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J. Safra Sarasin AM poaches real estate expert from Berenberg

J. Safra Sarasin AM poaches real estate expert from Berenberg

Basel-based bank J. Safra Sarasin has hired Michael Montebaur as its new investment director, the firm has confirmed at Citywire Switzerland’s request.

Montebaur will set up a real estate fund investing in international property for the firm.

Montebaur has switched to the firm from German bank Berenberg, where he worked in Hamburg as director of the investment team in the real estate division.  

Prior to that he worked at Union Investment Real Estate and was also a manager at APG Hanseatic Funds Asset- und Fondsmanagement.

The real estate management arm of the bank is based in London and is part of Sarasin & Partners.

There are five real estate funds from the firm on the Citywire database: Sarasin Sustainable Properties – European Cities, which is domiciled in Germany; Sarasin IE Global Real Estate Equity (GBP)Sarasin IE Sustain Gl Rl Est EqJSS Real Estate Equity – Global; and JSS Sustainable Equity – Real Estate Global.

The fund managers who are involved in real estate allocation for the firm are Guy Mountain and Geoffrey Armstrong.

JSS Sustainable Equity – Real Estate Global has returned 24.81% in Swiss franc terms over the past three years to the end of April 2017. Its benchmark, Cust Benchm Sarasin Sust Real Estate, has returned 31.70% over the same timeframe.   

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