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Garden Tower

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Investment in Germany has rocketed this year, with 70.2% of institutional investors acquiring real estate assets there, up from 46.8% last year, according to fund manager Universal-Investment’s sixth Investor Survey, published this month. Read more

Investment

Alexander Tannenbaum - Universal-Investment

Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH

German institutional investors have lost interest in the Asia-Pac region, according to German fund manager Universal-Investment’s fifth annual survey published this month. Read more

Markets

Marcel Fuhr - GPEP

GPEP GmbH

Giant German occupational pension fund Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK) has established a new €250m German retail centre and supermarket fund in partnership with Frankfurt-based retail specialist GPEP. The BVK-Deutschland I-Immobilienfonds – FMZ... Read more

Investment

Charles Kingston - REFIRE

REFIRE

This was the week that a shaken Angela Merkel told her fellow citizens in a Munich beer hall that the EU must now be prepared to look after itself, and cast aside any expectations of solidarity with erstwhile partners the UK and the US. Read more

Opinion

Alexander Tannenbaum - Universal-Investment

Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH

The German real estate market has become expensive for institutional investors, according to the fourth annual survey by Frankfurt-based investment company Universal-Investment. Despite Germany’s reputation as a safe haven, 37% of respondents said... Read more

Markets

Lars Huber - Hines Europe

Hines Europe

Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK), Germany's largest pension scheme group with about €66bn under management, has bought a Danish retail property portfolio for €119m through a separate-account mandate with Hines, The seller was Avignon Capital. Read more

Investment

Bernd Vorbeck - Universal Investment

Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH

British private equity group Montagu has completed its acquisition of German fund administrator Universal-Investment, the largest independent investment company in German-speaking Europe. Universal's shareholders Berenberg Bank and Bankhaus Lampe... Read more

Investment

André Heimrich - BVK

Bayerische Versorgungskammer

In a further example of how Germany's big pension funds are expanding their loan books, BVK Bayerische Versorgungskammer is lending €200m to the Frankfurt-based residential property company ABG Frankfurt Holding to finance the construction of new... Read more

Companies

Ulrich Höller - German Estate Group

German Estate Group

In the largest single German property deal so far this year, the Frankfurt-based German Estate Group (GEG) bought the landmark property IBC International Business Campus in Frankfurt for €400m in an off-market transaction. Property lender Berlin... Read more

Investment

Marcel Fuhr - GPEP

GPEP GmbH

Frankfurt-based fund manager Universal Investment has teamed up again with retail specialist and portfolio manager GPEP to buy another retail portfolio, bringing the total investment of the two in German retail centres and retail parks to more... Read more

Investment

Alexander Tannenbaum - Universal-Investment

Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH

The development of German Spezialfonds as an appropriate vehicle for institutional investment in real estate has been gathering pace since the dark days of the open-ended funds, when nearly a third of the German mutual funds industry was either... Read more

Markets

Netto Markt

Netto Marken-Discount AG & Co. KG

The Frankfurt-based opportunistic asset manager GPEP and its partner Universal-Investment have added to the portfolio of twelve Netto discount supermarkets which they originally bought in March for a Universal Spezialfonds. They have bought a... Read more

Investment

Fachmarktzentrum - Shopping Center - Retail Park

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REFIRE has recently been talking with several specialist investors in German neighbourhood shopping malls, or so-called "Fachmarktzentren", to get a better idea of why new investors are moving into this asset class – which they appear to be, in... Read more

Markets

Einkaufswagen - retail centre

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The Frankfurt-based fund manager GPEP GmbH, along with Universal-Investment (also of Frankfurt) concluded a deal to buy a portfolio of 12 special retail centres for a special fund managed by GPEP as the portfolio manager. The price was thought to... Read more

Companies

Investments

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Alternative investments are becoming more attractive to German institutional investors, with a third planning to invest more in real estate and infrastructure, according to a new survey by Frankfurt based Universal Investment. Read more

Investment

Alexander Tannenbaum - Universal-Investment

Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH

The Frankfurt-based specialist fund asset manager Universal-Investment looks as if it is putting together Germany’s largest-ever Spezialfonds. The so-called Master Fund has a planned equity volume of €1bn and is targeting deal volume of €1.8bn... Read more

Investment