Union Investment is a leading international investment company, providing customised real estate solutions to meet the requirements of private and institutional asset allocation. Union Investment currently has assets under management totalling around €36.5bn in actively managed funds and €8.3bn in service and pooling mandates.

Established in 1965, Hamburg-based Union Investment Real Estate GmbH is the specialist for private real estate investment within the Union Investment Group. Its sister company, Union Investment Institutional Property GmbH, focuses on real estate investment for institutional customers.

The portfolios of Union Investment’s open-ended real estate funds comprise 402 properties and projects in Germany and other European countries, the Americas and Asia Pacific. Within the commercial real estate sector, Union Investment is active as an institutional investor and asset manager. 

Strategic corporate development

Union Investment aims to progressively expand its product range for institutional customers by creating more special funds for bundling indirect property investments and providing property administration services. The strategic corporate development is building on:

  • individual product solutions
  • modular service packages (from vehicle only to full service offering)
  • solutions compliant with German or Luxembourg law
  • professional asset management
  • holistic and proactive portfolio management
  • robust risk management standards
  • transparent best-in-class processes
  • comprehensive reporting.

Investment principles & strategy

Union Investment is increasingly leveraging opportunities that arise from different property cycles around the world. To spread risk and enhance performance, the company has a strict policy of investing in a mix of uses, regions and property sizes. Investments in city centre office space are the mainstay of the company’s investment strategy. In addition, Union Investment is investing in logistics properties, shopping centres, residential and business hotels in selected locations that offer the prospect of attractive returns over the medium and long term. The company’s hotel portfolio consists of 78 properties with a total value of €6.1bn. Some €10.2bn is invested in 82 retail properties across 15 European countries.

Since 2002, the company has expanded into 20 new markets, including Mexico, Singapore and Australia. Active in the property investment business for more than 50 years, Union Investment operates today in 23 countries around the world, with approximately 60% of property assets located in countries outside the domestic market.

For many years, Union Investment has had a strong focus on sustainable real estate. We consider sustainability in terms of cost efficiency, user comfort, location and construction quality, as well as energy efficiency. Sustainability thus becomes a quantifiable factor, which we track through collecting data on individual properties and entire portfolios. We operate a portal on sustainable real estate investment that showcases the latest trends and provides essential background information. Union Investment’s holdings today incorporate 178 properties with national or international certificates for sustainable building with a current market value of €26.5bn.

Since 2012, the company has expanded into the infrastructure space with a renewable energy fund. Union Investment has added another attractive use type in recent years, namely residential property. Within this category, the company focuses on apartments, student accommodation and micro apartments.