Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate expands institutional business



  • Thorsten Aberle, Christian Claßen and Mike Elsner strengthen Capital Management

  • New employees take charge of managing savings banks, regional banks, insurers and pension funds



Hamburg, 9. January 2020 – Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate (Warburg-HIH Invest) continues to expand its institutional business as part of its growth course. Thorsten Aberle, Christian Claßen and Mike Elsner have joined the Capital Management team to manage savings banks, regional banks, insurer and pension fund clients.



“We have taken on new personnel to continue our successful growth course on a sustained basis and provide our clients with the same high level of service they are used to,” said Carsten Demmler, Head of Capital Management at Warburg-HIH Invest. “With the wealth of expertise offered by Thorsten Aberle, Christian Claßen and Mike Elsner, we have gained three established experts when it comes to managing institutional investors. Their vast network of contacts will also enable us to develop new business even further.”



Thorsten Aberle (45) has been in charge of savings banks and regional banks in the South region at Warburg-HIH Invest since 1 September 2019. The qualified business administrator previously worked as a head of department for Norddeutsche Landesbank and HSH Nordbank, where he was responsible for relationship management, investor management and customer acquisition, among other duties. Aberle began his career at Sparkasse Schwarzwald-Baar.



Christian Claßen (48) has been responsible for insurers, pension funds and welfare institutions for Warburg-HIH Invest since 1 November 2019. He holds a degree in business management and has previously worked as a director of institutional sales at Hamburg Trust and the head of real estate at the Frankfurt office of Willis Towes Watson, a NASDAQ-listed consulting firm. Claßen was responsible for acquiring insurers, pension funds, welfare institutions and real estate investment companies at both of his previous employers.



Mike Elsner (50) has been in charge of savings banks and regional banks in the North region at Warburg-HIH Invest since 1 January 2020. Previously, the qualified business administrator spent seven years as a sales director for the north region at Deka Immobilien GmbH and was a contact partner for around 60 savings banks.




“We have taken on new personnel to continue our successful growth course on a sustained basis and provide our clients with the same high level of service they are used to. With the wealth of expertise offered by Thorsten Aberle, Christian Claßen and Mike Elsner, we have gained three established experts when it comes to managing institutional investors. Their vast network of contacts will also enable us to develop new business even further.”

Carsten Demmler, Head of Capital Management

Warburg-HIH Invest



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