Principal to expand real estate investment capabilities
November 30, 2017
Principal Financial Group and INTERNOS Global Investors have today announced that Principal Global Investors (PGI), the asset management arm of Principal, will assume ownership of the European real estate investment firm, subject to regulatory approval. As part of PGI’s multi-boutique operating model, INTERNOS will retain its investment and management independence, while gaining access to the resources and scale of a major financial institution.
“As Principal grows its investment offerings and operations in Europe, we will continue to strategically invest in capabilities to deliver a greater range of solutions to our clients,” said Pat Halter, chief operating officer of PGI. “In addition to gaining a pan-European real estate platform, INTERNOS has local expertise and infrastructure in key European cities to grow our client base on the continent.”
With over six decades of experience investing in the sector, Principal Real Estate Investors is one of the top 10 real estate managers globally with US $74.9 billion in AUM. INTERNOS is a truly pan-European full service real estate investment management firm with more than 100 employees based in eight European offices and $3.25 billion1 in AUM.
“As part of Principal, we will be in an even stronger position to offer attractive opportunities to our clients and investor partners, combining the resources of a leading global investment firm with the small-business agility and deep European market knowledge of INTERNOS,” said Andrew Thornton, CEO of INTERNOS.
The investment teams of INTERNOS will remain unchanged, and the senior management team will continue to guide the direction of the firm. Once the deal has received regulatory approval, INTERNOS will become Principal Real Estate Investors Europe.
Berkshire Capital served as financial advisors on the transaction to Principal.