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.

Rüdiger Gauer

Managing Partner

Guido Riepe

Managing Partner

Jan P. Verworner

Director Investment Management

Katja Holmer

Senior Consultant

Bernhard Strobl

Bauprojekt-Management

Olaf Mertens

Senior Consultant Hospitality

Guido U. Longo

Senior Consultant

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Advisory Board

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.

Karl-J. Kraus

Vorsitzender

Armin Moser

1938 - 2021

Hanns Kastner

Mitglied des Beirats

Harald Müller

Mitglied des Beirats

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

Setcard
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

Setcard
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

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

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

Setcard
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

Setcard
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

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

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

Setcard
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

Setcard
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

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

Olaf Mertens

Senior Consultant Hospitality

Expertise

management of various hotels

project | destination development

human resource management

investment | disinvestment

quality management

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

Setcard
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

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 Beiratsvorsitzender | 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

Armin Moser

1938 - 2021

Expertise

In memory of an advisor and a good friend

Hanns Kastner

Member of the Advisory Board

Expertise

property development

project management

Consulting

Professional Experience

since 2018
Member of the Advisory Board of UNIVERSAL Real Estate Associates GmbH

since 2017
Managing director of ArtProjekt Real Estate GmbH in Berlin in Berlin

2012
Foundation of ALPHA Austria - Strategic Facility Management Consulting and Green Building Audits

2011
Gründung des immobilienwirtschaftlichen Foundation of the Real Estate consultancy kai.plan GmbH in Vienna kai.plan GmbH in Wien

2008-2017
Area Manager at Frankonia Eurobau Projektentwicklung - acquisition and execution of developments in the offices Berlin, Hamburg, Warsaw

Seit 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

Professional Training

2002
Real Estate Economist (ebs) | European Business School Berlin

1980-1989
Graduate Architect | Technische Hochschule Karlsruhe and Technische Universität Wien

Setcard
Harald Müller
Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) Architektur

Schlüsselprojekte

Projektentwicklungen Hotel / Büro / EKZ jeweils > 50 Mio. €

Aufbau und Führung der größten deutschen inhabergeführten Bewertungsgesellschaft

Aufbau einer führenden Gesellschaft zur Digitalisierung in der Immobilienwirtschaft

Kompetenzen
Immobilien- / Investmentbewertung, Projektentwicklung, Asset Management, Digitalisierungsprozesse

Harald Müller

Member of the Advisory Board

Expertise

Real Estate / Investment review

project development

asset management

digitization processes

Professional Experience

since 2019
Member of the Advisory Board of UNIVERSAL Real Estate Associates GmbH

since 2013
Managing partner of interfaceMA GmbH, Berlin (digitization tools and processes for the real estate industry)

since 2008
Managing Partner of BMP Immobilienentwicklung Berlin GmbH (project development and asset management)

since 2006
Sole managing partner of DEVAL Entwickeln+Bewerten GmbH (valuation / project development / participations)

2004-2006
Managing partner of akm: entwickeln+bewerten GmbH (real estate valuation / project development)

1997-2003
Managing director of various companies at IBAG-Gruppe (residential and commercial)

1991-1996
Real estate expert/ property valuer at Bayrische Hypothekenbank AG

1990-1991
Construction manager at Philipp Holzmann AG

Memberships | Mandates

since 2018
Chairman of Value AG the valuation group

2009-2018
Main shareholder and CEO of Value AG the valuation group (real estate valuation nationally and internationally)

Professional Education

2005
Certified real estate appraiser CIS HypZert (F/M)

1983-1990
Architectural studies, Degree Dipl. Ing. (FH)

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