Allianz to combine PIMCO and Allianz Real Estate
Allianz has unveiled plans to combine fixed income investment manager PIMCO and Allianz Real Estate, a captive real estate specialist with more than EUR70 billion of assets under management.
Allianz says this 'organic move' will strengthen its Alternatives capability by creating one of the world’s most preeminent real estate managers. It will manage over EUR100 billion in core, value-add and opportunistic real estate across Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific Region.
PIMCO has an established Alternatives platform in opportunistic real estate. Allianz says its macro-economic and analytical framework will be complemented by the real estate scale and global footprint of Allianz Real Estate. Positioning this footprint and network of specialist partners alongside PIMCO’s top down investment framework and third-party expertise will enable the business to become one of the largest real estate investment managers in the years to come.
The respective organisations are complementary in terms of geography, products, investor coverage, people and expertise. PIMCO’s real estate platform focuses on opportunistic investments and credit in the US and Europe. Allianz Real Estate brings its highly regarded global expertise in acquiring and managing direct core/manage-to-core real estate investments and indirect core and value-add investments in Europe, Asia and the US, as well as its European and US core and enhanced lending activity.
Allianz Real Estate is wholly owned by Allianz SE and currently part of its investment division. In the context of the transaction, it shall be transferred to PIMCO and thereby become a part of the asset management division of Allianz SE. The proposal is still subject to the finalisation of legally binding agreements, standard regulatory approvals and the involvement of employee representatives in Continental Europe.
The leadership teams of Allianz Real Estate and PIMCO will work together in the coming months to align their expertise more closely while ensuring that both organisations remain fully committed to fulfilling the various fund investments and institutional mandates of their current configurations.
“This is an excellent growth opportunity,” says Jackie Hunt (pictured), Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE. “Bringing two high-performing, complementary specialist parts of the business together puts us in a position to provide customers a more comprehensive solution in real estate capabilities and strengthens our position in Alternatives, where we are already among the top 10 global players.”
“Real estate has been, and will continue to be, central to the development of our Private Strategies platform, which we consider essential to providing our clients with alternative approaches to achieving their long-term investment objectives,” says Emmanuel Roman, PIMCO’s Chief Executive Officer. “By incorporating Allianz Real Estate into PIMCO’s existing suite of private solutions, we intend to significantly enhance our capabilities in an area that has become a critical component of our clients’ portfolios.”
“This is a very interesting time for those of us at Allianz Real Estate and the alliance is very balanced for us as we are complementary in what we do. By playing off each other’s strengths, we will be able to do great things in the future,” says Francois Trausch, CEO & CIO Allianz Real Estate “When we match the Allianz Real Estate global footprint and the Allianz appetite for real estate with the unparalleled access to the PIMCO intellect, research, analytics, focus on performance and of course global distribution capabilities we are destined to become one of the world’s most well rounded real estate specialists and Alternatives experts.”