The Dutch pension asset manager's Asia Pacific head of real estate says his team has just had one of its busiest years ever and that 2021 is looking similarly promising.
Kerger, who has relocated to Singapore from Frankfurt, reports to New York-based DB Advisors global head Roelfien Kuijpers. While KergerÆs role is a new one, it does not signify any major change in the way DB Advisors operates in Asia-Pacific.
ôAs DB Advisors grows in Asia-Pacific, we simply need more resources on the ground to coordinate the development of the business and ensure we continue to offer our clients the best possible service,ö says Kerger.
Until now, the regional coordination role was carried out by Ed Peter, Singapore-based head of Asia-Pacific and Mena (Middle East and North Africa) for Deutsche BankÆs asset management division overall. Kerger will be dedicated solely to DB Advisors, but he will also work closely with Peter on asset management issues.
DB Advisors offers a range of global investment strategies and services to institutions such as pension plans, endowments and sovereign wealth funds. The firmÆs full complement of investment strategies include both traditional and alternative asset classes such as global thematic equity, global fixed income, hedge funds, commodities and quantitative strategies.
As of June, DB Advisors managed Ç4.64 billion in Asia-Pacific. It has investment professionals (portfolio managers, researchers, sales and client service personnel) in key cities of the region: Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Manila, and Mumbai. In China, Deutsche BankÆs asset management division has a joint venture with Harvest Fund Management.
September 3 was KergerÆs first day on the job, so he says it's too early to identify specific markets in the region that DB Advisors will be targeting for growth under his leadership. He is focused on finalising his strategic plan for DB Advisors in the region and meeting with the firmÆs client base.
Growing assets of institutions in Asia have led them to look at a broader spectrum of investment strategies and products, and thatÆs where DB Advisors hope to make a significant dent in the region.
ææEconomic growth in the Asia-Pacific has driven a rapid rise in the demand for asset management services,ÆÆ says Kuijpers. ææWith more assets to invest, Asia-Pacific institutions are increasingly looking for innovative solutions across a wider range of asset classes and geographic regions.ö
Kerger says DB Advisors is competitively positioned to expand its business in Asia-Pacific.
First, he says the firm is a global, integrated business. ôOur clients are clients of our global business, not of a regional branch. That distinguishes us from many of our competitors,ö Kerger says.
Second, the firm offers a broad range of investment solutions across both traditional and alternative investments. Third, it is focused on working alongside its clients in designing and implementing solutions that leverage its capabilities.
Before moving to Singapore, Kerger was co-head of European institutional distribution, with Christian Schoen. With KergerÆs relocation, institutional distribution in Europe will be led by Michael Fuss, Schoen and Peter Roemer. Fuss has been named head of institutional distribution for Germany while Schoen and Roemer will be responsible for institutional distribution across the rest of Europe.
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