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FIN 453 – Alternative Investments from an Institutional Investor’s Perspective

Contents
Institutional investors like pension funds, insurance companies, or sovereign wealth funds administrate sizeable asset portfolios and invest in a broad scope of asset classes. This course will focus on so called alternative asset classes like private equity, private debt, investments in infrastructure projects, hedge funds strategies and real estate investments. These asset classes become more and more important for investors in the context of a low interest environment. The role of these asset classes in an institutional portfolio and the challenges of investing will be explained. The organizational set-up and other structural requirements of institutional investors will also be discussed.

Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students

  • develop an understanding of important issues in institutional investments, especially in so called alternative asset classes like private equity, private debt, investments in infrastructure projects, hedge funds strategies and real estate investments.
  • understand these asset classes and their related challenges for investors.
  • learn how institutional investors are organized and how they act in the capital markets.

Persons in Charge

Otto Hörner

Otto Hörner

Director, BASF SE, Head of Asset Management Infrastructure, Real Estate and ESG

Kai Mäckle, M.Sc.

Kai Mäckle, M.Sc.

Doctoral Student
University of Mannheim
Business School
L 9, 1–2
68161 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
on appointment

Additional Information

  • Logistics & Important Dates

    This course will be offered in the spring semester (FSS) 2023 as part of the Electives A courses (Wahlpflichtbereich A) of the Bachelor's Program in Business Administration. It will be organized in weekly lectures with integrated exercise classes. The first lecture will take place on February 14, 17:15–18:45, in O 048.

  • Language

    Lectures, exercise classes and the final exam will be in English.

  • Assessment

    To receive 3 ECTS for the course, students have to pass the final written exam (60 minutes, 100% of the final grade). The time and date of the exam will be anounced during the semester by the Office for Student Affairs (Studienbüro).

  • Requirements for the Course

    You must have passed the FIN 301 and FIN 401 modules to be eligible for this course.

  • Registration

    Students who would like to participate in the course must register via portal2.