Saul Goldstein - Activum SG

Activum SG Capital

The Jersey-based real estate fund manager ActivumSG Capital Management sold its entire remaining stake in listed German residential developer Instone earlier this month. more



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Germany’s SPD party is pushing for a 12-step ‘Mietenstopp’ to cap residential rent hikes in the country, in a move it is hoping will curb excessive rental increases following the abject failure of the Mietpreisbremse, or rental brake law. more


Kaufhof - Frankfurt

GALERIA Kaufhof GmbH

German department stores Galeria Kaufhof and Karstadt Warenhausare to merge after Austria’s Signa Holding and Canadian retailer Hudson’s Bay Co. (HBC) agreed to form a joint venture via a new holding company, they announced this month. more


Aareal Bank in Wiesbaden

Aareal Bank AG

We mentioned in last month’s issue of REFIRE that the Wiesbaden-based real estate financier Aareal Bank was rumoured to be in discussions to buy the small Düsseldorfer Hypothekenbank, a commercial property lender which got into difficulties... more


Car Parks

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Car parks are undergoing something of a shake up. On the way out are the dingy inner-city car parks most of us are familiar with, set to be replaced with ‘crucial hubs for a wide range of services, which also increases the importance of... more


Deutsche Bank - Frankfurt

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Qatari investors attending the recent Qatar-German Business & Investment Forum in Berlin earlier this month, the fourth such event, were very bullish about the German economy in general, and several key players said they specifically... more


Real Estate Study

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More than €20bn of real estate assets are expected to be released back into the market, over the next 10 years, as funds reach their end of life. Particularly in focus will be funds with a retail concentration, which is likely to put further... more


Loan portfolio

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Helaba Invest, the asset manager of the Frankfurt-based landesbank Helaba, is for the first time offering a fund based on real estate loans that gives savings banks (Sparkassen) access to Helaba's own diversified credit portfolio. more


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