55116 - Mainz
Managing Director, iMallinvest Europe GmbH, Germany
Steffen Hofmann is a genuine European Retail Asset Management specialist with nearly 15 years of Shopping Centre industry experience. Having operated in five international markets (Germany, Austria, United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal) he displays a sophisticated understanding of shopping centre mechancis and has successfully built up a valuable relationship network with renowned sector specialists.
Prior to founding iMallinvest Europe GmbH Steffen worked with Henderson Global Investors (2007-2014), a leading European fund management platform for international real estate investors. In his role as Portfolio Manager and later on as Head of Retail (Germany) with approx. €750m AUM, he i.a. teamed up in a Joint Venture with Germany’s second largest shopping centre developer mfi AG (nowadays belonging to Unibail-Rodamco) and also built up a market pioneering cooperation between Henderson and MEC (Metro-ECE) in the German hybrid mall sector. He constantly advised foreign institutional investors (eg. Sovereign Wealth Funds) in their European retail investment strategies and successfully positioned Henderson as a prime player in the Germanic retail real estate market.
Previously, from 2001 till mid 2007, Steffen worked for Commerz Grundbesitz Investmentgesellschaft (nowadays known as Commerz Real AG) where he was i.a. responsible for the strategic asset management of the Southern European retail property portfolio (ca. €1.1bn AUM) of the German Commerzbank’s open-ended funds. Project partners at that time were, for example, Multi Corporation, Sonae Sierra, Ségécé and Bouygues.
Due to his specialist know-how Steffen Hofmann became a frequently quoted industry voice, conference speaker, panelist and columnist in recent years. He has been a personal Member of the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) as well as of the German Council of Shopping Centres (GCSC) for more than 10 years.
Steffen is an active member of the renowned Urban Land Institute (ULI), where he is a steady Member of the ULI Leader Circle Retail for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He is also a Member of the ULI Germany Program Council.
Last, but not least, Steffen Hofmann was appointed as Retail Asset Management coach for corporate training programs at IREBS – International Real Estate Business School, where he is also a regular lecturer at Germany’s most prestigious training ground for institutional investors and asset managers at IREBS Immobilienakademie in Kloster Eberbach/Eltville.