Deutsche Investment expands in retail asset class and strengthens management level

Hamburg, 1 October 2019 - Deutsche Investment is expanding its business segment and strengthening its management team in this context: With the establishment of the new affiliated company DIR Deutsche Investment Retail GmbH, the retail asset class (food retailing) will be developed from October 2019. On 1 December 2019, retail expert Susanne Klaußner will take over as Managing Director of DIR Deutsche Investment Retail GmbH. On 1 September 2019, Deutsche Investment KVG strengthened its management team with Thomas Fiebig, who has been responsible for investment management since then.

In future, the new company DIR Deutsche Investment Retail GmbH will be responsible for transaction, asset and property management for the retail asset class - focusing on food-anchored local supply and specialty shopping centres, full food ranges and discounters. Susanne Klaußner will take over as Managing Director on 1 December 2019 and will build up a team of trading specialists at the Nuremberg location. The first staff has already been recruited. Susanne Klaußner has been working in the real estate industry for 35 years and is regarded as one of the leading experts for retail real estate in the specialist stores and retail parks segment. Until March 2019, she was Chief Executive Officer of GRR AG and Chief Executive Officer of GRR Real Estate Management GmbH. She worked for the GRR Group for a total of 13 years and was responsible for Business Development, Real Estate Management, Human Resources and Organization. At the Real Estate Women Summit in 2015, she was named Manager of the Year in the Real Estate Industry.

Thomas Fiebig, new Managing Director Investment Management at Deutsche Investment KVG, has more than 25 years of experience in investment management and during this time has been responsible for a transaction volume of more than EUR 5 billion in the asset classes office, residential, retail, hotel and logistics. He was most recently a member of the management board of Talanx Immobilien Management and was responsible for the German and global real estate investment business as a service provider within the Talanx Group. The management of Deutsche Investment KVG now consists of Eitel Coridaß (business development and sales), Thomas Fiebig (investment management), Michael Krzyzanek (portfolio management) and Michael Sehm (risk management).

"Deutsche Investment is pursuing a business strategy focused on comprehensive real estate expertise, which will bring about dynamic growth. With the current measures, we are on the right track to strengthen our core competencies and offer our investors a balanced investment spectrum. With residential, office and (food) retail, we can cover the three asset classes that can be found in almost every diversified core portfolio of institutional investors," says Eitel Coridaß, Managing Director Sales and Business Development at Deutsche Investment KVG. "One advantage of food retailing is the still very low share of online trading and the fact that it is largely independent of economic cycles - similar to the residential sector. In addition to our existing six special funds in the residential and office segments, we are therefore planning our first special real estate fund for the retail asset class this year.

"The most important prerequisite for this multi-asset competence is an experienced management team: with Susanne Klaußner as Managing Director of DIR Deutsche Investment Retail GmbH, we are gaining a proven retail specialist in order to secure sectoral expansion with the necessary special expertise," adds Enver Büyükarslan, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Investment KVG. "In addition, we will be able to continue our regional expansion into new investment locations in the residential and office segment, as Thomas Fiebig, as a further Managing Director of Deutsche Investment KVG, brings proven expertise to the nationwide real estate markets.

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Deutsche Investment expands in retail asset class and strengthens management level

Hamburg, 1 October 2019 - Deutsche Investment is expanding its business segment and strengthening its management team in this context: With the establishment of the new affiliated company DIR Deutsche Investment Retail GmbH, the retail asset class (food retailing) will be developed from October 2019. On 1 December 2019, retail expert Susanne Klaußner will take over as Managing Director of DIR Deutsche Investment Retail GmbH. On 1 September 2019, Deutsche Investment KVG strengthened its management team with Thomas Fiebig, who has been responsible for investment management since then.

In future, the new company DIR Deutsche Investment Retail GmbH will be responsible for transaction, asset and property management for the retail asset class - focusing on food-anchored local supply and specialty shopping centres, full food ranges and discounters. Susanne Klaußner will take over as Managing Director on 1 December 2019 and will build up a team of trading specialists at the Nuremberg location. The first staff has already been recruited. Susanne Klaußner has been working in the real estate industry for 35 years and is regarded as one of the leading experts for retail real estate in the specialist stores and retail parks segment. Until March 2019, she was Chief Executive Officer of GRR AG and Chief Executive Officer of GRR Real Estate Management GmbH. She worked for the GRR Group for a total of 13 years and was responsible for Business Development, Real Estate Management, Human Resources and Organization. At the Real Estate Women Summit in 2015, she was named Manager of the Year in the Real Estate Industry.

Thomas Fiebig, new Managing Director Investment Management at Deutsche Investment KVG, has more than 25 years of experience in investment management and during this time has been responsible for a transaction volume of more than EUR 5 billion in the asset classes office, residential, retail, hotel and logistics. He was most recently a member of the management board of Talanx Immobilien Management and was responsible for the German and global real estate investment business as a service provider within the Talanx Group. The management of Deutsche Investment KVG now consists of Eitel Coridaß (business development and sales), Thomas Fiebig (investment management), Michael Krzyzanek (portfolio management) and Michael Sehm (risk management).

"Deutsche Investment is pursuing a business strategy focused on comprehensive real estate expertise, which will bring about dynamic growth. With the current measures, we are on the right track to strengthen our core competencies and offer our investors a balanced investment spectrum. With residential, office and (food) retail, we can cover the three asset classes that can be found in almost every diversified core portfolio of institutional investors," says Eitel Coridaß, Managing Director Sales and Business Development at Deutsche Investment KVG. "One advantage of food retailing is the still very low share of online trading and the fact that it is largely independent of economic cycles - similar to the residential sector. In addition to our existing six special funds in the residential and office segments, we are therefore planning our first special real estate fund for the retail asset class this year.

"The most important prerequisite for this multi-asset competence is an experienced management team: with Susanne Klaußner as Managing Director of DIR Deutsche Investment Retail GmbH, we are gaining a proven retail specialist in order to secure sectoral expansion with the necessary special expertise," adds Enver Büyükarslan, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Investment KVG. "In addition, we will be able to continue our regional expansion into new investment locations in the residential and office segment, as Thomas Fiebig, as a further Managing Director of Deutsche Investment KVG, brings proven expertise to the nationwide real estate markets.

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