DWS today announced the appointment of Issie Armstrong as Senior Coverage Specialist in its London-based Real Estate Investment Specialist team, reporting to Ulrich von Creytz, Head of Real Estate Coverage Specialists for Europe.
Armstrong's responsibilities include providing real estate investment and product expertise to deliver positive outcomes for investors and prospects, as well as developing strategic partnerships with global investors for real estate joint ventures and identifying potential new investment products and solutions.
Armstrong joins DWS with more than 12 years of investment management experience. Most recently, she was an Investment Director within the Aviva Investors Real Assets Investment Specialists team. As part of the senior leadership team, Armstrong led real estate products and solutions where her primary focus was to commercialise relationships with global real estate investors and provide strategic support to the Distribution teams. Armstrong was also integral in developing new real estate strategies in conjunction with the Investment and Distribution teams.
Prior to this, Armstrong was a Client Executive at LaSalle Investment Management where she focused on creating and managing relationships with prospective investors and investment consultants in the Netherlands, UK and Ireland. She also participates in a number of industry initiatives focused on Diversity & Inclusion and is a member of the Association of Real Estate Funds' (AREF) Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce Advisory Group.
Ulrich von Creytz, Head of Real Estate Coverage Specialists for Europe at DWS said: "We are pleased to welcome Issie to DWS at a time of growth for our European real estate platform. We have seen strong investor interest in our pan European real estate capabilities, including our pan European diversified and living sector strategies as well as large separate accounts discussions with global investors. Issie will play a pivotal role and add further capacity within the investment specialist team to develop and support these growth initiatives."
Issie Armstrong, Senior Coverage Specialist at DWS added: "DWS is committed to providing state-of the-art investment solutions for its clients with a long heritage of responsible investing. I am excited to be supporting the European real estate team with evolving their growth strategy and to help deliver European real estate products and solutions to our clients globally.
This latest hire follows the appointment of Aleksandra (Sasha) Njagulj as Global Head of ESG for Real Estate, in support of DWS's goal to enhance ESG integration across global real estate portfolios.
DWS's real estate platform currently has EUR 16.6 billion in green label real estate assets under management (those with certifications such as LEED, BREEAM, Energy Star, or equivalent). In addition, 15 real estate funds and EUR 36 billion are recognized with Green Stars distinction from GRESB.
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About DWS - Real Estate
DWS has been investing in real estate assets for more than 50 years. As part of the Alternatives platform, the real estate business has more than 400 employees in nearly 25 cities around the world with more than EUR 67 billion in global real estate assets under management (as of March 31, 2021). Providing a diverse range of strategies and solutions across the risk/return and geographic spectrums, we offer core and value-added real estate, real estate securities, real estate debt and opportunistic real estate. The real estate investment business employs a disciplined investment approach and aims to deliver attractive long-term risk adjusted returns, preservation of capital and diversification to its investors, which include governments, corporations, insurance companies, endowments, retirement plans, and private clients worldwide.
About DWS Group
DWS Group (DWS) is one of the world's leading asset managers with EUR 859bn of assets under management (as of 30 June 2021). Building on more than 60 years of experience, it has a reputation for excellence in Germany, Europe, the Americas and Asia. DWS is recognized by clients globally as a trusted source for integrated investment solutions, stability and innovation across a full spectrum of investment disciplines.
We offer individuals and institutions access to our strong investment capabilities across all major asset classes and solutions aligned to growth trends. Our diverse expertise in Active, Passive and Alternatives asset management – as well as our deep environmental, social and governance focus – complement each other when creating targeted solutions for our clients. Our expertise and on-the-ground-knowledge of our economists, research analysts and investment professionals are brought together in one consistent global CIO View, which guides our investment approach strategically.
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