About us

We are a placement agent for real estate and alternative investments. Learn more about us here – or even better – contact us directly.

Mission statement

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How we understand our task:

artis enables institutional investors to make optimal investments that are characterised by a balanced mix of return, sustainability and future viability.

The focus lies on high-quality, attractive investment opportunities for institutional investors as well as sustainable solutions for the economy, financial markets and society.

Business Model

Placement agent – flexible sales solution for asset management companies

Placement agent – a new technical term in the lexicon of the financial industry, the dimension of which is becoming increasingly familiar to many asset management companies and institutional investors. The positive aspects of this relatively new service in German-speaking countries are gradually being recognised. Institutional investors expect professional strategies as well as a pre-selection of certain subject areas. Product providers, on the other hand, are increasingly dispensing with expensive sales staff (pressure on margins) and concentrating more on the product design and implementation of their services.

Renowned asset manager from Europe, America, Asia and Australia want to open up markets such as the German-speaking countries. We support asset management companies in all phases of market development and assist first-class fund managers in the analysis and implementation of sales and marketing strategies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Foreign asset management companies often lack country-specific knowledge as well as the know-how of the investment and risk requirements of local investors. The lack of a network for client acquisition is often a further shortcoming that can be elegantly compensated for with the support of a placement agent.

Consulting for institutional investors in the real assets and liquid alternatives segment

The interest of institutional investors in investments in real assets and liquid alternatives remains strong and signals high growth rates and investment needs on the part of institutional investors in the coming years. Asset allocation has changed in favour of alternative investment strategies. The desire for attractive returns, broader diversification, greater risk reduction and the difficult interest rate environment are just some of the many reasons why institutional investors are looking at new asset classes. We are a specialist consultant who will generate added value for institutional investors, especially in the real assets and liquid alternatives segments. artis supports institutional investors in identifying their needs and successfully implementing them in investment strategies.

We help investors with manager search, risk identification and structuring, just to name a few examples. We offer a large network on the side of the fund providers as well as a high reputation of the players. In addition, the people at artis have a high level of expertise in research and competitive analysis. Neutrality and independence in the interests of our clients towards the asset management companies are fully guaranteed.

Positioning

 

Our team

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Sebastian Thürmer

Founder & Managing Partner

Sebastian Thürmer is founder and managing partner of artis Institutional Capital Management GmbH. He has 30 years of experience in asset management and sales with institutional investors and family offices – in both liquid and illiquid asset classes.
Sebastian Thürmer is responsible for raising equity capital from institutional investors and family offices as well as for the systematic and independent selection of existing investment products.

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Hendrik Neumann

Head of Institutional Sales

Hendrik Neumann is head of institutional sales and contact person for investors and fund initiators in the field of alternative investments.
Hendrik has several years of experience in interacting with institutional investors in Germany and abroad. Hendrik Neumann holds a bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration and completed the training to become an EFFAS Certified ESG Analyst. Previous were with Feri Trust GmbH and Lingohr & Partner Asset Management GmbH.

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Tuulia Stewart

Office Manager

Tuulia Stewart is Office Manager at artis and responsible for the areas of organisation, controlling, human resources, marketing as well as press and public relations. She started her career as a consultant in the advertising industry where she discovered her enthusiasm for marketing and project management.
After that, she worked in the marketing and business development departments of international commercial law firms for several years as well as for a placement agent with a focus on real estate and alternative investments.

Partners

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Dr. Helmut Knepel

Founder & Partner

Dr. Helmut Knepel studied economics, business administration and mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt and is now an executive consultant, supervisory board and advisory board member in the real estate and funds sector. He is also involved in various companies and projects as an entrepreneur and founder. With more than 30 years of experience (from 1992 to 2011 he was a Partner at FERI, most recently as a member of the Executive Board of FERI AG and as CEO of FERI EuroRating Services AG), he has a large network, know-how and experience in the areas of real estate, real assets and funds.

For more than 30 years Helmut Knepel has been a lecturer at several universities and an author of numerous publications. He lectures on economic and econometric issues, on forecasting and rating methods and on the areas of real estate economics and funds.

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Sebastian Thürmer

Founder & Managing Partner

Sebastian Thürmer is a founding partner and managing partner of artis Institutional Capital Management GmbH. He has 30 years of experience in asset management and sales with institutional investors and family offices – in both liquid and illiquid asset classes. This includes fixed income, equities, real estate, commodities, private equity, private debt and infrastructure. His previous positions, both nationally and internationally, were with Deutsche Bank (1984-1986), Schweizerischer Bankverein (1987-1992), Prudential-Bache (1992-2003), LB Immo Invest (2003-2008), GAM, formerly Bank Julius Bär resp. Swiss & Global Asset Management (2008-2016) and AREAS Institutional Capital Management (2016-2018).
Sebastian Thürmer is responsible for the raising of equity capital for institutional investors and family offices as well as for the systematic and independent selection of existing investment products.

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Hassan Sohbi

Partner

Hassan Sohbi is a lawyer in Frankfurt am Main and Partner of an international law firm. For years, he is a recognized specialist for transactions in the areas of M&A and venture capital with an industry focus on technology companies (recognized in the trade press such as JUVE, Handelsblatt/Best Lawyers, Legal 500). His clients include international companies, well-known institutional investors, start-ups and family offices, a significant number of which are based in the Middle East and South Asia.
Hassan Sohbi is a founding member and member of the board of the Business Angels FrankfurtRheinMain e.V., member of the supervisory boards of two mid-sized companies and member of the advisory board of a family office.