Baar-Zug (Switzerland), June 8, 2021. 777 Capital Partners AG (777 Capital Partners) has entered into a strategic partnership with W5 Group to expand its investment activities to the US residential real estate market. The deal significantly expands the investment radius of Ralph Winter and Thomas Landschreiber’s Swiss real estate boutique. Until now, 777 Capital Partners had focused on opportunistic transactions with value enhancement potential in the DACH region. The firm was founded last fall and has already made investments with a project volume of around 100 million euros in Germany. With the new cooperation, the two companies are pooling their resources to make real estate projects in the U.S. accessible to European investment partners. W5 Group has offices in New York, Washington DC and Miami and only recently announced the closing of transactions with a volume of around 800 million US dollars.
Founded in 2009, Ralph Winter’s investment family office, W5 Group, focuses on innovative forms of living that meet the modern demands of emerging generations and socio-demographic change. Thanks to modern and sustainable building technology, common areas, innovative layouts, additional services and, in some cases, flexible rental agreements, the new forms of living offer significant added value compared to traditional properties. Investments are preferably made in development projects in high-growth regions which have been identified off-market.
“The tenant becomes a customer – W5 Group specializes in housing for the modern society. During the Corona pandemic, it became even more apparent that tenants want flexible living concepts with services and community-oriented infrastructure. Investments in such assets are highly attractive and will be in even greater demand in the future. In addition, the US offers high-yield investment opportunities due to its market dynamics and more liberal rental legislation. We are looking to expand our own portfolio, which currently has a volume of around USD 800 million. We want to do this together with select investment partners of 777 Capital. We are very well connected and have built a pipeline of over one billion US dollars,” says Ralph Winter.
The first U.S. project is a residential complex with 320 Smart Living apartments that is already at an advanced stage of construction in the economically and growth-oriented Orlando (Florida) near Disneyland. The development includes generous serviced community areas and is in close proximity to a lake and golf course. In addition to the innovative unit layouts, the development features a wellness style pool deck, fitness- and wellness-center, as well as co-working space including child and pet care. The first units will be completed and leased as early as during 2021. Investors will receive an immediate attractive distribution coupled with additional return on sale or refinancing.