Alternatives Investments

Managing alternative investments through multiple market cycles guides all decision-making.



Assets under Management [1]

More than


years investment heritage


of real estate AuM achieved Green Star recognition from GRESB in 2017 [2]

EUR 107bn Assets under Management

What do we do?

    • With alternatives expertise that spans more than four decades, we offer a diverse range of strategies and solutions across the alternatives spectrum. The Alternatives business includes private real estate, private infrastructure, liquid real assets (real estate/infrastructure, and commodity securities), sustainable investments, private equity, and hedge funds.
    • Working from an integrated platform with a global network of investment specialists, we are committed to fulfilling our fiduciary obligation to deliver strategies and solutions that meet our clients' specific investment needs.
    • Our global team invests on behalf of and services our global client base that includes individuals, governments, corporations and institutional investors.

Private Real Estate                          

$48.8/€ 41.3 billion
Direct real estate investments covering core, core plus, value-added, and debt strategies
1,054 properties and approximately 144 million square feet

Private Infrastructure   
$10.2/€ 8.6 billion
Direct equity and debt investments focusing on economic infrastructure assets
Includes transportation, utilities, and energy                                                          
Liquid Real Assets        

$21.5/€ 18.2 billion
Global and regional real estate securities
Global infrastructure, securities
Active commodities

Private Equity

$1.6/€1.4 billion                           
Secondary opportunities and direct equity co-investments globally
Private equity, structured equity and private debt / junior capital

Hedge Funds

$1.0/€ 0.8 billion         
Multi-manager hedge fund solutions offered through managed account, mutual fund and UCITS strategies
Hedge fund strategy advice

Sustainable Investments

$1.9/€ 1.6 billion
Private equity and debt-type strategies
Complements the more liquid sustainability-related strategies

Include estimated forecast for infrastructure and sustainable investment business where finalized numbers are not yet available. Not all DWS products and services are offered in all jurisdictions and availability is subject to local regulatory restrictions and requirements. Numbers may not sum due to rounding.[3]

Scope Award 2021 in the category Best Asset Manager Infrastructure

Judges statement:

As a global heavyweight, DWS impressed with a broad range of diversified infrastructure portfolios which is unparalleled in the industry. DWS has an international network of investment professionals, and the asset manager can also rely on excellent in-house Research. Noteworthy from the judge’s point of view was how DWS is not only one of the largest global infrastructure investors, but is continuing to grow, also relative to competitors.


Scope Award 2021 in the category Best Asset Manager Retail Real Estate Global

Judges statement:

Thanks to its global network, DWS has very good access to non-European markets and, more recently, further diversification through purchases in the residential segment and logistics properties in Asia. The jury was also convinced by the strong growth of assets under management in the past two years. On a one-year and five-year horizon DWS sits at the top in terms of performance.


Distinct characteristics of the Alternatives business

Strong fiduciary focus

  • Our culture is built around acting as a fiduciary to our clients
  • We pride ourselves on our responsiveness and transparency in all aspects of managing our clients’ investments

Responsible investors

ESG-focused real estate investment approach

  • A pioneer and thought leader in sustainable real estate for more than a decade, we were among the founding members of the Urban Land Institute’s Greenprint Index[4]. The Index engages real estate owners to collectively track and reduce the carbon footprint of global real estate.
  • Commitment to improve the energy efficiency of our real estate portfolios by 20% before 2020 as part of the US Better Buildings Challenge met four years ahead of schedule in 2016.

20 years of impact investing

  • Deutsche Bank was the first major financial institution to launch a microfinance fund. This milestone initiative later became part of Deutsche Asset Management’s investment platform (now DWS), and in 2017 we celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Thought leadership in global real estate and infrastructure research

  • The depth of insights from our integrated top-down and bottom-up approach gives us unique perspective into markets and allows us to develop actionable strategies for our clients’ portfolios.

Risk management

  • Our rigorous lifecycle approach is designed to identify, implement and monitor investment themes and tactics to achieve competitive long-term, risk-adjusted returns for our clients.

Liquid Real Assets

Liquid Real Assets enable liquid investment in real assets such as real estate, infrastructure or even commodities.

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Real Estate

Real estate investing provides opportunities through both equity and debt to diversify returns and generate cash flow with a relatively low correlation to traditional investments.

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Sustainable Investments

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.

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Private Equity

DWS’s private equity business was established with a highly experienced, globally networked team with over 140 years of combined experience across direct buyouts, primaries, co-investments and complex secondaries.

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Active Investments

A large part of the assets entrusted to us is managed actively with the clear objective of creating added value.

Passive Investments

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1. as of September 30, 2021

2. Global Real Estate sustainability benchmark

3. DWS, as of Sep 30, 2017


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