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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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Record broken in crowdfunding. Fastest exit on FundedByMe. Frontoffice gets listed on stockmarket 3 months after crowdfunding

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 maggio 2016

stoccolma1Stockholm, 24 May 2016: Swedish company reconstruction firm FrontOffice Nordic AB, which raised almost €600,000 from crowdfunding investors on FundedByMe in February 2016, has been listed on the Nordic Growth Market (NGM) stock exchange. This announcement makes FrontOffice the first successfully crowdfunded company in Scandinavia – and one of the first in Europe – to be listed on a stock exchange.Crowdfunding investors into FrontOffice – who could buy shares for a minimum investment of €53 – are now able to trade those shares on this regulated stock exchange, licensed by the Financial Supervisory Authority.“With the rate of market maturation, this is very exciting for FundedByMe – but also for equity crowdfunding globally,” says Daniel Daboczy, CEO and co-founder of FundedByMe. “I personally invested in FrontOffice and following this path to NGM has been thrilling. I firmly believe that this paves the way for other crowdfunding companies while reestablishing to investors the fact that equity crowdfunding is changing the finance and investment market for the better,” Daboczy continues.FrontOffice launched its crowdfunding campaign on FundedByMe on 25 November 2015 and closed it in mid-February 2016 after overfunding up to 111% from 183 investors. Since the company was founded in 2013, the aim had been to list FrontOffice shares on the stock market. “Both the company and the market was ready for a public listing and I believe that the visibility that comes with being listed on NGM will in turn enable us to help more customers,” says Johan Lund, Managing Director of FrontOffice Nordic AB (publ.).This listing comes in the same week as FundedByMe has launched its own equity crowdfunding round, which confirmed more than 80% of its €800,000 since opening 7 days ago. View that campaign here / http://fundedbyme.com/invest

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MBDA Announces a $5 Million Investment to Fund Advanced Manufacturing

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 maggio 2016

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) has announced a competitive solicitation for candidates interested in operating four new MBDA advanced manufacturing projects. MBDA will award four cooperative agreements totaling $5 million during a five-ywashingtonear period, and the projects can be operated in any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.The projects will provide targeted assistance to minority manufacturers to increase the number of “Made in America” products that can be sold domestically and globally. The project funding is designed to help identify, screen, promote, and refer minority business enterprises (MBEs) to specialized advanced manufacturing programs, and provide technical and business development services.
“These projects are essential to supporting minority-owned businesses and helping them excel in the areas of innovative technology that create high quality manufacturing jobs,” said MBDA National Director Alejandra Y. Castillo. “There is a great need for more minority manufacturers and we want to help cultivate the talent that exists in our minority communities.” According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Survey of Business Owners, the number of minority-manufacturers increased 30 percent between 2007 and 2012 to nearly 107,000. These firms generated $80 billion in annual receipts in 2012. Twenty-five thousand minority manufacturers employ almost 332,000 workers. The project is part of the Agency’s commitment to ensuring minority businesses are playing an integral part in keeping the ‘Made in America’ product strong as the U.S. manufacturing sector continues to rise.MBDA invites applications from for-profit entities, non-profit organizations, state and local governments, American Indian tribes and educational institutions to apply to operate the MBDA Advanced Manufacturing Project. Applications are due June 17, 2016.Applicants must be able to demonstrate the following:
Knowledge of the minority business sector and strategies for enhancing MBE growth and expansion related to advanced manufacturing and/or manufacturing industry.
Experience working with MBE manufacturers and facilitation to include, but not limited to, capital and contracts for the MBE manufacturers.
Knowledge of and experience in public and private sector contracting opportunities for MBEs, as well as demonstrated experience in assisting clients into supply chains.
Professional working relationships and networks with potential sources of contracts for MBEs.
Experience with facilitating large contract/procurement deals on behalf of minority manufacturing firms, conducting business matchmaking forums, and assisting MBEs with the establishment of joint ventures and teaming arrangements.
Experience in successfully preparing and matching MBEs with traditional sources of capital, alternative sources of financing (e.g., equity and venture capital), loan and bonding packages, and mergers and acquisitions.

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Savills Investment Management lancia il German High Street Fund

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 18 maggio 2016

La_Borsa_-_Dettaglio_-_Foto_di_Giovanni_Dall'OrtoSavills Investment Management (“Savills IM”), il gestore internazionale degli investimenti immobiliari, ha lanciato un nuovo fondo per gli investitori istituzionali. German Retail Fund 2 – High Street Plus investirà in immobili commerciali in posizione privilegiata nelle città di tutta la Germania. Circa il 30 per cento degli investimenti sarà distribuito nelle principali città ed il 70 per cento sarà destinato a città di medie dimensioni economicamente forti. Il Fondo prenderà in considerazione anche gli investimenti a valore aggiunto. Il contratto di acquisto per la prima proprietà è già stato firmato e comprende un edificio commerciale in una zona privilegiata di Ratisbona.”Le posizioni vantaggiose in città di medie dimensioni economicamente forti offrono la stessa stabilità a lungo termine per gli investimenti al dettaglio delle grandi città”, ha detto Christian Härtl, Manager del Portfolio del German Retail Fund 2 – High Street Plus.”Mentre c’è molta concorrenza nel settore della distribuzione tedesca, la Germania rimane l’obiettivo numero uno per catene internazionali che cercano di espandere il proprio business in Europa”, ha detto Thomas Gütle, Amministratore Delegato di Savills IM in Germania.Le attività di vendita al dettaglio in questa categoria rappresentano quindi una grande attrattiva e risultano stabili nel valore, e gli investitori con un profilo core/core plus si sono finora concentrati principalmente in grandi città – ambiente altamente competitivo. “Ha quindi senso ampliare l’orizzonte d’investimento e capitalizzare le opportunità disponibili nelle città di medie dimensioni”, ha aggiunto Christian Härtl. La diffusione dell’industria in tutta la Germania – Mittelstadt – è rappresentativa del fatto che le città più piccole offrono un significativo potenziale di investimento, nello stesso modo in cui le piccole e medie imprese sono una straordinaria fonte del suo potere economico.Se si prendono in considerazione gli immobili per la vendita al dettaglio, è importante tener presente non solo la posizione del bene, ma anche la qualità dell’ambiente circostante – compresi ristoranti, cultura, servizi e il più ampio retail mix. Ad una maggiore qualità dell’ambiente circostante corrisponde una minore vulnerabilità dell’attività di commercio al dettaglio rispetto alla vulnerabilità economica. Le città che uniscono con successo questo mix con la pianificazione urbanistica intelligente e il marketing sono anche maggiormente protette contro la crescente minaccia del commercio on-line. Il primo investimento dell’High Street Fund a Ratisbona soddisfa tutti i criteri di investimento fondamentali. Il centro storico della città di medie dimensioni è patrimonio mondiale dell’UNESCO. Secondo una ricerca condotta da Savills IM, la città è tra le località più ambite in Germania.
Il German Retail Fund 2 – High Street Plus prevede un finanziamento pari a circa 500 milioni di euro, con un rendimento di distribuzione del 4 per cento annuo. BBE Handelsberatung, uno specialista di ricerca che si concentra sul settore del commercio al dettaglio tedesco, ha fornito il suo apporto con uno sviluppo strategico e alimenterà la valutazione di ogni potenziale di investimento prima dell’acquisizione.”Il concetto di utilizzare esperti esterni in collaborazione con i nostri esperti di commercio al dettaglio ha dimostrato il suo valore in precedenza, con il nostro Fondo europeo di commercio al dettaglio, lanciato nel 2012, e gli investitori lo hanno ripetutamente confermato”, ha detto Thomas Gütle. “Dopo il successo del German Retail Fund 1 e la vendita dell’intero portfolio di 25 proprietà per il commercio al dettaglio, ben affittate e ben posizionate, i servizi e le competenze di Christian Härtl e di tutta la squadra sono ora concentrati sul German Retail Fund 2. Il team può ricorrere alla propria esperienza negli investimenti a valore aggiunto per migliorare ulteriormente le prestazioni del Fondo”, aggiunge.

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Toshiba Medical Represents Attractive Investment in Diagnostic Imaging Market, says GlobalData Analyst

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 26 febbraio 2016

londonLONDON, UK (GlobalData) Investing in Toshiba Medical, which is seeking potential partners, is likely to deliver strong returns for companies looking to expand into the diagnostic imaging space, particularly in the Japanese market, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.Thanks to a growing population with a steady demand for non-invasive diagnostic procedures, imaging devices have remained a lucrative investment and GlobalData forecasts that the global diagnostic imaging market will be valued at $42.4 billion by 2020.As Sarah Janer, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Medical Devices, explains: “Toshiba Medical is a steady performer and its sales make up 10% of the thriving global market, which is tempting for companies looking to break into diagnostic imaging.
“Japanese firms are especially interested, as Toshiba Medical possesses 19.2% of the diagnostic imaging market in Japan. Canon Inc. and Fujifilm are stepping up to bid, and while both offer digital radiography devices, heavy investment in Toshiba Medical could expand their range to computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems.” GlobalData estimates that the current markets for CT and MRI devices are expanding at compound annual growth rates of 14.3% and 10.4%, respectively.Janer notes: “Investment opportunities are so attractive that Toshiba’s CEO Masashi Muromachi has hinted at already receiving opening bids significantly higher than the reported asking price of $3 billion for an 80% share. Canon and Fujifilm have partnered with other firms to improve the strength of their bid, demonstrating a strong eagerness to invest.“Certainly, as both companies have less than a 3% share of the global diagnostic imaging market, a buyout could significantly boost their chances of competing with imaging titans like Siemens or GE Healthcare.”
Although Toshiba ranks fourth for global market share, collaboration could lead to innovation and some fierce competition down the road, depending on what percentage of Toshiba Medical is sold off.Janer continues: “A 51% percent company share could result in some collaboration, but Toshiba’s restructuring plans would need to succeed. Full investment would result in a more stable outlook and a market share increase of up to 20% for the successful buyer, according to GlobalData.”

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Companies can raise investment by taking care of their staff

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 28 gennaio 2016

Warwick Business SchoolLooking after your employees is good for business with new research finding that it brings in 35 per cent more investment from socially responsible funds. The study looked at 1,585 US corporations and 47 socially responsible investment (SRI) funds and found that those companies who treated their employees best had the most money poured into them by SRI funds. Onur Tosun, of Warwick Business School, looked at a host of indicators as to why SRI funds invest in different firms and found employee relations as the most important and it was especially noticeable in the construction, transportation, financial sector and personal services industries – which covers anything providing a service for people from law and accounting to cleaners and beauty shops.
Dr Tosun said: “This increased investment makes sense as firms investing in their employees signal high corporate social responsibility (CSR), which in turn potentially enhances a firm’s reputation and prestige.“Firms can improve their employee relations in a number of ways: for example by improving the working conditions for employees, fair wages and even by organising social events.“A good example is Pride Transport, a Utah-based trucking company. It uses employee engagement as a competitive advantage to keep good drivers. Not only is their pay competitive, but they find accommodation for them while they are on the road and help their families while the truckers are away.“Improvements in this area of CSR have been known to boost loyalty, employee contribution, and motivation through which productivity, firm performance and firm value increase. Naturally, this would draw funds’ investment.“My research also shows firms in specific sectors can benefit more from increased CSR efforts, but on the whole CSR investment is a worthwhile endeavour for any firm looking to attract SRI funds.”In the paper Is Corporate Social Responsibility Sufficient Enough to Explain the Investment by Socially Responsible Funds? Dr Tosun used the Kinder, Lydenberg and Domini Index (KLD) to measure 1,585 US companies’ CSR scores in employee relations, society, governance and environment.To look at the sensitivity of SRI funds towards CSR Dr Tosun measured the responses of 47 funds to the changes in firms’ CSR strategy by using the US Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, which also goes by the name of US SIF, which shows their screening criteria for investment and the Thomson Reuters’ S12 database, which reveals the type and amount of shares funds hold.The study found that a one standard deviation point increase in employee relations saw the SRI funds whose criteria centred on CSR invest 17.2 per cent more, while a one point rise in society realised a 16.6 per cent increase in SRI investment, for environment it was 10 per cent and governance 10.4 per cent. SRI funds sensitive to the changes in firms’ CSR increase their ownership in firms by 15 per cent when those companies have a higher CSR score in all areas by one standard deviation point.“I found strong evidence that SRI funds increase their ownership in firms who increase their CSR policies,” said Dr Tosun. “Specifically, my results indicate SRI mutual funds with high CSR sensitivity have distinctively higher ownership in firms when those companies improve CSR in employee relations. Plus a one point increase in the employee relations area of CSR in firms resulted in 35 per cent more investment by SRI funds that concentrated its investing criteria on employee relations, which was the most of any of the criteria.“Increases in society CSR, such as improving housing in a bad neighbourhood by a construction company or covering education fees for local children, also sees firms gain a significant growth in investment. McDonald’s is a good example, it has a society focus CSR. Ronald McDonald House Charities provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation to families while their child is in hospital.”
To make sure it is SRI funds responding to changes in firms’ CSR strategy and not the other way round Dr Tosun examined what new SRI funds did when looking at which firms to invest in.“The results showed the new funds responded to higher employee relations scores as well, so the causal relationship must be that way round,” said Dr Tosun.The research also showed SRI Mutual Funds perform better than the Nasdaq in 2007, 2008, and 2011.Dr Tosun added: “These results indicate that SRI portfolios had higher returns than the market around the financial crisis. This may be useful for investors seeking reliable investment options during times of financial instability and high uncertainty.”

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Amplion becomes Catella Asset Management

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 3 novembre 2015

catella1Amplion Asset Management Oy has changed its name to Catella Asset Management Oy. The name change took place on 1 November 2015. Current operations continue unchanged. Catella Asset Management Oy is a fully owned subsidiary of Catella Group and has been providing property asset management services in Finland for nearly 20 years. Amplion’s name change into Catella Asset Management is a logical step as Catella Group has implemented a new more business focused operational structure with four business areas. The Asset Management operations is part of the new business area Property Investment Management, that has operations in five European countries with the ambition to expand to new, selected regional markets.“After Amplion’s name change all our property asset and fund management operations are offered under the Catella brand”, says Eero Syväniemi head of Catella’s Asset Management in Finland.Catella’s Property Investment Management business area has assets under management of approximately EUR 3.1 billion and operations in Germany, Finland, France, Denmark and Spain.

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Expert comment: Why are China and the UK’s economic ties now flourishing?

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 ottobre 2015

pechinoKamel Mellahi, a Professor of Strategic Management at Warwick Business School who has researched a number of issues on the Chinese economy, has made the following statement:“The UK and China need each other more than ever in confronting their internal economic challenges. But the fact remains that at this point in time the UK needs Chinese investment more than China needs UK investment opportunities. This perhaps explains why the UK is rolling out the reddest of red carpets for the Chinese government delegation.“That said, each country contributes distinct but complementary resources and capabilities to the economic partnership. The UK gets the badly needed investments into its infrastructure, including its nuclear power plants, high-speed rail, and potentially becomes the key trading centre for China’s currency, and China gets the chance to use its outstanding capabilities in mega infrastructure projects, obtain a strong foothold in key infrastructure and energy sectors in the UK and use some of them as ‘shop windows’ to promote its capabilities to other countries, as well as open up an offshore renminbi debt market.“When it comes to trade and economic ties with China, not long ago, the UK was trailing behind major European countries but it has been working flat out to make up for lost ground and get in front of the queue. The UK is the first Western country to seek to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and has been very open and encouraging Chinese investment in the UK economy.“When one cuts through the rhetoric and bombast headlines, two things emerge. First, the new emerging relationship between the UK and China is a strategic response by two major world economies to a changing global economic landscape.“Second, China and the UK are waltzing to the same tune because their economic interests are currently in alignment. Economically, it looks like a win-win economic alliance.”

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Struggling in the U.S. Market Since 2012, the Revelation of Diesel Emissions Cheat Might Throw Back VW for Years to Come

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 settembre 2015

wolkswagen group“The Volkswagen Group (VW), the biggest car manufacturer in the world, has been accused of misleading emission results with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the US. This affects 482,000 mid segment diesel models which have been equipped with a “defeat device” software that was able to reduce emissions by up to 40 percent during the emission testing when compared to normal use.
Following the revelation, Martin Winterkorn, the CEO of Volkswagen Group, had to apologise for misleading customers over the EPA results. This has raised a wave of questions now circulating over the renewal of his CEO status and what impact this will have on the planned $7 billion investment into the U.S. market to increase sales. Since 2012 VW has been struggling in the US market. US sales today represent only six percent of the group’s sales. The significance of this revelation however, has already seen share prices plummet by 22 percent as the Volkswagen Group could face $18 billion in fines, not to mention the impact of negative press.”
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