisive impact on the property market and on the economic development as a whole.

The aim of this study is to put all market participants in a position to gain a better understanding of the opportunities and risks connected with the German commercial real estate lending market.

THE IDEA OF THE GERMAN DEBT PROJECT (available only in German)


The authors Markus Hesse and Prof. Dr. Tobias Just of IRE|BS published the fourth issue of the GERMAN DEBT PROJECT. The report provides detailed data on the market for German commercial real estate lending. It covers the 2010 to 2017 market structures, margins and LTVs as well as maturity profiles and originations. Furthermore, it provides an outlook for the full years 2018.
Information and acquisition
Markus Hesse and Prof. Dr. Tobias Just of IRE|BS will in due course publish research on the basis of the relevant German lenders‘ half- and full-year reporting. This will be complementary research to the GERMAN DEBT REPORT. The research will be published on a regular basis in separate reports.
On this website, the authors Hesse and Just will also publish snapshots of their separate coverage of German and European real estate corporates. The coverage will have a focus on the corporate cash flow and leverage performance.

Project Leadership

Markus Hesse


Project head


Scientific Leader

Prof. Dr. Tobias Just

Scientific Head and Managing Director

of IRE|BS Immobilienakademie