- May 1, 2009: Vol. 3, Number 5

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Shop Talk: A Conversation with Olivier Piani

by Sheila Hopkins

Allianz Real Estate GmbH is the investment and asset management company used by Allianz companies around the world to invest and manage their real estate portfolios. Allianz currently has around Ä17 billion invested in real estate, primarily in offices across Europe. Olivier Piani, former president and CEO of GE Real Estate Europe, joined Allianz in September 2008 as its CEO with a goal to integrate, grow and diversify the insurance company’s real estate allocation. Sheila Hopkins, a senior editor at Institutional Real Estate, Inc, met with Piani at MIPIM and discussed his plans for Allianz.

What were you hired by Allianz to do?

I came with the charge of doing two things. The first is to create a real estate organisation for the comp

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