Aberdeen swells assets with German buy

Aberdeen Property Investors, the subsidiary of Europe’s Aberdeen Asset Management, is acquiring a German-based property investment manager from Dresdner Bank for €110 million ($162 million).

Aberdeen Asset Management’s property subsidiary Aberdeen Property Investors is taking over Deutsche Gesellshaft fur Immobilienfonds (DEGI), boosting assets under management by 50 percent in the process.

Its German target manages €6.4 billion of assets through a range of property vehicles and will be merged with Aberdeen’s real estate arm, which itself manages €13 billion through a series of funds.

Aberdeen Property Investors is based in Stockholm, Sweden, though its parent group is listed on the London stock exchange.

In a statement, the firm said the bolt-on of DEGI would broaden the firm’s German client base in what it described as a “key market” as well as increase its assets under management by half.