AEW expands German investment platform with Hypoport Invest acquisition

Real estate asset manager AEW has further expanded its German investment management platform with the acquisition of Hypoport Invest for an undisclosed sum.

The €62bn manager said the acquisition will add a German regulated management capability to its pan-European investment and asset management platform.

AEW manages over €29bn of real estate assets in Europe on behalf of a number of funds and separate accounts.

The manager said it has transferred its existing team and business to the new subsidiary, which has been rebranded AEW Invest.

Rob Wilkinson the CEO of AEW said: “Germany is one of Europe’s most important real estate markets and, as with the wider platform in Europe, a key element to ensuring we can continue to grow operations is to be able to offer our clients a full range of services.

“The acquisition of this business takes us from being a pure asset manager to a fully regulated alternative investment fund manager, building on the momentum already achieved by Stephan Boenning and our team in Germany.”

Stephan Boenning, AEW’s head of Germany said: “This acquisition allows us to combine our teams’ in-depth knowledge of the real estate market with the regulatory expertise of a fund management entity.

“This new fully integrated approach gives us a much more efficient and shorter time frame for bringing specialised products to market, as well as for fund and transaction management, whether through segregated accounts, club deals or regulated evergreen funds that match the specific requirements of our clients.”

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