Arc & Co Podcast

Arc & Co podcast: 'It was a difficult year' from a valuation perspective in 2019

Arc & Co’s latest podcast, which features multiple leading industry figures, reviews last year’s lending activity and sentiment, in addition to providing some predictions as to what the financial landscape will look like this year.

The participants from Arc & Co included Matthew Yassin, director of structured finance; Edward Horn-Smith, managing director of structured finance; and Julian King, senior adviser. 

They were joined by Michael Dean, principal and co-founder at Avamore Capital; Jon Salisbury, managing director at Ortus Secure Finance; James Helmore, senior portfolio manager at Paragon Development Finance; Chris Strathon, senior director in valuation at JLL; and Alexander Pelopidas, partner at Rosling King LLP.

In part one of three roundtable-style podcasts, the specialist lenders highlighted that deals in 2019 took longer to complete, and discussed the effect of politics and Brexit on the industry. 

According to Michael, Avamore found that the greatest demand last year was for exit bridging loans, particularly in Q2 and Q3.

“In the last four months of the year … a lot of the transactions were happening out of necessity, rather than speculative or opportunistic behaviours,” he claimed.

From a valuer’s perspective, Chris described 2019 as “difficult”, particularly for the prime residential market in London, which has been impacted by both the stamp duty changes and Brexit uncertainty. 

Part one of the podcast is available on Apple Podcasts for iOS users and Spotify.

Pictured above:  Matthew Yassin, Edward Horn-Smith, Julian King, Michael Dean, Jon Salisbury, James Helmore, Chris Strathon, and Alexander Pelopidas

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