Degroof Petercam and Quadia launch a partnership in Impact Investing

Degroof Petercam and Quadia launch a partnership in Impact Investing

Degroof Petercam takes a strategic equity stake in Quadia

Monday, March 5, 2018 — Wishing to reinforce its Impact Investing offer, Degroof Petercam has decided to enter into a partnership with Quadia, a Swiss-based asset manager and a European leader in Impact Investing. Within this partnership, Degroof Petercam has taken a minority equity participation in Quadia.

Quadia will bring to Degroof Petercam its Impact Investing expertise in order to enable the bank to propose new investment opportunities and services to its private and institutional clients.

Since 2010, Quadia has developed a significant knowhow in impact evaluation and management through its direct investments and its dedicated fund advisory mandates.

Degroof Petercam and Quadia envisage the launch in 2018 of a diversified European closed-end Impact Investment fund.

Philippe Masset, CEO of Degroof Petercam: « Through this strategic equity participation, Degroof Petercam joins forces with a team of great reputation which has played a historic role in the development of impact investing in Europe. As such, our group positions itself as a leading actor in the area of responsible finance, with a complete offering and at the forefront of Socially Responsable Investing, Impact Investing and Philanthropy. »

Guillaume Taylor, Co-founder of Quadia: « We are delighted to partner with a group with the reputation of Degroof Petercam who shares our societal vision and who has always placed responsibility and the human dimension at the centre of its actions. I am convinced that by combining our forces, expertise and network, we will be able to propose an exceptional

Impact Investing offering in Europe. In this way, we will jointly contribute to a new economic paradigm which brings social and environmental solutions to today’s challenges. »

About Impact Investing

Impact Investing encompasses/includes investments in companies, organisations or funds with the intention to combine positive social and environmental impact with positive financial returns. This concept came to life 10 years ago, when it became clear that private investments were needed to solve growing and challenging social issues. Impact Investing aspires to mobilise private funds and apply business practices in order to address urgent needs in both developed and developing countries and in various domains such as global warming, access to education and public health and sustainable farming.

About Degroof Petercam

Degroof Petercam is a reference financial institution with a history dating back to 1871. As an independent group owned by family shareholders with a long term commitment, we serve private and institutional investors.

Our clients benefit from a unique combination of services in private banking, institutional asset management , investment banking (corporate finance and financial intermediation) and asset services. We manage assets of more than 50 billion euro for private investors and families, corporates, pension funds, universities, insurance companies, governmental and non-profit organizations.

Headquartered in Brussels, we employ 1 350 professionals through offices in Belgium, Luxemburg, France, Switzerland, Spain, The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and Hong Kong.

About Quadia

Founded in 2010 in Geneva, Quadia specialises in direct impact investments, through equity and debt. In line with its mission « We nance today the solutions for tomorrow», it targets companies which have positioned their strategic development on products and services which directly contribute to a regenerative economy, in particular in the areas of food and energy efficiency.

Since its creation, Quadia has financed and invested in over thirty companies, projects and impact investment funds across Europe for close to USD 170 million. Quadia is based in Geneva and currently employs 10 people with Aymeric Jung, Daniel von Moltke and Guillaume Taylor as its managing partners. Visit www.quadia.ch.

 

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