Stephan Schmitz - Vita CV

Founder and Owner ReLease-Service


Since 2010­


Execution of numerous mandates in the field of corporate real estate management, expansion as well as architectural services for clients from the fields of retail, gastronomy, hospitality and banking sectors, focusing on the 
Restructuring and optimisation of their leased space portfolios 


  • Implementation of expansion and restructuring tasks as well as turn-around measures in the area of leases, commercial real estate and branch concepts, as well as architecture

  • Transaction management

  • Renegotiation of well over 300 leases, with ongoing optimisation, relocation and exit deals

  • Development of de-letting strategies 

  • Expansion and shopfitting planning for retail companies

  • TOP5 clients from the retail, banking, gastronomy, telecommunications, DIY, computer electronics, textile and project development sectors 

  • Operational area DACH and CEE



Founding of the company ReLease-Service - retail expansion consulting, portfolio optimisation and architecture  (corporate real estate management / B2B)



Operational execution of over 110 store closures along with space utilisation and extraordinary termination of all lease agreements on time and budget 



Manager Architecture and Expansion Management in international banking and financial services group, responsible for expansion, architecture, shopfitting and real estate management. Establishment of a shop network with over 120 locations in prime locations within two years in Germany 



Head of Construction and Real Estate Department in national textile retail company, responsible for architecture, shopfitting, expansion, technology and real estate management of the company with large-scale retail locations



Architect and site manager, planning and site management (HOAI work phases 1-9) of commercially used new buildings and self-service markets (Food Retailing)



Degree in Architecture, FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences


Negotiator and expert in commercial tenancy law, member of the Chamber of Architects of North Rhine-Westphalia with authorisation to submit building documents