Alternatives Investments



Assets under Management [1]


investment heritage


employees across nearly 15 countries worldwide [2]

What do we do?

In Australia, DWS offers Australian wholesale investors a diverse range of strategies and solutions across the alternatives spectrum including direct real estate and infrastructure, securities, and sustainable investments.

Liquid Real Assets

aum_in_euro.svg €28 Bn in AUM globally[3]
talents.png More than 30 investment professionals located across the world
Global-Intelligence.svg Opportunity to leverage investment analysis from DWS' global private real estate and infrastructure teams


For Australian institutions interested in accessing alternatives through liquid strategies, we offer products that invest in publicly-traded real estate and infrastructure securities including A-REITs, G-REITS and Global listed infrastructure.


Our A-REIT strategy aims to provide income returns and long-term capital growth by investing primarily in property trusts, and property related securities (listed) on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Headquartered in Sydney, the Australian real estate securities team comprises three investment professionals and a portfolio analyst. With local perspective, the team leverages the broader support of the global real estate securities platform situated in Chicago, London, Zurich, Hong Kong and Tokyo.


Our Global Real Estate Securities strategy aims to provide income returns and achieve long-term capital growth by investing primarily in publicly-traded equity securities in the real estate sector globally.

Headquartered in Chicago, the global real estate securities team comprises 17 investment professionals situated in Chicago, London, Zurich, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney.

Awarded the Asia Asset Management 2020 Best of the Best Performance Awards - Global Real Estate (3 years & 10 years)

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Listed Infrastructure

- Pioneers and one of the earliest investors in the asset class.
- Robust analytical framework combines in-depth due diligence and proprietary financial modelling.

At DWS, we adopt a pure-play, asset-based focus to listed infrastructure which best replicates investment characteristics of private infrastructure to provide attractive risk adjusted returns relative to other asset classes. Our systematic valuation methodology adapts to the diversity of infrastructure and changing market conditions to uncover investment opportunities throughout the globe in a timely matter.

Click here to learn more about DWS’ full global Liquid Real Assets offering

Direct Real Estate

  • €62 Bn in AUM globally[3]
  • 50 year real estate investment heritage
  • Focus: Equity and debt
  • Integrated, research-driven approach
  • Bottom-up view from portfolio, asset management and transactions professionals


At DWS, we provide Australian wholesale investors access to global real estate opportunities across the entire equity spectrum including core, value-added and opportunistic, and real estate debt, as well as exposure to DWS’s core range of regional private property strategies in Europe, U.S. and Asia Pacific.

Our mission is to deliver superior long-term, risk-adjusted returns, yield-generating opportunities, preservation of capital, and diversification. With a presence across Europe, U.S. and Asia, our size, reputation and longstanding relationships often give us access to investment opportunities before they are broadly marketed.

Click here to read our latest real estate strategic outlook research reports

Click here to learn more about DWS’ full global real estate offering

Direct Infrastructure

Market-Research.svg Investing in infrastructure since 1994
Client-Interest.svg 44 investment professionals worldwide managing €15 Bn of AUM[3]
Public-Utilities.svg Over 100 investments in infrastructure assets

With an investment heritage spanning more than 20+ years, DWS's infrastructure investment business has one of the longest track-records in the industry.

Investing in economic infrastructure such as airports, transportation, utilities and energy related assets, we offer a diverse range of strategies across the risk / return and geographic spectrums, including infrastructure equity and debt.

We have been involved in landmark infrastructure transactions across the globe including infrastructure privatization and major investments in motorway, locomotive leasing and airports in Continental Europe, most notably Austria, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom.

Click here to read our latest European infrastructure strategic outlook research report

Click here to learn more about DWS’ Infrastructure offering

Sustainable Investments

2017 marked the 20-year anniversary of the founding of DWS’s Sustainable Investments group, which moved to DWS's Alternatives platform in 2016.

With 20 years of sustainable investing heritage, DWS’s Sustainable Investments team creates solutions for institutional, private investors, development banks, and governments, who share common social and environmental investment objectives and seek attractive financial returns. The business is organized around three components:

  • Financial Inclusion/Microfinance (including a focus on gender lens investing);
  • Social Enterprise Financing (agriculture, health, and energy); and
  • Clean Environmental Solutions and Renewable Energy.

The Sustainable Investments team represents experienced global investing capabilities that include several regionally-focused strategies in Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Click here to learn more about DWS’ Sustainable Investments platform

Other Capabilities

1. Source: DWS, As at 30 September 2021

2. Source: DWS, As at 30 September, 2019

3. Source: DWS, As at 30 September 2021

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