GLL Real Estate Partners GmbH

A safe harbour for institutional investors

With traditional investment returns hobbled by low interest rates, the trend towards investors turning to the property markets as a safer harbour for their funds continues unbroken. GLL Real Estate Partners GmbH helps international investors generate strong returns from commercial property in Europe, the USA and Latin America.

Managing Director and one of the company founders, Rainer Göbel

Although property prices have risen substantially over the long term, the sector has been subject to wild fluctuations in recent years. Increased regulation has also complicated processes and increased costs.

Another factor affecting the market is increased competition. “When we first started in this sector, we were one of only a handful of service providers managing portfolios of this nature,” says Rainer Göbel, Managing Director and one of the company founders. “Today, there are more than 70 companies in the sector.”

GLL’s strength is its ability to help its customers achieve their investment goals with tailor-made investments. “We have  always had a very strong customer focus and develop strategies and investment funds for and with them,” says Mr. Göbel. “We are in continuous contact with our investors and try to develop property-based investment vehicles together with them.”

Property is seen as a safe haven by institutional investors, who have seen returns on other investment forms hit by low interest rates

The focus of GLL’s portfolio is on the commercial property sector such as office buildings, retail real estate and industrial buildings. Since 2002, the company has invested over twelve billion EUR in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the United States and Latin America.

“We currently have some seven billion USD in assets under management and a portfolio comprising over 100 properties,” says Mr. Göbel. “We manage these assets through offices in New York, San Francisco, Orlando, Santiago de Chile, Budapest, Lima, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Warsaw and Luxembourg. Property is a local business that requires a presence on the ground to liaise with tenants in their own language. As an independent service provider, we can respond more easily to customer needs and strategies. We have a very individualized approach which we pursue with our institutional investors.”

This approach is particularly crucial in a property market that is becoming ever more volatile. “Property has become a substitute currency for investments, but because of political situations such as Brexit or the crisis in Spain, returns are sinking,” says Mr. Göbel. “There are tsunamis washing over the market as herd behaviour and pro-cyclical positions take over.”

GLL’s response is to increase its ability to react flexibly to opportunities as they present themselves. “Property will certainly not lose its significance as an investment in the short term,” says Mr. Göbel. “We want to safeguard this by building up a global portfolio of profitable and well-diversified properties.”

GLL Real Estate Partners GmbH
Lindwurmstrasse 76
80337 Munich
Germany

Phone +49 89 726103930
Fax +49 89 726103945

http://www.gll-partners.com


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