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A passion for real estate

ECE – A successful family business 

Mail order pioneer Werner Otto founded ECE in 1965, bringing the idea of shopping centers to Germany. Today, under the leadership of Alexander Otto, we develop, realize and operate properties in all asset classes as well as entire urban districts. With our specialized companies ECE Marketplaces, ECE Work & Live, ECE Living and ECE Real Estate Partners, we offer our customers real estate services and fund management under one roof.

ECE in figures 




€ bn. assets under management


€ bn. constant construction and planning volume


countries we are active in


shopping centers under management




DGNB, LEED, and BREEAM certifications for our properties

100% family owend

And 100 percent values that we live by: as an owner-managed family business, we build simultaneously on the Hanseatic values of the respectable merchant as well as on creativity, entrepreneurial thinking and customer focus. By bundling our entire know-how under one roof, we create significant added value for our customers.

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The Otto family as investors

As a reliable partner to our customers, we always think and act like an investor. The Otto family is also personally involved in many of our developments. Their international network and strong financial power give us a high degree of flexibility and enable considerable growth opportunities.

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Giving something back to society 

We know: We are not solely responsible for our success. But we are responsible for our work and its impact. That's why we use our expertise and resources to constantly review and improve our work - and to get involved in society.


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The organization – how we are structured

Our structure

The ECE Group, led by Alexander Otto (CEO) and Claudia Plath (CFO), is responsible for the strategy and management of the Group as a whole. The two market divisions ECE Marketplaces (shopping centers) and ECE Work & Live (residential, hotel, logistics, office) offer their services independently. In addition, there is the fund company ECE Real Estate Partners as an independent, regulated alternative investment fund manager (AIFM) and ECE Living as a strategic partner for residential investments by national and international institutions. As a substructure, ECE Group Services provides all services within the Group.

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International subsidiaries and joint ventures

In addition to our headquarters in Hamburg, we also operate additional branches and/or subsidiaries and joint ventures abroad.

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Internationale Niederlassungen und Joint Ventures, Shanghai


As a company, we take responsibility for our actions, for the environment and society, and for our employees. The demands and needs of our customers have always been at the center of our thoughts and actions. We see ourselves as a partner of integrity, reliability and fairness who is committed to clear core values and a strict code of conduct.


Conducting operations in a sustainable manner is one of our top priorities and is an integral part of our corporate strategy. 


Values and responsibility

Our values define the character of our company, create a long-lasting foundation for our stakeholders, and form the basis of our success and partnerships.


Hardly any other company has had such a lasting influence on the history of shopping centers – as well as other asset classes – as we have. Discover what drives us since 1965.