Dolphin Trust GmbH

Dolphin Trust develops truly world-class apartments in unique, derelict listed buildings across Germany. They are then sold onto high-rate taxpaying Germans.

Who’s behind the project?

Dolphin Capital GmbH was originally launched in 2008, uniting a group of companies that had worked together for over 25 years and have since developed a reputation as a leader in the niche market of redevelopment of Listed Buildings. Since November 2014, Dolphin Capital and their associated international partners rebranded to Dolphin Trust to allow for trademark protection of the company name which was needed for a strong brand identity and to allow for further expansion within the group.

Dolphin Trust GmbH offers a secure short-term opportunity focusing on the unique Listed Building sector in Germany. They offer clients the chance to play a part in restoring historic buildings in some of Germany’s oldest cities and give these distinctive buildings a new life, creating a new future for history.

How does it work?

Following extensive Due Diligence, Dolphin Trust develop premium apartments within Listed Buildings which are sold to high-rate taxpaying German citizens. These citizens can avail of a unique tax break on the cost of refurbishment which make the apartments very desirable.
Dolphin Trust have offices across Germany focusing on the sourcing, construction and sales of German Listed Buildings and also have a global presence with offices in the United Kingdom, Ireland and an Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore.

In January 2017, the company signed a major new agreement with Zublin AG, one of Germany’s premier construction companies. Charles Smethurst, CEO of Dolphin Trust GmBH, stated ‘We were attracted to Züblin because they possess all of the skills and attributes to deliver the myriad of construction requirements that are demanded by the profile of projects that we undertake…this will facilitate our transition towards projects in the range of 100-500 apartment units.’

Step 1: Derelict buildings are sourced and extensive Due Diligence is carried out on the property and locality
Step 2: Bank Finance is secured for high-net worth German Citizens with a German Bank
Step 3: International private equity is raised
Step 4: Listed Building or site is purchased with investment capital
Step 5: A registered First Legal Charge is granted over the German Listed Building for investor security
Step 6: Apartments are marketed and sold off-plan to German Citizens
Step 7: Fixed returns are repaid
Step 8: Renovation and construction work begins
Step 9: Projects are completed and apartments are handed over to their new owners

But why does Smart Invest UK introduce this opportunity?

We take what we do very seriously.

We’re constantly approached to market new opportunities to our highly-regarded investor database. Given the trust people have in us, any investment is rigorously scrutinised prior to our Directors giving it the go-ahead.

There’s a lot to like about the Dolphin Trust, specifically:

  1. Fixed rate return of Interest
  2. Secured by Registered First Legal Charge
  3. Underlying asset is a German Government Listed Building
  4. Term options of 2 & 5 years are available
  5. Strong track record in the sourcing, renovating and sale of German Listed Buildings

What are the investment options?

Deferred Income option

When the deferred income option is chosen, investors enjoy a fixed interest rate over either 2 or 5 year terms plus investors also receive an interest bonus, the amount of which is dependent on the term that is chosen. Under this deferred income option, investors interest and the original capital sum invested will be returned in full at the end of the chosen term.

Invest for Income option

When the invest for income option is chosen, investors enjoy the same fixed interest rate but the annual Interest is split into two and paid out on a six monthly basis. Under this option the original capital sum invested will be returned in full to the investor at the end of the term.

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