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Olmsted Chamblee Named Best Apartment Community of Its Size in U.S.

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 gennaio 2018

Olmsted ChambleeOlmsted Chamblee, a new apartment community developed by CF Real Estate Services (CF) with equity partner Origin Investments, is now recognized as the best apartment community of its kind in the U.S. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Pillars of the Industry Awards – often referred to as the Oscars of the apartment industry – recently named Olmsted Chamblee the Best Low-Rise Apartment Community in the nation. “Low-Rise” refers to communities that are five stories or under.
Olmsted Chamblee is the first of the Olmsted branded apartments developed by CF, with the second recently opening in Nashville. Brett Oliver, Director of Development, stated that he and Byron Cocke, the late co-founder of CF, envisioned creating an unconventional concept that would bring the vibe and energy found in boutique hotels, chef-driven restaurants, or your favorite local coffee shop to apartment living. Oliver created the brand and provided the creative direction and leadership for this project. Olmsted Chamblee is CF’s first attempt to create this living environment and the company is thrilled that this initial iteration was recognized by such an influential organization as the NAHB.Olmsted Chamblee stands apart from its peers because of its eclectic and curated interior design and down-to-earth customer service, the latter of which is provided by CF’s in-house property management team. On the design front, Oliver was adamant that the community’s public spaces be warm and welcoming with nothing cookie-cutter, encouraging use and authentic interaction among residents. The unique design has created the stage where CF has attracted an incredible management team at the property that fosters a genuine community spirit with best-in-class service. Oliver credits CF’s willingness to be pioneering and question industry norms as to why they were able to create such a unique and lauded community.The 283 one, two, and three-bedroom apartments have granite countertops, energy-efficient appliances and windows, Nest thermostats, and huge closets. Rentable private co-working spaces have a selection of Wi-Fi providers. There’s also an artist’s studio, an artist in residence and a unique mural in the parking area, plus a neighborhood pool, hammocks, and outdoor grills and smokers. Living room lounges have comfortable seating and hundreds of hardcover books, raked seating for art and photography classes, an indoor bocce ball court, movie room, community kitchen, mailroom, lounge, and 24-hour fitness center with Wellbeats technology. Its 37-foot-wide “CHAMBLEE” rooftop sign at the busy intersection of Peachtree Boulevard and Chamblee Tucker Road is already a neighborhood landmark. Buckhead, Midtown, and Downtown are a few stops away via the Chamblee MARTA rail station, which is one block away. Two-bedrooms have roommate floor plans as well as premium outside corner units with flexible layouts. It has townhouses with 3-bedrooms and 3.5-baths, which are a rare find in the market. (photo: Olmsted Chamblee)

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World Choice Investments Reveals Growth Plans

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 gennaio 2018

Pigeon-forgeWorld Choice Investments dinner attractions are stampeding into the future with plans to expand into new communities around the globe in 2018. World Choice Investments, LLC currently operates several dinner show attractions in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Branson, Missouri; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for Dolly Parton showcasing show concepts featuring live entertainment from heroic horsemanship to swashbuckling pirates. As the expansion plans take shape, the production team is hard at work updating the existing shows for 2018. “Our shows currently are identified by where they are located,” Dolly said. “Some examples are Smoky Mountain Adventures or Dixie Stampede. We also recognize that attitudes change and feel that by streamlining the names of our shows, it will remove any confusion or concerns about our shows and will help our efforts to expand into new cities.” To that end, WCI’s legacy show, Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede, will become simply Dolly Parton’s Stampede for the 2018 season.“There is interest in several parts of the United States and internationally to host one of our unique dinner attraction shows,” Jim Rule, World Choice Investments CEO, said. “We provide spectacular family entertainment at a great value. We continually listen to our guests and our desire to expand coupled with our desire to stay relevant in today’s changing world led us to simplify our shows’ names.” The existing locations re-open for the 2018 season from late January through early spring depending on location. About World Choice Investments: Founded in 1988, World Choice Investments, LLC, doing business as Dolly Parton’s Stampede Dinner Attraction, Pirates Voyage Dinner & Show, operates dinner attraction venues for family fun and adventure in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Our shows feature special effects, musical productions, live animals and a four-course family feast. (photo: Pigeon Forge)

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Capstone Partners and Headwaters MB Join Forces to Create a Middle Market Investment Banking Leader

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 11 gennaio 2018

John FerraraCapstone Partners LLC and Headwaters MB, LLC are pleased to announce that they have completed a strategic transaction whereby Capstone has acquired Headwaters to form Capstone Headwaters LLC. This combination unites two leading middle market investment banking firms into a single platform with 150 professionals, covering 16 dedicated industry groups, spanning 20 offices across the US, UK and Brazil. The transaction creates one of the largest independent investment banks in the United States with comprehensive vertical and product coverage for entrepreneurs, family-owned businesses, private equity sponsors and creditors.The transaction represents the culmination of a long-term collaboration between Capstone and Headwaters, and the respective founders, John Ferrara and Philip Seefried. Both Ferrara (CEO) and Seefried (President) will remain in senior leadership positions, together with Paul Janson (COO), Jack Maier (Head of Investment Banking), Jacob Voorhees (Co-Head of Investment Banking), Brendan Burke (Head of Sponsor Coverage), Daniel McBroom (Head of Corporate Development) and Peter Asiaf (Head of Business Development).“Phil and I have discussed this transaction for years and we are very excited to see it realized. Our firms share a common DNA and strategic direction, both equally committed to excellence on behalf of our clients and our people,” commented John Ferrara. He added, “This combination is an exciting operational fit, completes the build out of our sector coverage and greatly expands our geographic presence. For both firms, this transaction accelerates the achievement of many of our growth objectives, and our employees and management team fully support this powerful strategic move.”
Seefried observed, “There are two things that make this combination so special. First and foremost, there is a strong cultural resonance among our professionals. It has been amazing to witness the cooperation and communication between the teams as we worked through our extensive integration planning. Secondly, we share the same vision of how our executive teams should think about building a long-term leadership position in middle market investment banking. The exciting part will be what we can now deliver for our clients and key strategic relationships.” (photo: John Ferrara)

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Bain Capital Establishes Real Estate Business

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 16 dicembre 2017

Bain Capital, one of the world’s leading private, multi-asset alternative investment firms, today announced the formation of Bain Capital Real Estate, comprised of the professionals currently managing Harvard Management Company’s (HMC) real estate investments. Effective February 1, 2018, the HMC Real Estate Team, which consists of approximately 20 dedicated professionals, will spin out of HMC and become Bain Capital employees.Dan Cummings, an industry veteran and currently Managing Director and Head of Real Estate at HMC, will lead the team which he helped found in 2010. The team, which has invested more than $3.4 billion of equity in its direct real estate investment strategy since its inception, will manage HMC’s direct real estate investment portfolio and HMC will continue to invest in the team’s future strategies.“This talented team of investors will be a great addition to our global partnership, and we are excited to welcome them to Bain Capital. They bring significant expertise and a strong track record, and also share our commitment to a thematic, deeply analytical investment approach,” said John Connaughton and Jonathan Lavine, Co-Managing Partners of Bain Capital. “We believe this builds upon our existing experience, aligns with investment opportunities in several of our business units, and will be an attractive resource for our investment teams and limited partners.” “While we are sad to see Dan and his colleagues depart HMC, we are delighted that we will continue to be partners with them,” said N. P. “Narv” Narvekar, Chief Executive Officer of HMC. “Furthermore, we are excited that they will be a part of Bain Capital, an outstanding investment management firm.”
The addition of the real estate team will also enable Bain Capital to leverage the group’s deep experience for the benefit of the firm’s existing businesses. The firm currently has significant real estate expertise through Bain Capital Credit’s global distressed and special situations portfolio and Bain Capital Private Equity’s consumer, hospitality and retail portfolio. As part of Bain Capital, the real estate team will leverage the firm’s global platform to assist them in sourcing efforts as well as deep industry expertise in life sciences/healthcare, consumer/retail, industrials and other sectors germane to its current portfolio as well as future investment themes.

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Catella Wohnen Europa investment fund acquires 215 residential units in Germany and Netherlands

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 dicembre 2017

berlin-projectBerlin-based investment manager Catella Residential Investment Management GmbH, a subsidiary of the Swedish Catella Group focused exclusively on the residential asset class, has, on behalf of Catella Wohnen Europa investment fund, acquired a total of 215 residential units in Lübeck, Germany, and Den Bosch, the Netherlands, for EUR 27.2 million. “While the structure of each of the properties has evolved over time, the buildings have been brought up to modern standards. This makes them a perfect fit for the long-term focus of our portfolio. In addition, we had already acquired a residential property at the Den Bosch location in 2016, with rentals per square metre almost EUR 2 higher than those for the most recently acquired comparable residential units,” says Benjamin Rüther, Deputy Fund Manager at Catella.
LübeckLübeck – historically evolved location close to the city centre. Built in 1946, this property is located in the St. Lorenz Nord district, close to Lübeck’s city centre. Most of the 149 residential units, with total leasable space of 7,336 square metres, have been renovated in recent years. The average apartment measures around 50 square metres, exactly the size for which there is strong demand at present. The immediate surroundings benefit from generously proportioned green spaces between buildings as well as an organically grown residential area with schools, day-care facilities for children, an indoor swimming pool, a specialist shopping centre and several supermarkets. The purchase price is EUR 15 million.
The residential complex in Den Bosch, the capital of the province of North Brabant, was built in 1975 and measures around 3,700 square metres. The property has 66 apartments and 61 outside car parking spaces. Originally used as a tax consultancy office, the building was converted into apartments with high-quality finishes and fittings in 2016. The apartment sizes range between 25 and 76 square metres. Prins Hendrikpark, a popular local recreation facility with a petting zoo and expanses of water, is located in the immediate vicinity of the property. The city centre is around 2 km away. The purchase price is around EUR 12.2 million.Den Bosch is very centrally located in the Netherlands and has excellent rail and road links. The size of the population is expected to increase from its current 165,000 in the next few years.The Catella Wohnen Europa investment fund is a German open-end mutual real estate fund for (semi-) professional and wealthy private investors wishing to invest at least EUR 500,000. Launched in February 2016, the fund had already accumulated real estate assets under management of more than EUR 415 million by the end of October 2017. It invests in selected European core markets, such as Germany, France, the Netherlands and Scandinavia.

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SMS Assist Attending IMN’s 6th Annual Single Family Rental Investment Forum

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 3 dicembre 2017

SMS Assist will attend IMN’s Single Family Rental (SFR) Investment Forum West, taking place at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, beginning December 4. Now in its sixth year, IMN’s SFR Forum welcomes more than 1,000 attendees from leading U.S. real estate investment trusts (REITs), funds, aggregators, investors and service providers sharing new strategies, solutions and technology innovations for the fast-growing SFR market. As a repeat attendee, SMS Assist continues its longstanding involvement with IMN’s conferences and builds on its industry leadership and commitment to providing resources and insights to help develop the SFR market.“Single-family rental owners and investors need new tools and strategies that can reduce the costs of maintenance, turns and rehabs while improving the resident experience, and we’re proud to offer proven solutions for our clients,” said Mike Travalini, president of SMS Assist’s Residential division. “More than one in nine homes in the U.S. are listed as single-family rentals, and with almost 40 percent of adults renting instead of owning, this number is growing fast.”Attendees can visit the SMS Assist booth anytime during the conference to learn more about how the company’s proprietary technology, Affiliate advantage and maintenance and turn solutions are disrupting the SFR market and bringing savings and efficiency to a growing list of clients across industries.

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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

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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

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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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