Denmark's ATP revamps property strategy as portfolio nears milestone

With its real estate arm edging closer to the DKK 50 billion milestone, Denmark's biggest pension fund has adapted its property strategy to the Danish market and is looking at one area in particular to capitalise on its skills. ATP's Martin Vang Hansen and Michael Nielsen give AM Watch's sister site, EjendomsWatch the lowdown.

Michael Nielsen, CEO of ATP Ejendomme | Photo: Ritzau Scanpix/Mik Eskestad.

ATP Ejendomme, the real estate arm of Danish statutory pension fund ATP, has taken a big step away from its traditional core investments and in future will focus on project development, particularly in the residential sector. In doing so, the pension fund -- which invests solely on the equity side for real estate and has quite strict risk management requirements -- is opting not to compete with investors who can gear up on favorable credit terms.

At the same time, the fund will continue optimizing its existing real estate portfolio, and with many new projects in the pipeline, ATP Ejendomme will soon hit a milestone.

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