DWS Appoints Dr Ulrich von Creytz as CIO Real Estate, Europe

DWS today announced the appointment of Dr Ulrich von Creytz to the position of Chief Investment Officer Real Estate for Europe. Based in Frankfurt, Ulrich will report to Clemens Schaefer, Global Head of Real Estate, APAC & Europe.

In his new role, Ulrich will leverage his extensive experience in client relations and his deep knowledge of European real estate built over a 20-year period to enhance the client and capital focus of the platform’s investment process. Underpinned by DWS’ thematic investment led approach, he will drive the market positioning of DWS’ real estate investment strategy working in close collaboration with the European platform’s research and strategy function, portfolio management, and transactions.

Ulrich joined the firm in 2004 and has held several leadership positions within its real estate business. Most recently, he was Head of the Real Estate Specialists in EMEA overseeing teams in Frankfurt and London. He has played a critical role in growing client relationships, demonstrating an ability to align investment themes and product offering with the strategic investment objectives of clients. Additionally, as a board member for almost a decade, Ulrich has been actively engaged on investment decisions for two legal entity boards in line with strategy and within the parameters of the fiduciary obligations of DWS to deliver best outcomes and performance for investors. He will join DWS’s Europe Investment Committee and will maintain his two board positions in Germany.

Clemens Schaefer, Global Head of Real Estate, APAC & Europe said: “I am confident Ulrich’s long- standing experience and strategic ability will create a positive impact on the investment process, aligning investment themes and capital sources.” He added: “His strong relationships built across the platform, industry and our investor base will play a critical role in shaping the future growth of DWS’ European real estate platform.”

Dr Ulrich von Creytz, Chief Investment Officer, Real Estate, Europe said: “This position is a great honour given the long-standing track record and reputation of DWS as a leading European real estate investment manager. I look forward to defining an investment agenda around value and growth creation, aligned with our clients’ aspirations.” He added: “We are starting to see some compelling opportunities arise in European Real Estate markets. This is driven by a rare window of opportunity for investors ready to enter the market over the next 2 to 3 years who we believe could profit from the strong expected recovery.”

Ulrich has a First State Examination in Law from University of Freiburg; Second State Examination in Law from Superior Court of Justice Berlin; PhD in Constitutional Law from University of Freiburg; Real Estate Economist from European Business School.


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