Team

At UNIVERSAL, we have a complete crew available for you – for every type of project, every form of property management and for any problem. Experience and expertise gained over decades… utilised for your goals.

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    To support the management and development of the company the advisory board is an important forum for the strategic orientation of UNIVERSAL. Experienced personalities from the construction and real estate world enrich the management with valuable expertise here.

      Rüdiger Gauer

      Managing Partner

      expertise

      • restructuring

      • portfolio management

      • investment | divestment

        professional experience

      • since 2010

        Managing Partner of UNIVERSAL Real Estate Associates GmbH

      • 2012-2014

        seat on the Supervisory Board of SynergyOnline AG

      • 2007-2010

        member of the Executive Board of Cenda Invest AG

      • 2005-2007

        Head of Department and authorised officer holding a general power of attorney at Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH, dealing with restructuring

      • 2002-2005

        member of the Executive Board of Universal Immobilien AG in the IBAG Group, asset and portfolio management

      • 2000-2002

        Managing Director of Bavaria Liegenschaftsmanagement GmbH, management and workout

      • 1994-2000

        establishment of the consultancy firm Gauer Liegenschaften GmbH, with subsequent takeover by Bankgesellschaft Berlin GmbH, construction management and restructuring

      • 1992-1994

        assistant to the management, Specker Group, project development

      • 1990-1992

        development and operational management of the commercial subsidiary of a housing association

      • professional training

      • 1987-1990

        real estate and residential property agent | professional training at Boenigk & Nagel Group; Ratingen-Hösel Private Academy of the Real Estate Industry

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      Rüdiger Gauer

      real estate and residential property specialist

      key project

      – financial restructuring | restructuring of the real estate sub-group Bankgesellschaft Berlin with approx. € 3.3 billion in assets under management

      – restructuring | restructuring of Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH and real estate investment funds, responsibility for the investment division with a transaction volume of approx. € 2.3 billion

      competences

      restructuring, portfolio management, investment | divestment,

      Guido Riepe

      Managing Partner

      expertise

      • finance

      • restructuring

      • portfolio management

      • management accounting

        professional experience

      • since 2010

        Managing Partner of UNIVERSAL Real Estate Associates GmbH

      • 2009-2018

        seat on the Supervisory Board of value AG - the valuation Group Berlin

      • 2008-2017

        Managing Director of E&P Holding GmbH & Co KG, Managing Director and Labour Director of Neue Dorint GmbH, Managing Director of SenVital GmbH until the successful sale of the nursing home operator to another company group

      • 2005-2008

        Investment Funds Manager of Deka Immobilien Fonds und Deka Immobilien Europa, restructuring of fund assets totalling € 7 billion

      • 2001-2005

        spokesman for the Management | liquidator of Bavaria Objekt und Baubetreuung GmbH, restructuring of the company with 600 employees, 20 branches and a portfolio of € 1 billion.

      • 1977-2001

        employed at various banks, focusing on the fields of business consultancy, corporate banking, real estate lending, workout, restructuring, in the co-operative banking sector

      • professional training

      • 1988-1989

        Qualified Savings Bank Business Economist |Academy of the Municipal Savings Banks and Banking Business, Bonn

      • 1985

        Qualified Savings Bank Business Economist | German Savings Banks Academy, Hanover

      • 1977-1980

        Savings Bank Merchant | Osnabrück District Savings Bank

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      Guido Riepe

      Qualified Savings Bank Business Economist

      key project

      – responsibility as Manager of Portfolio Management for a real estate portfolio to the tune of approx. € 9 billion

      – liquidation of a property development company operating throughout Germany

      competences

      finance, restructuring, portfolio management, management accounting,

      Jan P. Verworner

      Director Investment Management

      expertise

      • investment | disinvestment

      • real estate | project finance

      • real estate development

      • restructuring

        professional experience

      • since 2014

        Director Investment Management at UNIVERSAL Real Estate Associates GmbH

      • 2009-2014

        Chief Operating Officer at I.Q. Projektmangement GmbH, Berlin

      • 2000-2009

        Head of Risk Management and Finance at IBAG Group

      • 1998-2000

        Head of International Financing at Immobilien- und Baumanagement der Bankges. Berlin

      • 1996-1998

        Project Manager Corporate Financing at ARWOBAU, Bankgesellschaft Berlin Group

      • 1994-1996

        Team Manager, expansion at the Eastern European Branch of CECO Leasing AG, Switzerland

      • 1993-1994

        Management Consultant for Treuhand Anstalt, Berlin

      • professional training

      • 1986-1992

        Studies of Economics and Information Technology at the Technische Universität Berlin

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      Jan P. Verworner

      Diplom Kaufmann (~MBA)

      key project

      – reorganisation and divestment of the mortgaging business of ARWOBAU and incorporation to the Bankgesellschaft Berlin Group
      – financial restructuring | restructuring of the real estate sub-group Bankgesellschaft Berlin with approx. € 3.3 billion in assets under management
      – restructuring of an existing property portfolio

      competences

      investment | disinvestment, real estate | project finance, real estate development, restructuring,

      Karen Diederichs

      Senior Consultant | Project Management

      expertise

      • asset and portfolio management

      • project development and management

      • customer relationship management

        professional experience

      • since 2013

        Senior Consultant to UNIVERSAL Real Estate Associates GmbH

      • since 2003

        member of the Berlin Chamber of Architects, as a freelance architect

      • 2012-2013

        customer relationship management at formart/HOCHTIEF Solutions AG, Berlin

      • 2007-2012

        freelance work as an architect, focusing on construction in existing properties/monument preservation partner: diederichs & partner, Architects + Engineers, shareholder: dp Projekt-Management GmbH

      • 2005-2006

        technical asset management of the existing property portfolio of HOCHTIEF Development, Essen

      • 2003-2005

        assisting the builders with project management at HOCHTIEF Development, Berlin

      • 2003

        freelance work for the project management of the main contractor at the construction company W. Helmich mbH Berlin

      • 1999-2003

        work as a freelance architect for various planning offices

      • professional training

      • 1996-1999

        Graduate Architect I studied Architecture at the TU Berlin

      • 1992-1996

        degree in Architecture I TU Brunswick

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      Karen Diederichs

      Graduate Architect

      key project

      – new development of the Hotel Concorde, Berlin
      – new development of the ver.di National Headquarters, Berlin
      – planning coordination and customer management for the “Charlotte and Luise” residential building project, Potsdam

      competences

      asset and portfolio management, project development and management, customer relationship management,

      Ulrich Auer

      Director Asset Management

      expertise

      • asset and property management

      • fonds management

      • reorganisation

        professional experience

      • since 2014

        Director Asset and Project Management at UNIVERSAL Real Estate Associates GmbH

      • since 2012

        Owner of UA Real Estate Consulting, project development support and project management of various construction projects in Berlin and Hamburg, Asset Management for several thousand residential units distributed nationwide (sold in 2015)

      • 2002-2012

        project manager, fund and asset manager, authorized officer and Head of Asset Management at Cenda Invest AG for about 13,000 nationwide units of foreign investment companies

      • 1999-2001

        project manager at GRAF & GREETFELD – Projektentwicklung und Bauträger GmbH - project management and construction management

      • 1994-1999

        project manager at INTERTEC engineers | Trigon Group Berlin - project management and construction management

      • 1991-1993

        freelancer at P.E.H. GmbH, Hamburg, construction management

      • 1987-1990

        AUER-Sanierung- und Elementebau, refurbishment and attic extensions

      • professional training

      • 2001-2002

        certified real estate specialist and land and residential property agent

      • 1986-1988

        civil engineer

      • 1983-1986

        land surveyor

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      Ulrich Auer

      certified real estate specialist

      key project

      – 10 years’ experience as an authorised officer holding a general power of attorney working in the fields of asset management, project development, canvassing and due diligence reviews at Cenda Invest AG

      – over 10 years’ professional experience as technical project manager, project controller and construction supervisor in charge of the implementation of new building projects and the modernisation of old buildings at Trigon Group, Berlin and PEH Group, Hamburg

      – special experience in the restructuring of redevelopment portfolios and in assessing portfolios with a total volume of approx. EUR 1 billion, as well as NPL portfolios, in the national and international investor environment

      competences

      asset and property management, fonds management, reorganisation,

      Katja Holmer

      Senior Consultant | Asset Management

      expertise

      • asset management

      • warranty management

      • building and architectural law

        professional experience

      • since 2014

        Senior Consultant to UNIVERSAL Real Estate Associates GmbH

      • 2010-2012

        trainee in the building and architectural Law Department at Salans LLP, Berlin

      • 2006-2008

        freelance work at Dehl, Engineering Consultants, Project Control | work for Bankgesellschaft Berlin AG, warranty and complaints management, construction management

      • 2006

        Kühn Malvezzi, Architects, blueprint and approval planning for the Hotel Cap Vermell, Majorca

      • 2005

        freelance work at ebp, Engineering Consultants, Halberstadt, approval and execution planning

      • professional training

      • 2007-2014

        attended Law School at Humboldt University, Berlin, 1st state examination

      • 1997-2004

        degree course in architecture | Technical University, Berlin and Universidad Técnica de Sevilla

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      Katja Holmer

      Qualified Architect, Ph.D student in Law

      key project

      – international project management and approval planning for a new hotel development in Spain

      competences

      asset management, warranty management, building and architectural law,

      Bernhard Strobl

      Building Project Management

      expertise

      • project development

      • consulting

      • project and cost management

      • inter-disciplinary coordination

        professional experience

      • since 2010

        building project management at UNIVERSAL Real Estate Associates GmbH

      • since 2005

        consultant to construction companies and project developers of residential and commercial property in Germany and the United Arab Emirates, focusing on economic optimisation and resolving conflicts

      • since 2000

        member of the Chamber of the Construction Industry in Berlin as a consultant engineer

      • 1999-2005

        development, construction and sale of high quality residential property in Greater Berlin

      • 1999

        establishment of CONFOR GmbH as Managing Partner

      • 1996-1999

        project management on behalf of DEMOS, new development of 500 residential units

      • 1989-1996

        developing industrial and residential estates in Thuringia, residential and hotel construction

      • 1978-1991

        civil engineer in Salzburg, site supervision/project management

      • 1972-1978

        assistant to the management in regard to the new development of the Hypobank Headquarters in Munich, site supervision

      • professional training

      • 1978

        Appointed Civil Engineer by the respective Federal Ministry

      • 1967-1972

        Qualified Architect | TU Graz

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      Bernhard Strobl

      Qualified Civil Engineer

      key project

      – new construction of the Hypo-Bank Headquarters in Munich, approx. 800 € million – developing residential and commercial estates in Thuringia, worth approx. € 100 million – project development at Zerndorfer Weg, Berlin for Groth Group, 120 semi-detached houses, worth approx. € 30 million – new development of the InterCityHotel, as well as the new construction of a Malteser care home in Essen, worth approx. € 20 million – new development of headquarters for ADNOC (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in Ruwais) – new stadium development in Djeddah | Saudi Arabia

      competences

      project development, consulting, project and cost management, inter-disciplinary coordination ,

      Olaf Mertens

      Senior Consultant Hospitality

      expertise

      • management of various hotels

      • project | destination development

      • human resource management

      • investment | disinvestment

      • quality management

      • controlling

        professional experience

      • since 2018

        Senior Consultant to UNIVERSAL Real Estate Associates GmbH

      • 2009-2017

        Managing Director of Dorint GmbH, Cologne

      • 2000-2008

        Hotel Manager of "Aquamaris Strandresidenz Rügen", Island of Rügen

      • 1997-2000

        Food & Beverage Coordinator of the 4-star resort "Seehotel Binz-Therme", Island of Rügen

      • 1984-1997

        management of various hotels, Island of Rügen

      • 1980-1983

        gastronomic leader and instructor at "Riga Hotel Binz", Island of Rügen

      • memberships | mandates

      • 2001-2008

        member of the General Assembly of the IHK Rostock
        Vice President of the economic society Rügen

      • professional training

      • 1978-1980

        apprenticeship in the hotel management and gastronomy

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      Olaf Mertens

      Senior Consultant Hospitality

      key project

      – Managing Director of Dorint GmbH

      – change management

      – management of various hotels

      competences

      management of various hotels, project | destination development, human resource management, investment | disinvestment, quality management, controlling,

      Guido U. Longo

      Senior Consultant

      competences

      • value investment

      • asset and portfolio management

      • project development and management

        professional experience

      • since 2018

        Senior Consultant to UNIVERSAL Real Estate Associates GmbH

      • 2013-2017

        various mandates as consulting business economist for real estate, hotels and golf courses in fields of management, quality management, customer relationship management, MICE

      • since 2010

        Chief Representative of a private asset management in terms of real estate and capital investment

      • 2001-2010

        operational management of a private asset management

      • since 2001

        Managing Partner of Longo GmbH, Bochum (founded 1951)

      • professional training

      • 2009

        Basic Certificate shipping industry investments, Germanischer Lloyd, Hamburg

      • 1998-2003

        Study of Business Administration | International School of Management ISM Dortmund and FFH Hamburg (Dipl.-Kfm. FH) with various internships in banks and companies

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      Guido U. Longo

      Diplom-Kaufmann (FH)

      key project

      – sustainable portfolio management

      – development, construction and distribution of high-quality residential real estate in greater Ruhr area

      – M & A mandate for the takeover of a golf course by a hotel group

      – analyzes | concepts for leading hotel companies in terms of QM, CRM, MICE

      competences

      value investment, asset and portfolio management, project development and management,

      Karl-J. Kraus

      Chairman of the Advisory Board

      expertise

      • strategic advice

      • restructuring

      • interim management

        professional experience

      • since 2013

        Managing Partner of BMT-1-KJK Betriebs GmbH and BMT-KJK Beteiligungs GmbH

      • since 2012

        Managing Partner of Karl-J. Kraus & Partner GmbH

      • since 2010

        Chairman of the Advisory Board of UNIVERSAL Real Estate Associates GmbH

      • since 2010

        Managing Partner of Karl Kraus & Co HC GmbH

      • since 2008

        Teaching assignment in the field of company reorganisation at Heidelberg University

      • since 2007

        Managing Partner of New Energy GmbH & Co. KG

      • since 2006

        Managing Partner of KJK Management und Beteiligungen GmbH

      • 2010-2012

        Senior Advisor at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants

      • 2003-2010

        Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Roland Berger Beteiligungs GmbH

      • 2000-2003

        Chairman of the Management Committee for Germany of RBSC

      • 1994

        appointment to the Management Committee of RBSC

      • 1990

        made a Senior Partner at RBSC, Head of the (global) Reorganisation Competence Center

      • 1986-1990

        made a partner at RBSC

      • 1981-1986

        Project manager and Head of a Division at RBSC

      • 1977-1981

        Head of Sales and Marketing in the Fichtel & Sachs Group

      • memberships | mandates

      • since 2013

        Member of the Supervisory Board | Medical Park AG

      • since 2011

        Chairman of the Advisory Board | Vautid Gmbh

      • since 2009

        Member of the Senate of the Economy

      • since 2008

        Member of the Supervisory Board | Tapetenfabrik Begrüder Rasch GmbH & Co. KG

      • since 2008

        Deputy Chairman of the Advisory Board | HgGUR

      • since 2006

        Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board | GROB-Werk GmbH & Co. KG

      • since 2006

        Member of the Supervisory Board and Chairman of the Investment Committee | Konrad Hornschuh AG

      • since 2002

        Member of Berlin Capital Club

      • since 1990

        Member of VBKI Verein Berliner Kaufleute und Industrieller e.V. (reg. association of Berlin traders and industry tycoons)

      • professional training

      • 1973-1977

        Dipl.-Betriebswirt (~MBA) | studies of business administration

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      Armin Moser

      Member of the Advisory Board

      expertise

      • property development

      • engineering

      • restructuring

        professional experience

      • 2008-2009

        Capital investment consultant at Floreijn Invest Bv

      • 2007-2008

        Consultant to the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Concern Monarch, Moscow

      • 2003-2007

        Building management and consulting at DEKA Immobilien Investment GmbH and Bavaria Objekt- und Baubetreuung-GmbH

      • 1999-2003

        Managing Director at WestGkA GmbH

      • 1991-1999

        Technical and Commercial Director at OPUS Gesellschaft für Projektentwicklung mbH

      • 1990-1991

        Authorised officer holding a general power of attorney and Head of Project Development for commercial properties at Wayss & Freytag AG

      • 1988-1990

        Divisional manager of the New Development Project Group for Terminal 2, Frankfurt Airport

      • 1978-1988

        Technical Director at OfBGroup | Managing Director at GKH Gesellschaft für Kommunalbau

      • professional training

      • 1959-1962

        Graduate Engineer | Public University in the Rhine/Main Area

      • 1957-1959

        Training to become a draughtsman

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      Hanns Kastner

      Member of the Advisory Board

      expertise

      • property development

      • project management

      • consulting

        professional experience

      • 2012

        Foundation of ALPHA Austria - Strategic Facility Management Consulting and Green Building Audits

      • 2011

        Foundation of the Real Estate consultancy kai.plan GmbH in Vienna

      • since 2008

        Area Manager at Frankonia Eurobau Projektentwicklung - acquisition and execution of developments in the offices Berlin, Hamburg, Warsaw

      • since 2008

        Teaching assignment for Real Estate at the University of Economics and Law Berlin

      • 2007-2008

        Managing director at Mautner Markhof Immobilien Entwicklungs GmbH in Vienna - conception of a closed Real Estate fund

      • 2005-2007

        Director of the department BauTec (project development/ construction technology/ stock management) at DEKA Immobilien Invest GmbH in Frankfurt a.M. - restructuring of the fund company / project development / workout

      • 2001-2005

        Entry into IBAG (Immobilienholding der BankGesellschaftBerlin) - Head of management at BAVARIA Projektentwicklungs GmbH

      • 2001

        Authorship and coordination of the EU research project "urban relaunch"

      • 1999

        Co-founder of the interdisciplinary planning and service platform plan-4-21

      • 1993

        Foundation of the architecture office S/K SchluderKastner in Berlin

      • 1988

        Foundation of the architecture office S/K SchluderKastner in Vienna

      • 1983-1988

        Work in various architecture offices in Vienna

      • memberships | mandates

      • since 2010

        Accreditation at the Austrian Association of RICS

      • since 1992

        Member of the Berlin Chamber of Architects

      • professinal training

      • 2002

        Real Estate Economist (ebs) | European Business School Berlin

      • 1980-1989

        Graduate Architect | Technische Hochschule Karlsruhe and Technische Universität Wien

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