Real Estate, Hospitality & Construction

Building your business future

Today’s real estate, hospitality and construction companies must adopt new approaches to address regulatory requirements and financial risks – while meeting the challenges of expanding globally and achieving sustainable growth.

Our Real Estate, Hospitality & Construction practice has the ability to mobilise a team of seasoned professionals to address complex and demanding challenges and provide seamless service on a global basis. We can help move you forward. Are you ready to break ground? In working with you, we draw on our industry knowledge and insight to help you strategically position yourself – wherever you are in the world. Let us help you better understand some of the key challenges facing the industry, including:

  • Multifamily housing

    Who will supply the stock for Australia’s private rental market in the future? Read why the time is right for the market to move on multifamily housing.

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  • Building resilience in Australia’s housing market

    Could uncertainty be your best opportunity for growth? Read how your business can build resilience to navigate a slowing housing market.

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  • Real estate IPOs

    With fewer financing options available, companies increasingly are looking to IPOs to raise equity, using the proceeds to refinance portfolios, make new investments or to provide owners and investors with the opportunity to liquidate their holdings.

    The IPO value journey

    We can help you evaluate your options and assist you throughout the entire process, including working through the challenging accounting and tax issues. Although the IPO event itself generally lasts 90 to 120 days, the IPO value journey begins at least a year or two before the IPO and continues well beyond it.

    Even when the financial climate is not ideal for fund raising, it could be a good time to begin planning for an IPO, while you wait for markets to settle.

    The IPO journey is not easy, but with the right people and careful planning, real estate companies can navigate the long road from private to public ownership.

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  • Regulatory and technical accounting changes

    Major regulatory and technical accounting changes are occurring in the US, Europe and other geographies, which has created a challenging environment for real estate, hospitality and construction organisations. These include the Dodd-Frank Act, the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) and proposed accounting changes for leases and revenue recognition from the Financial Accounting Standards Board and International Accounting Standards Board.

    We are committed to helping our clients understand how to approach these changes. We advise funds on SEC examinations and help them assess, design and implement compliance programs. Effectively navigating the sophisticated marketing regime required by the AIFMD will be a key challenge and could lead to a competitive advantage for alternative investment groups. Considering the potential implications of leasing and revenue recognition early on is important, because what organisations do today in preparation can have a significant effect on their business tomorrow.

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  • Green buildings

    The world is turning green, and as the benefits of going green become clearer and more affordable, tenant and investor demands for sustainable buildings are increasing. Construction and engineering companies around the world are building more and more environmentally friendly buildings, and existing buildings are being upgraded to meet these standards as well. Green buildings can also have a demonstrable impact on the corporate bottom line.

    Our global team can advise you on:

    • The cost and benefit analysis of energy applications
    • Achieving specific green building certification standards, such as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, which has been introduced around the globe
    • Tax credits and incentives available – at the federal, state and local level in countries around the world – to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, which could possibly outweigh the cost of certification standards
    • Cost reductions, operational efficiencies and other rewards that can have a direct impact on a company’s performance and results

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  • Real estate private equity

    The recession, financial crisis and pullbacks in the credit market have all impacted real estate private equity funds over the past several years. Given the challenging environment that still remains, it is more important than ever to understand the trends affecting the sector so you can respond effectively.

    Key trends include:

    • Distressed deal opportunities will continue, and convergence of the bid-ask spread will foster greater deal volumes.
    • Due to regulatory and financial reporting changes, the fund operating models will change over the medium to long term.
    • Overall, fund terms have not come back to where they were pre-crash, and many real estate fund managers have had to make investor concessions.
    • Investors are now more focused on scrutinising the real estate fund platforms where they are placing capital. More information will be needed to meet investors’ reporting requirements.
  • Disruption in the Australian property sector

    The impact of digital and emerging technologies is increasingly important for business as a whole however as our recent series of reports into the major trends impacting the property sector highlights, there are significant opportunities and challenges for the industry to consider.

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  • Big Data: Beyond the Buzzword

    Exploring the latest in transformative trends in the property sector with particular focus on Big Data and its impact, challenges and opportunities for the sector.

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  • Disruptive convergence: Transformative trends in real estate

    As industries converge and traditional business boundaries break down, property companies will face competitive threats from tech goliaths, fast-moving competitors and disruptive business models. EY’s latest paper examines industry convergence and what it means for the property industry.

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