The next in LC Lifecycle’s CPD seminars for accountants will examine the practical, legal and funding issues to arise from distressed real estate.

Free to attend throughout June and July, the nationwide training events will be delivered by specialists from the Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group.

Commercial property – still a popular choice

Despite experiencing a slight dip in popularity since the EU referendum, the UK remains the preferred region for commercial real estate (“CRE”) investment. And a recent report shows that new lending activity within this sector remained steady throughout 2016, albeit at lower levels than in 2015.

Property is still seen as a safe haven for high-yielding cash investments, but get it wrong, and it can cost you far more than the cash you initially put in.

A difficult landscape to navigate

The CRE lending market has been in a state of flux since the financial crash, with traditional lenders de-leveraging and becoming more cautious. This has resulted in an unprecedented number of CRE loan sales and the emergence of private equity players entering the UK property market.

Furthermore, the more cautious approach of the main clearing banks created an opportunity for a ‘new breed’ of entrepreneurial loan providers to fill the vacuum. The emergence of a myriad of new lenders, from small crowd funds to newly formed and regulated banks, has made the CRE landscape a precarious and difficult landscape to navigate.

It is therefore more important than ever to understand the lender and how it chooses to operate in the property market, especially its attitude to risk and recovery when the facility becomes impaired.

Getting the right advice to plan for all circumstances and eventualities is key.

CPD content covered

The aim of Lifecycle’s training seminars is to give practical and useful advice to professional advisers and all those involved with CRE transactions and onward investment. The expert team will share their practical experience, explaining: Why it’s important to understand the new and largely unregulated lending market; the do’s and don’ts of development funding and how to deal with difficult tenants who stop paying rent and refuse to leave.

What delegates will take away

Sessions will be undertaken as both breakfast and afternoon events – in Preston, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London – and refreshments will be provided beforehand.

Each will qualify for 1.5 hours of CPD and offer delegates the opportunity to network and discuss issues raised during the seminars with members of the Lifecycle team.

To reserve a place at your nearest event please click here.

Catch up on previous CPD

We have posted one hour webinar versions of previous seminars on the Lifecycle website:
•Tax Avoidance Schemes – One year on from the EBT Settlement Opportunity
•Autumn Tax Update presented by Park Seminars
•Spring Accounting Update presented by Park Seminars

These are only available to members so please click here to register for free then visit the Training & Events section in the members’ area of the website to access these informative sessions.

About the Lifecycle network

Lifecycle is a unique network for accountants – provided by the Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group.

Lifecycle is free to join and also offers members many additional benefits. These include eligibility for a highly competitive Professional Indemnity insurance scheme, a regular programme of free training and education and discounts on products and services relevant to their business and clients’ needs.

Services offered by Lifecycle include: Company secretarial and formation; equity finance for SMEs; debt advisory for SMEs; personal debt advice; corporate restructuring, insolvency and cessation; debt finance for SMEs; cashflow maximisation; property solutions and legal services.

For more information on Lifecycle click here and to become a member of Lifecycle click here or call for free on 03300 242 333.

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