Thinking ahead lets you move forward – from milestone to milestone.

BEOS AG has had an eventful history. Since its founding in 1997, BEOS has set one milestone after another, making waves well beyond its company borders. For instance, the Berlin-based company has not only become the market leader in mixed-use industrial real estate; it has also firmly established the sector as a distinct asset class in its own right. And the signs continue to point to growth.

The Coloneum television studio complex, one of the largest, most modern studio complexes in Europe, joined the portfolio of assets managed by BEOS in February.

As in previous years, BEOS has extended its support of the IMMOMENT mentoring programme in 2018, allowing young professionals to be mentored by a senior manager for one year. A perfect example of how BEOS lives its leitmotif: Thinking ahead.

At this year’s IZ Employer Ranking, BEOS ascended to the winner’s rostrum for the first time. The ranking was based on votes from students, who were particularly impressed by BEOS’s corporate philosophy, which emphasises individual development opportunities, flat hierarchies and a flexible shared desk principle. The strong performance of the corporate real estate segment is also likely to have helped BEOS earn its bronze medal.

On 30 August 2018, BEOS AG became part of Swiss Life Asset Managers. This opens up new long-term opportunities for BEOS to continue its growth of recent years. BEOS remains an independent brand.

In January, BEOS launches the Value Investment Fund Germany I with equity commitments of €140 million from seven German institutional investors and acquires the fund’s first property. The fund will invest a total of up to €280 million, including loan capital.

As part of its digitalisation strategy, BEOS creates the new position of Digital Transformation Director, appointing Daniel Seifert-Ziehe to the role in January. With the aim of pioneering digitalisation in the real estate sector, in February BEOS launches a strategic partnership with the software company Architrave GmbH, the market leader for intelligent data rooms, thus building on its cooperation to date. The aim of the partnership is to further digitalise and optimise documents, data and processes in asset management, including the use of artificial intelligence.

Also in February, and for the third year in succession, BEOS receives the TOP JOB award. BEOS was again the sole representative from within the real estate industry to be recognised as an attractive SME employer and is hereby confirmed as one of the top ten employers of its size in Germany.

In April, the two previous Members of the Executive Management Board, Dr Stephan Bone-Winkel and Dr Ingo-Hans Holz, transfer to the company’s Supervisory Board as planned, which now has five members. Martin Czaja is appointed as Spokesman of the Management Board, which now also has five members.

As a joint venture with GETEC, BEOS founds BETEC Energieeffizienz GmbH in June. This strategic partnership focuses on the energy-efficient redevelopment of corporate real estate.

In November, BEOS celebrates its 20th anniversary with its 130 employees. Always true to the philosophy "think ahead", BEOS has become the market leader for corporate real estates.

Having already received the PLATOW Real Estate Award 2017 in September in the category “Commercial Real Estate”, BEOS AG’s CEO Martin Czaja receives the Scope Alternative Investment Award 2018 for the first time in November. Awarded in the category “Institutional Real Estate Specialist”, the jury made the award based on BEOS AG’s special AIF product strategy, which focuses on corporate real estate, the company’s broad mix of tenants, outstanding performance and greater depth of value-added.

In January 2016, the Executive Management Board expands, bring the plans approved the previous year to fruition. Jan Plückhahn, Hendrik Staiger, Martin Czaja, Holger Matheis and Dr Christoph Holzmann add their support to the two previous board members, Dr Stephan Bone-Winkel and Dr Ingo-Hans Holz.

In April, a new BEOS office opens in Stuttgart. Dr Dominic de Vries is appointed to manage the new regional office, having previously served as Project Manager at the BEOS office in Hamburg. At the same time, two more new regional Office Managers are appointed, both of whom have previously worked for BEOS: Jan Plückhahn hands over management of the Hamburg office to Katja Freese, and Holger Matheis is succeed by Sebastian Pijnenburg in Berlin.

In June, BEOS celebrates the topping out ceremony at the NOVA business park in Neufahrn near Freising. The former AVON site is now home to flexible, multi-functional office, warehouse, logistics, production and service space for up to 30 SMEs. The first tenants are scheduled to move in before the end of the year.

In July, BEOS is ranked one of the top ten employers in the Immobilien Zeitung’s annual rankings. Students at more than 100 universities were surveyed, and 82.4 percent said that BEOS’ attractive positions and working conditions are just what they desire and want from a future employer.

In October, the acquisition of the Siemens Industripark in Karlsruhe is the first major transaction for the new BEOS Corporate Solutions division. Further transactions are planned.

In December, the second major transaction is concluded by the Corporate Solutions division.

In a joint venture with TRIWO AG, BEOS takes over the special-purpose airport at Oberpfaffenhofen near Munich, along with the neighbouring business parks in Gilching and Gauting, from the Airbus Group. BEOS plans to invest hundreds of millions of euros in the sites.

In February 2015, Dr Stephan Bone-Winkel and Dr Ingo-Hans Holz were named ‘Leader of the Year’ at the 2015 Real Estate Executive Awards. In June, BEOS AG wins its second TOP JOB employer award.

The BEOS Rhine-Ruhr office came under new management on 1 October. Sebastian Jansen took over Dr Philipp Feldmann’s responsibilities. Jansen has worked for BEOS since 2013 – until his appointment, he was project manager for the Carlswerk property.

In the third quarter, BEOS acquired four properties with a total volume of about €150 million for the open special real-estate AIFs CREFG II and CREFG III. As a result, CREFG II was fully invested by year-end.

In December it was announced that the Executive Board would be expanded from two to seven members on 1 January 2016. At the same time, five new departments are being created.

  • Northern Region and Acquisition: Jan Plückhahn
  • Southern Region and Acquisition: Hendrik Staiger
  • Asset and Portfolio Management: Martin Czaja
  • HR, Organisation, Legal, Marketing, Construction: Holger Matheis
  • Finance, Risk Management and Compliance: Dr Christoph Holzmann

The new members join the existing Executive Board consisting of Dr Stephan Bone-Winkel and Dr Ingo-Hans Holz.

In November, Dr Stephan Bone-Winkel wins the Urban Leadership Award presented by ULI Germany.

In September, the second BEOS Forum weiter denken (BEOS Thinking Ahead Forum) is held in Berlin.

To further increase transparency in the commercial real estate market segment and facilitate access to this segment, the market’s major Players – ATOS, aurelis, BEOS, Hansteen, GSG Berlin, SEGRO, Sirius and Valad – founded the ‘Commercial Real Estate Initiative’. Together with the research firm bulwiengesa, a joint market report was created to regularly provide information about the segment.

BEOS wins the TOP JOB Award and is named one of the 100 best German SME employers.

Altogether, BEOS AG manages 48 properties with a rental area of 1.5 Million sqm and a market value of around €1.1 billion. The 63-strong team now works at five locations, with the fifth office being the newly opened BEOS South branch in Munich.

BEOS AG founds its own property management company, Berem Property Management GmbH, with Pekka Ylä-Outinen as CEO. The new company specialises in mixed-used commercial properties and works exclusively for the existing inventory and project developments managed by BEOS.

The BEOS Corporate Real Estate Fund Germany I is fully invested with 22 fund properties after an acquisition phase of only two and a half years.

The BEOS Corporate Real Estate Fund Germany II is launched as a special fund with a target volume of €400 million. Equity commitments totalling €364 million give the fund total capital resources of €630 million.

The first ‘BEOS Forum weiter denken’ (BEOS Thinking Ahead Forum) is held in Berlin with over 140 participants.

Steffen Uttich takes over the newly created role of Head of Fund Management.

BEOS now trades as a public limited company, BEOS AG and moves into a new head office at Kurfürstendamm/Schlüterstrasse in Berlin.

With the BEOSinvest - The Property Quick Check, BEOS develops the first app in Germany that allows a quick and value-based investment calculation for property investments.

BEOS sets up its first special fund for corporate real estate with the BEOS Corporate Real Estate Fund Germany I. BEOS goes live with a new website and integrates all relevant social media channels.

BEOS announces the launch of a special fund and works with a leading contractor to develop models for improving the energy efficiency of rented properties in its inventory.

At the Rhine-Main, Mainz, Stuttgart, Berlin and Cologne offices, excellent rental results are achieved thanks to significant investments in spite of the general economic crisis. At the Carlswerk in Cologne, about 15,000 sqm of commercial space is leased by October – the entire Cologne market had only seen leases of 140,000 sqm up to that point.

Dr Job von Nell amicably steps down as a shareholder and director of BEOS GmbH.

With property purchases in Berlin and the Rhine-Main area, the portfolio managed by the BEOS grows to over 650,000 sqm of commercial space. BEOS opens an office in Frankfurt.

BEOS increases its headcount to 35. With its proven equity partners, BEOS plans investments in the corporate property segment with a volume of over €350 million for 2007.

BEOS opens its first office in Hamburg and expands the portfolio to now include commercial property in Berlin, Hamburg, Konstanz, Cologne, Regensburg and Ulm, as well as in Horgen, Switzerland.

The occupancy rate in the properties managed by BEOS is 97 percent.

Renaming the company as BEOS GmbH reflects the merger of the project development and asset management departments.

With the move to a listed building at Burgstrasse 27 in Berlin-Mitte, BEOS implements a non-hierarchical, open workplace concept with 25 employees in large, open rooms.

With the acquisition of Alcatel’s Berlin headquarters in Colditzstrasse on a sale-and-lease-back basis, a substantial space is revitalized for the move-in of the Main Customs Office (Hauptzollamt). The property is fully let within twelve months.

Under a sale-and-lease-back deal, BEOS revitalises the new tax office in the Neukölln district of Berlin in record time and leases it to the tax office.

BEOS realigns its business strategy and focuses on taking over mixed-use commercial real estate and acquiring existing properties with a flexible mix of office, production and warehouse space in Berlin.

Together with the Managing Directors Florian Schmitt and Thomas Bacherer, BEOS Projektmanagement GmbH is founded for the technical construction management sector.

As a result, the service spectrum now includes project control, management and leadership, as well as general planning and quality assurance and management.

BEOS moves into Neue Schönhauser Strasse 3-5 in Berlin-Mitte – a property it developed itself. The project was sold before construction even began, and was fully leased nine months before completion.

The interdisciplinary team of architects, businessmen, lawyers and planners grows to 20 employees.

BEOS wins the competition for the realisation of the Hungarian Embassy on Unter den Linden, Berlin, and an adjacent commercial building, based on BEOS’ innovative implementation and financing concept under a joint venture.

Projects are developed in Poland, Hungary and Berlin for primarily institutional users and investors.

BEOS develops its first commercial projects in Berlin and specialises in revitalising existing properties.

On 1 November, BEOS Projektentwicklung und Immobilienmanagement GmbH (today BEOS AG) is founded by Dr Ingo-Hans Holz, Dr Stephan Bone-Winkel and Dr Job von Nell in Berlin. It seeks to set new standards in concept-based project development based on the principles of systematic user focus, independence, versatility and ‘thinking ahead’.