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Allianz and QUEST Investment Partners acquire Focus Teleport office complex in Berlin through new joint venture


Munich – WEBWIRE
  • Focus Teleport, located in Berlin’s Alt-Moabit office hub next to the river Spree, covers nearly 30,000 sqm in space.
  • The complex comprises nine partially interconnected buildings with tenants including leading technology and media firms as well as public sector entities. 

Allianz and QUEST Investment Partners have formed a new 50:50 joint venture to acquire Focus Teleport, a fully leased office complex in central Berlin which will be upgraded over time in line with Allianz Real Estate’s manage to core strategy.

In what is the second such partnership between them, Allianz Real Estate and real estate project development and investment company QUEST Investment Partners have acquired the building on behalf of several Allianz insurance companies.  In July last year the two came together to purchase Überseehaus, an 11,300 sqm office and commercial building in Hamburg.

Focus Teleport, located in Berlin’s Alt-Moabit office hub next to the river Spree, covers nearly 30,000 sqm in space. The complex comprises nine partially interconnected buildings with tenants including leading technology and media firms as well as public sector entities.

The Berlin office market has continued to expand in line with the city’s central role in the German and European economy. Berlin was ranked 4th in Allianz Real Estate’s inaugural Cities That Work office sector investment report in 2018 in terms of core strategies and 9th for value-add investments.

“We are delighted to be expanding our exposure to the attractive and dynamic Berlin office sector through this manage-to-core opportunity,” said Annette Kroeger, CEO of Allianz Real Estate for North & Central Europe. “We believe the market represents excellent, long-term value on a selected basis, with Focus Teleport an example of an in-demand asset with strong growth prospects.”

”Focus Teleport represents a truly exciting opportunity to add significant value through strategic redevelopment, with substantial upside potential. We are delighted to be working with Allianz Real Estate again and look forward to further expanding our joint partnership-oriented investment strategy" added Jan Rouven Künzel, Managing Partner of QUEST Investment Partners.

Allianz Real Estate and QUEST Investment Partners were advised by Jebens Mensching LLP, Propertunities and Hansa Partner Rommel & Meyer, while Cushman & Wakefield acted as broker.

About Allianz Real Estate

Allianz Real Estate is the strategic real estate organization within the Allianz Group and a leading international real estate investment and asset manager. Allianz Real Estate develops and executes worldwide tailored portfolio and investment strategies on behalf of the Allianz companies, considering direct as well as indirect investments and real estate loans. The operational management of investments and assets is currently performed in 5 regions, West Europe (Belgium, France, Italy, Luxemburg, Portugal, Spain), North & Central Europe (Austria, CEE, Germany, Ireland, Nordics), Switzerland, USA and Asia Pacific. The headquarters of Allianz Real Estate are located in Munich and Paris. Allianz Real Estate has approximately 60 billion euros assets under management.

About QUEST Investment Partners

QUEST Investment Partners is a real estate project development and investment company with offices in Hamburg and Berlin. QUEST focuses on investments in commercial and residential properties with upside potential in top locations of major German cities. In retail developments the focus is on good inner-city locations in German metropolitan regions. The QUEST team has extensive experience in the development of high-quality real estate projects and continuously aims at increasing the real estate values of its shareholders and investors. QUEST’s shareholders are the managing directors Theja Geyer and Jan Rouven Künzel as well as the investment holding company of the Hamburg entrepreneur Erck Rickmers who is invested in real estate, equity investments and shipping.

About Allianz

The Allianz Group is one of the world’s leading insurers and asset managers with more than 92 million retail and corporate customers. Allianz customers benefit from a broad range of personal and corporate insurance services, ranging from property, life and health insurance to assistance services to credit insurance and global business insurance. Allianz is one of the world’s largest investors, managing around 673 billion euros on behalf of its insurance customers. Furthermore our asset managers PIMCO and Allianz Global Investors manage more than 1.4 trillion euros of third-party assets. Thanks to our systematic integration of ecological and social criteria in our business processes and investment decisions, we hold the leading position for insurers in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In 2018, over 142,000 employees in more than 70 countries achieved total revenues of 131 billion euros and an operating profit of 11.5 billion euros for the group.

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