Alternative Investments

In the current environment of low interest rates, (institutional) investors are tending towards alternative investments. New asset classes such as infrastructure and debt investments are becoming established alongside real estate and private equity. Providers of these investments are becoming increasingly professional. However, in the area of illiquid investments, good assets are becoming scarce due to high inflows; investments are highly complex and can only be managed by few professionals. In the area of liquid alternative investments, qualified specialists are rare and expensive. In this ambivalent situation, finding highly qualified executives and specialists to achieve qualified growth presents a challenge for providers of alternative investments.

The Heads! Alternatives team supports providers of alternative investments in conducting challenging searches for executives and highly qualified specialists. Our clients mainly include:

  • Providers of real asset investments (real estate, infrastructure, renewables, rolling stock, airplanes, etc.)
  • Private equity funds
  • Asset managers for liquid alternatives
  • Administrators/ "Service-KVGs" for alternative assets
  • (Institutional) investors who manage alternative assets themselves
We search for professionals for equity as well as for debt investments in six areas:

  • General management
  • Sales to institutional investors and intermediaries /deal sourcing
  • Product development, structuring, product specialist functions
  • Portfolio / fund strategy and management
  • Transaction management /asset sourcing
  • Operations and administration, legal, risk, compliance etc.
We complete approx. 15 to 20 searches for executives and professionals every year.

Reference projects:
  • Head of European Institutional Sales – international real estate manager
  • Head of Continental European Product Development – global real estate fund manager
  • Sr. Manager for Structured Real Estate Product Development – global fund company
  • Deputy Head of Institutional Sales & Structuring – major real asset fund company
  • Head of Renewables – major provider of alternative assets
  • Partner and Investment Manager – major private equity company
  • Head of Property Portfolio Management Europe – international real estate fund
  • Head of Real Estate Credit Funds – major real estate fund manager
  • Head of Private Debt – major insurance group
  • COO Germany – global real estate services provider and fund manager
  • Head of Property Law – major German leasing company
  • CFO – private equity company