Charles Kingston

German real estate

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A new study we stumbled across recently suggests that increasing number of Russians are now investing in German real estate. This probably comes as no surprise, but inevitably, quantitative figures have always been hard to come by. more

15 Feb 2018 10:00 Markets

HSH Nordbank

HSH Nordbank

It's down to just two contenders to buy the ailing state-owned HSH Nordbank as the protracted bidding process heads into its final phase, with the bank agreeing to exclusive talks with potential buyers J.C. Flowers and Cerberus in a joint bid. more

14 Feb 2018 10:00 Companies

Logistic funds

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Frasers Property Investments Europe, part of Singapore-incorporated Frasers Centrepoint (FCL), has made another significant move in expanding its footprint in Europe's logistical and light industrial segment by buying six logistics assets... more

13 Feb 2018 10:00 Companies

Thomas Landschreiber - Corestate Capital


Barely a month goes by without another initiative from BVK Bayerische Versorgungskammer, Germany's largest public sector occupational pension fund, which has notably increased its exposure to real estate globally over the past few years. more

12 Feb 2018 10:00 Investment

Commerzbank AG

Commerzbank AG

REFIRE met recently with Commerz Real, the Wiesbaden-based real estate fund subsidiary of Commerzbank, to catch up and get an idea of where the company sees opportunities in 2018. Our clear take-home message was the company's new focus... more

7 Feb 2018 10:00 Companies

Warehouse and logistic space

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The UK-based real estate Oxenwood Real Estate has made its first sortie into the German market by buying a portfolio of DHL freight logistics properties. more

6 Feb 2018 10:00 Investment

Real Estate - Office

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A fresh note from lawyers Pinsent Masons in Germany highlights a new roster of real estate services that have recently been brought into the VAT net. more

5 Feb 2018 10:00 Markets

Kruno Crepulja - Instone

Instone Real Estate Group B.V.

Instone Real Estate Group, an Essen-based residential development unit of Activum, is gearing up to list on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Prime Standard) this year, it announced this month. more

2 Feb 2018 08:00 Companies

Saul Goldstein - Activum SG

Activum SG Capital

Jersey-based investment group Activum SG Capital (ASG) has taken over Germany’s fairvesta Group from the Knoll family via its acquisition of a German office and retail portfolio valued at around €800m. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the... more

1 Feb 2018 12:00 Companies

Bayrische Versorgungskammer

Bayrische Versorgungskammer

Giant German pension fund Bayerische Ärzteversorgung (BAV) is outsourcing the management of a €1bn global property portfolio to Deutsche Asset Management, the alternative assets investment arm of Deutsche Bank. more

31 Jan 2018 10:00 Companies


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German residential property developer Instone Real Estate Group confirmed this month that it planned to go public by listing its shares on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange this year. The IPO, mooted to be for mid-February but almost certainly in the... more

29 Jan 2018 12:00 Companies


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The German business press has been devoting acres of column space to a thorny issue which has been around for years, but has never been properly addressed. That issue is German property tax (Grundsteuer), and the extent to which the tax levied by... more

29 Jan 2018 10:00 Markets

Charles Kingston - REFIRE


The Brexit farce continues to baffle and astound in equal measure. The recent shenanigans between the Irish, the DUP in Northern Ireland,the Brussels contingent under Michel Barnier, and the Brexit team led by the hapless Theresa May to... more

18 Jan 2018 10:00 Opinion

Retail space

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Despite fierce competition from e-commerce, stationary retail is ‘not a write-off’ just yet, according to a study published this month by consultancy BulwienGesa. more

17 Jan 2018 10:00 Markets

Jürgen Michael Schick - IVD

Immobilienverband Deutschland IVD

Office rents in mid-size German cities have recorded the strongest rental growth this year, according to research published this month by the IVD. more

16 Jan 2018 10:00 Markets


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Technology, urbanisation and globalisation will drive future returns in the logistics sector in Europe, according to a report published this month by Savills: European Logistics: Warehousing the Future. more

15 Jan 2018 10:00 Markets

Rolf Buch - Vonovia

Vonovia SE

Germany's largest residential property company Vonovia is buying Austrian rival BUWOG in a cash deal which values BUWOG at €5.2b. The move will see Vonovia increase its housing stock from 350,000 to 400,000 units, and give it valuable access... more

12 Jan 2018 10:00 Companies

Andreas Schulten - BulwienGesa


Germany’s Top 30 ‘Champions Regions’ offer a more attractive risk/return profile than the country’s ‘Big 7’ office markets, according to a study published this month by German investment manager Accom. more

11 Jan 2018 10:00 Markets

Dr. Thomas Beyerle

Dr. Thomas Beyerle

Real estate exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are expected to win over investors next year, according to Catella’s latest Market Tracker, ‘Strategic Real Estate Allocation: on the way to a new world?’. more

10 Jan 2018 10:00 Markets

Tower 185

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German fund manager Deka Immobilien has acquired the landmark Tower 185 office skyscraper in Frankfurt for around €775m, in one of the single biggest deals of the year. more

9 Jan 2018 10:00 Investment