Arbitrage Group is a network of companies that provides real estate acquisition expertise, consulting, asset management and property development in prime central London locations.

We offer comprehensive real estate advice and invaluable insights into European and International property markets.

As a bespoke real estate consultancy, we help with every facet of retail real estate, with particular focus on acquiring assets for some of the world’s most famous retail brands.

Apart from being passionate about retail and fiercely independent, we’re also renowned for our integrity, professionalism, and the quality of our expert advice.

We work with a wide variety of retailers, from international brands to start-ups.

We provide advice and full property solutions, covering everything from strategic location planning, through to site acquisition and management of retail property portfolios.

We Know Retail

Our reputation for understanding retail market dynamics sets us apart from our competitors, not least because it’s backed by a solid track record of achieving maximum value and meeting property objectives.

First in Line

This means we’re frequently the first point of contact for landlords and agents seeking international tenants. And we’re often the first to hear about new opportunities and market trends as well.

Investment Advice

Our background and experience in the retail property sector gives us an edge when advising high-net-worth investors. This insight helps us achieve maximum value for our clients’ retail investments.

We provide comprehensive retail property advice, backed by robust market intelligence and an extensive network of contacts, both in the UK and across Europe.

Some of our key services include:

  • Store location strategy
  • Store acquisition
  • Site disposal
  • Specialist expertise in fashion, leisure and travel retail

Store Portfolio Management

We deliver a comprehensive estate management service, advising on a wide range of property portfolio matters including:

  • Lease renewals & rent reviews
  • Sustainability and corporate restructuring, including administration
  • Business planning and analysis
  • Property taxation

 

 

Strategic retail development for Stefanel
Strategic retail development for Stefanel
The Background

Founded in 1959, Stefanel is an established fashion brand, famous for its knitwear. The company, which has been listed on the Milan Stock Exchange since 1987, has a current turnover of 160 million euro, 1,200 employees and some 750 stores under the Stefanel umbrella, including outlets throughout Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia.

The Challenge

The parent company wanted to take a more strategic approach to developing its retail presence in the UK, so they asked us to analyse the existing retail footprint and help rationalise it.

The Arbitrage Effect

We identified some under-performing retail units in their London portfolio and negotiated with landlords. We took a strong analytical approach to their retail footprint in the UK and matched potential retail units to their target customer profile and brand image, including suitable areas, building size and investment requirements.

The Result

We achieved substantial premiums by advising the company to take an aggressive marketing approach and close a number of its stores in London. We identified and negotiated potential opportunities in regional UK locations as well. Our value-adding service was recognised by being appointed as retail agent and consultant in Germany.

Brandy Melville strikes a pose in Covent Garden
Brandy Melville strikes a pose in Covent Garden
The Background

Brandy Melville is a major Italian fashion brand popular among the Hollywood elite. The parent company has a strong presence in the USA and Asia and a growing network of franchises across Europe, including two locations in London:King’s Road and Foubert’s Place.

The Challenge

The parent company wanted to shift its strategy towards developing sites in the UK, so they asked us to develop their retail portfolio in Britain.

The Arbitrage Effect

We opened talks with relevant landlords about their estates and gave Brandy Melville’s parent company a brand new strategy. This had a strong analytical focus on their target customer profile and brand image, including suitable areas, building size and investment requirements.

The Result

Brandy Melville opened their new flagship store in Covent Garden’s Neal Street in November 2015.