Alternatives | Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management


Alternative asset management – at a glance

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management offers a broad array of alternative investment strategies from core products to bespoke solutions, built on global perspective, deep knowledge of local markets, and in-depth research.

Global in scope, with expertise in key local markets, we help clients access a full spectrum of alternative strategies, all backed by robust risk and compliance technology.

Decades of experience, a worldwide network of investment professionals and expertise in sophisticated product structuring allow us to create custom solutions to address a wide range of objectives and risk profiles.

Targeting best-in-class performance, we leverage a powerful global investment platform and research network to identify and implement the most appropriate strategies to address clients’ specific objectives.

We create value for clients by creating customized solutions to serve unique requirements, innovating new solutions and managing risk and return with discipline.


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    EUR 98 bn of assets under management1
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    One of the Largest managers of alternative investments worldwide1
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Real Estate
A 40-year real estate investment heritage

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management’s Real Estate investment business has been investing in real estate assets for more than 40 years. Today, with a dedicated team located in 24 offices1 around the world, our global platform manages over EUR 34 billion1 on behalf of institutional investors and private clients worldwide.

We aim to deliver superior, long-term, risk-adjusted returns and the preservation and diversification of capital to our investors. We employ a disciplined investment approach in the offering of a diverse range of solutions across the risk/return and geographic spectrums:

  • Core, value-added, and opportunistic equity real estate
  • Real estate debt
  • Global, regional, and domestic real estate securities
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Competitive advantages

Strong fiduciary focus

Thought leadership in real estate research

Proven access to transaction flow

Rigorous life-cycle approach to risk management

Active, hands-on real estate asset management

1 Source: Company Data as of March 31, 2014.
Hedge Funds
Proprietary hedge fund research and management

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management offers the industry’s most comprehensive managed-account platform solution, allowing clients access to more than 250 managers across 12 core hedge fund strategies.1

This unsurpassed range of access, our own proprietary hedge fund research and management, and our leading-edge reporting tools combine to create a robust, flexible, secure and transparent framework for balancing client investment risk and return.

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Transparency – full position-level transparency on the platform, and enhanced transparency to the end investor

Liquidity – full daily, weekly, or monthly liquidity with short-notice and payout periods

Risk control – daily monitoring of liquidity, exposure and other risk factors

Security – client assets fully controlled by the platform provider, not the hedge fund manager

Independent valuation – net asset value calculations made independently by the hedge fund manager

Flexibility – multiple access routes versus traditional offshore fund vehicles

1 Source: HFM 2012 Managed Accounts Universe Survey.
Investing since 1994

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management’s infrastructure investment business (formerly RREEF Infrastructure) has been investing in infrastructure assets since 1994. The global platform – which provides client solutions covering private equity infrastructure, listed infrastructure and infrastructure debt – gives investors access to such economic sectors as transportation, utilities, telecommunications, and other service sectors critical to the basic functioning of local and global economies.

With our extensive experience in acquiring, actively managing, and restructuring investments as an equity or debt investor, we aim to deliver the diversification and, preservation of capital, superior yield and long-term performance consistent with our clients’ objectives.

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Competitive advantages

True fiduciary focus

Global business with regional product lines in both infrastructure equity and debt

Leading global infrastructure securities business

Active infrastructure asset management

Compelling performance record in both private and public infrastructure strategies


Private Equity & Private Markets
Investing since 1991

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management’s combined private equity & private markets platform was formed in 2010 and extended in 2013. Its predecessor businesses have been investing since 1991.

The platform manages in excess of EUR 13.3 billion1 for institutional and private clients globally with an integrated approach across primary, secondary and direct co-investments strategies in private equity, private debt, real estate and infrastructure markets.

Our team of over 30 investment professionals1 located in offices in North America, Europe, and Asia has an average 12 years 1of industry experience and represents more than 10 different nationalities and 15 languages1 – a truly global team with the local expertise to assemble and execute private-party transactions.

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Investment approaches

Primary investments

Secondary investments

Direct co-investments


Asset classes

Private equity

Private debt


Real estate

1 Source: Company Data as of March 31, 2014.
Active commodities management

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management’s commodities investment business (formerly RREEF Commodity Advisors) employs an actively-managed, fundamental, research-driven approach to commodities investing.

The team – together for more than a decade – advocates a broad range of opportunities and leverages proprietary research to capitalize on the inherent inefficiencies in the commodities market. We provide highly liquid investment solutions to individual and institutional investors. These solutions implement commodity-only, natural resource-based and blend strategies, and involve sector funds.

Our experienced commodities investment professionals draw upon their collective global perspective, and their tenure as a team translates into an information edge for our investors.

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Competitive advantages

Actively-managed, fundamental research-driven, diversified, global commodity portfolios

Robust set of solutions includes commodity-only, natural resources equity only, blend strategies, and sector funds (e.g. precious metals)

Attractive track record since 2005; adding alpha versus industry benchmarks

Fund Derivatives & Financing

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management's fund derivatives & financing (FDF) franchise is a market leader in providing alternative investment solutions and fund-linked products.

  • We have compiled an award-winning1 track record in product innovation. We provide a variety of client-specific solutions covering the alternatives product spectrum.
  • Our approach, as the interface between the underlying product groups and the client groups, provides the structuring, trading and risk management functions across all asset classes.
  • Our trading functionality allows clients to benefit from a wide range of risk overlays such as principal protection, leverage and enhanced liquidity
  • Trading and market making join to facilitate clients’ secondary trading of hedge funds and distressed fund positions.
  • Our services reach institutional and retail clients globally, by providing solutions for a wide range of client requirements, such as risk transformation, tax, regulatory capital and retirement
Fund Derivatives & Financing | Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management
1 Source: Risk Awards Hedge Fund Derivatives House of the Year 2012-2009.
Retirement & Hybrid Solutions

Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management's retirement & hybrid solutions focus on diversification through rules-based strategies tailored to meet client goals - rather than simply achieving market exposure.

  • One of the leading European providers in structured retirement solutions
  • Our approach provides maximum transparency, allowing investors to understand how strategies and risk will evolve in changing markets
Unique platform backed by unmatched support and experience

TradeFinder technology has allowed Deutsche Bank to structure a best-selling range of guaranteed products with diverse features

Offerings for insurance companies, corporate pensions and asset managers


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1 December 2014, note: percentages may not add up due to rounding differences
* of which EUR 18.5bn in conjunction with Active