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Saul Goldstein - Activum SG

Activum SG Capital

European turnaround specialist ActivumSG Capital Management has bought WirtschaftsHaus, a major German developer of senior housing, to lead the sector in Germany with a €1.2bn pipeline of properties. No price details of the deal were given. Read more

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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... Read more

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Shopping Center

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AXA Investment Managers-Real Assets has completed the acquisition of a joint-controlling stake in Paunsdorf shopping centre in Leipzig, Germany for €132.5m. Read more

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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... Read more

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Bertrand Julien-Laferrière

ARDIAN Holding

The independent private equity Ardian Real Estate has bought its first real estate asset, acquiring a multi-let Munich office and business park complex from Publity AG for a price thought to be well in excess of €100m. Read more

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Rolf Buch - Vonovia

Vonovia SE

Shareholders in Vonovia, Germany's largest residential property company, gave their company the green light this week to go ahead with its bid for Germany's number 2 player Deutsche Wohnen AG. Deutsche Wohnen is resisting the takeover, and last... Read more

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Matthias Leube - AXA Investment Managers Deutschland

AXA Investment Managers

AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets (previously known as AXA Real Estate) said recently that it has already transacted €756m of real estate deals in Germany in the first nine months of this year, underlying the attractions of Germany to the real... Read more

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Merger

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Germany's wave of residential property company consolidation has intensified even further, as the biggest players rush to achieve a bigger slice of the huge market for rental housing, in which economies of scale can lead to huge boosts in... Read more

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Jan Dirk Poppinga - CBRE

CB Richard Ellis

New figures just in from property brokers CBRE confirm that foreign investor interest in German retail real estate remains undimmed. Compared to last year's first half, total investment volume in German retail more than doubled in the first six... Read more

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Rolf Buch - Deutsche Annington

Deutsche Annington

Rolf Buch, the CEO of listed Deutsche Annington, told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag recently that his company was looking at every residential portfolio that came on the market in Germany with more than 1,000 units, to see whether they might... Read more

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Rolf Buch - Deutsche Annington

Deutsche Annington

Listed German residential landlord Deutsche Annington has concluded its merger with rival housing investor Gagfah after securing the votes of 94% of the Gagfah voting shares. The new company will be renamed Vonovia SE from April this year, and... Read more

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Peter Barkow - Barkow Consulting

Barkow Consulting GmbH

It's now become a tradition at this time of the year to sit down with the German Property Association ZIA and with Peter Barkow of Barkow Consulting to review the performance of the German listed real estate sector. The briefing takes place as... Read more

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European Business School

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Among researchers dealing with the looming debt gap in European property financing over the coming years, among the more prominent has been the research team at property adviser DTZ under head of research Hans Vrensen. Read more

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Ruhrpark Bochum

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The French-Dutch group Unibail-Rodamco, Europe’s largest publicly-listed real estate company, took a huge leap from effectively a standing start to gain a major presence in the German market by buying a majority stake in Germany Read more

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