Established in 2009, W5 Group is a single family office with investment teams in both Europe and the United States. The investment professionals have private equity and investment banking backgrounds. W5 Group invests across all asset classes and capital structures and typically takes an opportunistic approach.
Ralph Winter is the principal of W5 Group and the founder of CORESTATE Capital Group.
After successfully building the European real estate business of a large US private equity firm, Ralph Winter founded CORESTATE Capital in 2006, which, in less than 10 years, has become one of the leading listed European real estate investment managers with assets under management of more than EUR 25 bn.
Ralph Winter has more than 27 years of experience in real estate and has invested more than EUR 7 bn in European real estate over the period of his career. Select transactions include the landmark acquisition of GSW (EUR 2.1 bn) in Berlin, BauBeCon (EUR 1.2 bn) in Hannover, numerous distressed real estate portfolios (EUR 0.8 bn) and building a retail portfolio of EUR 1.5bn. Including acquisitions, the companies that are now part of the CORESTATE Group have generated a transaction volume of more than EUR 30 bn and have raised EUR 12 bn of equity. In addition, he introduced student housing to continental Europe and successfully established it as a new multibillion asset class.
Ralph Winter has an extensive network that includes the key players in the European and US real estate industry and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Real Estate Management Institute (REMI) of the European Business School and the IREBS Immobilienakademie.