Company

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

Martin Bassermann
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Martin Bassermann

Career:

Martin Bassermann has over 15 years of experience in real estate, finance and taxation. After graduating with a degree in business administration, he began his career in early 2005 at Deloitte in Munich, where he worked in the auditing department on a large number of mandates in various industries.

In 2011, the qualified banker and certified tax advisor moved to PATRIZIA AG, where he was responsible for accounting and taxes. In mid-2017, Martin Bassermann joined CORESTATE as Executive Director Finance, where his responsibilities included the uplisting to the Prime Standard and the refinancing of over €500 million. In April 2019, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of CORESTATE Capital Group.

Since January 2020, he took over the operational management of HFS AG, which was finally followed by the appointment to the Board of Directors in August 2020. Since mid-December 2020, Martin Bassermann has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of HFS Helvetic Financial Services AG.

René Parmantier
Member of the Board of Directors
René Parmantier

René Parmantier (45) was appointed Chairman of the Management Board of Corestate Capital Holding S.A. on 1 December 2020.

His professional career included the position of Chairman of the Management Board of Oddo Seydler Bank already at a young age. He was responsible for the Trading, Sales, Research, Capital Markets and Public Relations divisions until summer 2020.

He held the position of Group Head of Corporate Development and Origination for Investment Banking & Oddo Metals Germany in the newly formed Franco-German Oddo Group since August 2015. He was also a member of the Supervisory Board of Oddo Meriten Asset Management. Previously, René Parmantier was General Manager of Close Brothers Seydler Bank, which he joined in 2002. From 2004 to 2007, he was head of Designated Sponsoring at Close Brothers Seydler Bank. He also worked for Gontard & Metallbank in the Designated Sponsoring division and in Money, Foreign Exchange and Precious Metals Trading at Brandeis, Hauck & Partner GmbH.

Johannes Märklin
Member of the Board of Directors
Johannes Märklin - Member of the Board of Directors HFS

Johannes Märklin has been a member of the Board of Directors of HFS Helvetic Financial Services AG and Management Board of CORESTATE Capital Group since 14 January 2021. As Chief Debt Financing Officer (CDFO), he is responsible together with Sebastian Ernst for the overall Private Debt division with the business units Debt Advisory & Structuring, Debt Finance, Valuation Services and Mezzanine Investments of HFS.

He has worked in the German banking sector for 25 years and is a co-founder of Aggregate Financial Services. Previously, he was responsible for Deutsche Bank’s Private Debt Syndicate in its Corporate Finance and Debt Capital Markets division with teams in Frankfurt, London, Singapore and Tokyo. In this role, Johannes Märklin developed tailor-made financing solutions for international corporate clients, including real estate companies and financial institutions, and expanded the distribution of capital market products to institutional investors in Europe and Asia.

Johannes Märklin holds a diploma in business administration from Germany and an MBA from the University of Wales.

Sebastian Ernst
Member of the Board of Directors
Sebastian Ernst - Member of the Board of Directors HFS

Sebastian Ernst has been a member of the Board of Directors of HFS Helvetic Financial Services AG and Management Board of CORESTATE Capital Group since 14 January 2021. As Chief Debt Investment Officer (CDIO), he is responsible, together with Johannes Märklin, for the overall Private Debt division with the business units Debt Advisory & Structuring, Debt Finance, Valuation Services and Mezzanine Investments of HFS.

He has been active in the financial industry for over 20 years and is a co-founder of Aggregate Financial Services. Previously, he was Managing Director and Global Head of Illiquid Credit Trading at Deutsche Bank. In this position, he was responsible for underwriting and structuring financing transactions and trading in illiquid bonds and loans with a focus on corporate and real estate related credit risks.

Sebastian Ernst holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Passau.

From the foundation
until today

2020

Launch of STRATOS Immobilienanleihenfonds VI SENIOR

2019

10 years successful track record

2018

Launch of STRATOS Immobilienanleihenfonds V IBERIA

2017

Launch of STRATOS Immobilienfonds VI
Successful takeover by the CORESTATE Capital Group

2016

Expiry of STRATOS Mezzanine Fonds
Launch of LE Wohnen Fonds

2015

Launch of STRATOS Immobilienanleihenfonds IV
Expiry of STRATOS Commercial Mezzanine Fonds

2014

Launch of STRATOS Immobilienanleihenfonds II

2011

Launch of STRATOS Commercial Mezzanine Fonds

2009

Foundation of HFS Helvetic Financial Services AG
Launch of STRATOS Mezzanine Fonds

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 26 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 730 employees in 35 offices in 6 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