HFS AG

HFS Helvetic Financial Services AG, a company of the CORESTATE Capital Group based in Wollerau on Lake Zurich, is a private equity investor and advisor with the focus on real estate investments. We develop and manage customised fund products for institutional investors and are guided by the dynamics of the market.

We are one of the leading providers of mezzanine finance on the German residential and commercial real estate market and act as advisor to numerous funds. HFS AG was one of the first companies to discover the great potential of mezzanine finance. Since the launch of its first fund in 2009, HFS AG has established itself as market leader in this segment.

Our team

Board of Directors

Norbert Ketterer
Chairman of the Board of Directors, founder
Marcellino Graf von und zu Hoensbroech
Member of the Board of Directors
Thomas Landschreiber
Member of the Board of Directors
Norbert Ketterer
Chairman of the Board of Directors, founder

More than 25 years’ experience in the real estate industry

Realised construction volume of over EUR 10 billion

Initiator of the first mezzanine fund for residential real estate project development under German investment law (STRATOS Mezzanine Fonds) (STRATOS Mezzanine Fonds)

Career:

ALTA FIDES AG

Founder, principal shareholder and CEO

Norbert Ketterer
Marcellino Graf von und zu Hoensbroech
Member of the Board of Directors

More than 20 years’ experience in the real estate and credit sector

Career:

Valuation of several billion euros in transaction volumes; transactions with a volume of more than EUR 1.5 billion successfully handled

Managing Director responsible for credit exposures in France and Germany and for the real estate sector in Germany, Switzerland and Austria for a fund management company

Real estate consulting and valuation in Germany, Italy and England

Marcellino Graf von und zu Hoensbroech
Thomas Landschreiber
Member of the Board of Directors

More than 27 years’ experience in the real estate sector

Career:

Co-founder of CORESTATE Capital Group and Member of the Investment Committee

Deal sourcing processes, structuring and realisation of purchases and sales

Investment funds and structuring of acquisitions and sales of commercial and residential properties

Due diligence and advice on acquisition, asset management and divestiture themes

Sales Manager for a leading initiator of listed buildings

Real estate finance for large portfolios at a major German bank

Head Management

Wolfgang Harmuth
CEO – Chief Executive Officer
Tim Schymik
COO – Chief Operating Officer
Wolfgang Harmuth
CEO – Chief Executive Officer

24 years’ experience in the real estate sector

At HFS since: March 2018

Career:

Founding partner of a Munich-based mezzanine service provider

Branch Manager of the real estate subsidiary of Bankgesellschaft Berlin

Independent realisation of projects in the areas of retail, senior citizens, hotel and residential construction with a total volume of around EUR 150 million.   

Education/studies:

Studies in business administration – specialisation in the construction industry

Banker

Wolfgang Harmuth
Tim Schymik
COO – Chief Operating Officer

At HFS since: June 2015

Career:

Director at a private real estate investor

Financing of international real estate projects

Account manager for real estate investors, including participation in setting up first German branch in Frankfurt

Education/studies:

Qualification as real estate economist (IRE/BS)

Studies in business administration with focus on banks and corporate audit

Graduate in business economics

Banker specialised in real estate finance

Management

Simone Hakala
Director Finance & Investment Advisory
Nicole Lehnert
Director Investments
Armin Gemmerich
Director Investments
Christian Parvan
Director Investments
Tamara Kamer
Account Manager Investor Relations
Carolin Diesner
Manager Finance & Controlling
Ricardo Brehme
Director Investment Solutions
Regina Leslie
Director Investments
Simone Hakala
Director Finance & Investment Advisory

At HFS since: January 2014

Career:

Responsible for property securitisations in Europe as well as commercial and residential real estate portfolios with a volume of more than EUR 5 billion

Transaction and asset management for an international real estate investor

More than 20 years’ professional experience at major German banks in Germany and the UK in the area of real estate and property development finance, work outs and securitisations

Education/studies:

Studies in business administration with focus on banking and tax at the Humboldt University Berlin

Simone Hakala
Nicole Lehnert
Director Investments

At HFS since: May 2016 

Career:

Responsible for credit management at a private real estate investor

Customer service/acquisition/transaction manager/loan contract negotiation in structured real estate finance

Credit analyst structured real estate finance at major German and international banks

Credit consultant for non-performing commercial finance in the work-out area

Education/studies:

Real estate economist (IREBS)

Qualification in bank operations management

Banker

Nicole Lehnert
Armin Gemmerich
Director Investments

At HFS since: September 2016

Career:

20 years’ professional experience in commercial and residential real estate finance

Managerial position in real estate finance in the regions USA/Canada/Asia/Pacific and CEE (key accounts and funds) – responsibilities: structuring new business in commercial real estate finance in the areas retail, residential, hotels and logistics, risk assessment and managing the existing business

Establishing the foreign business of a leading German specialist institution for commercial real estate finance

Several years in the corporate client sector of a major German bank with focus on property development

Education/studies:

Banking specialist

Vocational bank training

Armin Gemmerich
Christian Parvan
Director Investments

At HFS since: May 2017

Career:

Relationship Manager for commercial real estate investors with focus on: client acquisition and support, real estate and credit analysis, loan contract negotiations, structured property-related finance and transaction responsibility for commercial real estate projects for new and existing customer business

International commercial real estate finance

Education/studies:

Graduate in business economics (Dipl. Betriebswirt FH) with focus on the real estate industry

Qualification in wholesale and foreign trade

Christian Parvan
Tamara Kamer
Account Manager Investor Relations

At HFS since: March 2012

Career:

Investor relations, investment reporting and mailing, onboarding processes, administrative support in the area of equity raising

Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Board of Directors

Several years’ professional experience at various leading Swiss companies; graduate with higher diploma in economics

Education/studies:

Graduate with higher diploma in economics

Retail business specialist with advisory focus at a consumer electronics company

Tamara Kamer
Carolin Diesner
Manager Finance & Controlling

At HFS since: November 2014

Career:

Management consultant in the financial services sector, mainly migration consulting

Multi-year project assignment at real estate banks with focus on the integration of a newly acquired bank

Cash flow analysis of real estate loans

Education/studies:

Intern. economics with focus on operational finance and IFRS

Intern. business graduate

Carolin Diesner
Ricardo Brehme
Director Investment Solutions

At HFS since: October 2015

Career:

Establishing a network of European institutional investors, Head of Client Services at the Zurich branch

Munich real estate investor for student housing

Education/studies:

Bachelor in Business Administration of the European University, Munich and London

Ricardo Brehme
Regina Leslie
Director Investments

At HFS since: July 2018

Career:

Analysis, processing and support for the international commercial real estate finance activities at a German bank specialising in the commercial real estate business

Long stays in the USA and Spain; structuring, underwriting, closing and portfolio management of complex financing and syndication solutions; experience with restructurings and work-outs, expertise in the asset classes office, retail, hospitality and logistics of individual properties and portfolios; 10+ years credit analysis and support for small and medium-sized companies in the corporate client sector of a major German bank

Education/studies:

Qualification as banking specialist

Banker

From the foundation
until today

2009
Foundation of HFS Helvetic Financial Services AG Launch of STRATOS Mezzanine Fonds
2011
Launch of STRATOS Commercial Mezzanine Fonds
2013
Winner SCOPE Award (Debt Funds)
2014
Launch of STRATOS Immobilienanleihenfonds II
2015
Expiry of STRATOS Commercial Fonds Launch of STRATOS Immobilienanleihenfonds IV
2016
Expiry of STRATOS Mezzanine Fonds

Launch of LE Wohnen Fonds
2017
Launch of STRATOS Immobilienfonds VI Successful takeover by the CORESTATE Capital Group
2018
Launch of STRATOS Immobilienanleihenfonds V IBERIA

Excellent
merger

 

To drive the success story of HFS, a strategic partnership was sought. A partner was found in 2017, the CORESTATE Capital Group with a business strategy that ideally complements the HFS business segment. Since 1 July 2017, HFS has been a fully owned subsidiary of Corestate Capital S.A.

These transactions have made CORESTATE one of the leading listed asset and investment managers with a focus on real estate equity, debt and alternative assets in the German-speaking world.

HFS AG is a company of the CORESTATE Capital Group.

As a leading fully integrated real estate investment manager, the CORESTATE Capital Group manages assets (AuM) worth approximately EUR 22 billion(1). With a total transaction volume of more than EUR 34 billion (since its foundation in 2006), the company offers a diversified range of products and services customised to various investor needs. More than 560 employees in 41 offices in 7 countries ensure direct access to the regional real estate markets. Working from Germany, the long-term growth strategy is centrally geared to the whole of Europe.CORESTATE Capital Group

N.B.: Unless otherwise stated, the key figures for Hannover Leasing Group (HL) and Helvetic Financial Services AG (HFS) are already included in the CORESTATE Group’s corporate figures.
(1) Forecast for year-end 2017 incl. HL and HFS