Club MeetingFrankfurt, January 26

Local partnerships in German real estate

Around 25 GRI Club Members gathered in Frankfurt recently to share experiences on the value of local partnerships, and when it makes sense to use them, in Germany’s real estate investment climate today.

Establishing the right working relationships with a local partner is vital for the German market; the saturation that is starting to happen in A cities is bringing more and more investors to look at B and even C cities, where local knowledge of the micro market is key for success.

Discussion notes:

Discussion began with participants exchanging views on the definition of a partnership and typical structures that they use. One REIT gave an insight into JVs as a particularly attractive structure for partnerships. Having a mutually agreed exit strategy was commonly agreed as of utmost importance in any local partnership arrangement. Looking ahead building owner- operator partnerships will also become a more prevalent means of doing business due to the strength of the co-services movement. Participants compared the Anglo-Saxon - German, and German - German style and structure of partnerships, sharing insights into what they found worked well in each situation.


Friday, January 26

08:30 - 09.00 Registration and Networking

09:00 - 10:00 Club Meeting Discussion

10:00 - 10:30 Closing Refreshment Break


Membership is by invitation and reserved exclusively for investors, lenders and developers*. 

Qualified individuals (C / Director Level) that believe they could benefit from being part of such a global community are welcome to further details.

If you want to find out on how to become a club member get in touch with Laura Ernst.

*Some leniency is given to those outside this category up to a maximum of 10% ratio of the Club.



The Westin Grand Frankfurt Konrad Adenauer Straße 7, Frankfurt, Germany
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