Universal Investment Group

Structure and

360° competence, 100% independence

As Universal Investment Group we are one of Europe's leading fund service platforms and Super ManCos. With Montagu as the lead investor and CPP Investments as the co-investor, we are backed by a renowned private equity company and one of the world's largest pension funds. This partnership ensures our neutrality and corporate independence. 

How we are structured

We are able to offer our clients a wide range of fund services and solutions thanks to our branches, plus our minority shareholdings in  MASTERINVEST Kapitalanlage GmbH and DPG Deutsche Performancemessungs-Gesellschaft für Wertpapierportfolios mbH.

As a strategic partner and minority shareholder of Alumia S.á r.l., we also enable international sales opportunities for our customers through our joint venture.

Our comprehensive portfolio ensures that we can meet various needs and provide solutions for all asset classes. We have the expertise and resources to deliver high value to asset managers and asset owners.

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We operate in fund launch locations across Germany, Luxembourg and Ireland. We also have a significant production site located in Poland. We have established branches in the United Kingdom, France, and Sweden, while also holding an investment in Austria. 

Our widespread presence enables us to serve clients in multiple regions and deliver tailored solutions to meet their specific needs.
Management Universal Investment Group

Francesca McDonagh

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Francesca McDonagh has been Chief Executive Officer of the Universal Investment Group and Managing Director of Universal- Beteiligungs- und Servicegesellschaft mbH since January 2024.

She manages the Group and is responsible in particular for corporate strategy.

Katja Mueller

Katja Mueller

Chief Customer Officer (CCO)

Katja Mueller was appointed Managing Director of Universal- Beteiligungs- und Servicegesellschaft mbH as well as Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH in 2019.

As Chief Customer Officer, she is responsible for existing and new business with asset managers and institutional investors, and thus for the revenues of the entire group. She is also responsible for Marketing & External Communications.

Johannes Elsner

Johannes Elsner

Chief Operating and Transformation Officer (COTO)

Johannes Elsner has been Manging Director of Universal- Beteiligung- und Servicegesellschaft mbH since February 2024.

In his role as COTO, he’s responsible for developing and improving the Group’s operational activities and processes, and driving group-wide transformation.

John Burns

John Burns

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

John Burns has been Managing Director of Universal- Beteiligung- und Servicegesellschaft mbH since June 2024.

As CTO, he drives the ongoing development of the technology platform with a focus on innovative client solutions.

Christina Huebschen

Christina Huebschen

Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO)

Christina Huebschen has been Manging Director of Universal- Beteiligung- und Servicegesellschaft mbH since April 2024.

In her role as Chief Human Resources Officer, she leads the Group on all aspects of human resources, including people strategy and operations, culture and inclusion, talent management, and compensation and benefits.


Universal- Beteiligungs- und Servicegesellschaft mbH

Theodor-Heuss-Allee 70
60486 Frankfurt am Main

Postal address:
Postfach 17 05 48
60079 Frankfurt am Main

T: +49 69 71043-0