AEW has appointed Bianca Kraus as a director of Investor Relations with responsibility for German-speaking clients.
Kraus will be based in Munich and will sit within the international Investor Relations team, with responsibility for building and managing relationships with institutional investors in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. She will also support capital raising activities across Europe, promoting AEW's global suite of products, and will have direct involvement in new product development programmes.
Rob Wilkinson, AEW's European CEO commented: "Germany is a key market for us, being both a major source of capital and an important location for our investment and asset management activity. We have invested significantly into our German operations and this is another step in that strategy, as we continue to put our clients at the forefront of our efforts and with her extensive experience in Investor Relations, Kraus will play a key role in meeting the specific needs and requirements of our institutional clients in the region."
AEW has experienced strong growth in its German platform in recent years, with €3.2bn of assets under management and 44 institutional clients as at 31 December 2018. In November 2018, AEW expanded its German investment management business with the acquisition of Hypoport Invest GmbH, adding a German regulated management capability (AIFM) to its platform, now known as AEW Invest Gmbh.