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Charles Kingston

Money

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It's only a few years ago since the German open-ended funds industry was in crisis leading to widespread liquidations – due to a lack of liquidity. The sector is suffering again, but this time for the opposite reason – a surplus of liquidity – as... more

Mar 22, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Yann Guivarc'h - Perial

Perial

French asset manager Perial has made its first entry into the German market by buying a portfolio of offices worth €116m from a fund managed by Patrizia Immobilien. more

Mar 21, 2017 10:00 AM Companies

Healthcare

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Investor and asset manager Corpus Sireo, the German subsidiary of Swiss Life, said it had bought twelve healthcare assets for its institutional healthcare funds for €130m, but indicated it planned to invest a further up to €400m in the sector this... more

Mar 20, 2017 10:00 AM Investment

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Savills Fund Management GmbH

Savills Investment Management has bought a retail centre in Germany and an office building in Luxembourg for a combined total of €75 million, on behalf of a southern German pension fund. The two assets were sold by German mutual fund SEB... more

Mar 17, 2017 10:00 AM Investment

Stefan Ermisch - HSH Nordbank

HSH Nordbank

Mid-sized northern German Landesbank HSH Nordbank made a further significant step towards cleaning up its balance sheet by selling off €1.64bn of legacy loans, as part of its mission to ready itself for new ownership as decreed by the EU following... more

Mar 16, 2017 10:00 AM Companies

Barometer Trend

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The quarterly barometer issued by the Stuttgart-headquartered financing consultant BF.direkt on German real estate financing sentiment showed a sharp downturn in a number of its key indicators for its Q1 2017 survey – a clear sign that many... more

Mar 15, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Grunderwerbssteuer

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Germany's federal states hauled in a record €12.4bn in Grunderwerbsteuer (property transfer tax), a rise of 10.2% over 2015, based on the €240.5bn of property transactions across the country last year, itself up 9.6% on the previous year... more

Mar 14, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Sabine Keulertz - JLL

JLL

Demand for German shopping centres was so high in 2016 that yields have fallen to a record low of 4%, and a new study by JLL sees this falling to 3.9% by the end of 2017, against the background of continued low interest rates. Yields of 4% are... more

Mar 13, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Christoph Kahl - JAMESTOWN

JAMESTOWN

At the recent Quo Vadis gathering of top German real estate players in Berlin, event moderator Karsten Trumpetter talked one-to-one with investing legend Christoph Kahl about lessons Kahl has learned from 35 years in the real estate industry. more

Mar 10, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Hermann Merkens - Aareal Bank AG

Aareal Bank AG

The Wiesbaden-based property financier Aareal Bank has taken a 20% stake in independent London-based loan servicer Mount Street to support Aareal's commercial credit and syndication processes. more

Mar 9, 2017 10:00 AM Companies

Hotel

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The German hotel investment market had a record year in 2016 at a volume of nearly €5.2bn, helped by a record fourth quarter which saw more than €2bn in volume across 60 transactions, as well a several larger portfolio deals. This was against a... more

Mar 8, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

Deutsche Wohnen - Zentrale

Deutsche Wohnen

German listed residential landlord Deutsche Wohnen has acquired a portfolio of 3,900 residential units and 270 commercial units in Berlin from an unnamed seller for €655m, it announced earlier this month. more

Mar 7, 2017 3:16 PM Investment

Einar Skjerven - Skjerven Group

Skjerven Group

German investor and asset manager Skjerven Group has launched a new investment programme for institutional investors with a target volume of €150m. The equity base for the programme is being funded by third-party institutional investors, while... more

Mar 7, 2017 10:00 AM Investment

Bodo Winkler - Berlin Hyp AG

Berlin Hyp AG

In the refinancing markets, Berlin Hyp and pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank have both got off to an active start to the year with a number of sizeable issues, all well received by the markets. more

Mar 6, 2017 10:00 AM Companies

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British Land

That big German institutional investors are returning tentatively to the London commercial property market after the Brexit vote was confirmed earlier this month when German investors WestInvest and asset manager Deka Immobilien bought Rathbone... more

Mar 3, 2017 10:00 AM Investment

Luisenforum Wiesbaden

LuisenForum Wiesbaden

British fund manager M&G Real Estate has invested €205m in two office buildings and a shopping centre in Germany on a recent shopping spree. more

Mar 2, 2017 10:00 AM Investment

Kurpfalz-Center

Metro Group

Listed German commercial property investor Hamborner REIT boosted its 2016 income and earnings and saw its portfolio value push the €1bn mark for the first time. On the strength of its results, it is promising shareholders an increased dividend... more

Mar 1, 2017 10:00 AM Companies

Cording - Domicil Real Estate Group

Cording Real Estate Group

In one of the biggest deals of the past few months, Anglo-German real estate investment and asset management firm Cording Real Estate Group, has sold two residential portfolios in Germany to the Munich-based Domicil Real Estate Group, in a share... more

Feb 28, 2017 10:00 AM Companies

Kindergarten

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Luxembourg investment company Apollo Real Estate Advisor, part of the German group NAI Apollo has launched its first sub-fund investing in German kindergartens on behalf of an anchor investor from the insurance sector. more

Feb 27, 2017 10:00 AM Investment

Germany Euro

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As we reported here in REFIRE back in November last year, Germany edged ahead of the UK as Europe's most active real estate investment market in last year's third quarter for the first time since 2012. Fresh research from Real Capital Analytics... more

Feb 24, 2017 10:00 AM Markets

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