Dr. Peters Group is divided into four clearly defined operative units that fulfil their brief in a target-oriented and efficient manner in the best interest of the company's investors:
Dr. Peters GmbH & Co. Emissionshaus KG is responsible for product development, fund con-ception and distribution.
Dr. Peters GmbH & Co. KG, on the other hand, is responsible for the asset management on behalf of the fund companies, which includes fund management, legal and tax affairs, finance and accounting.
DS Schiffahrt GmbH & Co. KG is in charge of the commercial and technical aspects of operating the shipping fund vessels, with its service spectrum ranging from ship management and freighting through to technical controlling and supervision during the ship-building process to ship acquisition and travel services.
DS Aviation GmbH & Co. KG is responsible for the commercial and technical management of aviation investments. The company was created in 2008 to pool and further expand the aviation expertise of Dr. Peters Group.
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For more than 31 years, Dr. Peters Group has been successfully developing, placing and managing closed-end funds. Incorporated in 1960, the company with its registered offices in both Dortmund and Hamburg is among the longest running and largest owner-operated initiators of closed-end funds in Germany.
The company's primary objective is the establishment and management of mutual funds distributed under the "DS-Fonds" brand, with DS standing for "Dynamism & Security" and embodying the product philosophy of the Dr. Peters Group. "Dynamism" represents both the index-linking of earnings to the cost of living as well as the design of products with a view to dynamic markets. With "Security", the underwriting house associates the declared will to protect its fund products, and thus the capital of its investors, to the greatest extent possible from risks. To safeguard the interests of its investors, Dr. Peters Group uses only prime business partners, enters into the relevant contractual agreements and takes out appropriate insurance cover.
Having placed the first fund in 1975, the DS fund portfolio now comprises 125 incepted funds, with the investment focus being on shipping funds, closed-end property funds in Germany and abroad, and the secondary market for US life insurance. In 2007, the Dr. Peters Group expanded its investment range to include the aircraft fund segment.
The company has been launching innovative shipping funds – with great success – since 1990. Today, these funds form the core of the company's investment activities. The company has launched in excess of 70 shipping funds to date, making Dr. Peters Group one of the largest owner-operated shipping fund initiators in Germany. In terms of total tonnage, Dr. Peters Group opera-tes, on behalf of its investors, the largest merchant fleet in Germany and one of the largest tan-ker fleets in the world.
Within the broadly diversified real estate portfolio, the investment focus in on office buildings, hotels as well as commercial real estate and social infrastructure properties.
To date, Dr. Peters Group has invested over € 5.12 billion in vessels, real estate the secondary market for US life insuranceand aircraft. The total value of the equity capital paid in by more than 60,000 limited partners exceeds € 2.51 billion.