DWS appoints Martin Zdravkov as Lead Portfolio Manager focused on the 'Living' sector

DWS today announced the appointment of Martin Zdravkov as Lead Portfolio Manager. In this position Martin will be responsible for overseeing the firm's European expansion into Living sectors in the region. Based in London, he will report to Jessica Hardman, Head of Portfolio Management for Europe at DWS. 

Martin joins DWS with over 15 years of equity and debt investment management experience across the U.K. and Europe, acting in a principal capacity acquiring, disposing, lending, and borrowing against 'Living' assets. His vast experience in this sector covers Residential, Student Accommodation, Hospitality, and Senior Living​, with strong expertise in development funding and structuring.

In his previous role, Martin was the Head of Residential and Impact Investments at LaSalle Investment Management where he was responsible for portfolio management and investments in the residential sector​, working on U.K. and European mandates. Prior to this, Martin was the Portfolio Manager for a residential fund at Aviva Investors and pan-European long income strategies.

Martin holds an MBA from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom and a Summa Cum Laude BA from Whittier College in California, USA. He is also a CFA® Charterholder.

Jessica Hardman, Head of Portfolio Management, Europe at DWS said: "We are excited to have Martin join the team. To gain exposure to this sector, investors need an in depth understanding of local residential markets and with Martin’s appointment we can further deliver this to our clients as a dominant investor in the European Living sector."

Martin Zdravkov, Lead Portfolio Manager at DWS added: "With strong fundamentals, European residential has grown in popularity as institutionalisation of this sector continues. DWS has a strong track record in this space and I am thrilled to join the European real estate team to help deliver the next stage of growth as a dedicated Living sector portfolio manager."

DWS's current beds portfolio spans the full spectrum including a mix of student, Build to Rent, healthcare and hotels in well-connected micro locations across Europe, with an established local presence in key European target markets.

For further information please contact:

Nick Bone
+44 (0) 20 754 72603

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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 450 employees around the world and almost EUR 69 billion in assets under management as of June 30, 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 debt, real estate securities 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.

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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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