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Your platform for real estate funds

Global, transparent, tailor-made

Your platform for real estate funds

Institutional investors can link up with our team of 100 real estate fund specialists – who have a longstanding expertise in structuring, launching and administrating globally-invested real estate funds – via Universal Investment's German- and Luxembourg-based real estate platforms. A wide range of vehicles, investment structures, countries and service models are incorporated. Our mission is to provide extensive expertise in the practical implementation of ESG-based real estate investment policies. We act as a one-stop shop and supply you with a vast network of professional partners and tailor-made services for your real estate fund investments.

We offer a diverse spectrum of investment opportunities:

  • Open- and closed-end real estate funds compliant with German or Luxembourg law in the form of special or master funds
  • Domestic or global frameworks for various usage types and risk classes
  • Support in establishing a sustainability strategy including regulatory compliance (for example, for funds under Article 6, 8 or 9 of the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation)

Advantages and strengths

We are a specialist in both funds and real estate. We have considerable expertise and years of experience in structuring and administrating real estate funds, the global execution of real estate transactions (in cooperation with local transaction advisors) as well as comprehensive know-how in the administration and regulatory requirements for funds. As a one-stop shop, we take care of all aspects that can arise when investing real estate funds.

Focus on quality

Client-oriented

Wide-ranging services portfolio that can be easily adjusted to our clients’ requirements; structured and transparent processes; comprehensive reporting
Customer orientation

Quality-focused

Experts in fund conception, regulatory compliance, legal matters, risk management and real estate/portfolio management; a vast network of carefully-selected and experienced external service providers

Sustainable

Our own ESG office; involvement in national and international associations/committees/initiatives as well as the development of future-oriented sustainability standards
Global

International

Real estate investments in all key usage types and in a wide range of countries, including Asia and North America; fund domiciles in Germany and Luxembourg
Investmentstrukturen

Market leaders

Steady rise in assets under administration and real estate transactions in Germany and Luxembourg since our market launch in 2011; vast client portfolio including institutional investors, real estate managers and specialist asset managers

Real estate in figures

33.2

Billion euros in gross fund assets

>1,500

Real estate transactions completed world wide

55

Real estate funds (compliant with laws in Germany and Luxembourg)

>50

Affiliated national and international asset managers

As of September 2022

Our services 

As an independent fund service platform, we offer institutional investors a holistic service approach that can be tailored to clients' individual requirements.

  • Tailored fund conception

    • Support in fund conception and the development of a sustainability strategy for German and Luxembourg-based special AIFs and master funds, including, if required, segments for each asset manager
    • Optimal regulatory-compliant fund structuring
    • Obtaining the distribution permit from the relevant regulatory authorities (BaFin, CSSF)
    • Technical fund construction: including contracts (with SLAs); account opening; depositaries’ involvement
    • Structured, straightforward onboarding, including of asset managers, investors
    • Vast network of experienced partners, including custodians, property valuers, ESG-consultants

  • Global, regulatory real estate portfolio management

    • Review of portfolio strategy with a focus on regulatory/contractual fundamentals
    • Review of purchase, sale and loan agreements for international real estate investments
    • Corporate investment management, including monitoring tax-/legally- optimised investment structures and the provision of managing directors
    • Real estate valuation
    • Extensive network of relevant service providers, including surveyors and accountants
    • Ongoing support in all aspects of real estate investments

  • Professional fund administration

    • Fund accounting: including the preparation of monthly and annual financial statements and annual reports
    • Taxes: including assistance in assembling tax data and in tax reporting
    • Liquidity management: including the preparation of capital calls and distributions
    • Reporting: real estate, fund and regulatory reporting for authorities and investors; access to the online reporting tool PowerPortal
    • Risk management: including risk controlling and stress tests
    • Additional services: including the obtainment of the required approvals from supervisory bodies and depositaries; communication and coordination with external service providers

Global real estate expertise

We use our global expertise in real estate to support institutional investors in the implementation of their investment strategies. We are committed to the active support and monitoring of global real estate transactions (in cooperation with the required due-diligence service providers).

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Source: Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH

Real estate platform

Since the launch of our real estate platform in 2011, assets under administration have increased to more than 33.2 billion euros (gross fund assets as of September 2022), reflecting the strong trust our clients place in us.

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Source: Universal-Investment-Gesellschaft mbH

Contact

We can take care of the implementation of your real estate fund 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

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