Recovery Special Podcast: Ian Marcus on Lehman, “spreadsheet hell” and who read the cycle best

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Marcus Pic“The art of good banking isn’t lending money. It’s making sure it gets repaid.”

Those are the words of former Credit Suisse head of investment banking Ian Marcus, who spoke in a wide-ranging interview on the Property Week Podcast to mark the five-year anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ collapse.

Marcus, who was chair of the Bank of England’s Commercial Property Forum at the time, and is now a senior adviser to US bank Wells Fargo, said the industry had an “obligation” to see what lessons could be learnt from the downturn.

He said: “We’ll never get rid of the cyclicality, but hopefully we can avoid some of the excesses by smoothing it.”

Looking back at the culture of over-exuberant lending in the banking crisis, he said that that “there were words of caution and warning signs but it was in a typical low-key British way”.

“It was about being invited for cucumber sandwiches and maybe hinting that things were perhaps moving too fast,” he said.

Recovery Special Podcast: Brockton’s David Marks on HBOS, London pubs and “heroin-like” debt

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Marks PicBrockton Capital co-founder David Marks has spoken of the day he turned down a 99% loan-to-value deal before the market crashed, and the “heroin-like” debt that was fuelling the investment world during the 2006-07 boom.

In a 25-minute conversation at Brockton’s offices (listen below), the second in a series of Property Week Recovery Special podcasts, the former Blackstone investor (pictured) told presenter James Max (pictured, right) about how he was “absolutely staggered” by Lloyds Banking Group’s takeover of HBOS.

Former British Property Federation president Marks, spoke about the crucial differences between investing today in London and investing in the UK’s regions, plus he gave the lowdown on the deals he wishes he had done and those he was glad to miss out on.

He also explained the ins and outs of assembling a portfolio of London pubs in a “fun, profitable transaction” and much more besides.

Podcast with Make Architects’ Ken Shuttleworth on London, its buildings and the airport dilemma

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In this month’s podcast, James Max interviews managing director of Urbanest, Johnny Mann, and Ken Shuttleworth, founder of Make Architects

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Johnny Mann discusses the benefits and challenges of the student accommodation sector, explaining the specific accommodation requirements of students and the importance of social media for meeting them.

Ken Shuttleworth discusses the Davies Commission and its role in settling the airport debate, outlining Make’s proposal for expansion at Stansted airport and assessing the other proposals presented to the Commission. He also talks about how architecture has changed in the last decade and his favourite buildings in London.



“Property Ashes” Podcast Special: Meet The Captains

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Richard Crook, UK head of business development at Savills and Marty McCarthy, chief executive of Valad Europe, joined LBC’s James Max at Savills’s new headquarters following the Property Week “Property Ashes”, which took place on Tuesday.

he spicy pitch at Dulwich Cricket Club made it hard going for the batsman and bowlers dominated the Twenty20 contest that included players from the likes of Berkeley Group, Deloitte Real Estate and Strutt & Parker.

ThProperty Ashes Podcast with Richard Crooks and Marty McCarthye next day, following a resounding victory for England, the two captains, McCarthy and Crook, took to the microphone to analyse the game and talk more broadly about the state of the market and the economy.

Listen to the podcast below.

Podcast with Clive Dutton OBE & Resi Awards 2013 deal of the year winner

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Clive Dutton OBClive Dutton and James MaxE joined James Max in Property Week’s podcast to discuss his part in regenerating East London and Birmingham, while the man who led the sale of Battersea Power Station stopped by for a chat about the 2013 Resi Awards.

Clive Dutton OBE was instrumental in projects including the creation of a ‘city within a capital city’ in Stratford, the redevelopment of Canning Town, the renaissance of the Royal Docks, and the innovative Meanwhile London Project.

Previously Director of Regeneration and Planning for Birmingham City Council, where he was awarded the Midlands Property Personality of the Year 2009, Dutton explains the excitement of working in some of the UK’s most deprived communities on projects such as The Olympics.

Knight Frank head of UK residential development Stephen Miles-Brown on Wednesday won the prize for “deal of the year” at the 2013 Resi Awards – for the “warts and all” £400m sale of Battersea Power Station.

Miles-Brown reveals all about what took place behind the scenes in one of the highest profile property deals in history.

Podcast: A Dummy’s Guide To Coalition Planning Policy

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Planning. It has dominated the news agenda since the Coalition took over in 2010, thanks to a seemingly endless array of new policies and shelved recommendations.

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Yet if you’re still having trouble telling your NPPF from your localism act, or your community infrastructure levy from your section 106 agreement, is here to assist.

LBC Radio’s James Max was this month joined by Roger Hepher, head of planning and regeneration at Savills, in the podcast to explains all you need to know about the new planning system in 15 minutes flat.

Property Week Podcast: “Tech” Special with Derwent London

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Derwent London leasing chief Celine Thompson and Hatton Real Estate partner Michael Raibin this week joined LBC Radio’s James Max at Property Week studios for a “TMT” special podcast.

The pair discussed in detail how best to understand and attract technology, media, and telecommunications occupiers to office schemes.

Thompson said that the growth projections for “tech” firms were “phenomenal”, explaining how leases were best structured to suit fast-expanding start-up businesses.

Raibin, whose firm focuses on the “City Fringe” locations that are currently attractive to trendy occupiers said that social media was becoming increasingly important for surveyors.O

He also talked about his office letting to booming company Mind Candy, which he said could become “the next Walt Disney”.

Raibin even added how he had sourced a £4.6m investment deal through the medium of Twitter.

Max was also joined by Readers’ Digest gadget columnist Olly Mann, who talked about tomorrow’s cleverest consumer inventions. Mann discussed how China could be the next place to look for the biggest technological innovations.

Global Podcast 3 – Dr David Kuo and Graham Hughes

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Should you look at East of West China when investing in global shares?

The answer to this question and more in the latest Property Week Global podcast.

Hear from personal finance expert Dr David Kuo of The Motley Fool on how to invest your money across the globe through the stock exchange.

And Graham Hughes, executive director at CB Richard Ellis, discusses international valuation post-recession.

Property Week Podcast 22 – James Maddock, Dr David Kuo and Tom Parker-Bowles

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Property Week brought a touch of royalty to the podcast this month when food-writer and broadcaster Tom Parker Bowles joined James Max to discusses cooking with mother, London’s skyline and eating donkey penis.

personal finance expert Dr David Kuo also dropped into to givve some tips on how to invest your money and play the stock market.

And James Maddock, head of occuper services at DTZ, discusses what the corporates are looking for in the current climate.

And if you want to get the podcast whilst you make your way to wo0rk – why not download it from iTunes?


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Property Week Podcast – Richard Flack, David Brackin and Chris Ireland

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In the first part of this month’s Property Week podcast, sponsored by DPP, Chris Ireland, senior partner at King Sturge, discusses where money is being spent, being a partnership in the recession and what he expects from 2010.

Richard Flack, senior partner of planning consultancy DPP, discusses nimbyism and the Tory localism agenda, how the planning system needs to change and what planners should do to combat bad architecture.

And if you’ve been wondering what to do with the spare items kicking around in your attic, listen to David Brackin, chief executive of Stuff U Sell, a firm that helps people tap into the Ebay market by flogging their unwanted possessions.

All that and James Max’s critical view of the run-up to the election, and the latets news with Property Week editor James Whitmore.

Tune in next week for personal finance advice with Dr David Kuo, corporate real estate with DTZ’s James Maddock and weird foods with broadcaster Tom Parker Bowles.  

And if you haven’t already – download the podcast on iTunes and listen to it on the way to work.

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