Sprachen
Crystal ball

Alternative investments

Seeing and thinking differently.

Alternative investments

Neither traditional nor conventional – innovative instead. Whether private equity or private debt, whether securitisation structures, hedge funds, equity investments, commodities or infrastructure, alternative investments have been gaining in importance over the last few years and have long since established themselves in the market as an asset class in their own right.



The advantages of alternative investments – namely portfolio risk diversification and potentially higher returns – should not be dismissed lightly. The asset class is also set to play a significant role in the move towards a sustainable economy, with sizeable investments in infrastructure and renewables already making a significant contribution. It poses a challenge, though: the setting-up, administration and reporting of alternative investments is highly complex.

As your experienced structuring partner, we cover the entire service range for alternative investments. Institutional investors can expect ideas, solutions and a high level of commitment in the implementation of their alternative investments. The investment concept is executed via the Universal Investment platform. Depending on the project’s target, you can choose between fund domiciles in Germany, Luxembourg or Ireland.

Track record

Special structures Universal Investment and Universal Investment Luxembourg

Track record: Invested capital of 84.5 billion euros and 202 active fund and securitisation structures for a wide range of investor groups – VAG investors, corporates and asset managers (as of March 2022).


NAV performanceSource: Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH / As of March 2022
VehiclesSource: Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH / As of March 2022

Access to alternative investments

A one-stop shop

Direct or indirect, fund of funds or special purpose vehicles? The structures that allow access to alternative investments vary significantly – as do your demands as an investor. Tax and supervisory regulation, level of experience dealing with the asset class, planned total investment, compliance with Solvency II, investment regulation or internal procedures – these all need to be considered. Alternatives are multi faceted investments. With this in mind, we offer you all these services from a single source in our one-stop shop.

Experience is key

Innovative drive and customised solutions

Extensive expertise, a wealth of experience and a professional, highly-innovative team that sees itself as a “brain hub” for its clients – these are the pre-requisites for a future-oriented and successful partnership. The team is constantly professional and client-focused. And committed throughout to the success of the implementation.

Team.Work: our team has an ideal set-up to meet the demands of institutional investors and asset managers. What makes our team stand out is their innovative drive, their feel for marketable products and specific structures, as well as their expertise in regulatory requirements.

Committed to alternatives

Services at a glance



Strong in structuring

Extensive expertise in developing structures, analysing structuring memos, in the entire structuring process including the overseeing of external project participants. Restructurings can also be carried out if required.

Detailed feedback loop

We listen, analyse and learn from your feedback. Feedback loops are central for our cooperation with institutional investors and asset managers.

Quick to connect and open to using interfaces

Clients can expect seamless interaction with other service providers such as custodians and auditors, as well as with tax and legal advisors, who may have been brought onboard by institutional investors and asset managers.

Everything from one source

AIFM services, experience in the entire spectrum of relevant investment structures, knowledge of the way structures work, their administration and reporting – all of these are available from a one-stop shop.

Strong transaction management

Transaction managers ensure reliable processes. From the coordination of the due diligence process to the liaison with the investment advisor and fund manager of the target projects:  the selection, mandating, commissioning, contract negotiation and controlling of external project participants such as legal advisors and tax firms.

Global perspective

Our platforms in Germany, Luxembourg and Ireland offer institutional investors and asset managers huge potential and flexibility for global investments in alternatives.

Alternative investments – structures

Equity-, debt and security structures

Investors can find solutions that meet all their investment requirements in the range of alternative investments in private equity (including venture capital), private debt and securitisation in Luxembourg, in Ireland and in Germany, depending on the structure.

Alternative Investments Equity and Debt Structures Source: Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH

Contact

We are your experienced services and structuring partner for the entire life cycle of your alternative investments. Let’s talk.
Marcus Kuntz

Marcus Kuntz

Area Head Sales & Fund Distribution

+49 69 71043 190

marcus.kuntz@universal-investment.com

Jochen Meyers

Jochen Meyers

Area Head Relationship Management Institutional Investors

+49 69 71043 460

jochen.meyers@universal-investment.com

More topics

  • Rudolf Siebel
    Partner News
    June 2022

    German Fund Market Act: Evolutionary step or new milestone?

    The new German Fund Market Act (Fondsstandortgesetz) includes a whole range of measures. These range from new investment vehicles, such as open infrastructure funds, to new asset classes such as crypto investments. Is this a big deal or just a small step? Rudolf Siebel, Managing Director of the German Investment Funds Association BVI, talks about the merits and shortcomings of the new law.
    Authors: Rudolf Siebel, BVI Read More
  • Modern Office
    Partner News
    June 2022

    "The modern office in the right location"

    The home office has several advantages that many of us learned to appreciate during the pandemic. Being available to let tradesmen in, not needing to commute to the office building, and better concentration on your work.
    Authors: Christian Wittke, Berenberg, Professor Dr. Tobias Just, IREBS Institut, Andreas Gessinger, Universal Investment Read More
  • Axel Vespermann
    News
    June 2022

    How is the global real estate market doing today?

    Despite a significant recovery after the pandemic shock, the real estate market continues to be affected. Axel Vespermann, Head of Real Estate, Universal Investment, explains in an interview how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting individual types of property, and prices and rents. He also discusses trends among asset managers and institutional investors, and reports on news from his area of expertise.
    Authors: Axel Vespermann, Universal Investment Read More