With 413 inhabitants per square kilometre, the Netherlands is one of the most densely populated countries in Europe. Housing is particularly scarce and expensive here – reason enough for investors to get involved in residential real estate in the Netherlands. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Real Estate Investors Benelux – List of Real Estate Investors in Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg.

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1. Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance

Achmea is one of the largest Dutch insurance groups. Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance in Amsterdam covers the real estate investment and asset management arm of the group. The company acts for institutional investors – including. Pension funds – and manages approximately €37.4 billion in assets. Syntrus Achmea also undertakes residential real estate transactions on behalf of its clients. At the end of 2020, it sold a residential portfolio of 284 single-family homes and 59 apartment buildings in 10 Dutch locations for BPL Pensioen.

2. a.s.r. real estate

Utrecht-based a.s.r. real estate has been around since 1892 and has more than 125 real estate investment experiences – including residential properties. In the middle of last year, the project “The Minister” in Rijswijk was purchased for the in-house “Dutch Core Residential Fund”. Instead of the “Winston Churchill” office tower – formerly the headquarters of the Dutch Ministry of Health – a 25-storey residential tower with 220 rental apartments is to be built. a.s.r. real estate manages 6.4 billion euros in real estate assets.

3. Daelmans Vastgoed

Daelmans Vastgoed in Maastricht is a family business and has been in existence since 1982. It is one of the largest Dutch real estate investment companies and focuses on residential, commercial and office properties in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. The portfolio now comprises more than 3,000 properties. Among the largest investments in 2020 was the purchase of 399 single-family and multi-family homes from the portfolio in 18 locations in the Netherlands. The transaction totalled 91 million euros.
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The office property market in the Netherlands is concentrated in the Randstad metropolitan region in the west of the country, with the urban centres of Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam and Utrecht as its cornerstones. This is not the only place where these 3 real estate companies invest. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Real Estate Investors Benelux – List of Real Estate Investors in Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg.

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1. a.s.r. real estate

a.s.r. real estate, based in Utrecht, is a long-established Dutch real estate investor with over 125 years of corporate history. Assets under management within five funds amount to approximately €6.4 billion. A typical a.s.r. investment is the purchase of EDGE Eindhoven at the end of 2020 – a project development for a mixed office and residential building with 25,000 square metres of office space in the city of Eindhoven in the south of the Netherlands.

2. Amsterdam Realty Partners B.V

ARP has been in existence since 2014 and is focused on project developments for high-end properties in the Randstad region. One engages in new construction projects as well as modernization and renovation of buildings. ARP also offers real estate investment portfolios. One example of ARP investments is the purchase last year of an office building in Amsterdam Sloterdijk. The modern building has 1,839 square metres of office space and is fully let to a solvent tenant.

3. QUAN

QUAN Real Estate Investors in Amsterdam was founded in 2018 by real estate professionals and prefers to invest in office, light industrial, healthcare and hospitality properties. In office space, the focus is on the Core + risk class. The purchase of an office building in the Lage Weide industrial estate in Utrecht two years ago fits in precisely with this focus. The building offers 4,687 square metres of office space on two floors for around 40 tenants and space for a restaurant.
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France offers many worthwhile destinations and interesting tourist regions, but is also an important destination for business travel. Hotel operators therefore find a large market here and so do hotel investors. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Real Estate Investors France – List of Buyers of Residential, Commercial and Hotel Properties.

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1. ICAMAP Advisory France

ICAMAP is a Luxembourg-based investment company with a Paris branch (ICAMAP Advisory France) and a London branch (ICAMAP Advisory France). ICAMAP launches special real estate funds for institutional investors and family offices. The assets under management amount to more than 1.6 billion euros. ICAMAP is also active in the hotel sector. Together with Canada’s Ivanhoé Cambridge (Quebec), over two-thirds of the shares in the EasyHotel group in London – a super budget hotel chain – were acquired in 2019 via the Citrus UK joint venture.

2. SD2P (Société de Développement Professionnel Pierre Esnée)

SD2P is considered No. 1 in the French tourism industry when it comes to hotel investments. The company, led by Pierre and Marie-Laure Esnée, is involved in many hotel projects. In addition to renowned Parisian hotels, the group owns two to five-star hotels with a total of 11,000 rooms in France, Switzerland and Belgium. In doing so, the group is also quite prepared to go new ways and to part with silverware. In 2018, the traditional Hotel Lancaster in Paris was sold to another French family group.

3. Alboran

Alboran in Paris was founded in 2016 and operates as both a hotel operator and hotel investor. Currently, the company has 15 completed or under construction hotels with a total of 1300 rooms in France. Locations are Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Reims, Avignon, Amiens, Saint-Quentin and Rennes. The core of the hotel portfolio is formed by the 12 Escalotel properties with 850 rooms acquired in 2018. Escalotel is one of AccorHotels’ main French franchisees and continues to operate under Alboran management.
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Sustainability has now become part of many businesses, including real estate investors around the world. In France, too, building has become more environmentally conscious. The “Haute Qualité Environnementale” certificate for the high environmental quality of buildings has been in place since 2005. The French real estate investor Covivio is also committed to sustainability.
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Sustainability in France and Germany

Covivio – formerly Foncière des Régions – is a French REIT, “real estate investment trust”, based in the French city of Metz. Covivio is also active in Germany. The group owns the large housing and real estate company Immeo SE in Oberhausen. The real estate investor has defined sustainability as a strategy for its entire group. CO2 savings targets have been set at all European locations and the company wants to make an active contribution to reducing emissions. This environmental contribution also includes energy-efficient construction.

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France is one of the most important European markets for retail real estate. Around one sixth of EU retail sales are generated in our neighbouring country. Despite the e-commerce boom, major French investors continue to focus on retail in their portfolios. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Real Estate Investors France – List of Buyers of Residential, Commercial and Hotel Properties.

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1. Groupama Gan REIM

Groupama Gan REIM is part of the “Groupe des Assurances Mutuelles Agricoles” – Groupama for short -, a French insurance group with its origins in the agricultural cooperative sector. Groupama Gan Reim specialises in investment vehicles for institutional investors and manages assets of around €850 million. In the autumn of 2020, a 3,140-square-metre Monoprix supermarket in the 6th arrondissement of Paris was acquired for the investment vehicle “Groupama Gan Retail France OPPCI”, which focuses on French retail real estate. The 6th arrondissement is a prime location in Paris.

2. La Société des Grands Magasins

La Société des Grands Magasins is a Lyon-based real estate company focused on shopping centers and department stores. It focuses on sites in attractive city centre locations with a catchment area of at least 100,000 consumers. The investment company, founded only a few years ago by the young entrepreneur Frédéric Merlin from Lyon, aims to revitalize stationary retail in city centers with new utilization concepts. Last year, it acquired a portfolio of eight properties with a total area of 41,000 square meters in the Lyon area.

3. F&A Asset Management

Paris-based F&A Asset Management sees itself as an investment boutique. Founded in 2016, the company is entirely focused on investments in retail real estate on behalf of institutional investors. The F&A portfolio currently comprises around 150 assets with a volume of approximately €500 million. Last year, five retail stores in prime downtown Paris locations were acquired for €12 million for F&A’s “High Street Retail” fund. The fund is an investment vehicle focused on retail properties in prime locations in France.
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After years of stagnation, residential property prices in France have picked up significantly over the past four years. Long overshadowed by other markets, the country is once again interesting for real estate investors with a residential focus. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Real Estate Investors France – List of Buyers of Residential, Commercial and Hotel Properties.

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1. AMDG

AMDG is a French investment and asset management company based in Lyon that launches real estate funds. A portfolio of a total of eleven residential buildings was acquired last year for the “Appart Invest 3” fund, which has an initial capital of €50 million in 2019. They cover an area of 14,100 square meters. The deal has a total volume of 80 million euros. Seven buildings are located in Lyon (47.8 million euros), three in Paris (27.5 million euros) and one in Strasbourg (4.7 million euros).

2. ATLAND

Foncière ATLAND is a French real estate investment company that launches real estate funds for the general public and institutional investors, makes real estate investments and develops residential projects. Founded in 2003, ATLAND is based in Paris and pursues a global strategy. Last year, ATLAND acquired a 60 percent majority stake in Les Maisons de Marianne. The company is considered a pioneer of social housing in France and is particularly involved in intergenerational housing. Marianne founder Eric Vialatel retains 40 percent and the operational management.

3. Patrimoni Group

Patrimoni is a Paris-based real estate company that has been in existence since 1985 and is family-owned. It operates as a project developer, real estate investor and manager. Assets under management amount to over 250 million euros. At the beginning of last year, Patrimoni further increased its Paris portfolio with the purchase of three apartment buildings. The value of the properties, with a total area of 3,800 square meters, is estimated at around 40 million euros. They are located in the central 15th arrondissement, which borders the Eiffel Tower.

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When it comes to office property investments in France, interest is focused primarily on Paris and the Ile-de-France. After all, one in five French people lives and works in this region. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Real Estate Investors France – List of Buyers of Residential, Commercial and Hotel Properties.

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1. CLEMIUM

The CLEMIUM group has been in existence since 2013 and is involved in office properties, among others. Geographically, the investment focus is on the Paris, Bordeaux, Montpellier and Aix regions. Since its creation, 87 transactions have been carried out. CLEMIUM, which has its origins in Montpellier, intends to further expand its activities in the French capital. To this end, it acquired an office building in the 9th arrondissement last year. The elegant district in the centre is one of the best locations in Paris, and the property is a 900-square-metre urban villa.

2. Tivoli Capital

Marseille-based real estate investor Tivoli Capital proves that office property investments are not only worthwhile in Paris. Its geographical focus is more on the south of France, in particular Provence. Under the brand name “Newton Offices”, Tivoli Capital operates project developments and investments in office properties together with the US investment company KKR. One promising project is “Newton Nice – Grand Arénas”. Here, an approx. 8,700 square metre office project is to be realised in the vicinity of the international airport by 2023.

3. Bellérophon

Bellérophon REIM is a Paris-based real estate investment company founded in 2017. REIM stands for “Real Estate Investment Management” and is a specific type of company for trading, brokerage, management or construction of real estate analogous to REIT. In this sense, Bellérophon supports investors as a service provider in real estate investments, including office properties. In the autumn of last year, for example, the sale and letting of a 2,600 square metre office building in Les Ulis in Ile-de-France was taken over.
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The topic of sustainability has become increasingly well-known and important in recent years, as can be seen from the various “Sustainability Reports” published by real estate investors. Sustainable construction is also in vogue in the UK. With the BREEAM system (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method), the world’s first certification system for building sustainability was invented here in 1990. The British real estate investor Great Portland Estates plc is also geared towards sustainability. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Property Investors UK – List of residential, commercial and hotel property buyers..

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Great Portland Estates plc – climate-neutral and energy-efficient

Great Portland Estates has been active as a real estate investor and project developer in the United Kingdom since 1959, and as a REIT (real estate investment trust) since 2007. The company is based in the British capital London. The largest part of the real estate portfolio is also located there. The investor prefers to invest in the central district of Marylebone around Great Portland Street. The investment focus is primarily on office buildings. Great Portland Estate pursues a conscious sustainability strategy. One of its sustainability goals is to become climate-neutral by 2030. In addition, Great Portland Estates aims to reduce its energy consumption by 40 percent.

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The UK has one of the world’s most developed markets for online retail. This requires logistics space. Reason enough to invest in logistics real estate in the UK. These investors are doing it! This article is based on the unique Top 150 Property Investors UK – List of residential, commercial and hotel property buyers..

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1. London Metric Property LLC

London Metric Property is a UK REIT. The property portfolio managed by the REIT is valued at GBP 2.3 billion. About one-third of its assets are invested in urban logistics properties. At the beginning of 2021, two further properties were acquired for a total of GBP 39 million in Manchester and in Birmingham. In Manchester, a warehouse building measuring around 12,750 square metres was purchased for GBP 20.5 million, while in Birmingham a warehouse measuring over 11,000 square metres was purchased for around GBP 18 million.

2. Oxenwood Real Estate LLP

Oxenwood Real Estate is a privately owned real estate company founded in 2014 and based in London. It invests with a particular focus on logistics properties. To date, there are 22 properties in the portfolio, all located exclusively in England. The portfolio was already increased at the end of 2019 with the purchase of a 7,600 square metre warehouse in Weybridge, west of London, as part of a joint venture with Catalina Holdings. The property was recently let to Hermes Parcelnet for 15 years, guaranteeing stable long-term income.

3. Valor Real Estate LLP

Valor Real Estate Partners (“Valor”) sees itself as a pan-European real estate investor with a focus on logistics and industrial properties. To date, the portfolio includes 53 sites – primarily in Greater London (23) and Paris (14). At the end of January, Valor announced five further acquisitions in the vicinity of the British capital. The transaction volume amounts to over GBP 50 million. The five properties are logistics and commercial premises of varying sizes in Weybridge, Canning Town (2 properties), Sunbury and Park Royal.

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Fintechs are companies that develop and market technology-driven financial innovations. In recent years, they have developed into serious competition for traditional financial service providers such as banks and insurance companies. This is also true for the top 5 financial startups presented here. Here, we define the largest fintech startups as the respective best-funded startups in Germany according to our editorial selection. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 fastest growing startups in Germany.

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1. N26 GmbH

As a young direct bank, N26 has focused on account management and payment transactions via smartphone. This is not only particularly easy and convenient, but also extremely fast. Real-time banking – processing in seconds – is part of the service promise. N26 was founded in Berlin in 2013 and launched its offering in 2015, taking its name from its first office address “Unter den Linden 26” in the capital. Today, N26 already has over five million – mostly younger – customers and offers its services in 25 countries, with a focus on Europe.

2. wefox Germany GmbH

The digital insurance platform wefox was launched in 2015 – initially focusing on the German and Swiss markets. The Berlin-based startup offers a tool that brokers can use to manage their customers’ insurance policies. At the same time, customers can check their policies and report claims via the wefox app. wefox sees itself as a digital marketplace where insureds, brokers and insurance providers can come together. In the meantime, the business has also been launched in Austria. With Italy and Spain, two southern European markets are being targeted. Over 600,000 policyholders use the app. The digital insurer One belongs to the wefox Group.

3. Raisin GmbH

Raisin GmbH has been around since 2012 and is almost a startup oldie. Founded by three former McKinsey consultants, the company has become best known in Germany for its WeltSparen brand – a digital marketplace for overnight money and fixed-term deposits in other European countries. It now also offers ETF investments under the WeltInvest brand. In 2019, Raisin acquired MHB Bank. This was originally a joint venture between Helaba and the Polish bank Handlowy, since 2005 the bank belonged to the US investment bank Lone Star. The bank now operates under the name Raisin Bank. Raisin is one of the few fintechs with its own full banking license.

4. Solarisbank AG

Solarisbank was founded in Berlin in 2016 and sees itself as a banking-as-a-service platform. The institute has a full banking license and can thus carry out all types of banking transactions. As a banking-as-a-service platform, Solarisbank primarily wants to be a service provider for other fintechs that offer financial services to their customers without having a banking license themselves. In this sense, Solarisbank acts as a background “service provider” and processor. At the end of 2019, the bank had total assets of more than EUR 435 million and employed more than 230 people.

5. Clark Germany GmbH

Berlin-based tech startup Clark is all about insurance. Founded in 2015, the young company aims to offer its users continuously optimized insurance coverage via the Clark app. To do this, an intelligent system analyses customers’ insurance data, compares it with offers from other insurance companies and shows potential for optimisation. This all works in a matter of minutes and without having to study the famous fine print in policies. According to its own information, Clark has already gained more than 200,000 users since its launch and generated over 600 million euros in premium volume. Originally focused on Germany, the company also wants to open up other European markets.
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Measured by per capita income, the UK is among the TOP 10 in Europe. Retailers will therefore find plenty of buying potential here – a good prerequisite for real estate investors with a focus on UK retail properties.
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1. Maya Capital LLP

Maya Capital is a UK investment company founded in 2014 and based in London. It has focused on real estate and private equity investments. In real estate, the focus so far has been on office properties in the UK, but outside London. Last year, Maya Capital launched a new real estate fund that aims to invest specifically in retail properties. GBP 250 million is available for this purpose. In doing so, the firm is betting on the recovery of bricks-and-mortar retail after overcoming the Covid19 pandemic. The new fund expands Maya’s strategy, which has so far focused on office properties.

2. Supermarket Income REIT plc

A REIT is a tax-advantaged investment construct that invests almost exclusively in real estate. This is also true of the London-based Supermarket Income REIT, whose name already makes its investment focus clear. The REIT focuses on promising British supermarket locations. The REIT’s latest acquisition fits this strategy. Morrisons Store in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, was bought for £30m. Built in the 1980s, the supermarket was extended to 7,000 square metres in 2011 and is let on a long-term lease.

3. Mayfair Capital Investment Management Limited

Mayfair Capital Investment Management is a UK subsidiary of Swiss Life Asset Managers and is an investment company that launches property funds for institutional investors. The Property Income Trust for Charities (“PITCH”) is a dedicated investment vehicle for charities. Through PITCH, a supermarket in north London was acquired for £12.7 million in early 2021. Built in 2000, the property is located in an affluent residential area of Endfield. The store is let on a long-term lease to the M&S supermarket chain until 2045.
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Logistical processes are particularly well suited for digitization and online applications. This often allows efficiency improvements and cost savings to be realized. The 3 largest logistics startups in Germany are also focusing on this. As the largest logistics startups, we define the best-funded startups in each case according to our editorial selection. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 fastest growing startups in Germany.

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1. sennder GmbH: online forwarding

The Berlin-based startup sennder offers a digital logistics platform that connects commercial shippers and forwarders. Its declared goal: optimal use of loading capacities, maximum transport efficiency and thus more sustainability in transport. sennder sees itself as Germany’s and Europe’s leading digital freight forwarder. In its short history, the company has already made some remarkable leaps forward. In mid-2020, the merger with the French competitor Everoad took place, and in September 2020, the European freight business was taken over by Uber Freight. sennder has around 800 employees and is targeting over one billion euros in revenue by 2023.

2. Cargo One GmbH: Digital air freight booking

Cargo One is one of many growths of the Berlin startup scene and was founded in 2017 by three friends from this environment. The young company is focused on brokering air freight capacities and operates a digital booking platform under the same name for this purpose. Driving the digitalization of the air freight business is the declared goal of the three founders. The platform currently serves 347 air freight destinations worldwide with 15 airline partners for over 2,000 forwarders and intends to grow further. Lufthansa Cargo, among others, is an important investor and partner.

3. Seven Senders GmbH: Delivery platform

Seven Senders sees itself as a service provider for online retailers who want to impress their customers abroad with first-class shipping quality. This is not always easy, especially with shipments across borders, and is associated with hurdles. Seven Senders’ delivery platform with a virtual network of parcel delivery companies aims to overcome these hurdles. The company, founded in Berlin in 2015, is successfully proving this – with now over 100 employees, over 100 parcel delivery companies as cooperation partners and the possibility to deliver to destinations in 50 countries around the globe in a timely manner.
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Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is part of cloud computing and means the use of software and IT infrastructure for a fee via an external IT service provider. Many startups in Germany are now based on SaaS models and serve a growing market. SaaS offers users efficiency and cost advantages. Here are the three largest German SaaS startups. As the largest SaaS startups, we define the best-funded startups according to our editorial selection. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 fastest growing startups in Germany.

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1. Celonis SE (Munich): Process SaaS for Business

“Mining” is a word from mining and means “digging”. Mining knowledge hidden in processes – process mining – is what the Munich-based company Celonis is all about. For this purpose, the company has developed a software offered as a SaaS solution. It can capture real company processes, create a digital image of these processes and perform “knowledge mining” analyses on this basis. Celonis was founded in 2011 and is based in Munich and New York. Over 100 million US dollars in annual revenue and more than 750 employees stand for a successful business.

2. Personio GmbH (Munich): HR SaaS

In 2015, Munich-based startup Personio set out to digitize human resources (HR) management in companies. Today, Personio employs 600 people. The digital mapping of HR processes enables more efficient workflows in corporate HR. The software developed by Personio is comprehensive and covers all HR processes from recruiting to personnel administration to payroll accounting. HR-Saas by Personio is primarily aimed at small and medium-sized companies with up to 2000 employees. Already more than 3,000 companies in 80 countries worldwide have been convinced by this offer.

3. Adjust GmbH (Berlin): Mobile Analytics SaaS

The software of the Berlin-based startup Adjust is already used by more than 30,000 apps and the number is growing every day. It analyzes user behavior with apps in a similar way as cookies do with websites. The information gained in this way provides app providers with important information for their marketing and target group processing. No wonder such “added value” is in demand. It has given the Adjust business a powerful boost. With now more than 350 employees and offices in New York, Paris and Moscow, among others, the company has by no means reached the end of its growth.

4. Signavio GmbH (Berlin): Business Process SaaS

In 2009, the startup Signavio was founded by students of the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam. The word “Signavio” is Italian and means “signpost” in German. Indeed, the software developed by the company wants to be groundbreaking. As a professional process, decision and workflow management system, Signavio’s Business Process Manager shows central paths and directions within an organization. Thus, business processes can be designed much more efficiently. Today, Signavio has more than 300 employees and is also represented in Switzerland, France, Great Britain and Australia.

5. Mambu GmbH (Berlin): Banking SaaS

Unlike fintechs that advertise loudly in the market, only insiders know about Berlin-based fintech startup Mambu. Yet it is by all means a heavyweight. The low profile is explained by the business model. Mambu offers its customers (other fintechs and banks) the services of a core banking system. Such systems are essential for account management and processing banking transactions. Originally focused only on microfinance, Mambu can now also do savings accounts and payments. The business is international and growing dynamically. Around 500 employees work at Mambu.
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Despite some Brexit uncertainties – the UK residential property market remains popular. Housing in London in particular is expensive. Residential real estate investments in the UK remain interesting for investors. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Property Investors UK – List of residential, commercial and hotel property buyers..

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1. Kooky

Kooky is an investment boutique and part of the UK’s Delph Property Group, which has been involved in residential property since 1948. By 2023, Kooky aims to put £500m into residential property investments. Kooky is now further expanding its property portfolio in the London area with the acquisition of two apartment blocks in Bishop’s Stortford, north east of London. The deal is for £20.5m and follows the £40m acquisition of Buckingham House in High Wicombe in late 2020. The two buildings now purchased comprise 66 residential units. Projects of 30 to 150 units are Kooky’s target.

2. PGIM Real Estate Inc

PGIM Real Estate is the real estate investment arm of U.S. asset manager PGIM, which in turn is owned by Prudential Financial, one of the world’s largest life insurers. As part of its European strategy, PGIM Real Estate recently acquired the 123-unit Center Square residential property in High Wycombe. The town to the west of London is a popular residential location for capital city commuters. The building also contains three commercial units. It is located less than half an hour from Heathrow Airport and offers its residents optimal shopping and public transport connections.

3. PATRIZIA Immobilien AG

PATRIZIA is a German real estate investment group with its own subsidiary in the UK and is involved in property acquisitions for institutional investors and in-house mutual funds. A 16-storey residential tower in the west of London has now been acquired for an institutional investor. The building comprises 102 residential units and is at the end of the construction phase. It is part of a larger development project in the Park Royal district. The purchase price is the equivalent of EUR 45 million. With this latest acquisition, the residential real estate portfolio managed by PATRIZIA amounts to more than EUR 12.7 billion.
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Even after Brexit, the UK remains an interesting market for office property. In our list, we present three well-known investors with their current investments in the UK. This article is based on the unique Top 150 Property Investors UK – List of residential, commercial and hotel property buyers..

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1. M7 Real Estate Germany GmbH

London-based investment manager M7 Real Estate has recently acquired three office buildings in partnership with Kuwait-based KAMCO Investment Company KSC. The properties are Artadius House in Cardiff, the Keypoint building in Bristol and Objects House in Maidenhead. The properties have a combined total of 213,000 square metres of usable space. They increase the joint UK portfolio of M7 Real Estate and KAMCO to 400,000 square metres. Properties in Bristol, Hamilton and Chertsey were already purchased in 2020. M7 Real Estate manages around four billion euros in real estate assets.

2. Schroder Real Estate Kapitalverwaltungsgesellschaft mbH

Schroder Real Estate is part of Schroders, a global asset manager based in the City of London. Within the group, Schroder Real Estate is responsible for real estate investments – including office properties. Recently, St. James House in Cheltenham in the southwest of England was acquired for GBP 21.8 million. The purchase was made for the “Regional Office Property Unit Trust”, an in-house office property fund with a regional focus. The building has a usable floor space of just over 81,000 square metres and is fully let to public authorities and other solvent users.

3. Corum

Corum XL is a Europe-focused real estate fund launched by investment company Corum Asset Management with a strong UK focus. Properties in the UK account for more than half of the fund’s assets. The recent acquisition of “The Point” office building in Maidenhead on the western outskirts of London once again confirmed this focus. The property was acquired from another fund provider for GBP 38.85 million. The building, which is centrally located and has around 7,250 square metres of usable space, is let long-term to Maersk Line and Sequirus UK.

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e-commerce has become a real competitor for stationary trade. The business of online shops is growing at double-digit rates per year, with no end in sight. No wonder e-commerce is an almost inexhaustible source of business ideas. Here are the 3 biggest German e-commerce startups. We define the biggest e-commerce startups as the best-funded startups in Germany in each case, according to our editorial selection. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 fastest growing startups in Germany.

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1. ABOUT YOU GmbH (Hamburg): Fashion e-commerce

The name Otto, among others, stands for the great history of mail order in the Federal Republic. Early on, the Hamburg-based company adapted to the changes brought about by the Internet and is now one of the world’s largest online retailers. ABOUT YOU is also an Otto product and – founded in 2014 – is part of the group’s portfolio. The start-up sells all kinds of fashion with a focus on younger and middle-aged people. To these, ABOUT YOU offers a broad assortment of 1,500 brands and 350,000 items. 75 percent of sales (2019/20 approx. 7.6 billion euros) are generated by the ABOUT YOU app!

2. Grover Group GmbH (Berlin): Equipment rental

Sharing economy is a buzzword that refers to more effective use of goods by sharing with others. There are now a variety of business models for this – one of which has been put into practice by Berlin-based Grover Group. The idea is to rent out electronics for a limited period of time instead of selling them. The company, founded in 2015, makes this possible on its platform grover.com or via partners such as Media Markt, Saturn, Gravis, Conrad and Tchibo. The offer ranges from smartphones to game consoles or cameras to e-scooters. More than 2,000 tech products can be rented – even for companies.

3. Mister Spex GmbH (Berlin): Eyewear e-commerce

Mister Spex is one of the pioneers of online retail in Germany. The company was founded back in 2007, when e-commerce was so slowly picking up speed. Today, Mister Spex is the largest online optician in Germany. The company has long been active beyond Germany’s borders – throughout the DACH region, in France, Great Britain, Spain, the Netherlands and, thanks to an acquisition, in Scandinavia as well. Mister Spex pursues a multi-channel approach: eyewear sales are essentially online-based. For service and repairs, there is a partner network with around 500 local opticians. Annual sales have exceeded the 100 million euro mark.
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When it comes to software development, Germany is not necessarily one of the international giants. Only SAP in Walldorf, Baden-Württemberg, stands out as an exception. But there are some young software startups that give hope for the future. Here are the TOP 3! As the largest software startups, we define the best-funded startups according to our editorial selection. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 fastest growing startups in Germany.

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1. Celonis SE (Munich): process analysis software

Process mining is the business model of Celonis. Processes often contain hidden knowledge about workflows and process design. Celonis wants to bring this know-how to light. It is not for nothing that the term “mining” comes from mining. For this purpose, Celonis has developed a software that captures and digitally maps real business processes in order to analyze them. The software can be used in a wide variety of areas. Celonis was founded in 2011 and today has a second headquarters in New York, employs 750 people and generates annual sales of over 100 million US dollars.

2. Personio GmbH (Munich): HR software

Personnel management – newly also known as human resources (HR) management – is a costly but important area of business.
With digitization, many processes in the HR area can be made leaner and more efficient. The Munich-based startup Personio, founded in 2015, offers a comprehensive software solution for this purpose. It is intended for small and medium-sized companies that do not have their own resources for digitization. Personio now has 600 employees. Over 3,000 companies in 80 countries around the globe are already using the software, and the potential is far from exhausted.

3. Adjust GmbH (Berlin): Mobile Measurement, Fraud Prevention Software

Since 2012, the Berlin-based company Adjust GmbH has been developing solutions for analyzing app usage behavior – a rather “behind the scenes” business model, but one that has been very successful. Adjust software can already be found in more than 30,000 apps. In addition to marketing analysis, the startup now also offers software against digital advertising fraud and for fraud prevention. Adjust is growing rapidly – through organic growth and company acquisitions. There are now already 15 Adjust offices – including in New York, Paris and Moscow. The company has more than 350 employees.
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North Rhine-Westphalia is still often associated with coal and steel. However, a fundamental structural change has long since taken place and many innovative startups have emerged on the Rhine and Ruhr. Here are the TOP 3. As the largest startups in North Rhine-Westphalia, we define the best-funded startups from the state according to our editorial selection. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 fastest growing startups in Germany.

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1. LeanIX GmbH: SaaS Cloud Governance Solutions

LeanIX was founded in 2012 and is based in the former German capital Bonn. The young company, which now has around 250 employees, offers software-as-a-service (SaaS) for the analysis of IT systems in companies. Especially in large corporations, the IT landscape often resembles a jungle of countless software and server packages. LeanIX has developed cloud software that makes it easy to gain an overview of this jungle – the basis for better data-based IT decisions. Obsolete IT can be identified more efficiently and redundant systems can be cleaned up faster. LeanIX customers include Adidas, DHL, Merck and Vodafone.

2. Flaschenpost SE: beverage delivery service

Beverage delivery is a very traditional business model that can also be digitized. This is proven by the Münster-based online beverage delivery service Flaschenpost SE. Founded in 2012, Flaschenpost was taken over in 2020 by the Radeberger Group, which in turn belongs to the Oetker Group. The company and brand continue to exist. Flaschenpost enables online ordering of beverages and everyday products and promises delivery within two hours. Up to 100,000 crates are delivered daily throughout Germany. The business focus is in North Rhine-Westphalia. Sales reached around 200 million euros in 2019.

3. EPMap-System GmbH & Co KG: Medtech startup for ERM

Many a digital startup finds its business model in a special niche where it has a unique position. This is undoubtedly also true for the medtech company EPMap-System GmbH & Co KG in Herdecke, just outside Dortmund. The owner-managed company has existed in its current form since 2014, but can look back on a history of over 20 years. Originally, the company operated as a medical trading company with self-developed products for cardiology and radiology. Today, EPMap-System is a cardiology specialist that develops IT solutions for the application and networking of top cardiological products. The goal is an optimally coordinated offer for complete cardiology laboratories.
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Baden-Württemberg has always been the land of inventors and innovative business ideas. Unsurprisingly, you can also find many forward-looking digital startups here. Here are the TOP 3. As the largest startups in Baden-Württemberg, we define the best-funded startups from the state according to our editorial selection. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 fastest growing startups in Germany.

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1. Jedox AG: Business Intelligence Software

Jedox was founded in Freiburg back in 2002, making it almost a startup Methuselah. Today, around 200 employees work here. The company offers its corporate customers a cloud-based, so-called enterprise performance management software. It is also offered on a rental basis under the name jedox. The software was developed for planning, analysis, reporting and consolidation of corporate data. The system pulls the required data from operational pre-systems, prepares it and makes it available to defined users. The software can be used across industries and business areas.

2. Volocopter GmbH: Innovative helicopter concepts

Since 2007, Volocopter-GmbH in Bruchsal near Karlsruhe has been working on innovative helicopter and drone concepts. At its core, the company is concerned with ultra-light, electrically powered multicopters – aerial vehicles with a plurality of rotors on the same level – that can be used as autonomous air taxis. The goal is not only to produce the corresponding aircraft, but also to develop a holistic urban air mobility ecosystem on a digital basis. Volocopter thus aims to revolutionize mobility in urban areas. The company has around 150 employees.

3. Novaliq GmbH: Specialty pharma biotech company

Novaliq GmbH in Heidelberg is a research-based pharmaceutical company that specializes in a particular type of ophthalmic drugs. They are based on the EyeSol technology invented and patented by the company. This technology enables the production of water- and oil-free eye drops and ointments. This can significantly improve the product efficacy and safety of ophthalmic products. Novaliq was spun off from Fluoron GmbH, now based in Ulm, in 2007. This company develops innovative biomaterials for retinal and cataract surgery.
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Hamburg is considered one of Germany’s startup hotspots after Berlin, Munich and the Rhine-Ruhr region. In line with Hamburg’s tradition, the business models focus on trade, logistics and real estate. This is also reflected in our startup list. As the largest startups in Hamburg, we define the best-funded startups in the Free and Hanseatic City according to our editorial selection. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 fastest growing startups in Germany.

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1. ABOUT YOU GmbH: Fashion e-commerce

ABOUT YOU is a company of the Otto Group and was founded in 2014. Otto itself is a traditional mail order company and today a significant player in the international e-commerce business. ABOUT YOU was geared towards internet commerce from the very beginning and offers its customers clothing, shoes and accessories. The target group is women and men between the ages of 18 and 49. Around 350,000 articles and over 1,500 brands are offered. Sales are primarily made via the ABOUT YOU smartphone app, which generates over three quarters of sales. The company generated around EUR 7.6 billion in sales in the 2019/20 financial year.

2. Exporo AG: Digital real estate investments

Crowdinvesting is an innovative form of financing and investing money via the web. The platform Exporo, founded in 2014, uses this idea in the field of real estate investments. Real estate project promoters present their projects on the platform and users – “the crowd” – can participate financially and profit. The Exporo platform acts as a virtual marketplace and processor. A business model that is obviously convincing. Since its founding, more than 732 million euros have already been brokered for 385 projects by almost 30,000 crowd investors. Exporo is thus by far the largest digital platform for real estate investments in Germany.

3. WunderCar Mobility Solutions: Mobility Solutions

The future of mobility has long since begun – thanks to networking, innovative mobility models and intelligent solutions. Founded in 2014, Hamburg-based startup WunderCar Mobility Solutions is all about this brave new world: with a digital platform for new mobility services. Users range from small startups to large car manufacturers to municipalities that want to lead the way in mobility. “Becoming a kind of Bosch for New Mobility” is the declared goal of founder Gunnar Froh. The service portfolio includes software and hardware, operational services for smart shuttles, carpooling and fleet management (car, bike and scooter sharing).
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Berlin is considered the hottest location for digital startups in Germany. Many an innovative business model has been hatched here. The capital offers good framework conditions – also for investors. The list of digital startups is long – we present the biggest ones. As the biggest startups in Berlin, we define the best-funded startups according to our editorial selection. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 fastest growing startups in Germany.

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1. AUTO1 Group GmbH: Online used goods trading

AUTO1 is a digital used car marketplace and has been around since 2012. However, the company only received real momentum with the entry of the Japanese telecom and media group Softbank at the beginning of 2018. AUTO1 has also recently been listed on the stock exchange. Thanks to this development, AUTO1 Group has become a real heavyweight in the used car trade. The company operates three online platforms (wirkaufendeinauto.de, AUTO1.com, Autohero), employs more than 4,000 people and generated revenue of around EUR 3.5 billion in the 2019 financial year.

2. N26 GmbH: Leading digital bank

N26 takes its name from its original Berlin company address “Unter den Linden 26”. The digital and direct bank primarily targets younger customers with its smartphone-based banking offering. Uncomplicated, convenient and super-fast processing of banking transactions – that is what counts above all with this target group. Originally focused purely on account management and payment transactions, N26 has since expanded its product range to include credit, savings and insurance products – with a focus on simplicity. The young financial institution already has over five million customers in 25 countries.

3. GetYourGuide Deutschland GmbH: Digital Guide and Activity Booking

Measured against other startups, GetYourGuide is an oldie. The company was founded in Switzerland in 2008. Its main location is now Berlin with two other offices in Zurich and Las Vegas. GetYourGuide is entirely focused on tourist offers and sees itself as the world’s largest internet booking platform for leisure activities. Through the website, users can buy tickets for attractions and book tours or excursions. GetYourGuide has a global offering for around 8,000 destinations with approximately 30,000 booking and ordering options. In addition to online sales, GetYourGuide uses 1,500 travel agencies as a sales channel.

4. GoEuro Corp: Digital travel search engine

A meta-search engine uses other search engines for its research and thus arguably has the broadest view of the market with the best chance for optimal results. This “meta principle” was also the original business model at GoEuro Corp, but the Berlin-based startup founded in 2012 has evolved. The platform for booking train, bus and air travel aims to become a globally functioning booking system for transport services, where you can also put together your transport services individually. Since the beginning of 2019, GoEuro officially appears on the web under the brand “Omio”, the company name GoEuro Corp has remained.

5. wefox Germany GmbH: online insurance portal

wefox was originally founded under the FinanceFox brand in Switzerland. Today, the company, which has a German focus and is headquartered in Berlin, operates throughout the DACH region and also aims to tap into southern European markets (Italy, Spain). In Germany, wefox has been on the market since 2015. The core of the business is a digital service platform that enables insurance providers, insurance brokers and insured persons to efficiently manage policies and easily handle business processes. For insurance customers, wefox offers an app that has already been used over 600,000 times. The company has more than 180 employees.
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Bavaria has long since become a popular location for innovative young companies with a technology orientation. The state capital Munich in particular is considered the Republic’s No. 2 “digital hotspot” after Berlin. We present the 5 biggest digital startups from the Free State. As the largest startups in Bavaria, we define the best-funded startups in each case according to our editorial selection. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 fastest growing startups in Germany.

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1. Flixmobility GmbH: mobility provider

The Munich-based company Flixmobility GmbH is better known under its Flixbus brand. Founded in 2012, Flixmobility has already left startup status and is now established in the market. In 2013, Flixbus launched its own long-distance bus service in Germany as a competitor to Deutsche Bahn and is now the market leader in this sector. When planning and booking journeys, the company consistently relies on digital solutions via its own platform flixbus.de. Meanwhile, Flixmobility is even on the railways. Sales in 2019 were in the order of 500 million euros.

2. Lilium GmbH: Innovative aircraft developer

Lilium GmbH in Weßling near Munich is a startup that is still in the development stage (early stage). Lilium is developing an electrically powered air taxi that could significantly change mobility in the future. The taxis can take up to four passengers and provide fast, environmentally friendly connections in major cities and conurbations. A digital platform developed in parallel will support fleet control and bookings. Lilium was spun off from the Technical University of Munich in 2015. The air taxi is expected to be ready for the market in the 2020s.

3. Celonis SE: Process analysis software

Celonis has been around since 2011, when three students from a student consultancy decided to launch a joint startup. Today, Celonis has more than 750 employees and annual revenues of over $100 million. Besides Munich, New York is the company’s second headquarters. Celonis has specialized in so-called process mining. Real business processes are first digitally mapped and then analyzed for hidden process know-how. The whole thing is actually comparable to digging for valuable materials in a mine. The process analysis software from Celonis can be used in a wide variety of business areas.

4. Personio GmbH: HR Tool

Digitalization also opens up optimization opportunities in companies’ human resources. From recruiting to HR management to payroll accounting, there are diverse fields of application. HR software is also the business model of the Munich-based startup Personio, founded in 2015. There, the focus is entirely on HR software for small and medium-sized companies up to a size of 2,000 employees. The software aims to digitally map and support HR processes as comprehensively as possible. A concept that is catching on – Personio already has around 600 employees and over 3,000 corporate customers in 80 countries.

5. ATAI Life Sciences AG: Biotech company

ATAI Life Sciences has been in existence since 2018 and, in addition to Munich, also has offices in Berlin, London and New York. ATAI specializes in treatments for mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety disorders and addictions. To this end, the company aims to promote more effective and potentially disease-modifying psychosocial therapies – including through the application of artificial intelligence. Acquiring, incubating and developing innovative therapeutics is part of the business model. To this end, ATAI drives research itself, but also acts as an incubator for new pharmaceutical companies seeking to develop innovative medicines in this field.

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In the following we present exemplary project developers of retail real estate, which are also part of our list. In particular, we refer to current projects and the scope of the projects. This article is based on the unique List of the 1000 largest project developers in Germany.

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1. ECE Projektmanagement GmbH & Co. KG (Hamburg)

The name ECE is closely associated with Werner Otto, a German mail order pioneer and founder of Otto-Versand. Werner Otto Vermögensverwaltung G.m.b.H., founded in 1965, became KG Einkaufs-Center Entwicklung G.m.b.H. for project developments in the retail real estate sector in 1970. Today, as ECE Projektmanagement, the 100% family-owned company stands for project development and real estate management of shopping centers. At the end of 2020, the construction and planning volume will amount to around 2.8 billion euros, and around 200 shopping centers across Europe are under ECE management. With the City Center in Doha (Qatar), which will be opened in 2020, the company has entered the Arab region for the first time.

2. Lüder Unternehmensgruppe GmbH (Hildesheim)

Gustav Lüder, the founder of the Lüder Group in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony, started his business in 1956 with the brokerage of real estate and financing. In 1965 he started with property development. From this, the Lüder Group of Companies developed as a nationwide real estate company with a focus on project development, investment and management. Projects with a volume of 10 million euros or more are realized. The Lüder Group develops both residential projects and retail properties, preferably both within the framework of district developments. One project implemented in 2020, for example, is the “rejuvenated” Viktoria-Passage at Augsburg station – a combination of residential and commercial building with a project volume of 34 million euros.

3. Fokus Development AG (Duisburg)

Fokus Development was founded in 2013 by Axel Funke, a recognised industry specialist in the development of retail properties. Accordingly, his company focuses on the project development of inner-city retail properties. The range of services covers the entire value chain from acquisition, planning and realization including financing to marketing. The geographical focus of the projects has so far been on North Rhine-Westphalia. However, there is a nationwide approach and projects have also been implemented outside the largest federal state – one example is the East Side Mall at Warschauer Brücke in Berlin-Friedrichshain, which opened in 2018. The mall offers space for around 120 retail stores on a total area of 38,000 sqm.

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In the following, we present three exciting project developers of office properties that are also part of our list. The focus is on current construction projects and the investment volume, as well as the history of the project developers. This article is based on the unique List of the 1000 largest project developers in Germany.

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1. Aurelis Real Estate GmbH (Eschborn)

Aurelis Real Estate is a nationwide asset manager and project developer focusing on corporate real estate in metropolitan regions. A special development focus is on cooperation with municipalities and on the revitalization or refurbishment of properties. Projects with office space are a mainstay of Aurelis Real Estate. A characteristic refurbishment project with an office orientation was “Die Direktion” in Münster. Aurelis thoroughly refurbished, converted and modernized the former headquarters of the Federal Railways in the university city. 24,000 sqm of rental space could be reallocated and used for other purposes. The building has since been sold.

2. DC Developments GmbH & Co KG (Hamburg)

DC Developments has been involved in project development since 2007. Although the company is primarily involved in residential real estate, its activities also cover commercial real estate, including office properties. Projects in the range of EUR 30 million to EUR 250 million are targeted. Good to very good locations in German metropolises are sought, and in the case of special opportunities also in the European region. One of DC Developments’ first office projects was the CENTURION COMMERCIAL CENTER in Hamburg’s HafenCity. Here, an eight-storey office tower with 15,000 gross floor area was realised in a joint venture with Wölbern Invest in a prime location from 2008 to 2010 – project volume 75 million euros.

3. ABG Real Estate Group Hamburg (Frankfurt)

ABG Real Estate was founded in 1967 in Munich as Allgemeine Bauträger Kommanditgesellschaft – ABG for short – and is not to be confused with ABG Holding, a major housing company of the city of Frankfurt. In its three business divisions Development, Real Estate Management and Capital, ABG Real Estate offers a comprehensive range of services for real estate development, management and investment. Project developments take place in the ABG Development division and include large-volume office and commercial buildings in prime inner-city locations in major German cities. One example of this is the Skyper office tower in Frankfurt, which was completed in 2004/2005 and has an area of approx. 63,000 sqm – project volume 520 million euros.

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Viruses have not only had a bad reputation since the appearance of Corona – they are generally regarded as rapidly spreading pathogens. However, there are also viruses that have a positive medical effect – recently researched and used in biotechnology. One company that has turned its attention to this is Labor Dr. Merk & Kollegen (LMK) in Ochsenhausen near Biberach. LMK was recently taken over by Boehringer Ingelheim, one of the largest chemical companies in the world and one of the largest companies in Germany. This article is based on the unique List of the 600 largest chemical companies in Germany.

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Viruses in the fight against cancer – a development with a future

Labor Dr. Merk & Kollegen has been involved in virology since 1971. Only a few years ago, the business was refocused – on so-called viral therapeutics. In gene and virotherapies (oncolytic viruses), tumour vaccines and CAR-T cell therapies, viruses are specifically used for disease control and immunisation. For example, they are designed to act as tumor cell killers in certain cancer therapies or are used in vaccines. The new applications belong to the market for innovative advanced therapy solutions – called Advanced Therapies Medicinal Products (ATMP). The market is predicted to have great growth potential.

With the LMK acquisition, Boehringer Ingelheim secures a good position in this promising field. The company is to be fully integrated into the group. The approximately 130 LMK employees will continue to be employed as a separate development unit within the group. A particular advantage is that LMK’s headquarters in Ochsenhausen are located in the immediate vicinity of Boehringer Ingelheim’s largest research and development site in Biberach. Boehringer Ingelheim is considered the largest research-based pharmaceutical company in Germany. The business consists mainly of human pharmaceuticals – prescription medicines and the industrial customer business (biopharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical production, pharmaceutical chemicals) – as well as preparations for animal health.
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