LONDON-The number of sale-leaseback transactions in Europe has shot up 585% since 2004 to €46 billion ($66.1 billion), according to a CB Richard Ellis report. Also during that time, these types of deals have risen from 4% of the continent’s commercial real estate investment market to 21%.

Corporations are taking part in these transactions in an unstable economic environment in order to raise capital, pay off debt and have flexible lease structures. “The wave of sale and leasebacks in the banking sector in recent years eradicated the ‘last resort’ stigma previously attached to this type of transaction, transforming it into another viable choice for corporates looking to raise capital,” says John Wilson, head of corporate strategies within CBRE’s global corporate services business.

This practice is gaining popularity around Europe. In 2005, 42% of all sale leasebacks came out of the UK. Now that number is down to 21% in the past 18 months. Germany has seen an increase, going from 18% of the total in 2005 to 34% over the last year and a half. France, Italy, Spain and Sweden have also stepped up their transactions in the space.

Want to continue reading?
Become a Free ALM Digital Reader.

Once you are an ALM digital member, you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited access to GlobeSt and other free ALM publications
  • Access to 15 years of GlobeSt archives
  • Your choice of GlobeSt digital newsletters and over 70 others from popular sister publications
  • 1 free article* every 30 days across the ALM subscription network
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM events and publications

*May exclude premium content
Already have an account?


© 2024 ALM Global, LLC, All Rights Reserved. Request academic re-use from All other uses, submit a request to [email protected]. For more information visit Asset & Logo Licensing.


Join GlobeSt

Don't miss crucial news and insights you need to make informed commercial real estate decisions. Join now!

  • Free unlimited access to's trusted and independent team of experts who provide commercial real estate owners, investors, developers, brokers and finance professionals with comprehensive coverage, analysis and best practices necessary to innovate and build business.
  • Exclusive discounts on ALM and GlobeSt events.
  • Access to other award-winning ALM websites including and

Already have an account? Sign In Now
Join GlobeSt

Copyright © 2024 ALM Global, LLC. All Rights Reserved.