Peter Axmann - HSH Nordbank

HSH Nordbank AG

While the challenges facing investors in Germany’s retail real estate market remain real, market participants are adapting to the new environment, and developing new strategies to compete in a world of greater digitization and changing structures. more



Messe München GmbH

EXPO REAL will kick off again in Munich in a few days’ time. As conversations at the fair are a reliable barometer for investment in months to come, REFIRE asked some of Europe’s major players which topics we can expect to dominate this year. more


Martin Herkenrath - OMEGA

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The Cologne-based fund manager Omega Immobilien has launched a €50m daycare property fund with a pension fund for regional German dentists association, Versorgungswerk der Zahnärztekammer Nordrhein (VZN) as sole investor. more


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


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