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Diamanti Dpi: Intesa Sanpaolo risarcisce soltanto i clienti che protestano

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 21 novembre 2017

diamantiSin dallo scorso febbraio, come da noi evidenziato, i clienti Intesa Sanpaolo che andavano a protestare “con le buone” venivano risarciti dell’intero importo investito nei diamanti Diamond Private Investment (Dpi) venduti tramite la loro rete.Nel tempo, i casi da noi risolti sono aumentati e lo scorso 16 ottobre abbiamo pubblicato anche il documento rilasciato dalle agenzie che prova il risarcimento dei clienti.Documento che è stato poi mostrato anche durante la trasmissione Report della Rai il successivo 30 ottobre, che un anno fa aveva fatto esplodere il caso e che è ritornata sull’argomento lo stesso giorno in cui sono state notificate le sanzioni Agcm alle banche ed alle due società venditrici di diamanti. E’ ora arrivata l’ufficializzazione. Lo scorso 14 novembre, l’agenzia Reuters ha riferito di una circolare di Intesa Sanpaolo nella quale si evidenzia l’impegno irrevocabile al riacquisto dei diamanti, di qualsiasi qualità e dimensione, allo stesso prezzo pagato inizialmente dai clienti nel caso che un precedente tentativo di usufruire dei servizi di rivendita di Dpi sia rimasto inevaso.
Poiché la Dpi non trova più, per fortuna, persone a cui rivendere il diamante a prezzo gonfiato ceduto dal cliente, è ovvio che sia Intesa Sanpaolo a risarcire.
I clienti del Gruppo Intesa Sanpaolo, pertanto, devono solo recarsi in agenzia per vedere sistemata la propria posizione. A tal proposito, ancora meglio sarebbe se il Gruppo Intesa Sanpaolo avisasse e risarcisse tutti gli ottomila clienti buggerati. Se di mossa reputazionale si tratta, che sia fatta come si deve senza praticare la solita “bella” abitudine di risarcire soltanto i clienti che protestano, contando sulla disinformazione di una bella fetta di essi.
La mossa di Intesa Sanpaolo apre come ovvio un varco nelle vertenze riguardanti le altre banche che hanno piazzato alla clientela diamanti Dpi e Idb (Intermarket Diamond Business). (Anna D’Antuono, Avvocato, consulente Aduc)

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Catella establishes fund manager Catella Residential Investment Management

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 18 novembre 2017

stoccolmaBirger jarlsgatan 6, Stockholm, 10240 Sverige. Since January 2016 Catella Real Estate AG built up a strong team of residential portfolio managers in Berlin, led by Xavier Jongen and Michael Keune. The team manages two mutual property funds and three special property funds. The total invested capital in the five funds amounts to EUR 1.3 billion and so far the funds have made investments in 8 countries in Europe; Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Spain, France, UK, Poland and Austria.The decision to establish CRIM is another step in Catella’s ambition to build and develop strong and specialized competence centres that manage European residential real estate funds. The whole Berlin team in Catella Real Estate AG, consisting of 18 employees, has moved to CRIM to focus fully on further developing the residential fund management offering. Xavier Jongen and Michael Keune will be managing directors of CRIM. Catella Real Estate AG will continue managing the back office for all residential funds managed by CRIM.

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Optiv Security Acquires Conexsys; Supports Global Business Growth Strategy by Accelerating Investment in Canada

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 15 novembre 2017

victoria canadaOptiv Security, a market-leading provider of end-to-end cyber security solutions, today announced that it is continuing to accelerate its growth strategy by acquiring Conexsys, a Toronto-based security and networking solutions provider. This acquisition increases Optiv’s ability to serve Canadian, U.S. and global clients with expanded skills, knowledge and presence. Additionally, Optiv enhances its vertical presence in government markets, with the strong business relationships Conexsys brings with the Canadian government. The transaction allows Optiv to serve private and public entities in Canada with more local resources and immediate access to Optiv’s comprehensive service offerings that help remove complexity, align the right technology and process to business needs, and optimize security investments to minimize cost and maximize protection. The terms of the transaction are not being disclosed.“Many Canadian organizations have magnified their investment and focus on cyber security but are finding it increasingly challenging to protect against the sophisticated threat landscape,” said Cheryl McGrath, Optiv’s country general manager for Canada. “Canadian companies need the right expertise from a partner that can bring clarity to the cyber security landscape, which can sometimes feel chaotic and complex. Together, Optiv and Conexsys provide expansive local coverage in Canada to help organizations navigate a myriad of products and technologies, and evaluate their infrastructures and operations to develop safer, saner and more strategic paths forward.” “Conexsys has been committed to serving the Canadian government and large Canadian companies with exceptional technical expertise and high-quality services for more than 30 years,” said Michael Yassin, president of Conexsys. “By joining Optiv, we are gaining access to a number of holistic service offerings that enable us to perform comprehensive security optimization—from strategy and planning straight through to implementation and management. We are very excited about this transaction and what it allows us to bring to the Canadian market.”

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Catella: Risk evaluation reveals good investment opportunities in Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 novembre 2017

catella10In the latest Catella Market Tracker “Commercial Real Estate Investments in Europe – Risk Evaluation in Times of Boom and Uncertainty”, an analysis of 28 European real estate locations shows a good basis for long-term yield generation based on the common risk key indicators – risk/yield, volatility and Sharpe ratio.The analysis of 28 European locations in an office and retail portfolio shows an average total return of 7.95% at the end of 2017.The top-5 performers are Dublin (12.1 %), Lyon (10.4 %), Stockholm (10.2 %), Paris (9.9 %), Barcelona (9.8 %) and Marseilles (9.8 %).
The bottom-6 performers include five German cities: Frankfurt (5.6 %), Hamburg (5.6 %), Cologne (5.7 %), Berlin (5.8 %) and Munich (6.5 %). The sextet is completed by Helsinki, with a historical annual total return of 5.9 %.For average volatility or standard deviation, the following picture emerges:The five German cities (Cologne: 5.0 %, Hamburg: 5.7 %, Frankfurt: 6.8 %, Munich: 7.1 %) and Helsinki (6.2 %) – as underperformers – record the lowest levels of relative volatility.
Three of the five riskiest cities are found among the top-5 performers: Dublin (21.2 %), Barcelona (12.9 %) and Paris (12.1 %).When applying the Sharpe ratio – a measure that takes into account both value growth and volatility – the strongest values are attributable to Brussels (1.13), Amsterdam (1.06) and Lille (1.01).Large-scale investors still believe that major cities are a must-have investment that ought to account for a substantial proportion of their portfolio. “With a view to traditional risk theory and the current conditions on the market, however, this maxim should be viewed with a certain degree of scepticism,” says Dr. Thomas Beyerle, Head of Group Research at Catella. A resulting “naïve” investment using the popular but simplified ABBA strategy is consequentially not an investment recommendation.

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Catella establishes the property company Tre Kronor Investment

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 ottobre 2017

catella arenaTwo hundred clients of Catella and its distributor partners have subscribed for shares in newly formed company Tre Kronor Property Investment AB (publ), which through a subsidiary has acquired a portfolio of 72 grocery properties in southern Sweden. The company’s chairman is Bernt-Olof Gustafsson, formerly the CEO of KF Fastigheter. Its CEO is Michael Johansson, whose background includes the role of CEO at ICA Fastigheter Sverige.Catella Corporate Finance acted as financial advisor and arranger in the transaction and, in cooperation with Catella Bank and ABG Sundal Collier, carried out the capital raising of SEK 355 million and arranged the debt financing.During the summer Tre Kronor Property Investment signed a contract with the property company Granen to acquire 72 retail properties located in 68 municipalities in southern Sweden and with a lettable floor area of 78,987 square metres.“During the placement we saw a high interest from retail investors but also from institutional investors in the real estate and grocery sectors. The project is another example of our ambition to offer our Wealth Management clients high quality investment opportunities in the property sector, based on our real estate expertise,” said Robert Fonovich, Head of Catella’s Corporate Finance unit in Sweden, and Tord Topsholm, CEO of Catella Bank, in a joint statement.Through the placement, Tre Kronor Property Investment AB has gained approximately 200 new shareholders, and after completion of the acquisition the aim is to list the shares on Nasdaq First North in Stockholm.“Tre Kronor Property Investment is a new Swedish real estate company focusing on prime position properties with a high proportion of grocery and community services. The largest tenants are Systembolaget and ICA. It will be the first publicly listed company to offer investors the unique opportunity to benefit from this segment that has until now been largely available only to major institutional investors,” says Martin Malhotra, project manager for the transaction at Catella.
Catella Asset Management, which will launch operations in Sweden in connection with this mandate, will be responsible for the management of the properties alongside CEO Michael Johansson.“The retail portfolio that Tre Kronor is acquiring is highly diversified, with strong tenants in attractive central locations. Catella’s Asset Management unit has a track record of successful development of portfolios of grocery properties, and we see many opportunities in the portfolio,” says Timo Nurminen, Head of Catella Property Investment Management in Europe.

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American Lending Center Partners with City of San Diego to Promote EB-5 Investment

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 ottobre 2017

American Lending Center (ALC) – a subsidiary of Regional Centers Holding Group – yesterday officially announced a five year EB-5 regional center investment partnership with the City of San Diego to enhance economic growth through support of small business development. ALC is excited to embark on this joint commitment to improve and build on international investment in the region.The Economic Development Department of the City of San Diego (EDD) has recognized ALC as an instrumental asset in fortifying the city’s commercial expansion, and will now begin working alongside the lending center to stimulate investment in local enterprise and American job creation.“ALC is thrilled to embark on this partnership with the City of San Diego,” said Bruce Thompson, ALC President and former Region IX Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration. “This collaboration will bring vital economic growth to the San Diego community and support beneficial foreign direct investment in the area for years to come.”
American Lending Center (ALC) is a U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service designated regional center held by Regional Centers Holding Group. ALC offers investment opportunities to immigrant investors who are interested in obtaining permanent resident status in the United States through the employment-based fifth preference visa (EB-5) program. ALC and Regional Centers Holding Group do not focus on investment in major metro areas, instead deploying needed capital to businesses anywhere that deserve the funding. ALC has completed funding projects in 16 states, and is committed to investment in deserving businesses anywhere, including those in rural and other underserved areas.

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Europa: Quale futuro?

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 8 settembre 2017

europeLondra. Abitano nel vecchio continente, ma alla vecchiaia pensano poco. Solo il 35% degli europei possiede investimenti, una percentuale tra le più basse a livello mondiale: inferiore di dieci punti a quella globale (45%) e quasi la metà dell’Asia (64%). Meglio fanno anche Stati Uniti (51%) e Australia (46%).E’ il risultato della nuova edizione della Global Investment Survey 2017 realizzata da Legg Mason, uno dei principali gestori globali diversificati. L’indagine, arrivata alla quinta edizione, è stata realizzata in 17 Paesi e ha raccolto i dati di 15.300 investitori.Il 17% degli europei ammette di “non preoccuparsi del domani, ma solo dell’oggi”, sia nella gestione delle finanze che nella vita in generale, con picchi del 21% in Spagna e del 20% in Germania. Dietro questo atteggiamento, un mix di pessimismo, materialismo e ignoranza. Il 32% di loro spiega di non potersi permettere di risparmiare o di investire, per cui “tanto vale non pensarci”, il 22% sceglie di spendere subito i soldi e divertirsi, piuttosto che metterli da parte, e il 14% confessa di non saper pianificare a lungo termine.Tra gli europei che non si preoccupano del futuro, sono pochi quelli che hanno quest’atteggiamento perché tanto possono fare affidamento sui figli e sul coniuge, o sull’aiuto dello Stato. Opzioni che considera rispettivamente solo il 5% e il 14%, mentre negli Stati Uniti – di solito ritenuti più individualisti – il numero di chi può permettersi di pensare solo al presente grazie al partner o al welfare è più elevato (19% e 23%).Un altro 46% degli europei, invece, ha buone intenzioni: vorrebbe pianificare di più, senza per ora riuscirci. Nel loro caso, incentivi fiscali (23%), una promozione al lavoro o un aumento della busta paga (36%) potrebbero spingerli a risparmiare di più e investire.Una volta che si smette di lavorare, per tutti gli europei l’obiettivo è avere una buona pensione (60%), mantenere il proprio standard di vita (59%), viaggiare (55%) e aiutare la famiglia, per esempio pagando l’educazione scolastica dei nipoti (51%). Quest’ultimo dato varia molto di paese in paese: conta poco in Gran Bretagna (43%) e molto in Italia (60%).A sorpresa, gli italiani sono i più previdenti tra gli europei, dopo gli svedesi: il 42% investe – una percentuale decisamente superiore alla media europea del 35% – e il 74% possiede del risparmi. Solo un italiano su cinque dice di pensare esclusivamente al presente e il 59% afferma di volersi impegnare di più per il proprio futuro. Per questi ultimi la differenza la fanno, ancora una volta, le tasse: il 35% degli italiani sarebbe spinto a investire o risparmiare maggiormente se ci fossero degli incentivi fiscali.
Legg Mason è una società di gestione patrimoniale che opera su scala globale, con attivi in gestione (AUM) pari a 753.3 mld USD al 31 luglio 2017. Legg Mason offre soluzioni di gestione attiva degli asset presso numerosi centri d’investimento presenti in tutto il mondo. La sede ufficiale si trova a Baltimora, Maryland, e le azioni ordinarie della società sono quotate alla borsa di New York (simbolo: LM).

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5th Edition of the Puerto Rico Investment Summit Reveals Top Speaker Line Up

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 settembre 2017

puerto rico caraibiThe Puerto Rico Investment Summit, announced its speaker line-up for its 5th edition, to be held on October 9 and 10, at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan. Speakers include José B. Carrión III, President of PROMESA (Puerto Rico Oversight and Management Board), former Governor Luis G. Fortuño, creator of Act’s 20 and 22, Nicholas Prouty, CEO of Putnam Bridge, a top investor in the Island and international best selling author Johnny Wimbrey, among many others.Brenda González, president of Adworks, said, “This Summit has created an unparalleled learning and networking experience to over 2,000 attendees in its first 4 editions. Taxes, competitive advantages and other incentives are presented by top local and US law and CPA firms, entrepreneurs and adopters of the program. Each year we have new speakers, many of which are now part of this 20/22 ecosystem.”Among the group of presenters and panelists is Richard Cooper, partner at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, recognized by TMA as one of twelve outstanding restructuring lawyers in the U.S. and Noel Zamot, aerospace and defense executive, appointed as Revitalization Coordinator for the Federal Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico.Topics at the conference include the International Insurance Center, with Walter Keenan, CEO at Advantage Insurance Holdings, a leading international specialty insurance firm with offices in Puerto Rico; Tourism and Real Estate, will include award winning developer, Federico Stubbe, one of Puerto Rico’s largest developer-builders and manufacturing (Act73) with Lufthansa Technik’s CEO, Pat Foley.PRIS is a private event made possible by the private sector. The event has created an enhanced experience for attendees – with learning, networking opportunities and interactive sessions. The momentum created by the economic landscape that the Island currently faces, is providing great opportunities for investors, not only tax incentives under Act 20 & 22, tourism and real estate and Public Private Partnerships, among others.The Puerto Rico Investment Summit provides a unique platform where investors, executives, government and private companies meet. For more information about the Puerto Rico Investment Summit visit prinvestmentsummit.com

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Social Investment and Juncker Plan/Le Plan Juncker : investir dans le social?

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 23 luglio 2017

Juncker PlanOn 27 March 2017, the Jacques Delors Institute organised, in cooperation with the French Economic, Social and Environmental Council, a conference in Paris entitled “Social investment and the Juncker Plan”, which was chaired by Eulalia Rubio, senior researcher at the Jacques Delors Institute (JDI). The panelists included: Samuel Clause, Senior Investment Manager at the European Investment Fund (EIF); José Manuel Fernandes, member of the Budget Committee of the European Parliament; Thomas Bignal, Investment Policy Advisor at the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD); Robin Huguenot-Noël, researcher at the European Policy Center (EPC).
The following summary, written by Sofia Fernandes, senio research fellow at the Jacques Delors Institute, surveys the key points of the debate: the presentation of the Investment Plan for Europe, its contribution to social investment, the issue of how it relates to other instruments for social investment and proposals to strengthen the Plan’s contribution to social investment in Europe.
L’Institut Jacques Delors a organisé, en coopération avec le Conseil économique, social et environnemental français, le 27 mars 2017 à Paris une conférence intitulée « Le Plan Juncker : investir dans le social ? », animée par Eulalia Rubio, chercheur senior à l’Institut Jacques Delors, en présence de Samuel Clause, gestionnaire d’investissement senior au Fonds Européen d’Investissement (FEI) ; José Manuel Fernandes, membre de la Commission Budget du Parlement européen ; Thomas Bignal, conseiller politique à l’Association européenne des prestataires de services pour personnes en situation de handicap (EASPD) ; Robin Huguenot-Noël, chercheur à l’European Policy Center (EPC).
Cette synthèse, écrite par Sofia Fernandes, chercheure senior à l’Institut Jacques Delors, reprend les principaux éléments du débat : présentation du Plan pour l’investissement en Europe, sa contribution à l’investissement social, son articulation avec les autres instruments européens pour investir dans le social et propositions pour renforcer la contribution du Plan aux investissements sociaux en Europe. (photo: Juncker Plan)

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“Africa is increasingly important to the EU”

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 21 maggio 2017

africa7The recent Business Beyond Borders (BBB) event at African Utility Week was praised by H. E. the Danish Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa, Trine Thygesen, as a “project to help EU businesses, in particular SMEs and clusters, to operate internationally by engaging in business opportunities – and our doors are open for Africa”.
The Danish Ambassador represented the voice of the EU at the first BBB event to take place outside Europe – which was held at African Utility Week (AUW), Cape Town (16th – 18th May), and focused on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and clusters in the water, power and utilities sector. Speaking during AUW’s opening keynote session, Ms Thygesen said: “Africa is increasingly important to the EU. Major African markets with strong growth rates represent significant increased cooperation between our continents. May AUW be the platform for engaging in new sustainable and inclusive economic development in Africa as well as the EU.” The Danish Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa also underlined the potential for private investment in energy and water, as Ms. Thygesen believes that “the answer to unlocking more potential lies in the formulation of PPP’s within the water sector”. Joining Ms. Thygesen during AUW’s keynote programme, were high-profile governmental and entrepreneurial personalities such as Dikobe Ben Martins, South African Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises; and Ben Ngubane, ESKOM’s Board Chairman.
During his keynote speech, Dikobe Ben Martins highlighted the fair’s potential to “share content and best practices” in the power and water sector: “The conference comes at a time when Africa is dealing with mounting challenges with regards to access to sustainable, modern energy services, which are a prerequisite for meeting basic human needs and for economic and social development”.
BBB is a European Commission-funded initiative which helps EU businesses to expand regionally and globally. By facilitating a series of Business-to-Business (B2B), Cluster-to-Cluster (C2C), and Business-to-Cluster (B2C) matchmaking events at the top international trade fairs around the world, the aim of the initiative is for new international business partnerships to be formed and deals to be brokered.
Over the course of AUW’s three days, BBB facilitated over 900 matchmaking meetings between more than 729 companies representing 60 countries.
Besides the one-to-one matchmaking sessions at the BBB Connecting Platform, SMEs and clusters also had the opportunity to present their business and technology to a wider audience at the BBB Demo Zone stand. Other BBB-supported activities included a Workshop on Hydropower organised by the European Renewable Energies Federation (EREF), and the BBB Social Media Competition, which sought to help participating companies increase their visibility online.
Coming from Finland, the winner of the BBB Social Media Competition, Gregory Neethling of FINNZA, considered the BBB matchmaking sessions to be positive for his company: “I really benefited from being here and having all these business meetings, which can lead to very successful projects”.
The next BBB matchmaking event will take place on 18th-21st September at TEXWORLD, Paris, and will be aimed at companies operating in the textile and apparel industry.

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Italian Investment Showcase

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 febbraio 2017

Milano 11 e 12 Aprile, si terrà un’ iniziativa finalizzata all’attrazione di investimenti verso le Aziende innovative ed i Parchi Tecnologici italiani. E’ promossa dall’Agi in Partnership con il Ministero degli Affari Esteri, Ice, Enea, Assolombarda, Unindustria, Compagnia delle Opere, Cna, con la collaborazione di Città Metropolitana di Milano e Regione Lombardia. Nel corso di due giorni una selezione di Imprese innovative, Cluster e parchi Tecnologici, appositamente selezionati, incontreranno investitori italiani ed esteri interessati alle realtà emergenti nei vari settori dell’high tech.
L’iniziativa sarà presentata a Milano venerdì 17 Febbraio alle ore 14.30 presso Assolombarda, Sala Falck, in Via Chiaravalle, 8 e Lunedì 20 Febbraio a Roma alle ore 12.00 presso Unindustria, sala Azzurra, in Via Noale, 206.Informazioni sull’Investment Showcase, con i relativi moduli di adesione, e sulle due presentazioni sono disponibili sul sito http://www.investmentshowcase.it

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Catella Wohnen Europa fund acquires residential properties in Germany, Spain and the Netherlands

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 febbraio 2017

catella arenaThe residential team of investment manager Catella Real Estate has acquired a total of 650 residential units in Germany, Spain and the Netherlands for its Catella Wohnen Europa property fund. The overall purchase price was some EUR 84.45 million.In Germany, 96 business apartments in the centre of Mainz were acquired for EUR 13 million. In addition, 84 units were acquired in St. Augustin, located between Bonn and Cologne, for some EUR 11 million.The Spanish portfolio has been extended with 216 residential units in Madrid, acquired for EUR 23.45 million.The Netherlands was the target of an acquisition of 254 residential units, bought for some EUR 37 million in Almere, east of Amsterdam and Den Bosch, the capital of the North Brabant province.“Demand among our investors for attractive property investments in these markets remains high. We are therefore delighted to have secured these attractive core properties for the fund. We continue to see appealing opportunities in the European residential markets, and will focus on securing further attractive assets for our clients. In this way, we can ensure that the fund generates sustainable cash flow for our investors,” says Markus Wiegleb, Portfolio Manager at Catella.The Catella Wohnen Europa fund is a property fund that has acquired a volume of EUR 339.8 million and is managed by Catella’s residential team in Berlin.“We want our fund to achieve a broad diversification within Europe. Conducting investments in Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark, and with the investment focus in Germany, we have already been able to minimise the risks in the asset class,” says Xavier Jongen, head of Catella’s initiative in residential property funds.

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Commission launches new initiative to improve health and safety of workers

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 16 gennaio 2017

european commissionInvestment in occupational health and safety improves people’s lives by preventing accidents and work-related illness. Building on past efforts,the Commission’s new initiative aims to better protect workers against work-related cancer, to help businesses, in particular SME’s and micro-enterprises, in their efforts to comply with the existing legislative framework, and to put a bigger focus on results and less on paperwork.
Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen, said: “Today we present a clear action plan for sound occupational safety and health at the workplace in the 21st century with rules that are clear, up-to-date and effectively applied on the ground. We also deliver on our commitment to fight work-related cancer, by addressing exposure to seven more cancer-causing chemicals which will improve protection of some 4 million workers in Europe. We join forces with Member States and stakeholders to create a healthy and safe workplace for all.”
Over the last 25 years, when the first Directive was agreed at EU level in this field, the EU has been a front-runner in high standards of worker protection against health and safety risks at work. Since 2008, the number of workers who died in an accident at work dropped by almost one fourth, and the percentage of EU workers reporting at least one health problem caused or made worse by work decreased by nearly 10%. However, the challenges remain large: it is estimated that about 160 000 Europeans die from illnesses related to their work every year. Keeping workers safe and healthy in the workplace by safeguarding and updating the high European standards is a top priority.

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Catella Investment Management completes four property acquisitions in Spain

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 4 novembre 2016

javier-hortelanoCatella Investment Management has closed its first four acquisitions in Spain at a value of EUR 84 million. The transactions were done on behalf of Belgian developer and investor Mitiska and the residential fund Catella Wohnen Europa. Catella’s investment management team in Spain assisted Belgian developer and investor Mitiska in the acquisition of the retail park Portal Mediterráneo, located in Castellón. Catella sourced the deal, acted as advisor in the acquisition process and will remain as strategic asset manager for the property.The Spanish team also acquired three residential properties, located in Madrid and Barcelona, on behalf of one of Catella’s residential funds, Catella Wohnen Europa, which is a new residential pan-European fund with a broad-based investment strategy offering a unique risk/return profile.“We are very pleased with the successful development of our newly established investment management platform in Spain, under the leadership of Javier Hortelano de la Lastra. Spain is a strategically important market for Catella and our team in Spain has extensive experience of the Spanish and European real estate investment business and in-depth knowledge of the local Spanish market”, says Timo Nurminen, Head of Property Investment Management at Catella.“Catella manages all phases of the value creation process in property, for both cross-border and local investors – from analysis through transaction, acquisition, financing, strategic management and, finally, exit. The completed deals demonstrates Catella’s broad offer within property,” says Javier Hortelano de la Lastra, Head of Investment Management in Spain.
The retail park Portal Mediterráneo is located in Castellón. The commercial asset has a gross leasable area of 12,400 square metres.
The residential building in Barcelona is located at Rambla de Poblenou, within the Poblenou residential neighbourhood, and has a built area of 9,656 square metres, consisting of 59 apartments, 66 parking spaces and 7 commercial units, with an occupancy rate of 97%.
One of the residential assets in Madrid is located at Genova street in central Madrid, with a built area of 4,456 square metres consisting of 24 apartments, 24 storerooms, 29 parking spaces and a commercial unit with an occupancy rate of 95%. The second property in Madrid is a building located in Barajas district, five minutes away from Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport and twenty minutes from the city centre. The property has a built area of 7,306 square metres, consisting of 82 apartments and 82 parking spaces, with an occupancy rate of 95%. (photo: JAVIER HORTELANO)

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The best European social entrepreneurs have been chosen

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 25 ottobre 2016

europeAprendices Visuales, BioCarbon Engineering, Silent Secret, and FitforKids winners of the Social Innovation Tournament 2016. Aprendices Visuales (Visual Learners), from France/Spain, and BioCarbon Engineering from the UK have been awarded the first and second prizes in the fifth edition of the Social Innovation Tournament, a competition organised by the European Investment Bank Institute to reward and promote innovative initiatives with a social, ethical or environmental impact in the fight against social exclusion.This year’s edition took place on 20 October in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in cooperation with the Faculty of Economics and the Social Entrepreneurship Centre of the University of Ljubljana, and the Slovenian Ministry of Economic Development and Technology.Silent Secret, from the UK, and FitforKids, from Denmark, won the first and second prizes in the Special Category on health (with a special emphasis on childhood obesity).Aprendices Visuales, an initiative that aims to facilitate children with autism’s access to the tools they need in order to develop their full potential, through research, creation of e-learning tools and social awareness, and Silent Secret, an application for teenagers (11 to 19 year olds) to share secrets, thoughts, news and their lifestyle anonymously and access in-app counseling from professionals, thus creating a social community received EUR 50 000. Aprendices Visuales also won a voucher to receive subsequent advice from EY Transaction Advisory Services in Brussels.BioCarbon engineering an initiative that wants to counter industrial scale deforestation using drones and FitforKids which is a programme specifically designed for obese children and their families promoting healthy eating habits and an active lifestyle, each received EUR 20 000.In addition, four projects – Edukit, Freebird Club, Lazzus and Rés do Chão – won a voucher to receive subsequent mentoring services to help take the project forward. And for the first time this year the EIB Institute is partnering with INSEAD Business School to offer Ithaca from Greece and Aprendices Visuales from France/Spain the opportunity to attend the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship programme.Also this year for the first time, selected finalists in previous editions of the SIT will be invited to an innovative one-week executive education programme to be held in Lisbon in December in collaboration with the Católica-Lisbon School of Business & Economics of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa. The programme also includes an “Investors’ Fair” designed to showcase projects for potential investors and build bridges for future investment deals.
Dr Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia, said: “The 15 finalists are among the best social innovators in Europe, because of their modern business ideas and socially responsible business models. With their creativity, they are the drivers of our development and progress ‘train‘. I therefore hope that they will first help us to meet key social challenges – like the creation and development of new quality jobs, migration, and gender equality – which are today facing not only Slovenia but also Europe.”
Francisco de Paula Coelho, Dean of the European Investment Bank Institute, said: “This tournament is about Europe’s best social innovators, and the projects that were presented to us today reveal the great potential of untapped social innovation that is available in Europe. In only five years, the Institute’s Social innovation tournament has succeeded in creating a growing community of social entrepreneurs from 20 different countries working to combat social exclusion through more than 60 projects. That is quite an achievement.”Sophie Robin, President of the Jury, said “The best projects have won, but it was a very difficult decision to make. We thank all the finalists for their participation and for the quality of their projects, and I thank the Institute for organising this competition”The Social Innovation Tournament was established in 2012 by the EIB Institute. It is held every year in a different country to reward and sponsor European entrepreneurs whose primary purpose is to generate a social, ethical or environmental impact. Projects are typically related to combating unemployment and the marginalisation of disadvantaged communities and promoting access to education.
Fifteen finalists from ten countries had initially been selected for the Tournament from 282 proposals submitted by applicants from 30 countries.During the Tournament, the finalists had to present and defend their project before a Jury composed of seven social innovation specialists chaired by Sophie Robin (Stone Soup Consulting) and also including José Tomás Frade (former EIB staff member), Elena Casolari (OPES Impact Fund), Alenka Slavec (University of Ljubljana) and Hans Wahl (INSEAD).The next Social Innovation Tournament will take place in Riga, Latvia, with the call for projects scheduled to start in February 2017. In 2017, the Special Category Prizes will go to projects focusing on ageing.

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Catella lead manager in planned capital raising and secondary listing of Baltic Horizon

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 6 ottobre 2016

catellaThe alternative investment fund Baltic Horizon, which was listed on the Nasdaq Tallinn Fund List in July 2016, is planning an additional capital raising and secondary listing on Nasdaq Stockholm. Accordingly, Baltic Horizon will become the first exchange traded alternative investment fund on Nasdaq Stockholm. In connection with the listing, the fund targets raising up to EUR 80 million in new capital.
Baltic Horizon Fund is a real estate fund with no particular lifetime (evergreen) focusing on centrally located commercial property in the capitals of the Baltic countries. The fund invests in properties with long rental contracts, often with Nordic corporate tenants. Baltic Horizon was listed on Nasdaq Tallinn on July 6, 2016, with EUR 29.7 million in equity, and is managed by Northern Horizon Capital AS.
“We are very excited that Baltic Horizon has appointed Catella as lead manager, and that they are pursuing their strategy by initiating the planned capital raising and secondary listing on Nasdaq Stockholm following the successful creation of the fund this summer.” says Andrew Smith, project head at Catella London. “Through the secondary listing on Nasdaq Stockholm, investors are offered high quality Baltic property exposure and liquidity on the secondary market,” says Martin Malhotra, project manager at Catella’s Corporate Finance.
In connection with the capital raising, Catella Bank will once again play a central role.“There was great interest in the previous issue this summer, when Catella Bank completed a focused process during two weeks in June where our clients were offered to invest in Baltic Horizon, and we are seeing continued strong interest in properties with good risk adjusted returns in the Baltics,” says Dennis Nygren, Head of Wealth Management at Catella.For several years there has been a common legal framework for alternative investment funds in the EU (the AIFM Directive), which allows funds in one EEA country to be marketed in other EEA countries.“The secondary listing of Baltic Horizon creates an opportunity for Swedish professional and retail investors to invest in a vehicle with a clear investment strategy, high transparency and tax efficiency combined with the good liquidity we have on the Swedish stock market. We see this as the beginning of a new trend with more listings of exchange traded property funds from Sweden, the Nordics and the Baltics,” says Arvid Lindqvist, Head of Research at Catella.

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Artemis appoints an Investment Director

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 settembre 2016

stephanie-suttonArtemis Investment Management LLP is pleased to announce that Stéphanie Sutton has joined the firm today as an Investment Director, concentrating initially on marketing Artemis’ US equity products in Europe.
Stéphanie joins Artemis from Fidelity, where she was an Investment Director, and has over 20 years’ investment experience. She graduated from the Institut Commercial de Nancy in 1995. After that Stéphanie held various roles as an equity analyst, fund manager and product manager/specialist at Société Générale, F&C and Lehman Brothers. She then worked as a consultant at Ernst & Young, advising asset managers, before joining Fidelity in 2008.Commenting, Artemis’ head of asset-gathering, Dick Turpin, said: “Stéphanie brings with her a wealth of experience in both investment and marketing. We are sure that she will help us continue to meet our clients’ needs, especially in continental Europe.” (photo: Stéphanie Sutton)

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Ombudsman finds the IFC failed to comply with its investment standards in Colombia

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 7 settembre 2016

colombiaThe office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) has issued its final report on the complaint brought against the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) investment in Eco Oro Minerals’ Angostura mine in the high-altitude wetlands – known as páramos – of Santurbán, Colombia. The office warned that the corporation has not met all the standards required of its investments, including an assessment of potential impacts on biodiversity.The investigation was triggered by a complaint filed by the Comité por la Defensa del Agua y el Páramo de Santurbán (Committee for the Defense of Water and the Paramo de Santurban), with the support of the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), the Center for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense (AIDA) and MiningWatch Canada.
The report also states that the IFC failed to assess the impacts of the entire mining project, and instead only concentrated on the impacts of the exploration stage, despite the fact that it justifies its investment on the basis of the supposed benefits that the eventual mine would bring. The CAO found that the “potential to comply with IFC’s environmental and social standards was uncertain and potentially challenging” during the extraction phase.In its conclusion, the Ombudsman points out that “one of the stated purposes of the IFC’s investment was to develop the studies necessary to determine whether the project could comply with IFC’s [performance standards].” However, the company did not complete the required studies, including an Environmental and Social Impact Assessment, a biodiversity baseline study, and critical habitat assessments. Despite repeated lack of compliance by the client, the CAO found that the “IFC has not pursued a remedy, but has made subsequent investments in the company.”
The IFC’s response to the Ombudsman’s report did not acknowledge any wrongdoing or make commitments to address its findings. Instead, the IFC merely reiterated its justification for investing in the project, claiming that the eventual mine will bring employment and revenue. The response is silent regarding its client’s intent to file an investment dispute under the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
AIDA attorney Carlos Lozano Acosta explained that “the project is illegal; that’s why its license was denied in 2011, and why the Constitutional Court ratified the prohibition of mining in páramos. It worries us that the IFC invested in a company whose project, from the beginning, was not viable, and who would file an international lawsuit against Colombia, one of the member states of the World Bank.”The report reveals that the IFC has an explicit policy of investing in junior mining companies with limited capacity to manage environmental and social issues, in countries where the regulatory framework is weak or not enforced.
Currently, Colombia’s Constitutional Court is considering a legal action filed by the Santurbán Committee with support from AIDA, concerning the lack of citizen participation in the demarcation of the wetland. A decision is expected soon.The IFC is the private-sector lending arm of the World Bank Group. The CAO is an independent accountability mechanism that receives complaints from people who may be affected by IFC investment projects.

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Mobile phones are just the ticket for rail passengers in East Anglia

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 giugno 2016

tourism_travel_world_map_-_magicwall.caAbellio Greater Anglia has moved a step closer to eliminating paper tickets following a £3m investment in barcode readers at the ticket gates. Passengers travelling on Abellio Greater Anglia’s network are now able to buy and receive most of the train operator’s tickets (via the mobile app) straight to their mobile phones and now scan them through the recently installed barcode readers at the ticket barriers.The investment will help to reduce the use of paper tickets and also reduce queues at ticket machines and ticket gates.Up to eight m-tickets can be purchased in one transaction using the Abellio Greater Anglia or Trainline apps. Once the tickets have been purchased, passengers simply need to scan the barcode at the ticket barriers when they travel.Customers can buy tickets including advanced purchase and walk-up fares for any journey across the operator’s network (this includes peak journeys into London Liverpool Street but these must be collected from the station ticket machine prior to travel).
This enhancement will provide increased flexibility for passengers who can purchase tickets via their mobile phones, wherever they are.The project represents an investment of more than £3m and includes the replacement of ticket barriers at Norwich and other stations across the network featuring barcode readers. The investment includes the introduction of a new Ticket Validation database and Inspection app provided by Masabi for capturing and validating barcodes.Andy Camp, Commercial Director, Abellio Greater Anglia, said: “We are very pleased to be one of the first operators to introduce mobile ticketing. The introduction of mobile tickets provides a wealth of benefits to passengers, and will make travelling simpler and more convenient by eliminating queues and paper tickets.”
“Mobile Ticketing is revolutionising the passenger experience, making queuing at ticket machines a thing of the past. This new service allows passengers to buy tickets anytime, anyplace allowing them to simply arrive at the station and board the train,” said Ben Whitaker, Co-Founder of Masabi. “We are delighted to be working with Abellio Greater Anglia to provide mobile ticketing apps, validation software and our Ticket Validation Database.”John Davies, Retail Director at Trainline said; “We’ve been working closely with Abellio Greater Anglia for about a year to implement a three phase test of mobile tickets across the network. In that time we’ve seen mobile tickets steadily growing month on month and as of the end of May, 1 in 3 tickets (34%) purchased on our App has been a mobile ticket. There’s definite appetite for mobile in Greater Anglia! “Now with full availability across the network, more passengers will be able to enjoy the benefits of mobile tickets. It is a credit to Andy and the AGA team on getting to this stage – we’ve worked collaboratively throughout and they’re an example that I hope the rest of the industry will stand up and follow.” http://www.abellio.com

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Catella: Increasing demand from international investors for the Nordics

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 9 giugno 2016

catellaThe Northern European property market is increasingly featuring in the pan-European real estate portfolios of institutional investors. Compared with other European countries, the economic transparency and prosperity of the markets in the Nordic countries makes them a popular option. Also, the availability of capital opens up new investment opportunities. Catella foresees these opportunities, especially for investments in the office and retail markets.In general, some 90% of invested capital in the Nordic countries is based on domestic markets (Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland), with a high share of Swedish capital – but this will change. Demand from German, French and UK investors rose in the past three quarters, not least through pressure from capital markets to look for a stable income stream. This is the main conclusion from Catella’s analysts in its recent Market Tracker.Nonetheless, there is a price for this attractiveness: Due to increased demand from international investors, and favourable financing costs, 2016 again witnessed downward pressure on office prime yields across the region.In Sweden, prime yields in the key office cities are at all-time lows (year-end forecast 2016: 3.4%). Competition will remain fierce in the core office sector, and the subsequently narrowing prime yields have pushed investors towards the 2nd and 3rd tier markets.
Prime yields in Copenhagen (4.11%) and Oslo (4.05%) are contracting almost identically. Office properties in Copenhagen, especially in the prime segment, offer appealing risk-adjusted returns compared to the more liquid asset classes.
In the short to medium term, prime yields in Helsinki (4.70%) are expected to come under downward pressure, falling by another 20 bps in 2016. There could be some interesting opportunities arising in the secondary Helsinki markets for those investors seeking active asset management opportunities.
“Many markets offer clear potential for portfolio diversification. Copenhagen and Helsinki display a correlation that is slightly negative, as does Berlin. Stockholm’s correlation is below the level identified, for example, for the German cities of Cologne and Dusseldorf, and also from the perspective of Lisbon, Warsaw and London investors. Against this backdrop, combining a Nordic segment with a German, Spanish or Belgium office property segment could be a successful strategy for anyone interested in risk diversification,” explained Dr. Thomas Beyerle, Head of Group Research at Catella, talking about the investment strategy from an international perspective.

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