Banks in Europe will try to unload roughly 15 billion euros ($20 billion) of loans secured by commercial real estate in Europe through 2012 as they comply with tighter capital regulations, according to Situs Companies, a debt advisor.

British, German, Irish and Spanish banks likely will be the most active sellers of CRE loans, particularly those tied to peripheral markets, Situs said in a statement. The Houston-based company has acted as an advisor on distressed loans in Europe, including sales by Credit Suisse AG from 2008 to 2010.

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