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Advisory Board

David Rueckel (Chair)

Chairman of the Advisory Board and Managing Partner
PIA Pontis Institutional Advisors GmbH

Trevor Castledine

Senior Director, Private Markets

Benedikt Gabor

Head of Real Estate
Deutsche Rückvers. AG and VöV Rückvers. KöR

Markus Habbig

Head of Real Estate
Gothaer Asset Management GmbH

Andreas Höfner

Head of Transactions & Strategy Real Assets
Helaba Invest Kapitalanlageges. mbH

Sandra Ludwig

Managing Director
Institutional Investment Consulting Partners

Sascha Pinger

Managing Director Real Estate & Infrastructure

Anja Ritchie

Stepstone Group Europe

Oliver Strumpf

FondsForum Platform

Stefan Stute MRICS

Head of Investment Consulting
Wüest Partner Deutschland

Sina Timm

Private Debt Lead
Viridium Group

Conference Location

Date: 8/9 September 2021
Kap Europa
Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1
60327 Frankfurt am Main

The Kap Europa arouses emotions as soon as you enter! Large floor-to-ceiling windows and high ceilings provide a unique setting. The location combines sustainable construction with first-class conditions for successful events, incentives and cultural events. For its "green" concept, the Kap Europa was the first congress center worldwide to receive the platinum certificate of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB).

Only a few steps separate the Kap Europa from the Frankfurt trade fair grounds, the Skyline Plaza shopping center and numerous hotels of various categories. The central location with the best transport connections enables fast arrival and departure.


Recommended Hotel

Recommended Hotel: Frankfurt Marriott Hotel
Hotline: +49 6979550
Codeword: DebtConference

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Speakers 2021 (continuously updated)

Sven Afhüppe

Global Head of Political Affairs
Deutsche Bank AG

Sven Afhüppe is Global Head of Political Affairs at Deutsche Bank AG in Berlin. Prior to this he worked for over ten years as a political correspondent for the publications Wirtschaftswoche, Der Spiegel and Handelsblatt, where he reported intensively on financial & economic policy. In 2011, he became deputy editor-in-chief of Handelsblatt and was appointed in 2015 co-editor-in-chief and 2016 sole editor-in-chief.

Lars Armgart

Aukera Real Estate AG

Lars Armgart is CEO of Aukera, an independent debt advisory firm he founded in 2020 with his colleagues. Lars has more than 14 years of relevant work experience, working for an alternative lender, an institutional investor, a mortgage bank and a CMBS / RMBS advisor. Over the last seven years, Lars was involved in more than 60 real estate debt transactions with a volume of around 2.8 billion euros.

Trevor Castledine

Senior Director Private Markets


Dan Dierking


Dan Dierking is currently the President of the National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries, or NCREIF, an association of institutional real estate professionals. Dan is responsible for both the day-to-day management of NCREIF and, in conjunction with the NCREIF’s Board of Directors and membership, developing and implementing the strategy to ensure that NCREIF fulfills its mission.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Dombret

frmr. Member of the Executive Board
Deutsche Bundesbank

After a career in international banking, Andreas Dombret served on the Executive Board of Deutsche Bundesbank, the Supervisory Board of the European Central Bank and the Board of the Bank for International Settlements. Since leaving the public sector, he advises financial services companies such as Oliver Wyman, Houlihan Lokey, Sumitomo Mitsui, Deposit Solutions, and Banco Santander.

Jeffrey F. Fastov

Senior Managing Director
Square Mile Capital

Jeff is responsible for establishing, overseeing and implementing Square Mile’s strategic direction with respect to all credit initiatives. Prior he was Co-head of Credit Suisse’s Real Estate Finance and Securitization Group. From 1992 to 2009, Jeff was with Goldman Sachs, where he ultimately co-headed the commercial real estate lending business. He started his career at Moody’s where he established and led the commercial real estate ratings.

Curth-C. Flatow

Managing Partner
FAP Group GmbH

Curth-C. Flatow is founder and managing partner of FAP Group. Before inception Curth was active in the Private Banking and Corporate Investment Banking industry finally at Credit Suisse. At the age of 33 he founded FAP as one of the first debt advisory firms for institutional investors with a focus on the German real estate market.

Richard Flohr

Managing Director and Portfolio Manager
Cross Harbor Capital

Richard Flohr is a Managing Director and Portfolio Manager of CrossHarbor’s Strategic Debt Funds. In this role he oversees operations and serves as a member of the Fund’s IC.  Prior to joining CrossHarbor, Richard was a MD with the Prudential Mortgage Capital Company where he worked for 28 years, serving as a member of PMCC’s Senior Management Group and as Head of Capital Markets and CMBS.

Benedikt Gabor

Head of Real Estate
Deutsche Rückversicherung AG und VöV Rückversicherung KöR

Before joining Deutsche Rückversicherung AG and VöV Rückversicherung KöR in 2013, Mr. Gabor worked for more than 5 years as Senior Portfolio Manager at Catella Real Estate AG KAG in Munich. He started his professional career in 2001 at Deutsche Immobilien Leasing GmbH, where he was responsible for international business in Italy for four years. Mr. Gabor graduated in civil engineering at the RWTH-Aachen. He is married and has two daughters.

Markus Habbig

Head of Real Estate
Gothaer Asset Management GmbH

Markus Habbig is Head of Real Estate at Gothaer Asset Management. In his role, he oversees a portfolio of indirect Real Estate investments with a volume of over 3.5 bn EUR. He is involved in investing in Real Estate Debt since 2012 having commited over 2.5 bn EUR in RE Debt in the USA and Europe.

Dr. Peter Hayes

Global Head of Investment Research
PGIM Real Estate

Peter Hayes is a managing director at PGIM Real Estate and global head of Investment Research. Based in London, Peter is responsible for overseeing a global team that provides strategic advice and support to the investment management divisions of the business. Peter is a member of the Global Management Council, Global Investment Committee and the Global Product Committee.

Thomas Hester

Managing Director
Stepstone Group

Mr. Hester is a member of StepStone's real estate team and focuses on various investment and client portfolio management activities, as well leading the US credit sector team. He is also a member of the Firm’s responsible investing initiative task force.

Paul House

Managing Partner
ARA Venn

Hanno Kowalski

Managing Partner
FAP Invest GmbH

Hanno Kowalski is responsible for FAP Group’s institutional investor business encompassing real estate debt as well as real estate direct investment. He has been overseeing FAP’s debt fund since its launch in 2018. Working in the financial industry for more than 25 years, he has profound expertise in private wealth management, investment banking and asset management.

Dale Lattanzio

Managing Partner
DRC Savills IM

Dale Lattanzio is Managing Partner of DRC Savills IM, an investment advisor specialising in European CRE debt. The DRC team have completed over £2.5bn of commercial real estate financings across Europe through its debt funds. He has an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College. Dale is the outgoing Chairman of the European Commercial Real Estate Finance Council.

Sandra Ludwig

Managing Director
Institutional Investment Consulting Partners

Sandra Ludwig is Managing Director of the Consulting arm of Institutional Investment Partners (2IP) since 2016. Her focus is on manager and fund selection for institutional clients for real estate debt and equity. Before that, she held various roles with GE Capital Real Estate and was responsible for the risk management of the 4 BN € German and CEE portfolio. Sandra is a CFA charterholder.

Alexander Oswatitsch

Head of Real Estate Debt

Alexander Oswatitsch heads DWS’s European Real Estate Debt business.
Prior to joining DWS in 2015, Alexander worked with Bawag (Cerberus) in Vienna as an originator and for Hypo Real Estate Bank International in New York focusing on underwriting transactions from construction to acquisition financings across various asset classes.

Dr. Torsten Pokropp


Torsten focuses on advising both financiers and borrowers on real estate acquisition and development financings including residential, commercial, single assets, portfolio and warehouse financings. As regards restructuring advice, Torsten advises on loan portfolio sales and re-financings. Torsten heads the German Finance & Projects group of DLA Piper.

Dan Pottorff

Managing Director, Head of Debt Investment
Tristan Capital Partners

Dan is Head of Debt Investment at Tristan Capital Partners & has a 17-year track record of working in real estate lending, structured finance, distressed investing & investment banking. Previously Dan was MD, Debt & Special Situations at LaSalle IM where he was responsible for origination & separate account mandates encompassing development finance, whole loan lending & special situations.

Achim Puetz


Achim Pütz is Partner at Luther. Prior to that he was Managing Partner of the Frankfurt Office of Dechert, LLP where he headed the financial services group in Germany. He has extensive experience in advising both German and international clients on traditional and alternative fund structuring, structured debt products and all aspects of complex alternative structures. Mr. Pütz is founder and chairman of the German Alternative Investment Association (BAI).

Andrew Radkiewicz

Global Head of Private Debt Strategy
PGIM Real Estate

Andrew Radkiewicz is a managing director at PGIM Real Estate and global head of Private Debt Strategy and Investor Solutions. Andrew is responsible for developing and implementing real estate debt fund product architecture and strategic solutions for global investors. He is a member of the Global Management Council and Investment Committee, and the Global Operating Risk Committee.

David Rueckel

Managing Partner
PIA Pontis Institutional Advisors GmbH

David Rückel is founder and managing partner of PIA. Prior to starting PIA he held senior positions structuring and placing investment funds for German and US regulated real estate, timber and infrastructure investment managers. Mr. Rückel hold a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and an Executive Master in Real Estate. He is the Co-Initiator and Chairman of the Real Estate Debt Conference.

Peter Sandahl

Head of Sustainability
Nordea Life & Pension

Peter is the Head of Sustainability for Nordea Life & Pension. He has a leading role in the UN convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance and is a member of the Steering Committee in PCAF. Peter also sits in the expert advisory group in SBTi and in the UN PRI Asset Owner Committee. He is also a member of the Global Scientific & Investor Committee for Carbon Risk Real Estate Monitor (CRREM).

Yolanda Schmidtke

Co-CEO & Co-Founder
DLE Group AG

The aspiration behind founding DLE was to go beyond the real estate status quo and to create a new kind of asset manager that provides innovative, unique, and profitable investment products and financial solutions focusing on sustainability and social value. Today, I am the only female board member leading a team of over 70 professionals.

Oliver Strumpf

Initiator of the DebtConference Platform

Oliver Strumpf studied business information management and real estate economics at the European Business School. In addition to start-ups, he gained professional experience at international fund and consulting companies. Since 2002, he has initiated various platforms and event formats in the institutional real estate sector. He joined HEICO Group in 2015 and was managing partner of the investment section until May 2021.

Rajesh Sukdeo

Fund Manager Mortgages
Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance

Rajesh has been Fund Manager Mortgages at Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance since 2006. He is responsible for the strategy, portfolio management and material contacts with clients and prospects of the mortgage funds. Rajesh holds a master’s degree (MSc) in Real Estate Finance (2006), a MSc in Monetary Economics (1996) and a MSc in Finance (1995).

Sina Timm

Private Debt Lead
Viridium Group

Dr. Ulrich von Creytz

Managing Director
DWS Alternatives GmbH

Ulrich von Creytz heads DWS’s Real Estate Coverage Team in Europe. He is member of management board of DWS Alternatives GmbH and DWS Grundbesitz GmbH. He joined the firm in 2004. Prior to his current position, he held several leading positions serving real estate clients in Germany and Europe. Ulrich studied law in Freiburg and Berlin and holds the title „Immobilienökonom“ of the European Business School.

Christoph Wagner

Director of Debt Strategies, Europe
Nuveen Real Estate

Christoph focuses on origination and structuring of commercial real estate debt for Nuveen Real Estate. He has in-depth experience in origination, underwriting and credit analysis, structuring and execution of loans, portfolio management, real estate structured finance, and asset management.

Andreas Wuermeling

Managing Director, Head of Loan Markets
Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Andreas has overall responsibility for the Loan Markets business areas at pbb for their global markets. The business area handles all aspects of pbb’s debt partner, structuring and loan servicing activities including co-operations with institutional investors primarily active in Commercial Real Estate.


The speaker list will be updated continuously (daily).

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Sponsors 2021 (continuously updated)

Company presentation and logo to follow shortly.

Aukera Real Estate AG is an independent, owner-managed investment boutique based in Essen. Its range of services includes real estate financing solutions and the structuring of investment products for institutional investors. The investment focus is on senior and whole loans as well as mezzanine debt and project financing in continental Europe, with geographic emphasis on DACH and BeNeLux

CrossHarbor Capital Partners is a Boston-based, privately-owned investment and asset management firm exclusively focused on U.S. CRE. With offices in Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles, the Firm manages multiple strategies, including a top-performing open-ended Senior Debt Income Fund, targeting investments in all major property types and markets. Founded in 1993, CrossHarbor has sponsored 17 funds and separate account mandates, participating in +$21 billion of CRE transactions.

pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank is a leading specialist lender for financing commercial real estate and public investments in Europe and the United States of America. pbb is a major issuer of Pfandbriefe, which makes it also an important player in the European covered bond markets overall. pbb is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.


DLE Group AG is a leading real estate asset manager platform in Europe with over €2 bn AuM. We offer unique, ESG compliant investment products along the real estate value-chain through our landbanking, mezzanine, senior loan, and senior living funds with over €13.2 bn potential GDV and new products in planning. Our management team combines more than 180 years of real estate and finance expertise.

Company presentation to follow shortly.

DWS has been investing in real estate assets for more than 50 years. As part of the Alternatives platform, the real estate business has more than 400 employees in nearly 25 cities around the world with more than EUR 67 billion in global real estate assets under management (as of March 31, 2021). The company offers core and value-added real estate, real estate securities, real estate debt and opportunistic real estate.

Part of Berlin-based FAP Group, FAP Invest is the first professional real estate investment platform focussed specifically on debt. It provides direct access to high-return opportunities via separate account mandates, single-deal investments, club deals or debt funds for institutional investors. Pension funds, insurers and investment managers profit from FAP’s extensive network of national and international property investors and developers.

Nuveen Real Estate is one of the largest investment managers in the world with $134 billion of assets under management. Managing a suite of funds and mandates, across both public and private investments, and spanning both debt and equity across diverse geographies and investment styles, we provide access to every aspect of real estate investing.

PGIM Real Estate is the global real estate investment manager of the US insurance company Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE: PRU). The company has assets under management of $ 190 billion (as of March 2021) in the Americas, Europe and Asia and employees in 32 locations globally. As a trustee for institutional investors, PGIM has been active in real estate debt and equity across all risk classes for 50 years.

Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance is an investment manager specialising in real estate and mortgage investments for institutional investors. With € 37,4 billion assets under management, we are the most active – real estate and mortgage investment manager in the Netherlands, offering services in real estate sectors such as Residential, Health Care, Retail, Office and Residential Mortgages. Syntrus Achmea is part of Achmea, the 3rd largest insurer in the Netherlands.

Tristan Capital Partners is an independent, London-based real estate investment manager, specialising in value-added strategies across all property types in the UK and mainland Europe. Tristan’s Funds include Core+, opportunistic and debt strategies, with total assets under management of over €12bn.

With ca. $25 bn AuM, USAA Real Estate is an industry leader in acquiring, developing, financing and managing the highest quality real estate in the US and Europe. The mission of USAA Real Estate is to serve the financial interests of its investor clients by strengthening the profitability and diversity of the portfolio, which includes all major sectors, as well as e-commerce centers, media facilities and data centers.

Program 7-Sep-2021

Investor Dinner

Only for advisory board members, investors and dinner sponsor representatives

19:00 - 22:00

Program 8-Sep-2021

Registration & Coffee

09:45 - 10:30

Section 1: Market Fundamentals & Speaking from Experience

Overall Economic Outook, Global Real Estate Markets, Investor Interview about past times at the Real Estate Debt Markets

10:30 - 12:30

Section 2: US and European Real Estate Debt Markets

RE debt investments in the US and in Europe, the German real estate debt market, Where to find the best risk-adjusted returns (panel)

14:00 - 15:40

Section 3: The Different Parts of the Capital Structure

Real estate debt benchmarks, senior loan syndication for institutons, mezzanine / junior / whole loans, challenges of the capital structures

16:10 - 18:15


19:00 - 22:00

Program 9-Sep-2021

Sponsors meet Investors

08:30 - 10:00

Registration & Coffee

10:00 - 10:25

Section 4: Regulation & Structuring

Regulory environment for alternative lenders, structural developments of real estate debt investment vehicles, real estate loan structuring

10:25 - 11:30

Section 5: ESG and Real Estate Finance

How to measure and implement ESG in private debt, Panel discussion: How is ESG really weighted in investment decisions?

12:00 - 13:00

Section 6: Specialised Debt Strategies & Investor Panel

Real Estate Debt Benchmarks, Fixed Income Alternatives, UK Real Estate Debt Market, Distressed Debt, Investor Panel

14:00 - 16:10

Conference Participation


Interested parties can take part personally at the conference or join in via live stream (video conference). Admission prices start at 650 Euros (plus VAT).


Conference Chairman

David Rückel
Managing Partner
PIA Pontis Institutional Advisors GmbH

PIA Pontis, was founded by David Rückel to bridge (lat: pons, pontis) capital with investment strategies around the globe. PIA has developed to become one of Germany’s leading placement advisory firms with a particular emphasis on private debt managers. With Real Estate private debt on the rise not only in Germany but across Europe, David sensed the demand for a platform allowing market participants to connect, exchange and grow. With a broad vantage point on Real Estate Debt strategies and a strong network of managers and investors in Europe and North America, David is well-positioned to lead Europe’s first dedicated RE Debt Conference for the Investment Management industry.

Pia Pontis Website

Advisory Board


Event Management


Karsten Hoehn

Strumpf Eventmanagement
Kiefernweg 10
65527 Niedernhausen

Telephone: +49 6127 999363 23
E-Mail: karsten.hoehn(at)