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Martin Signer

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Martin Signer holds a Masters degree (lic. oec. publ.) in quantitative finance from the economic faculty of the University of Zurich. Prior to his activity and founding 4Finance, he was responsible for the market risk management of the Clariden Bank. Besides his activity with 4Finance Martin Signer is also active as a university lecturer and author of several publications. Martin Signer was born in Zug. His hobbies are sports (tennis, and golf), chess and music.

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Martin Signer

15 hours ago

Kapitalerhöhung für den Helvetica Swiss Living (HSL Fund) startet am 2. März 2020

Die Kapitalerhöhung des Immobilienfonds Helvetica Swiss Living (HSL Fund) startet am 2. März 2020 über maximal CHF 45 Millionen. Der Emissionserlös wird für den weiteren Ausbau des hochwertigen Immobilienportfolios verwendet. 
 

In der Zeit vom 2. bis zum 13. März 2020, 12.00 Uhr CET führt die Fondsleitung Helvetica Property für den HSL Fund eine Kapitalerhöhung von bis zu maximal CHF 45 Millionen durch. Jedem bisherigen Anteil wird ein (1) Bezugsrecht zugeteilt. Ein (1) Bezugsrecht berechtigt zum Bezug eines (1) neuen Anteils gegen Bezahlung des Emissionspreises in Schweizer Franken. Entsprechend hat die Fondsleitung die Emission von maximal 423‘715 neuen Anteilen beschlossen. Damit erhöht sich die Anzahl der sich im Umlauf befindenden Anteile von 423‘715 auf maximal 847‘430 Anteile. Der Ausgabepreis beträgt CHF 105.19 netto pro neuen Anteil des HSL Fund. Der Ausgabepreis wurde gemäss Fondsvertrag (§ 17 Ziffer 3) festgelegt. Die genaue Anzahl der neu auszugebenden Anteile wird nach Ablauf der Bezugsfrist, basierend auf den eingegangenen Zeichnungen, festgelegt. Die Liberierung der neu auszugebenden Anteile erfolgt am 18. März 2020.

 

Es findet kein Bezugsrechtshandel statt. Bezugsrechte, welche während der Bezugsfrist nicht ausgeübt wurden, werden nach Ablauf der Bezugsfrist durch die neuen oder über ihre Bezugsrechte hinaus zeichnenden Investoren entgolten. Die Abgeltung berechnet sich gemäss folgender Formel: (Durchschnitt der Geldkurse des Fondsanteils während der Zeichnungsfrist – Ausgabepreis)/1*1). Ergibt diese Formel keinen positiven Wert, dann ist der Wert des Bezugsrechts null. Sollte nach Berücksichtigung der ausgeübten Bezugsrechte am Ende der Zeichnungsfrist die Nachfrage nach neuen Anteilen das Angebot übersteigen, so wird die Fondsleitung über die Zuteilung und allfällige Kürzungen entscheiden.

 

Ziel der Kapitalerhöhung ist die Gewinnung zusätzlichen Eigenkapitals für den weiteren Ausbau des hochwertigen Portfolios. Hierzu konnte die Fondsleitung bereits ein Anlagevolumen von rund CHF 32 Millionen für kurzfristige Ankäufe sichern und verhandelt darüber hinaus, teilweise exklusiv, über den Ankauf von weiteren Liegenschaften mit einem Gesamtvolumen von rund CHF 120 Millionen.

 

Diese Mitteilung stellt keinen Emissionsprospekt im Sinne von Art. 652a und Art. 1156 des schweizerischen Obligationenrechts dar.

 

Der HSL Fund wird ausserbörslich durch die Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Lausanne gehandelt.


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Martin Signer

15 hours ago

The Capital Increase for Helvetica Swiss Living starts on 2 March 2020

The capital increase for Helvetica Swiss Living (HSL Fund) starts on 2 March 2020 with up to CHF 45 million. The proceeds from the issuance will be used for the further expansion of the high-quality real estate portfolio. 

 

The fund management company Helvetica Property will carry out a capital increase of up to CHF 45 million for the HSL Fund from 2 March to 13 March 2020 (12.00 CET). Each existing share will be allotted one (1) subscription right. (1) subscription right entitles to the subscription of one (1) new share against payment of the issue price in Swiss Francs. Accordingly, the fund management company decided to issue up to 423,715 new shares. This will increase the total number of outstanding shares from currently 423,715 to a maximum of 847,430. The net issue price will be CHF 105.19 for each new share of the HSL Fund. The issue price was calculated according to the fund contract (§17 paragraph 3). The exact number of newly issued shares will be determined after the end of the subscription period, based on the number of subscriptions received. Payment for the subscribed new shares will be due on 18 March 2020.

 

There will be no trading of subscription rights. Subscription rights that were not exercised during the subscription period will be settled after the end of the subscription period by the new investors or investors subscribing in excess of their subscription rights. The payment is calculated according to the following formula: (Average of the bid price of the fund shares during the subscription period – issue price)/1*1). If the outcome of this calculation is negative, the value of the subscription right will be zero. If after the exercise of the subscription rights at the end of the subscription period the demand for new shares exceeds the offer, the fund management company reserves the right to allocate and/or reduce accordingly.

 

The goal of the capital increase is to gain additional equity to further expand and grow a high-quality portfolio. The fund management company has already secured an investment volume of about CHF 32 million for short-term acquisitions and is also negotiating, in part exclusively, the purchase of additional properties with a total volume of about CHF 120 million.

 

This announcement does not constitute an issuing prospectus according to Article 652a and Article 1156 of the Swiss Code of Obligations.

 

The HSL Fund is traded over-the-counter by Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Lausanne.


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15 hours ago

SwissLife steigert Reingewinn um 15 Prozent

Swiss Life steigert 2019 das Fee-Ergebnis um 15% und verzeichnet einen Reingewinn von CHF 1,2 Milliarden

 
  • Swiss Life setzt ihre positive Entwicklung fort: Der bereinigte Betriebsgewinn konnte 2019 gegenüber dem Vorjahr um 10% auf CHF 1,69 Milliarden gesteigert werden; beim Reingewinn resultierte ein Plus von 12% auf CHF 1,20 Milliarden.
  • Die Gruppe erzielte Fee-Erträge von CHF 1,82 Milliarden – ein Anstieg von 16% in lokaler Währung. Das Fee-Ergebnis lag mit CHF 553 Millionen 15% über dem Vorjahr.
  • Swiss Life Asset Managers verzeichnete im Geschäft mit Drittkunden Nettoneugeldzuflüsse von CHF 8,92Milliarden. Die für Drittkunden verwalteten Vermögen lagen per 31.12.2019 bei CHF 83,0 Milliarden (+17%).
  • Der Wert des Neugeschäfts konnte von CHF 386 Millionen auf CHF 561 Millionen gesteigert werden (+45%). Die Neugeschäftsmarge lag bei 1,9% (Vorjahr: 2,6%).
  • Swiss Life erzielte eine bereinigte Eigenkapitalrendite von 10,8% (Vorjahr: 9,6%).
  • Der Verwaltungsrat schlägt der Generalversammlung eine Dividende von CHF 20.00 vor (Vorjahr: CHF 16.50).
  • Swiss Life wird darüber hinaus von März 2020 bis Mai 2021 ein neues Aktienrückkaufsprogramm von CHF 400 Millionen durchführen.
 

«Wir sind mit unserem Unternehmensprogramm „Swiss Life 2021“ gut unterwegs: Es ist uns im vergangenen Jahr erneut gelungen, in allen unseren strategischen Stossrichtungen die Ergebnisse und deren Qualität zu verbessern. So war der Haupttreiber für den höheren Betriebsgewinn das gesteigerte Fee-Ergebnis. Gleichzeitig konnten wir im Versicherungsgeschäft den Neugeschäftswert markant erhöhen. Der gesteigerte Cash-Transfer an die Holding erlaubt es uns, die Dividende weiter zu erhöhen. Darüber hinaus werden wir von März 2020 bis Mai 2021 ein neues Aktienrückkaufsprogramm in der Höhe von CHF 400 Millionen durchführen», sagt Patrick Frost, CEO der Swiss Life-Gruppe. «Der ausserordentlich starke Anstieg des Prämienvolumens im vergangenen Jahr war auf die Einmaleinlagen aufgrund des Rückzugs eines Mitbewerbers aus dem Vollversicherungsgeschäft in der Schweiz zurückzuführen. Deshalb rechnen wir für das laufende Jahr mit einem Rückgang der Prämieneinnahmen.»

 

Höherer Betriebs- und Reingewinn – Fee-Ergebnis gesteigert
Swiss Life vermochte 2019 den bereinigten Betriebsgewinn um 10% auf CHF 1687 Millionen zu steigern. Der Reingewinn erhöhte sich um 12% von CHF 1080 Millionen auf CHF 1205 Millionen. Darin enthalten ist ein positiver buchhalterischer Einmaleffekt von CHF 49 Millionen im Zusammenhang mit der Umsetzung der Schweizer Steuerreform in mehreren Kantonen. Das Sparergebnis kam 2019 auf CHF 912 Millionen zu stehen (Vorjahr: CHF 880 Millionen) und das Risikoergebnis stieg von CHF 404 Millionen auf CHF 417 Millionen. Beim Fee-Ergebnis erzielte Swiss Life eine Steigerung von 15% auf CHF 553 Millionen (Vorjahr: CHF 480 Millionen).

 

Swiss Life erzielte im Versicherungsgeschäft direkte Anlageerträge von CHF 4,44 Milliarden (Vorjahr: CHF 4,41 Milliarden). Die direkte Anlagerendite sank aufgrund von höheren durchschnittlichen Kapitalanlagen auf 2,8% (Vorjahr: 2,9%). Das Nettoanlageresultat sank um CHF 41 Millionen auf CHF 4,59 Milliarden. Die Nettoanlagerendite kam auf 2,9% zu stehen (Vorjahr: 3,0%).

 

Im Heimmarkt Schweiz erwirtschaftete Swiss Life ein Segmentergebnis von CHF 892 Millionen (Vorjahr: CHF 865 Millionen). Das Sparergebnis lag bei CHF 586 Millionen. Das Risikoergebnis stieg um 4% auf CHF 261 Millionen und das Fee-Ergebnis um 11% auf CHF 20 Millionen. In Frankreich erhöhte sich das Segmentergebnis um 3% auf EUR 247 Millionen. Das Sparergebnis trug EUR 210 Millionen und das Risikoergebnis EUR 97 Millionen dazu bei. Das Fee-Ergebnis nahm um 11% auf EUR 75 Millionen zu. Swiss Life in Deutschland erzielte ein Segmentergebnis von EUR 167 Millionen (Vorjahr: EUR 124 Millionen). Das ausserordentlich hohe Sparergebnis trug EUR 73 Millionen bei, das Risikoergebnis kam auf EUR 33 Millionen zu stehen. Das Fee-Ergebnis stieg von EUR 59 Millionen auf EUR 66 Millionen. Swiss Life International vermochte das Segmentergebnis von EUR 58 Millionen auf EUR 73 Millionen zu steigern. Das Sparergebnis betrug EUR 10 Millionen und das Risikoergebnis lag bei EUR 11 Millionen. Das Fee-Ergebnis konnte um 28% auf EUR 53 Millionen ausgebaut werden. Swiss Life Asset Managers erzielte ein Segmentergebnis von CHF 309 Millionen, im Vergleich zum Vorjahr ein Wachstum von 14%. Der Beitrag aus dem Drittkundengeschäft stieg dank höheren verwalteten Vermögen und einer verbesserten Kosten-Ertrags-Quote um 17% auf CHF 86 Millionen.

 

Weiteres Wachstum bei den Fee-Erträgen – ausserordentliche Prämienentwicklung
Die Swiss Life-Gruppe erwirtschaftete 2019 Fee-Erträge von CHF 1820 Millionen, in lokaler Währung eine Steigerung von 16%. Dieses Wachstum wurde durch Akquisitionen und Konsolidierungseffekte unterstützt. Insgesamt erhöhten sich die Beiträge von Swiss Life Asset Managers um 21%, aus den eigenen Beraterkanälen um 19% und aus eigenen und fremden Produkten und Dienstleistungen um 9%. Swiss Life weist für 2019 Prämieneinnahmen von CHF 23,0 Milliarden aus (Vorjahr: CHF 19,2 Milliarden). Der ausserordentlich starke Anstieg ist auf Einmaleinlagen aufgrund des Rückzugs eines Mitbewerbers aus der Vollversicherung in der Schweiz zurückzuführen. Für 2020 geht Swiss Life von einem Rückgang der Prämieneinnahmen aus. Die versicherungstechnischen Rückstellungen zugunsten der Versicherten erhöhten sich in lokaler Währung um 7%.

 

Swiss Life Schweiz konnte die Fee-Erträge um 7% auf CHF 265 Millionen steigern. Die Prämieneinnahmen beliefen sich auf CHF 13,5 Milliarden (Vorjahr: CHF 9,53 Milliarden). Frankreich steigerte die Fee-Erträge um 9% auf EUR 293 Millionen und verzeichnete bei den Prämieneinnahmen ein Wachstum von 5% auf EUR 5,30 Milliarden. Swiss Life in Deutschland erzielte bei den Fee-Erträgen eine Steigerung von 14% auf EUR 448 Millionen. Die Prämieneinnahmen kamen auf EUR 1,24 Milliarden zu stehen – ein Plus von 2%. Swiss Life International erwirtschaftete Fee-Erträge von EUR 282 Millionen; das Wachstum von 25% wurde unterstützt durch die Akquisition von Fincentrum. Die Prämieneinnahmen sanken um 3% auf EUR 2,07 Milliarden.

 

Swiss Life Asset Managers verwaltete per 31. Dezember 2019 Vermögen von insgesamt CHF 254,4 Milliarden. Im Anlagegeschäft für Drittkunden erzielte Swiss Life Asset Managers Nettoneugeldzuflüsse von CHF 8,92 Milliarden (Vorjahr: CHF 8,39 Milliarden). Die verwalteten Vermögen im Drittkundengeschäft stiegen per Ende 2019 auf CHF 83,0 Milliarden – ein Plus von 17% gegenüber dem Ende des Vorjahrs. Die Gesamterträge von Swiss Life Asset Managers erhöhten sich um 16% auf CHF 853 Millionen. Dazu leistete das Drittkundengeschäft einen Beitrag von CHF 476 Millionen (Vorjahr: CHF 413 Millionen). Neben dem operativen Wachstum trugen auch Konsolidierungseffekte und die Akquisition von Beos dazu bei.

 

«Swiss Life 2021» gut unterwegs – Steigerung des Neugeschäftswerts
Swiss Life hat im Rahmen ihres Unternehmensprogramms «Swiss Life 2021» weitere Fortschritte erzielt. Mit dem Fee-Ergebnis von CHF 553 Millionen und dem Risikoergebnis von CHF 417 Millionen ist Swiss Life bezüglich der entsprechenden Zielsetzungen bis 2021 auf Kurs. Der Wert des Neugeschäfts konnte im vergangenen Jahr von CHF 386 Millionen auf CHF 561 Millionen gesteigert werden (+45%); die Neugeschäftsmarge lag dabei bei 1,9% (Vorjahr: 2,6%). Diese Entwicklungen im Neugeschäft stehen im Zusammenhang mit der ausserordentlich grossen Nachfrage nach Vollversicherungslösungen in der Schweiz. Der durchschnittliche technische Zins sank um 13 Basispunkte auf 1,12%. Die Effizienzquote im Lebengeschäft lag bei 41 Basispunkten (Vorjahr: 42 Basispunkte) und die Quote der administrativen Vertriebskosten in den unabhängigen Beraterkanälen bei 26% (Vorjahr: 28%). Im Anlagegeschäft für Drittkunden konnte die Kosten-Ertrags-Quote auf 84% verbessert werden (Vorjahr: 91%). Der Cash-Transfer an die Holding konnte um 8% auf CHF 752 Millionen gesteigert werden. Swiss Life erzielte 2019 eine bereinigte Eigenkapitalrendite von 10,8% (Vorjahresperiode: 9,6%; Eigenkapital ohne nicht realisierte Gewinne/Verluste). Das Unternehmen geht per 1. Januar 2020 basierend auf dem regulatorischen Solvenz-Modell von einer SST-Quote von gut 200% aus.

 

Erhöhung der Dividende auf CHF 20.00 je Aktie – neues Aktienrückkaufsprogramm von CHF 400 Millionen
Aufgrund der erfreulichen Geschäftsentwicklung wird der Verwaltungsrat den Aktionären anlässlich der Generalversammlung vom 28. April 2020 eine Erhöhung der Dividende auf CHF 20.00 je Aktie vorschlagen (Vorjahr: CHF 16.50), wovon CHF 5.00 je Aktie in der Form einer Nennwertreduktion ausbezahlt werden. Die Ausschüttung der ordentlichen Dividende von CHF 15.00 je Aktie erfolgt am 5. Mai 2020. Die Nennwertrückzahlung von CHF 5.00 je Aktie wird voraussichtlich am 24. Juli 2020 vorgenommen. Die Ausschüttungsquote liegt bei 53%. Swiss Life wird darüber hinaus von März 2020 bis Mai 2021 ein neues Aktienrückkaufsprogramm von CHF 400 Millionen durchführen.

 

Wiederwahl der Mitglieder des Verwaltungsrats
An der Generalversammlung vom 28. April 2020 stellen sich alle Mitglieder des Verwaltungsrats zur Wiederwahl zur Verfügung.


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Martin Signer

2 days ago

New Budget 2020-21 Release of the Hong Kong Financial Secretary


Financial Secretary delivered 2020-21 Budget
The Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government delivered the 2020-21 Budget, at a time when Hong Kong is facing unprecedented challenges to the health of our economy and the well-being of the entire community.  The bold, substantive and forward-looking proposals in the 2020-21 Budget will help to boost our efforts to combat the coronavirus epidemic, take care of people in need and bolster the economy.  
2019 was an unsettling year fraught with obstacles and an unforgettable one for all Hong Kong people. Early last year, Hong Kong had already foreseen that its economy would be subject to considerable uncertainties due to the US-China trade conflict and other external factors.  The unprecedented social incidents then broke out in the middle of the year.  Then there was an unexpected outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease.

The HK$120 billion (about EUR 14.13 billion) counter-cyclical measures proposed in the 2020-21 Budget represent an unequivocal commitment by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government to rise to the challenge of overcoming adversity and helping people in need. These proposals also complement the initiatives set out under the recently established HK$30 billion (about EUR 3.53 billion) Anti-epidemic Fund.  The 2020-21 Budget also offers a wide range of measures to strengthen Hong Kong’s pillar industries while identifying new growth engines among emerging sectors.
Following are the relevant highlights -
Key initiatives to develop and diversify the economy
Financial Services
·        Issue green bonds totaling HK$66 billion (about EUR 7.77 billion) over the next five years
·        Issue inflation-linked retail bonds and Silver Bonds totaling at least HK$13 billion (about EUR 1.53 billion)
·        Waive stamp duty on stock transfers paid by Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) market makers when creating and redeeming EFT units in Hong Kong
·        Establish a limited partnership regime and provide tax concessions for carried interest issued by private equity funds

Innovation and Technology
·        Earmark HK$3 billion (about EUR 353 million) for Phase 2 of the Hong Kong Science Park Expansion Programme
·        Inject HK$2 billion (about EUR 236 million) into the Innovation and Technology Fund to launch the Re-industrialisation Funding Scheme, providing matching-basis support for manufacturers setting up smart production lines in Hong Kong
·        Explore the development of a third InnoHK research cluster
·        Increase the grant ceiling under the Technology Voucher Programme to HK$600,000 (about EUR 70,650), raising the Government’s funding ratio to 75 percent
·        Set aside HK$345 million (about EUR 40.62 million) for a pilot subsidy scheme to encourage the logistics industry to boost productivity through technology
·        Expand the Research Programme and Postdoctoral Hub to cover all technology companies conducting R&D activities in Hong Kong

In Addition
·        HK$ 900 million (about EUR 105.98 million) to the Art Development Matching Grants Scheme
·        HK$ 700 million (about EUR 82.43 million) to the Hong Kong Tourism Board for tourism promotion once the epidemic is over
·        HK$ 150 million (about EUR 17.66 million) to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council for promotional activities
·        HK$ 216 million (about EUR 25.43 million) to the Arts Development Council and Leisure and Cultural Services Department for internships, scholarships and on-the-job training, offering about 700 placements
·        Nearly 5,000 Government and public organization short-term internship places to be made available in 2020-21

Tax relief and other concessions -
Cash Payout
·        Cash Payout to Hong Kong permanent residents aged 18 or above of HK$10,000 (about EUR 1,178)

Support for businesses and salary earners
·        Concessionary low-interest loan with 100% Government guarantee for enterprises, up to a maximum of HK$2 million (about EUR 236 million)
·        Reduce profits tax for 2019-20 assessment year by 100%, up to a maximum of HK$20,000 (about EUR 2,355)
·        Reduce salaries tax for 2019-20 assessment year by 100%, up to a maximum of HK$20,000 (about EUR 2,355)
·        Waive rates for non-domestic properties for 2020-21, up to HK$5,000 per quarter (about EUR 590) in first two quarters and HK$1,500 (about EUR 177) for the remaining two quarters per property
·        Waive business registration fees for 2020-21
·        Waive registration fees for company annual returns for 2 years
·        Electricity subsidies for non-residential accounts and Water and Sewage Charges reduced for non-domestic households

Economic Performance in 2019
GDP growth:                        -1.2%
Headline inflation:                 2.9%
Underlying inflation:                 3.0%
Unemployment (latest):        3.4% - the highest in more than 3 years.

Economic Forecast for 2020
GDP growth:                        -1.5% to 0.5%
Headline inflation:                       1.7%
Underlying inflation:                     2.5%

2019-20 Estimated Fiscal Deficit - HK$37.8 billion (about EUR 4.45 billion), the equivalent of about 1.3% of GDP

2020-21 Estimated Fiscal Deficit -  HK$139.1billion (about EUR 16.38 billion), the equivalent of about 4.8% of GDP.  However, almost HK$120 billion (about EUR 14.13 billion) of deficit related to the cash payment scheme and other one-off relief measures, which will not incur long-term financial commitments

Total fiscal reserves of HK$1,133.1 billion forecast (about EUR 133.42 billion) by 31 March 2020  – equivalent to 22 months of government expenditure

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Martin Signer

5 days ago

SIX Group changes index weighting

Based on the criteria set out in the index regulations of the SIX Swiss Exchange (rules governing the SMI®, SLI®, SPI®, and SXI® indices), the scheduled index adjustments will be conducted on 20 March 2020 after the market close and take effect as of 23 March 2020.

The final list will be published on 16 March 2020 prior to the opening. This allows any last-minute updates to be taken into account.

Adjustment of capping factors SMI®, SLI®, SXI® Family and SPI® Select Dividend 20

 

For the SMI® as well as for the SLI®, SXI Life Sciences®, SXI Bio+Medtech®, and SXI Sustainability 25®, large-capitalization issues will be capped again at 18% (SMI), at 9% and 4.5% (SLI®), at 10% (SXI Life Sciences®, SXI Bio+Medtech®) and at 15% (SXI Sustainability 25®) on the basis of the closing prices of 12 March 2020.

For the SPI® Select Dividend 20, if the weighting of a security were to exceed 15%, the weight of the security will be limited at 15% on the basis of the closing prices of 12 March 2020.

The capping factors will be published on 16 March 2020 prior to the opening in the list mentioned above.


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Martin Signer

6 days ago

Das Bundesamt für Gesundheit BAG nimmt die Verantwortung zur Verhinderung des Coronavirus in der Schweiz nicht wahr

Die Schweiz ist ein relative wohlhabendes Land. Dies bedeutet jedoch nicht, dass Behörden effizient arbeiten.

Am Beispiel des BAG zeigt sich, dass man gerne wartet, bis die Katastrophe schon da ist.

So sieht man, dass in der angrezenden Lombardei das Coronavirus ausbricht. Das Tessin hat mit der Lombardei einen täglichen Personenverkehr von ca. 70 000 Personen.

Da die Schweizer Behörden unverantwortlich die Sachen unverantwortlich rausschieben und die relevanten Massnahmen nicht ergreifen (Grenzschliessung), scheint es nur eine Frage der Zeit, bis sich in der Schweiz das Coronavirus auch ausbreitet. Die Argumentation ist dabei auf mehreren Linien widersprüchlich:

  • Man behauptet, dass es ein lokaler/kontrollierter Ausbruch in Italien ist, gleichzeitig kommuniziert man, dass er ohnehin nicht aufgehalten werden kann.  D.h. das Beruhigungs- gemischt mit dem Fatalismusargument kombiniert.

 

Es ist ja nicht so, dass es in der Schweiz keine kompetenten Personen gäbe

Wer glaubt, dass die Schweizer Behörden die Übersicht haben, sei bspw. an die Tatsache erinnert, dass bei der Schweinegrippe in der öffentlichen Bahn ein Virentransport explodierte (da er beim Transport auftaute, und dieser Transport im öffentlichen Verkehr stattfand). In diesem Beispiel hatte man einfach Glück, dass der Erreger milde war.

Gleichzeitig schwafelt man über Sicherheit (lies: es geht um Gegengeschäfte für Rüstungsgüter und nicht um Sicherheit), was auch die Mär der humanitären Schweiz begräbt.


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Martin Signer

6 days ago

Join the invest in Africa Convention from 23rd to 24th April in Amsterdam

 

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Hello,

Changemaker International invites you to the Africa Trade and Investment Convention from 23rd to 24th April 2020.
 
Africa has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Evidence suggests that Africa has now entered a cycle of strong economic growth. Investors are now positioning themselves to understand the opportunities across the African continent.
 
The objectives of the conference are:
  • To promote and facilitate international trade between  Africa and Europe
  • To facilitate investments into Africa
  • Provide a platform for businesses to expand into new markets in Africa
  • To build networks for entrepreneurs and investors

Speakers Include:
  • Dr. James Nyoro, Governor, Kiambu County, Kenya
  • Wasim Tahir, Strategic Manager, GDC Group, United Kingdom
  • Richard Ngatia, The President, Kenya Chambers of Commerce and Industry
  • Marco Rensma, CEO, Meys Emerging Markets Research
  • Benjamin Huss, CEO, Startup Fund
  • Mohamed Sesay, Africa Regional Manager, Cordaid
  • Eelko Bronkhorst, CEO, Financial Access, Netherlands
  • Michael Mirko, CEO, Bridgeways Company, UK
  • Claire Dawai, CEO, Sub Sahara Business Council

The convention will discuss economic opportunities such as manufacturing and infrastructural development, Agribusiness, Renewable Energy, Real Estate, transportation, Digital Technology, Tourism, Financing Start-Ups, and Micro Finance, Public-Private Partnerships, Women in  Business, Healthcare, Telecommunications, and Fintech.
 
There will be matchmaking sessions dedicated to making the process of meeting investors and trade partners easier, country-specific presentations and evening networking meetings.
This will ensure trade or investment deals are concluded during the convention.

The delegate fee is €500 ( excl. Vat)  for the two days conference participation. Exhibition space is available for €1000. 

You can register online on https://investinginafrica.eu/register.html
Participants introduced by Smart Money Match are entitled to a 10% discount.
 

 
Register now
 

Contact:
John  Karegwa
Project Manager
Africa Trade and Investment Convention
Betje Wolffstraat 62, 3027 RN, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Phone :+31 616 950 384
Email: info@investinginafrica.eu
Website: www.investinginafrica.eu

 



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Martin Signer

6 days ago

Invitation for the Swiss Growth Forum Events in Zurich or Geneva

 

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Hello,
 
As industry leaders in Financial Services and Investments in Europe, we would like to make you aware of this upcoming complimentary event.
 
We would like to invite you to attend our quarterly Swiss Growth Forum Winter Edition in Zurich and Geneva on February 26th and 27th. Swiss Growth Forum’s team has 23 years’ experience in pre-qualifying and helping growth companies find and work with industry professionals like you – our team has helped raise over $2 Billion.
 
At each Forum Event, we select a small group of 3-6 qualified companies to present to investors; typically these companies are looking for investment while at the same time beginning the process of a listing on a public European exchange. 
 
Each Forum typically attracts up to 75 investors for the companies to present to, and each company’s 20-minute presentation, contact information, and video will be available after. 
 
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Martin Signer

6 days ago

Invitation to the 5th JPK in Zurich and the 1st JPK in Lausanne

 

                                                                                                   


Dear Clients, Colleagues & Friends,

We’d like to invite you to the 5th Annual Conference on Professional Investment in Zurich and the 1st Annual Conference on Professional Investment in LausanneColinne Bartel from AC Innovation has generously offered a 50% off registration for SmartMoneyMatch users.
Please find the details in the links above – Promo Code: JZL-2020
Register soon as space is limited.
It should be great events and we look forward to seeing you there.

Kind regards,


Martin Signer
Managing Director
 
 
 



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Martin Signer

11 days ago

Changpeng Zhao (CZ), Founder and CEO of Binance, announced as headline speaker for leading emerging technology event in France  

Paris Blockchain Week Summit (PBWS), the first international conference held in France dedicated to professionals in the blockchain and crypto-assets space, has announced its 2020 agenda, including headline speakers and topics for its upcoming event on March 31st - April 1st, 2020.

Following a successful first edition in 2019 that brought together prominent global figures in technology, politics, business, and finance, PBWS 2020 will take place at Station F, the world’s largest start-up campus and incubator. The agenda for the event will focus on four primary tracks: Technology, Open Finance, Enterprise Blockchain, and Public Policy.

Set to deliver the headline keynote at this year’s event are renowned blockchain luminary and founder of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by volume, Changpeng Zhao (CZ), Founder and CEO of Binance. CZ will deliver a headline keynote at the event on how blockchain is transforming business operations, and organizations are becoming increasingly focused on decentralization and open collaboration. 

Additional speakersannounced today include Emin Gün Sirer, CEO of AVA Labs; Ben Livshits, Chief Scientist at Brave; Denelle Dixon, CEO & Executive Director at Stellar Development Foundation; Eric Demuth, CEO of Bitpanda, Charlie Meraud, CEO of Woorton; Marta Piekarska-Geater, Director of Ecosystem at Hyperledger; Bartek Kiepuszewski, Head of Oasis at Maker Foundation; David Wachsman, CEO of Wachsman; Edward Moncada, CEO of Blockfolio; Pauline Adam-Kalfon, Partner Blockchain & Financial Services at PwC, and Frédéric Fiore, CEO of Logical Pictures.

This announcement comes following the first unveiling of PBWS’ primary speaker lineup, including prominent figures Bruno Le Maire, Minister for the Economy and Finance; Cédric O, Secretary of State for Digital Affairs; Dr. Jutta Steiner, Founder & CEO of Parity Technologies; Ryan Selkis, Co-Founder and CEO of Messari and Bertrand Perez, COO and Interim Managing Director of the Libra Association.

Karim Sabba, Co-Founder and Co-Host of PBWS, commented: “This year’s conference will focus on trends that are pertinent to the industry - with a particular focus on open finance, technology, and real enterprise use cases which will play a crucial role in the development of the industry. The blockchain space as a whole has made major strides within the last year, especially in regards to enterprise adoption and tangible use cases. With leaders across verticals slated to take center stage, PBWS is going to be an unmissable event.” 

Speaking slots at the event will center around the following topics and more will be announced soon:

  1. 2019 Technology Update: What has been built?

  2. Stablecoins: managing global financial stability

  3. Are crypto lenders slowly killing banks?

  4. The return of the DAO (Decentralized Autonomous Organization)

  5. Blockchain-based gaming

  6. How to secure smart contracts

  7. DeFi: creating an alternative financial system

Pauline Adam-Kalfon, Partner Blockchain & Financial Services at PwC, concluded: “As the first major blockchain event in France, PBWS is paving the way for the future of emerging technology and digital assets in Europe and beyond. 2020 will undoubtedly be a big year for the ecosystem, particularly in regards to enterprise adoption, and PwC is thrilled to be a part of this event.”

About Paris Blockchain Week Summit

The second annual Paris Blockchain Week Summit (PBWS) will be held at Station F in the French capital on March 31 - April 1st, 2020. First launched in April 2019, PBWS was the first international conference held in France dedicated to professionals in the blockchain and crypto-assets space. The event is organized by leading emerging technology companies and organizations, including Chain Accelerator, Woorton, and Datalents. Supported by some of the leading figures in tech and politics, PBWS will accelerate the growth of blockchain and digital assets in France and beyond. Headline sponsors for the event include La French Tech, Tezos, Cognizant, Algorand, BitCherry, PwC, Nomadic Labs, The Blockchain Chamber of Commerce, KPMG and Bitpanda.


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Martin Signer

11 days ago

Helvetica Property plant Kapitalerhöhung für den Helvetica Swiss Living

Die Fondsleitung Helvetica Property beabsichtigt im März 2020 eine weitere Kapitalerhöhung mit Bezugsrecht für den Helvetica Swiss Living (HSL Fund; ISIN CH0495275668) durchzuführen. Der Emissionserlös wird für den weiteren Ausbau des hochwertigen Immobilienportfolios verwendet.

 

Konditionen
Die genauen Konditionen der geplanten Kapitalerhöhung werden Anfang März 2020 bekannt gegeben.

 

Ziel
Ziel der Kapitalerhöhung ist die Gewinnung zusätzlicher Mittel für den Kauf von attraktiven Liegenschaften. Der Fondsleitung ist es gelungen, ein Anlagevolumen von rund CHF 32 Millionen für kurzfristige Ankäufe zu sichern. Darüber hinaus prüft und verhandelt die Fondsleitung – teilweise exklusiv – über den Ankauf von weiteren Liegenschaften in der ganzen Schweiz mit einem Gesamtvolumen von über CHF 120 Millionen.

 

Handel
Der HSL Fund wird ausserbörslich durch die Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Lausanne gehandelt.

 

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Der HSL Fund investiert in Wohnimmobilien in der ganzen Schweiz, mit klarem Fokus, dort wo regionale und nationale Wirtschaftszentren gut erreichbar sind und eine positive Bevölkerungsentwicklung zu erwarten ist. Im Anlagefokus des HSL Fund stehen ältere und neuwertige Bestandes-Liegenschaften sowie Liegenschaften mit Instandhaltungs- und Instandsetzungsbedarf, die durch aktive Bewirtschaftung und den Abbau von Leerständen das Potenzial von Wertsteigerungen aufweisen. Der HSL Fund legt einen weiteren Schwerpunkt auf gut vermietbare Standorte mit einer guten Anbindung an den öffentlichen und individuellen Verkehr.


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Martin Signer

11 days ago

Helvetica Property plans capital increase for Helvetica Swiss Living

The fund management company Helvetica Property intends to carry out a further capital increase with subscription rights for Helvetica Swiss Living (HSL Fund; ISIN CH0495275668) in March 2020. The proceeds of the capital increase will be used to further expand the high-quality real estate portfolio.

 

Terms and conditions
The exact details of the planned capital increase will be announced in early March 2020.

 

Objective
The aim of the capital increase is to attract additional funds for the purchase of attractive properties. The fund management company has been able to secure an investment volume of about CHF 32 million for short-term acquisitions. In addition, the fund management company is negotiating, in part exclusively, the purchase of additional properties throughout Switzerland with a total volume of over CHF 120 million.

 

Trading
The HSL Fund is traded over-the-counter by Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Lausanne.

 

Fund portrait
The HSL Fund invests in residential properties throughout Switzerland, with a clear focus where both regional and national economic centers are easily accessible and positive population development is expected. The investment focus of the HSL Fund is on older and new properties as well as properties in need of maintenance and repair, which have the potential to increase in value through active Asset Management and the reduction of vacancies. The HSL Fund also focuses on locations that are easy to let and have good public and private transport connections.


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Martin Signer

11 days ago

Normenkontrollverfahren kommt

Normenkontrollverfahren kommt! BFW: „Jetzt kann Mietendeckel-Wahnsinn gestoppt werden“

„Das Land Berlin begeht mit dem Gesetz zum Mietendeckel einen offenen Verfassungsbruch. Dieser Wahnsinn muss schnellstmöglich durch das Bundesverfassungsgericht gestoppt werden. Wir begrüßen sehr, dass der Antrag auf ein Normenkontrollverfahren nun die erforderliche Unterstützung im Bundestag hat. Jetzt kann dieser wohnungspolitischen Geisterfahrt in Karlsruhe ein Ende gesetzt werden“, sagte Andreas Ibel, Präsident des BFW Bundesverbandes Freier Immobilien- und Wohnungsunternehmen, heute in Berlin. Ibel verwies hierbei auf Informationen aus dem Bundestag, nach denen das notwendige Quorum von 178 Unterzeichnern für das Einreichen der Klage bereits übertroffen ist.

„Mit dem Mietendeckel rüttelt der Berliner Senat nicht nur an der Bund-Länder-Kompetenz, sondern auch am Wirtschaftsmotor Deutschlands“, so Ibel weiter. „Der Senat macht die Hauptstadt zum Versuchslabor für Phantastereien einer staatlichen Preiskontrolle. Dabei sind die Auswirkungen des Mietendeckels besonders in jenen Stadtteilen fatal, in denen kaum börsennotierte Wohnungsunternehmen vertreten sind! Stattdessen treffen die enteignenden Eingriffe des Senats private Vermieter wie Genossenschaften, Einzelvermieter oder mittelständische Unternehmen.“

Aufgrund der unabsehbaren Folgen des Mietendeckels haben Mitgliedsunternehmen des BFW Landesverbandes Berlin/Brandenburg bereits geplante Neubauvorhaben in einem Umfang von mehr als 9.000 Wohnungen zurückgestellt. Zusätzlich wurden auch Investitionen und Modernisierungen auf Eis gelegt.

„Wenn unsere Unternehmen nicht mehr investieren und bauen können – wer soll dann die erforderlichen neuen Wohnungen für die Berliner bauen? Eine Antwort darauf hat auch der Senat nicht. Vernünftige Argumente scheinen bei den verantwortlichen Akteuren nicht mehr durchzudringen“, resümiert Ibel. „Deshalb ist es eine gute Nachricht, dass dieser planwirtschaftliche Irrsinn jetzt vom obersten Gericht gestoppt werden kann. Der BFW wird hierbei die notwendige Unterstützung leisten!“


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Martin Signer

14 days ago

CoinAgenda Caribbean Returns to Puerto Rico

CoinAgenda (www.coinagenda.com), the premier global conference series for connecting blockchain and cryptocurrency investors with startups since 2014, has announced its fourth annual CoinAgenda Caribbean event happening in Puerto Rico February 26-27, 2020. CoinAgenda will be held at Piloto 151 in historic Old San Juan. Tickets, including discounted rates for Puerto Rico residents, are now available through www.coinagenda.com.

Speakers include:

  • Brock Pierce, Co-Founder of EOS Alliance, Blockchain Capital, Tether, and Mastercoin

  • Shawn Owen, Founder of SALT Lending and EQUA Start

  • Irina Linchfield, Founder of BlockchainCubed

  • Jacob Farber, Partner at Ouroboros LLP

  • Melissa Jun Rowley, Award-Winning Speaker, Writer and Presenter 

  • Cyril Meduña, President and Managing Director at Advent-Morro Equity Partners

  • Giovanni Mendez, Blockchain Tax Attorney, Global Economic Optimization 

  • Brian Bourgerie, Founder at InvestingBlock 

  • Sean Walsh, CEO at HyperBlock 

CoinAgenda Caribbean 2020 will discuss legal, regulatory and jurisdictional issues involved with starting and investing in blockchain companies, with a special focus on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. In between the day’s content and in partnership with BitAngels (https://www.bitangels.network/), up to 20 companies (a mix of angel and VC investments as well as tokens trading on exchanges) will pitch in a Demo Day environment. The day will conclude with a cocktail party at an exclusive venue. 

Blockchain companies seeking equity investment or with tokens trading on exchanges are invited to apply to pitch here. If selected, there is no cost for companies to pitch, and presenters will receive a complimentary ticket to CoinAgenda. Past pitch competition winners include Aeternity, Bancor, Omega One, SALT Lending, and Qtum, which each went on to raise millions in investment. 

CoinAgenda Caribbean conference sessions will focus on connecting investors, traders, family offices, funds, and entrepreneurs to explore topics including: 

  • Blockchain investment as the bitcoin halving approaches

  • Blockchain economic development in Puerto Rico 

  • Puerto Rico as a global crypto-friendly banking center

  • The brave new world of decentralized finance (aka “DeFi”)

  • Legal and regulatory issues for blockchain companies and investors. 

“With bitcoin prices up more than 40 percent in the first six weeks of 2020, investors are beginning to position themselves for the next bull market, which has historically run up right after the bitcoin halving event that happens every four years - and will occur this year in May,” said Michael Terpin, Founder and CEO of CoinAgenda. “Unlike four years ago, the blockchain economy includes so much more than just bitcoin, and this conference lets attendees meet global experts and entrepreneurs in an intimate environment where they can both learn and network one-on-one with world-class industry leaders.” 

Since 2014, CoinAgenda has hosted events across North America, Europe, and Asia. 

ABOUT COINAGENDA

CoinAgenda is the premier global conference series for connecting blockchain and cryptocurrency investors with startups since 2014.


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Martin Signer

15 days ago

Blackrock Gold successfully closed the final tranche of its private placement

Blackrock Gold Corp. (“Blackrock” or the “Company”) (TSXV: BRC) announced the closing of the final tranche of its non‑brokered private placement previously announced on January 10, 2020.  In connection with the closing of the final tranche, the Company issued a total of 3,512,065 units of the Company (“Units”) at a price of $0.20 per Unit for gross proceeds of $702,413 (the “Private Placement”).  Each Unit consisted of one common share of the Company (“Common Share”) and one‑half of one Common Share purchase warrant (each whole warrant, a “Warrant”). Each Warrant entitles the holder to acquire one Common Share at an exercise price of $0.30 until February 13, 2022. Gross proceeds from the closing of the first tranche and the final tranche of the Private Placement totaled $1,239,413.
 
Proceeds from the Private Placement will be used by the Company to fund the 2020 drilling program and exploration work on the Company's Silver Cloud property, and general working capital.
 
On closing, the Company paid a cash commission of $13,500, representing 6% of the proceeds raised in respect of a portion of the Private Placement. 
 
The Common Shares and Warrants issued in connection with the final tranche of the Private Placement and the Common Shares issuable upon exercise of Warrants are subject to a hold period expiring June 14, 2020.  The Private Placement is subject to final approval of the TSX Venture Exchange.
 
The securities described herein have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the securities laws of any state and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent an exemption from registration.
 
About Blackrock Gold Corp.
 
Blackrock is a junior gold-focused exploration company that is on a quest to make an economic discovery.  Anchored by a seasoned Board, the Company is focused on its Silver Cloud property, a low-sulphidation epithermal gold & silver project located along on the established Northern Nevada Rift gold trend in north-central Nevada.


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Martin Signer

17 days ago

Providing MSPs with Enterprise-Level Security Management Solution Is the Aim of the Pax8 and Novacoast Announce Strategic Partnership to Offer novaSOC

Pax8, a cloud distributor, forms a strategic partnership with Novacoast, a uniquely positioned IT services and solutions company, to offer novaSOC—a comprehensive monitoring and alerting security service that consolidates input from multiple threat intelligence sources to validate indicators of network compromise. The security solution is available today, exclusively through Pax8.

“Hackers are now using new and diverse techniques to launch multiple forms of cyber-attacks, making it more important than ever for MSPs to protect their clients with multi-layered security solutions,” said Ryan Walsh, chief channel officer at Pax8. “novaSOC will help our partners detect security vulnerabilities and suspicious activity. The enterprise-grade security solution enables MSPs to manage customers with high demands for security and uptime—especially in the healthcare and financial industries—while identifying potential weaknesses, improving response times, and optimizing workflows.”

novaSOC provides security monitoring that detects known security vulnerabilities and suspicious activity, instantly offering alerts and reporting to the cloud to enable rapid support and resolution. novaSOC features a multi-tenant portal that provides a single location for security and user management. The portal enables detailed alerting and a reporting dashboard that allows partners to drill down into individual customers. Ensuring the highest level of security, the portal is enhanced through multi-factor authentication, and MSPs can choose their preferred ticket integration option.

“We’ve combined our technology teams—development, security advisory, engineering, and our global SOC network—to bring together this impressive new technology,” said Adam Gray chief technology officer at Novacoast and novaSOC co-architect. “Everything we’ve learned running SOC services for large global enterprise and highly regulated industries helped us build novaSOC, which provides comprehensive, enterprise-grade SOC services, vulnerability management, and threat hunting—empowering MSPs to provide greater security to their end customers, supported by directed security guidance on all our findings.”

“Since we have been trialing novaSOC, the product has alerted us to important vulnerabilities existing in our managed systems,” said Justin Dews, chief information officer at Techvera and a Pax8 partner. “These vulnerabilities may have otherwise gone unnoticed. The service itself is easy to deploy and easy to monitor, we’ve received great customer services, and we are impressed with the quality of the service and the value it provides.”

“We have been using novaSOC since launch, and are impressed with its capabilities and the increased security checks,” said Chad Grahek, owner at Grahek Technology and a Pax8 partner. “Novacoast’s view on security takes into account the issues most of our customers are not thinking about. novaSOC offers our customers a significant amount of security and value, and together, we will continue to re-enforce that message.”

About Pax8

Pax8 is modernizing how partners buy, sell and manage the cloud. As a born-in-the-cloud company, Pax8 simplifies the buying journey, empowering its partners to achieve more with cloud technology. The company’s technology displaces legacy distribution by connecting the channel ecosystem to its award-winning transactional cloud marketplace. Through billing, provisioning, automation, industry-leading PSA integrations, and pre and post-sales support, and education, Pax8 is a proven disruptor in the market. In 2018, Pax8 was ranked number 68 on the Inc. 5000 and in 2019, the company was ranked number 60.

About Novacoast

Novacoast helps organizations find, create & implement solutions for a powerful security posture through advisory, engineering, development & managed services. Above all, we are a resource engine. We vet for fearlessness and ingenuity, supporting our experts with comprehensive project and delivery management services and a culture of creative problem-solving.


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Martin Signer

17 days ago

Genprex and University of Pittsburgh Sign Exclusive License Agreement for Potentially Curative Gene Therapy Candidate for Diabetes

Genprex, Inc. (“Genprex” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: GNPX), a clinical-stage gene therapy company developing potentially life-changing technologies for patients with cancer and other serious diseases, announced that it signed an exclusive license agreement with the University of Pittsburgh for a diabetes gene therapy that may have the potential to cure Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, which together currently affects approximately 30.3 million people in the U.S or 9 percent of the U.S. population.

The diabetes gene therapy, which was developed by lead researcher and Harvard graduate, Dr. George Gittes, at the Rangos Research Center at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, works by reprogramming beta cells in the pancreas to restore their function, thereby replenishing levels of insulin. The novel infusion process uses an endoscope and an adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector to deliver Pdx1 and MafA genes to the pancreas. The proteins these genes express transform alpha cells in the pancreas into functional beta-like cells, which can produce insulin but are distinct enough from beta cells to evade the body’s immune system.

The diabetes gene therapy has been tested in vivo in mice and nonhuman primates. In studies of diabetic mice, the gene therapy approach restored normal blood glucose levels for an extended period of time, typically around four months. According to Dr. Gittes, the duration of restored blood glucose levels in mice could translate to decades in humans. Following preclinical studies, Dr. Gittes and his team plan to begin a Phase I clinical trial in diabetic patients, which could be the first-ever gene therapy tested in humans for diabetes. 

“One of the biggest advantages of this gene therapy is that it could eliminate the need for insulin replacement therapy for diabetic patients,” said Dr. Gittes. “Lifting this huge burden for the millions of patients who must continuously monitor blood glucose levels and inject insulin daily would be a breakthrough in modern medicine. This therapy has the potential to truly disrupt the diabetes market.”

Genprex will add this exciting technology to its research and development pipeline, diversifying its portfolio and expanding its clinical development programs. The company will continue its focus on developing its immunogene therapies for cancer, including Oncoprex™ immunogene therapy, its lead drug candidate for non-small cell lung cancer, in parallel with the development of the new diabetes gene therapy.

“We are excited to announce the licensing agreement with The University of Pittsburgh, and we look forward to working with Dr. Gittes and his team to develop this groundbreaking treatment for diabetes,” said Rodney Varner, Genprex’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “At Genprex, we have always put patient needs first, focusing on ways to bring new treatment options to patient populations who have large unmet medical needs. We believe this diabetes gene therapy may potentially become a new treatment option for the millions of diabetes patients who now must take insulin replacement therapy, and it may be effective for patients who do not benefit sufficiently from that therapy. Even more moving, the diabetes gene therapy could hold the potential to provide long term effectiveness, or even be a cure, for diabetes patients.”

Genprex plans to pursue potential partnerships for the development of this therapy globally and in the U.S.

According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 30 million Americans have diabetes, and approximately 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with diabetes every year. Diabetes patients have a continuous burden of checking and monitoring their blood glucose levels and injecting insulin on a daily basis. Without effective management of diabetes, patients are at risk of stroke, hyperglycemia, cardiovascular disease, diabetic ketoacidosis, and extremity amputation. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

Genprex’s licensed diabetes gene therapy technology works to reprogram alpha cells in the pancreas into beta-like cells, restoring their function, thereby replenishing levels of insulin. Image source: Osipovich, Anna & Magnuson, Mark. (2018). Alpha to Beta Cell Reprogramming: Stepping toward a New Treatment for Diabetes. Cell Stem Cell. 22. 12-13. 10.1016/j.stem.2017.12.012. 

About Genprex, Inc.

Genprex, Inc. is a clinical-stage gene therapy company developing potentially life-changing technologies for patients with cancer and other serious diseases. Genprex’s technologies are designed to administer disease-fighting genes to provide new treatment options for large patient populations with cancer and other serious diseases that currently have limited treatment options. Genprex works with world-class institutions and collaborators to in-license and develops drug candidates to further its pipeline of gene therapies in order to provide novel treatment approaches for patients with cancer and other serious diseases. The company’s lead product candidate, Oncoprex™ immunogene therapy for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), uses the company’s unique, proprietary platform which delivers cancer-fighting genes by encapsulating them into nanoscale hollow spheres called nanovesicles, which are then administered intravenously and taken up by tumor cells where they express proteins that are missing or found in low quantities. In January 2020, the FDA granted Fast Track Designation for Oncoprex in combination with AstraZeneca’s Tagrisso® for the treatment of NSCLC.


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Martin Signer

18 days ago

Success pour invibes

2019 : UNE ANNEE HISTORIQUE

• Chiffre d’affaires consolidé 2019 1
: 9,7 M€, +59%
(+56% en organique)
• Augmentation de +91% du périmètre d’activité intrinsèque 


Nicolas POLLET, CEO et co-fondateur d’INVIBES ADVERTISING, déclare : « L’année 2019 est historique et
assoit nos fondamentaux pour engager une nouvelle accélération de nos activités dans les prochaines
années. Dynamique commerciale soutenue, expansion européenne, acquisitions de technologies,
densification de notre réseau de partenaires, renforcement de nos ressources financières, tous les feux sont
aujourd’hui au vert pour saisir les opportunités qu’offrent nos marchés en croissance. Notre histoire
boursière reste encore à écrire et nous disposons de tous les atouts pour la réussir. »
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INVIBES ADVERTISING, société technologique du secteur de la publicité digitale, a annoncé son chiffre d’affaires pour l’exercice 2019.
En 2019, INVIBES ADVERTISING enregistre un chiffre d’affaires consolidé 1 de 9,7 M€ en hausse de +59%, soit une croissance organique 2 de +56%.

Evolution du périmètre d’activité intrinsèque 3 9 529 5 000 +91%
Un quasi doublement du périmètre d’activité intrinsèque 3 entre 2018 et 2019
L’année 2019 a été pour INVIBES ADVERTISING historique portée par de nombreux moteurs de croissance :
- La dynamique commerciale très soutenue en France et à l’international se traduisant par la
réalisation de campagnes pour des centaines de marques de renommée mondiale ;
- L’accélération du déploiement international avec déjà une installation dans 6 pays en Europe à ce
jour ;
- La réalisation de croissances externes avec successivement l’acquisition en 2018 de DREICOM en
Suisse et la prise de participation en 2019 dans ML2GROW ;
- L’accroissement du réseau d’éditeurs partenaires ;

Intégrant l’acquisition de DREICOM, consolidée au 01/01/2018, et la prise de participation dans ML2Grow, consolidée au 01/01/2019.

Indicateur alternatif de performance choisi par INVIBES ADVERTISING pour le suivi de ses activités opérationnelles.
Calculé en excluant, pour les acquisitions, l’évolution du périmètre de consolidation sur la période, soit en 2018 :
hors comptabilisation de la contribution de DREICOM et en 2019 hors celle de ML2GROW. Cet indicateur permet
d’identifier la performance intrinsèque du Groupe en termes d’activité sur la période.

- La poursuite de l’innovation qui se traduit par la création régulière de nouveaux formats
publicitaires in-feed innovants qui dynamisent les ventes.
L’ensemble de ces catalyseurs a permis à INVIBES ADVERTISING d’afficher un périmètre d’activité
intrinsèque3 quasiment deux fois plus important en 2019 qu’en 2018 (+91%). INVIBES ADVERTISING a
d’ailleurs été reconnue en 2019 par le FT1000 du Financial Times comme l’une des entreprises affichant
l’une des croissances les plus rapides en Europe sur les 3 dernières années.
Une dynamique commerciale soutenue.


Au cours de l’année 2019, de nombreuses grandes marques internationales séduites par l’offre disruptive
d’INVIBES ADVERTISING lui ont confié la réalisation de leurs campagnes. Au 4ème trimestre, ces annonceurs incluent notamment des références emblématiques tels que : Amazon, Chanel et Facebook en France, LinkedIn en Allemagne, Ikea et Nissan en Italie, Jameson et Aegon en Espagne, ou encore Patek Philipp, Nespresso et Pierre Fabre en Suisse.


La montée en puissance de son offre pan-européenne devrait aussi lui permettre d’afficher une nouvelle
accélération avec la mise en place de dispositifs de campagnes multi-pays générant un intérêt accru des
grands annonceurs internationaux.


Enfin, et pour poursuivre cette dynamique, INVIBES ADVERTISING s’appuiera sur un réseau d’éditeurs
partenaires en croissance continue et intégrant de grands groupes médias dans chaque pays, qui assurent
la puissance et le succès des campagnes menées en France et à l’international.
Un déploiement international dans 6 pays européens.
Avec l’ouverture de son dernier bureau en Italie en décembre 2019, INVIBES ADVERTISING affiche
désormais une présence commerciale dans 6 pays en Europe (France, Espagne, Allemagne, Suisse, Royaume Uni et Italie). INVIBES ADVERTISING devrait poursuivre ce déploiement avec le lancement prochain de l’Autriche.
Cette présence dans 6 des principaux pays européens permet à INVIBES ADVERTISING de répondre à une attente forte des marques internationales en leur proposant des dispositifs de campagnes pan-européens et ainsi favoriser un accroissement naturel du budget moyen des campagnes réalisées.
Enfin, et afin d’accompagner son expansion, la société a réalisé de nombreux recrutements en 2019 passant de 70 collaborateurs début 2018 à 81 à fin 2019.

Succès de l’intégration de DREICOM et de ML2GROW
Au cours des derniers 18 mois, INVIBES ADVERTISING aura par ailleurs mené deux opérations stratégiques majeures pour alimenter son développement futur :
- L’acquisition de DREICOM, en novembre 2018, désormais INVIBES Suisse AG, qui exploite le plus
grand réseau publicitaire en ligne de Suisse dédié au Native Publishing, qui s’est traduit par une
accélération sur le marché suisse, lui permettant de devenir un acteur incontournable dans la
région ;
- La prise d'une participation de 50,6% en 2019 dans le développeur de solutions de Machine
Learning, ML2GROW, qui lui a permis d’associer son savoir-faire à ses solutions d'Intelligence
Artificielle propriétaire, en vue d’approfondir l’analyse des données collectées par les campagnes
et d’améliorer le ciblage lors des campagnes.
Des ressources financières renforcées pour accompagner la croissance
En octobre dernier, INVIBES ADVERTISING a lancé une augmentation de capital sous la forme d’un
placement privé d’un montant de 2 M€, souscrit entièrement par GENERIS CAPITAL PARTNERS et
décomposé en 2 tranches de 1 M€ chacune, dont une première tranche a été réalisée en novembre 2019
et une seconde devrait l’être d’ici le 30 avril 2020. Un complément d’augmentation de capital de 500 K€
pourrait être décidé entre les parties à l’issue de la réalisation de la deuxième tranche selon les mêmes
modalités.
Au total, INVIBES ADVERTISING pourrait ainsi lever un montant total de 2,5 M€, à un prix unitaire moyen
pondéré d’un maximum de 8,0 €, représentant une prime de 40 % par rapport au cours de clôture de la
séance du 9 octobre 2019.
Ces ressources renforcées lui permettront de financer son développement rapide, notamment à
l’international.


A propos d’INVIBES ADVERTISING
Créée en 2011, INVIBES ADVERTISING est une société technologique du secteur de la publicité digitale. Elle a développé une solution publicitaire non intrusive et efficace, qui s’appuie sur un format in-feed, intégré dans les
contenus média, inspiré des réseaux sociaux et optimisé pour une diffusion sur un réseau fermé de sites média :
Bertelsmann, Hearst, Lagardère et beaucoup d’autres. Ses clients sont par ailleurs de grandes marques telles que
Mercedes, Samsung, Air France et IBM. INVIBES ADVERTISING est cotée sur Euronext Growth à Paris.


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Martin Signer

18 days ago

New SeniorLeadership Team appointed for Skanska’s commercial development operations in Central and Eastern Europe

Skanska’s commercial development business unit in Central and Eastern Europe is strengthening its strategic focus on customers and establishing a regional business value creation hub. At the same time, it is centralizing the organization on the regional level with new Executive Vice Presidents responsible for business operations.

 

The Skanska commercial development business unit in CEE operates on 10 city markets in four countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. Being the market leader in the CEE region, the developer has delivered approx. 1 300 000 sqm of office space. Thanks to high-quality sustainable products, multinational experience and strong financial performance, Skanska attracts many newcomers to CEE and has many repeatable tenants and investors. The appointment of the new leadership team aims at strengthening the cross-country cooperation within the region, building long-lasting partnerships and presenting a portfolio of projects on the regional level. 

 

Skanska is the biggest office developer in Europe* and the market leader in the CEE region. With the new Senior Leadership Team, we will continue delivering successful business with a stronger focus on regional strategy supporting our customers. At the same time, we stand by our values and continue on Skanska’s sustainable journey as a company “changing the world” which we were described as recently**. This recognition is both a great honor and a great responsibility. We rise to the challenge by setting ourselves the ambitious target of achieving net-zero carbon emission by 2045 while maintaining business results. Preparing the organization to reach this long-term goal will already start now with this strong leadership team of successful professionals, fully dedicated to our business and environmental goals – says Katarzyna Zawodna-Bijoch, President and CEO for Skanska commercial development business unit in CEE.
 

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Newly appointed Senior Leadership Team in Skanska commercial development business in Central and Eastern Europe – effective per January 21, 2020:

 

  • Katarzyna Zawodna-Bijoch, President and CEO
  • Arkadiusz Rudzki, Executive Vice President Leasing & Sales
  • Mariusz Krzak, Executive Vice President Operations Poland (Warsaw, Wrocław, Gdańsk)
  • Marcin Łapiński, Executive Vice President of Operations Poland (Kraków, Katowice, Łódź, Poznań)
  • Aurelia Luca, Executive Vice President of Operations Romania
  • Alexandra Tomášková, Executive Vice President Operations Hungary & Czech Republic
  • Thomas Henriksson, Executive Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
  • Karolina Radziszewska, Executive Vice President of Human Resources
  • Jacob Møller-Nielsen, Executive Vice President Center of Excellence
  • Tomaš Fabian, Executive Vice President Legal Counsel

 

One of the major changes that will ensure progress in delivering top quality, technically advanced and sustainable projects in relation to the long-term goal to create zero-emissions buildings is the creation of the Center of Excellence. This team will combine and standardize competencies in such key areas as Digitalization, Sustainability, Innovation, Technical Quality and Health & Safety across the whole unit to continuously work on delivering top class, future-proof products to tenants and investors.

 

All the above changes reflect Skanska’s strategic focus on projects, customers’ needs and achieving ambitious environmental goals.

 

*According to PropertyEU’s office developer ranking 2019: https://propertyeu.info/Nieuws/MAGAZINE-Skanska-tops-PropertyEU-s-office-developers-ranking/a41c781f-02f0-49fb-b822-c32805202b0d.

**According to Fortune Change the World list 2019. Skanska was ranked 20th and is the only engineering/construction company on the list: https://fortune.com/change-the-world/2019/skanska/

 

Skanska

 

Skanska is a world leader in construction and project development on select markets in the Nordic region, Europe and the USA. Driven by the Group’s values, Skanska wants to contribute to a better society. Skanska provides innovative, sustainable solutions for both simple and complex assignments. Skanska has about 34,000 employees, and 2019 revenue totaled SEK 177 billion.


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Martin Signer

18 days ago

Einnahmen durch Grunderwerbssteuer knacken Rekordmarke

Die Einnahmen der Länder durch die Grunderwerbssteuer sind 2019 auf einen neuen Rekordwert von 15,8 Milliarden Euro geklettert. Das ist laut Angaben des Bundesfinanzministeriums ein Anstieg von rund 12,1 Prozent im Vergleich zum Vorjahr. Unter den Ländern ist Berlin mit einem Anstieg von 37 Prozent Spitzenreiter. Bundesweit haben sich die Einnahmen durch die Grunderwerbssteuer seit 2010 verdreifacht.

Zeche zahlen Mieter und Käufer

„Während der Mangel an bezahlbarem Wohnraum immer größer wird, treiben die Länder die Wohnkosten weiter in die Höhe. Es ist ein Skandal, dass sich die Länder im Wettlauf um die höchste Grunderwerbssteuer überbieten“, kritisierte BFW-Präsident Andreas Ibel heute in Berlin. Die Grunderwerbssteuer fällt beim Immobilienkauf an und wird seit 2006 durch die einzelnen Bundesländer festgelegt. Seitdem wurde sie von den Ländern insgesamt 27 Mal erhöht. Ibel: „Die Zeche zahlen nicht nur die Käufer, sondern auch die Mieter: Höhere Grunderwerbssteuern treiben über den Anstieg der Kaufnebenkosten auch die Mieten in die Höhe!“

Berlin: Einnahmen durch Grunderwerbsteuer steigen 37 Prozent

Den höchsten Grunderwerbssteuer-Rekord verzeichnet Berlin: Hier sind die Einnahmen durch die Grunderwerbsteuer seit 2018 um 37 Prozent gestiegen. „Umso absurder ist, dass der Berliner Senat die Mieten mit dem Mietendeckel begrenzen und senken will – und zwar einseitig auf Kosten von Vermietern und Investoren. Schließlich treibt der Senat höchstselbst die Mieten mit der Grunderwerbssteuer immer weiter nach oben!“

Auch das Baukindergeld werde mit der steigenden Grunderwerbssteuer ad absurdum geführt, so Ibel weiter: „Was der Bund dem Bürger in die linke Tasche steckt, ziehen ihm die Länder wieder aus der rechten Tasche raus. Mit dem Steuerwettlauf bei der Grunderwerbsteuer konterkariert die Politik ihr eigenes Ziel, den Erwerb von Eigentum und somit einer Altersvorsorge zu fördern.“

Schmerzgrenze für Mittelschicht erreicht

Neben der Grunderwerbsteuer müssen Immobilienkäufer Notarkosten von zwei Prozent und Maklergebühren von bis zu 7,14 Prozent zahlen. Insgesamt können so beim Kaufpreis einer Immobilie von 500.000 Euro zusätzliche Nebenkosten von 80.000 Euro entstehen. „Da ist bei der Mittelschicht die Schmerzgrenze erreicht – zumal die Kaufnebenkosten nicht über einen Kredit finanziert werden können“, so Ibel.

Ibel verwies auf die Empfehlung einer Steuerreformkommission aus dem Jahr 1983: Bereits damals hatten die Experten festgestellt, dass ein Grunderwerbsteuersatz von maximal zwei bis drei Prozent gesamtwirtschaftlich vertretbar ist. Ibel resümierte: „Damals wie heute gilt: Die Grunderwerbssteuer muss bundesweit endlich wieder auf ein investitionsfreundliches Niveau gesenkt werden, damit wir mehr bezahlbaren Wohnraum für alle Menschen schaffen können!“

Hintergrund:

Die Grunderwerbssteuer (GrESt) fällt beim Erwerb eines Grundstücks oder Gebäudes an und wird seit 2006 von den Bundesländern erhoben. Seitdem haben fast alle Bundesländer die Grunderwerbssteuer erhöht. Der herkömmliche Satz von 3,5 Prozent gilt nur noch in Bayern und Sachsen. Aktuell liegt die Grunderwerbsteuer in Hamburg bei 4,5 Prozent und in Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Niedersachsen, Rheinland-Pfalz sowie Sachsen-Anhalt bei 5 Prozent. In Berlin und Hessen fallen 6 Prozent an; in Saarland, Schleswig-Holstein, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Brandenburg und nun auch in Thüringen der Spitzensatz von 6,5 Prozent.


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Martin Signer

19 days ago

THE MODEL OF VAIMOO

Electric micro-mobility is one of the most powerful enhancer of Last-mile travel, nowadaysa key element in the growth of public transport, providing the capillarity, flexibility and cost-effectiveness needed to perform intermodal transport, connecting classic rail and road lines with a network of thousands of electric vehicles. Vaimoo aims to create the conditions for a mobility experience from the first to the last mile, which is flexible, integrated, safe, on demand, convenient and green. Already chosen by the cities of Copenhagen and Rotterdam for their bike-sharing services, Vaimoo is a full-fledged management platform, supported by on-board vehicle telematics and complemented by mobile user interfaces. VAIMOO is also a fleet of easily deployable connected e-bikes designed for durability and quick daily operations, in both station-based, free-floating and mixed sharing schemes. The system can also include kick scooters and motorcycles schemes as well as the integration with third-party systems. The Vaimoo flexibility enables teams to modularize the cooperation possibilities with partners and customers, by providing the technology (IoT modules and management software integrable both in new and existing sharing schemes), services (business consulting, custom development), or the full ready-to-be-used sharing system (management platform, user app, infrastructure, vehicles and optionally racks). In the case of a full sharing system, bikes are integrated with an innovative docking station for smartphones called MAT (awarded at CES Innovation Awards 2018), wirelessly connected with the locking system of the rack, that provides total control of the vehicle with one single gesture. The end-user app offers a new experience of sustainable transport, enabling the access of the city map to verify the available vehicles for booking, contact the Support Team in case of malfunctioning, take advantage of promotions, pay automatically at the end of the riding session and top up the credit. On the service operator side, an advance platform allows the administrator to monitor each vehicle in real time and by remote, enabling: the access of vehicle-sharing dashboard at a glance, the management of the docking stations, the checking of the status and position of each bike, the management of the accounts, users’ payment and invoicing.

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Martin Signer

20 days ago

BFW startet Hilfsprojekt in Südafrika für ein neues zuhause für bedürftige Familien

„25 Jahre  nach dem Ende der Apartheit lebt noch immer ein Großteil der schwarzen Bevölkerungsmehrheit in Armut. Deshalb wollen wir mit unserem Know How und unseren Mitarbeitern vor Ort anpacken, um für hilfsbedürftige Familien ein neues Zuhause und eine neue Zukunft zu schaffen“, kündigte Andreas Ibel, Präsident des BFW Bundesverbandes Freier Immobilien- und Wohnungsunternehmen, heute in Berlin an.

 

Mit rund zwanzig Mitarbeitern von mittelständischen Mitgliedsunternehmen wird sich der BFW vom 14. bis zum 21. November am Hilfsprojekt von Habitat for Humanity in Umgababa in der südafrikanischen Provinz Kwazulu Natal beteiligen. Der strukturschwache Landstrich ist gekennzeichnet von hoher Arbeitslosigkeit und Armut. Ein großer Anteil der Einheimischen lebt in notdürftigen Behausungen oder ist an AIDS oder HIV erkrankt.

 

Hand in Hand mit den Einheimischen und Teilnehmern aus aller Welt werden die Immobilienprofis des BFW dort in einer Woche Eigenheime für bedürftige Familien bauen. „So können wir einigen Menschen im Kleinen helfen, mit unserer Kernkompetenz – dem Häuser bauen – ein Fundament aus Stein und Beton für eine bessere Zukunft zu schaffen“, so Ibel. Dabei setzen der BFW und Habitat for Humanity auf Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe, Selbstbestimmung und Eigenverantwortung: Die begünstigten Familien werden maßgeblich in die Projektplanungen eingebunden und bauen mit.

 

In den vergangenen beiden Jahren waren Mitgliedsunternehmen des BFW bereits nach Vietnam und Nepal gereist, um dort gemeinsam mit Einheimischen Häuser für bedürftige Familien zu bauen. „Eine unvergessliche und inspirierende Erfahrung“, so lautete das unisono das Fazit der Teilnehmer, die ihre Eindrücke auf Video festgehalten haben.

 

„Das Hilfsprojekt ist für beide Seiten gewinnbringend“, resümiert BFW-Präsident: „Unsere Mitarbeiter bringen nicht nur ihre Expertise und Arbeitskraft ein – sie bringen im Gegenzug auch neue Erfahrungen mit nach Hause, etwa durch die Arbeit im multikulturellen Team, den gegenseitigen Austausch und Einblick in Land und Kultur. So verknüpfen wir die Übernahme gesellschaftlicher Verantwortung mit Mitarbeiterförderung, Teambuilding und dem Aufbau von neuen Netzwerken.“


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Martin Signer

28 days ago

2nd Annual BFSI Innovation Summit Has the Goal of Transforming Innovation for a Better Africa

Global B2B events and conference organizer, Tradepass is set to host the 2nd Annual Africa BFSI Innovation Summit on the 4th & 5th of February 2020 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, Kenya.
 
More than 400 representatives from 150+ banks, financial services, and insurance organizations, including regulatory authorities like the Capital Markets Authority, Ministry of ICT and more have confirmed their participation for this exclusive summit.
 
A total of 20 presentations and a series of interactive panel discussions and fireside chats led by eminent industry experts like Wycliffe Shamiah, Acting CEO, Capital Markets Authority of Kenya; Timothy Were, Deputy Director, Ministry of ICT; Javier Hermida, Head of Digital Channels, Africa, Temenos; Kunle Awosika, Director, Small Medium & Corporate, Emerging Markets, Microsoft; Steve Njenga, Country CIO, Barclays Bank; Herbert Olowo, CIO, Stanbic Bank Uganda; Liza Weschta, Head of Sales and Marketing, KnowBe4 Africa; Wairimu Gachara, Account Executive-Enterprise Commercial Business, East Africa, Microsoft; Raji Soussou, VP Business Development, Uniken Inc; David Igweta, CIO, HF Group; Nikhil Kapoor, CTO, InfoAxon Technologies; Kamal Budhabhatti, CEO, CraftSilicon; Faheem Ali, Chief Risk Officer, Musoni Microfinance Ltd, and others will provide the perfect opportunity for the attendees to know more about the industry trends, challenges, and latest technologies. An array of networking sessions will be ideal for attendees to exchange ideas and interact with experts from Temenos, KnowBe4, Microsoft, Craft Silicon, Uniken, InfoAxon Technologies, SmartStream, Virmati, Group MFI, Freshworks, DiGispice, Blue Prism, Integrated Biometrics, Perfios, Seacom, SecureID, ERI Banking Software, ICRA Online Ltd, Sybyl, Avaya, Sopra Banking Software, Enterprise Tiger Business Solutions, HID Global and Computer Revolution Africa Group who will be showcasing their innovative solutions and technologies catering to the BFSI sector. The 2nd Annual Africa BFSI Innovation Summit is the ideal knowledge-sharing platform for Banks, Financial Services and Insurance experts to learn, network and build fruitful and prolonged business relations.

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Martin Signer

28 days ago

Helvetica Swiss Opportunity aquires successfully four special properties

The Fund Management Company Helvetica Property successfully invested the funds raised in the initial issue of Helvetica Swiss Opportunity (HSO Fund), which was carried out in November 2019. The HSO Fund acquired four special properties in December 2019 with a market value of about CHF 64.75 million.

 
 
 
 

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Martin Signer

28 days ago

Helvetica Swiss Opportunity mit erfolgreicher Akquisition von vier Spezialimmobilien

Die Fondsleitung Helvetica Property konnte die Mittel aus der im November 2019 durchgeführten Erstemission des Helvetica Swiss Opportunity (HSO Fund) erfolgreich investieren. Der HSO Fund hat im Dezember 2019 vier Spezialimmobilien im Marktwert von rund CHF 64.75 Millionen akquiriert.

 
 
 
 

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Martin Signer

29 days ago

Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen acquires majority stake in ATX

• Harald Quandt family’s principal investment firm acquires majority stake in Europe's market leader in test fixture solutions
• Company founder Hans Drexler remains co-shareholder and Managing Director
• New building planned in Pürgen to reflect further growth


Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH ("HQIB") acquired a majority stake in ATX Hardware GmbH ("ATX") at the end of January 2020. ATX is Europe's market leader in fixture solutions for testing electronic units and printed circuit boards. One of the company's founders, Hans Drexler, will remain with ATX as a shareholder and sole Managing Director and continue to manage the day-to-day operations. Robert Schulz remains as Commercial Director. The parties have agreed not to disclose further details of the transaction.
"The use of complex electronic units continues to increase. At the same time, quality standards are ever-increasing, especially in safety-critical and interconnected applications. Hence, ATX operates in a growth market and is well-positioned to benefit from the increasing demand for corresponding test fixtures," says Gregor Harald May, Managing Director of HQIB. "Together with Hans Drexler, the first-rate management team and the highly qualified workforce we want to continue the successful development of ATX as a long-term partner. We will continue to invest in the business, thereby also considering add-on acquisitions as well as strategic investments and collaborations."
"With the industrial and strategic expertise as well as the industrial network of the family Harald Quandt we want to further expand our market leadership position in Europe and grow internationally," says Hans Drexler, Founder and Managing Director of ATX. "The strategic partnership with HQIB allows us to continuously invest in technological progress, our products, and our service. Thereby, we will further differentiate ourselves from the competition through the highest quality "Made in Germany" and our technological leadership. Our growth objectives will be supported by a new, state-of-the-art operating site".
ATX is currently planning the construction of its new headquarters in Pürgen, thereby underlining the strategic importance of its location in Upper Bavaria. The relocation is planned to take place in the next 18 months. Thereby ATX is setting the grounds for a continuous growth path on expanded premises. The second site in Weil im Schönbuch (Baden-Wuerttemberg) offers already sufficient space for future growth.


About ATX

ATX is Europe's market leader in the manufacture of test adapters for electronic test procedures. As a specialized solution provider, the company designs and manufactures customer-specific products in partially automated individual and small series production. Most of the devices are uniquely precision-engineered with varying degrees of complexity. Customers use the products for in-circuit,
functional and final testing of electronic assemblies and printed circuit boards. ATX stands out from the competition in particular due to its high innovative strength and quality. As a company of the German ‘Mittelstand’, ATX employs over 150 people at two locations in Upper Bavaria (Pürgen) and Baden-Wuerttemberg (Weil im Schönbuch). The company was founded in 1997. 

About Harald Quandt, Industriebeteiligungen

Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH is the principal investment firm of the family Harald Quandt joined by a small, select number of (industrial) families and partners. HQIB invests in small and medium-sized companies within the German-speaking region, that are leading in established and technologically sophisticated market niches with attractive growth potential. As an industrial holding company, HQIB pursues a long-term, sustainable investment approach and is not subject to any time restrictions or limited investment periods. 


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Martin Signer

29 days ago

Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen übernimmt Mehrheit an ATX


• Beteiligungsgesellschaft der Familie Harald Quandt erwirbt Mehrheit an Europas Marktführer im Prüfadapterbau
• Firmengründer Hans Drexler bleibt Mitgesellschafter und Geschäftsführer
• Neubau in Pürgen geplant, um weiteres Wachstum abzubilden


Die Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH („HQIB“) hat Ende Januar 2020 die Mehrheit an der ATX Hardware GmbH („ATX“) erworben. ATX ist Europas Marktführer im Prüfadapterbau zum Test elektronischer Baugruppen und Leiterplatten. Einer der Firmengründer Hans Drexler wird dem Unternehmen als Gesellschafter und alleiniger Geschäftsführer erhalten bleiben und weiterhin operativ das Tagesgeschäft leiten. Die kaufmännische Leitung verbleibt bei Prokurist Robert Schulz. Über weitere Einzelheiten der Transaktion haben die Parteien Stillschweigen vereinbart.
„Der Einsatz von komplexen elektronischen Baugruppen nimmt weiter zu. Damit einher gehen steigende Qualitätsansprüche, insbesondere in sicherheitskritischen und vernetzten Anwendungsbereichen. ATX agiert also in einem Wachstumsmarkt und ist bestens positioniert, um von der steigenden Nachfrage nach entsprechenden Testadaptern zu profitieren“, sagt Gregor Harald May, Geschäftsführer von HQIB. „Gemeinsam mit Hans Drexler, dem erstklassigen Managementteam und den hochqualifizierten Mitarbeitern wollen wir den Erfolgskurs von ATX als langfristiger Partner fortsetzen. Wir werden weiter in das Geschäft investieren. Dabei kommen auch Zukäufe sowie strategische Investitionen und Kooperationen in Frage.“
„Mit der industriellen und strategischen Expertise sowie dem Netzwerk der Familie Harald Quandt wollen wir unsere Marktführerschaft in Europa weiter ausbauen und international wachsen“, sagt Hans Drexler, Gründer und Geschäftsführer von ATX. „Die strategische Partnerschaft mit HQIB ermöglicht es uns noch stärker in den technologischen Fortschritt, unsere Produkte und unseren Service zu investieren. Damit werden wir uns im Wettbewerb weiter durch höchste Qualität „Made in Germany“ und unseren Technologievorsprung abheben können. Unser Wachstumskurs wird gestützt durch die Errichtung einer neuen hochmodernen Betriebs- und Fertigungsstätte.“
ATX plant derzeit den Bau eines neuen Hauptsitzes in Pürgen und hält damit am Standort in Oberbayern fest. Der Umzug ist in den nächsten 18 Monaten geplant. Damit setzt ATX den Wachstumskurs des Unternehmens auf erweiterter Fläche fort. Der zweite Standort in Weil im Schönbuch (Baden-Württemberg) bietet bereits ausreichend Raum für das künftige Wachstum.


Über ATX
ATX ist Europas Marktführer in der Herstellung von Prüfadaptern für elektronische Testverfahren. Als spezialisierter Lösungsanbieter konstruiert und produziert das Unternehmen kundenspezifische Produkte in teilautomatisierter Einzel- und Kleinserienfertigung. Die meisten Geräte sind feinwerktechnische Unikate mit unterschiedlichen Komplexitäten. Kunden setzen die Produkte bei
In-Circuit-, Funktions- und End-Tests elektronischer Baugruppen und Leiterplatten ein. ATX hebt sich insbesondere durch seine hohe Innovationskraft und Qualität vom Wettbewerb ab. Als mittelständisches Unternehmen beschäftigt ATX über 150 Mitarbeiter an zwei Standorten in Oberbayern (Pürgen) und Baden-Württemberg (Weil am Schönbuch). Das Unternehmen wurde 1997 gegründet. 


Über Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen
Die Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH ist eine Beteiligungsgesellschaft der Familie Harald Quandt sowie einer kleinen Anzahl ausgewählter (Industrie-)Familien und Partner. HQIB investiert in kleine und mittelständische Unternehmen im deutschsprachigen Raum, die in etablierten, zukunftsorientierten und technisch anspruchsvollen Sektoren mit attraktiven Wachstumspotenzialen aktiv sind. Als Industrieholding verfolgt HQIB einen langfristigen und nachhaltigen Beteiligungsansatz und unterliegt keinen Laufzeitbeschränkungen oder befristeten Halteperioden. 


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Martin Signer

29 days ago

GENSOURCE ANNOUNCES HELM AG AS OFFTAKER FOR THE TUGASKE PROJECT

Gensource Potash Corporation (“Gensource” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: GSP), is extremely pleased to announce that HELM AG is the off-taker for the Tugaske project (“Tugaske” or the “Project”).

In a news release dated May 22, 2019, Gensource announced that it had completed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with a large and well-respected international fertilizer manufacturing and distribution company for the sale of 100% of the production from Tugaske.  Development of the Tugaske Project has since progressed significantly and Gensource is now pleased to formally announce HELM AG and its North American subsidiary, HELM Fertilizer Corp (together, “HELM”) as its off-take partner for the Tugaske Project.

“We are very happy to announce our partnership with HELM as Tugaske’s off-taker,” commented Mike Ferguson, President & CEO of Gensource. “Helm brings a significant existing US customer base as well as substantial and growing infrastructure – terminals and storage facilities – within the US agri-business supply chain.  Tugaske represents another strategic venture for HELM that is similar to previous successes it has enjoyed.  It is clear to us that HELM is here for the long term and is acting strategically to support and grow its fertilizer business, and Gensource is proud to be part of that effort.”

HELM and Gensource are currently finalizing the definitive off-take agreement for Tugaske under which HELM will purchase 100% of the production from the Project for 10 years, renewable thereafter. The off-take agreement is expected to be completed in Q1 this year.

Regarding project status:  The Tugaske Project is in the detailed project finance stage with a goal to reach financial commitments in late spring 2020 and have construction commence thereafter.  With the debt financing due diligence activities progressing and the discussions on equity also progressing, Gensource remains focused on bringing these two critical efforts to a successful conclusion, thereby allowing the project to proceed to construction.

About HELM

HELM, founded in 1900, is a privately-owned company based in Hamburg, Germany.

HELM is one of the world’s largest chemical marketing companies and guarantees access to the world’s key markets through its specific regional knowledge and more than 100 subsidiaries, sales offices, and participation in over 30 countries. HELM AG employs 1,621 staff.

As a multifunctional marketing organization, HELM is active in the chemical industry, the crop protection industry, and the active pharmaceutical ingredients and pharmaceuticals industries as well as the fertilizer industry.

HELM’s fertilizer business unit was started in 1972 and has developed into one of the world’s largest independent global logistics and marketing networks.  HELM distributes fertilizer in its core markets of Europe, North America, and Latin America. Within the US market, HELM Fertilizers is counted as one of the top five in North America in terms of its storage facilities, distribution hubs, long-term transport contracts, and end-user customer networks.

To serve the needs of the customer, HELM has recently increased its portfolio of storage facilities close to the agricultural markets in the US.

About Gensource

Gensource Potash is a fertilizer development company based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is on track to become the next fertilizer production company in that province.  With a small scale and environmentally leading approach to potash production, Gensource believes its technical and business model will be the future of the industry. Gensource operates under a business plan that has two key components: (1) vertical integration with the market to ensure that all production capacity built is directed, and pre-sold, to a specific market, eliminating market-side risk; and (2) technical innovation which will allow for a small and economic potash production facility, that demonstrates environmental leadership within the industry, producing no salt tailings, therefore eliminating decommissioning risk, and requiring no surface bine ponds, thereby removing the single largest negative environmental aspect of potash mining.


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Martin Signer

1 month ago

Finanz- und Immomesse in Zürich mit höheren Besucherzahlen

FINANZ'20 und IMMO’20 mit Aussteller- und Besucherrekord 

Am 22. Januar schloss die 22. Ausgabe der grössten Schweizer Finanzmesse ihre Tore, ebenso die 8. Ausgabe der darin integrierten Schweizer Immobilienmesse für Investoren. Das Messegespann erfreut sich auch in Zeiten der Digitalisierung grossen Zuspruch. Mit über 170 nationalen und internationalen Ausstellern – davon 79 an der IMMO’20 – sowie 3800 Besuchern übertrafen die Messeveranstalter die Vorjahreswerte. Publikumsmagneten waren die Veranstaltungen zur modernen Geldmarkttheorie, zu nachhaltigen Anlagen, zum Anlageumfeld für Pensionskassen, zur Digitalisierung und neuen Technologien in der Finanzwelt sowie das IMMO’Forum.

Alle Videos der Highlights finden Sie auf der Webseite der Finanzmesse


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Martin Signer

1 month ago

Helvetica Property increases stakes in the German-speaking part of Switzerland

The Fund Management company Helvetica Property acquired two attractive residential real estate portfolios with a total of 14 properties in the German-speaking part of Switzerland for the Helvetica Swiss Living (HSL Fund) at the end of 2019. The current portfolio of the HSL fund amounts to around CHF 88 million.

 

The acquired properties have a total rental space of over 21,000 m2 and generate annual target rental income of around CHF 4.0 million. The properties are well diversified in the German-speaking part of Switzerland and are situated in attractive locations in the cities Benglen ZH, Dottikon AG, Grenchen SO, Haag SG, Hirschthal AG, Kaisten AG, Lufingen ZH, Neuhausen SH, Oberkulm AG and Zetzwil AG. With the exception of one newly renovated property, the properties are practically fully let.

 

Michael Müller, CEO, says: «By actively managing the properties, we create attractive living space at reasonable renting prices for our tenants and at the same time we generate stable and interesting long-term cash flows for the investors

 

The HSL Fund invests in residential properties throughout Switzerland, with a clear focus where both regional and national economic centres are easily accessible and a positive population development is expected. The investment focus of the HSL Fund is on older and new properties as well as properties in need of maintenance and repair, which have the potential to increase in value through active Asset Management and the reduction of vacancies. The HSL Fund also focuses on locations that are easy to let and have good public and private transport connections.


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Martin Signer

1 month ago

Interesting US internet service provider comparison page

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Martin Signer

1 month ago

UBS Fondcenter and Clearstream join forces in fund distribution

 

UBS Fondcenter will be combined with Clearstream's Fund Desk to create a leading global B2B fund distribution platform with approximately USD 230bn in Assets under Administration (AuA). As part of the transaction, UBS and Clearstream will enter into long-term commercial cooperation arrangements. Increased scale and breadth of capabilities and extended local presence are expected to provide a compelling proposition for distributors and fund providers. Upon closing, which is currently expected in the second half of 2020, UBS expects to recognize a post-tax gain of approximately USD 600 million and a CET1 capital increase of approximately USD 400 million.

 

UBS announced that it has agreed to sell a majority stake (51.2%) in UBS Fondcenter ('Fondcenter'), part of its Asset Management business division (’UBS AM’), to Clearstream, Deutsche Börse Group's post-trade services provider. Upon closing of the transaction, Fondcenter will be combined with Clearstream's Fund Desk business, creating a top-two B2B fund distribution platform with a presence in Europe, Switzerland, and Asia.

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UBS will initially retain a minority (48.8%) shareholding in the combined business and will enter into an agreement under which it may sell its remaining shareholding to Clearstream at a later time.

The newly-combined business, to be called Fondcenter, will have over USD 230 billion in AuA and connect approximately 340 distribution partners with more than 450 fund providers, with over 75,000 investment funds and share classes available globally. As part of the transaction, UBS and Clearstream will enter into long-term commercial cooperation arrangements for the provision of services to UBS's Global Wealth Management and Asset Management business divisions and the Corporate and Institutional Clients unit of Personal & Corporate Banking.

Sergio P. Ermotti, CEO UBS Group AG, said: "We are delighted to reach this agreement with Clearstream, building on the successful relationship we have had with them and Deutsche Börse Group for many years. Through this transaction and our long-term cooperation arrangements, we can achieve greater scale and breadth of offering for our clients and create significant value for our shareholders."

Commenting on the transaction, UBS AM President, Suni Harford, said: “With the increased breadth of capabilities and Clearstream's long-term commitment to developing the combined business, we are creating a highly compelling proposition for our clients." She added: "At the same time, this move enables us to further focus the Asset Management business on the execution of our strategic priorities to drive further profitable growth.”

The employees of Fondcenter will transfer to Clearstream as part of the sale and the management team will take senior positions within the combined business, providing continuity for clients and fund providers.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the second half of 2020. Upon closing, UBS expects to recognize a post-tax gain of approximately USD 600 million and a CET1 capital increase of approximately USD 400 million UBS will deconsolidate Fondcenter and account for its minority interest as an investment in an associate.


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Martin Signer

1 month ago

Gondola Capital Announces Second Major Partnership of 2020

Gondola Capital Announces Engagement with Lever VC

Early Beyond Meat Investors and Gondola Capital Join Forces

Gondola Capital, a provider of carefully curated non-traditional private
investments for RIAs, Family Offices, and Institutions, today announced it has formed a strategic
relationship with Lever VC, an investment management firm that backs talented entrepreneurs in
established alternative protein markets like the U.S. and Europe, the rapidly growing market in China, and
beyond.
Gondola Capital believes the alternative protein market offers a serious value proposition for its investor
clients. For one thing, they are more efficient: they have dramatically lower land and water costs and
generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions. They have a healthier nutrition profile and much higher levels
of food safety. And they have a shelf life and customizability far beyond that of conventional protein. They
are also squarely in line with consumer trends toward health, food safety, and sustainability.
“Our mission at Gondola is simple, and that is to provide our investor base with exposure to world-class
managers that focus on niche strategies in rapidly growing markets. The alternative protein space is being
born. With its depth of knowledge, rich investment experience, and unique deal access, Lever VC is
perfectly positioned to take advantage of this opportunity. Nick Cooney and the Lever VC team are
recognized as global leaders in the alternative protein space and we are thrilled to be aligned with them,”
said Casey Brunner, Co-Founder, and Partner at Gondola Capital.
Major food companies like Tyson, Cargill and General Mills are investing in alternative protein. So are
leading funds like Kleiner Perkins, Khosla Ventures and DFJ, and visionaries such as Bill Gates, Marc
Benioff and Richard Branson. Meanwhile, recent years have seen a steady pace of successful exits as
alternative protein companies have been acquired by food giants like Unilever, Kraft, and others.
“The Partners at Lever VC have a proven track record of success investing in dozens of early-stage
alternative protein companies, including leaders like Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods, and Memphis Meats.
These investments span the globe. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more experienced investment manager
which combines both proven institutional investment experience with deep industry networks within the
emerging alternative protein space” said Michael Lee, Co-Founder, and Partner at Gondola Capital.
“We have extensive deal access in the food tech and alternative protein space. Thanks to our deep networks
in the U.S., China, Europe and globally with food entrepreneurs, investors and NGOs, we are often aware
of groundbreaking companies before they are even founded. We couldn’t be more excited about our
engagement with Gondola Capital which will help to provide investors exposure to the rapidly growing
alternative protein sector” said Nick Cooney, Managing Partner at Lever VC.
The engagement follows a strong growth year for Gondola Capital as it continues to build out a differentiated platform of private equity funds, co-investments, and direct transactions for RIAs, Family
Offices, and Institutions.


About Gondola Capital
Gondola Capital researches and provides exposure to carefully curated non-traditional private investments for Registered Investment Advisors, Family Offices, Institutions, and Consultants. Their platform includes a suite of differentiated alternative investment solutions including private equity funds, co-investments, and direct transactions.

With locations in Vail, CO, and Raleigh, NC, the founding team of Casey Brunner and  GONDOLA CAPITAL, LLC VAIL CO | RALEIGH NC Michael Lee has over 30 years combined experience from institutions including Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Hatteras Funds, The Rock Creek Group, and Direxion Investments.


About Lever VC
Managing Partner Nick Cooney is the co-founder and former investment manager of New Crop Capital, a
private family office venture capital vehicle that made investments in over twenty alternative protein
companies across the United States, Europe, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Nick is also the co-founder of the Good Food Institute, the world’s largest non-governmental organization working to advance the alternative protein industry. Nick is regarded globally as a thought leader and expert in the alternative protein space, and he brings unique sector expertise, connections and deal flow to Lever VC. He is based in the greater New York City area.


Partner Lawrence Chu is the founder and director of BlackPine Private Equity, a private investment firm
that has deployed in excess of $1.5 billion USD in investments over the past decade across a range of
industries, including direct venture capital investments into alternative protein leaders Beyond Meat,
Impossible Foods, and JUST. He is also the co-founder of financial services firm Oriente, and an executive
committee member of the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce. Lawrence is regarded as a thought
leader and expert in the venture capital space in the greater China region and brings over 15 years of
investment experience to Lever VC. He is based in Hong Kong.


Partner Benny Pei is Chief Investment Officer at Hong Kong Tung Fung Investment Group, which invests
in fast-moving consumer goods companies in China and Southeast Asia. In addition to his investment
experience, Benny brings strong governance and operational experience. He has served as an independent
director of a major publicly listed company in China, and as deputy general manager at multiple consumer
goods companies. He is based in Singapore.


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Martin Signer

1 month ago

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Martin Signer

1 month ago

Paris Blockchain Week Summit Announces Its Impressive 2020 Speaker Lineup

Following a Successful First Year, Global Conference to Feature Prominent Speakers in Politics, Technology, Business, and Finance, with support from Bruno Le Maire, French Minister for the Economy and Finance

Paris Blockchain Week Summit (PBWS), the first international conference held in France dedicated to professionals in the blockchain and crypto-assets space, has announced the primary speaker lineup for its upcoming event on March 31 - April 1, 2020.

Following a successful first edition last spring that attracted more than 1,700 attendees from 57 different nationalities, more than 100 media figures, and featured 130+ speakers, PBWS 2020 will take place at Station F, the world’s largest start-up campus and incubator. PBWS will once again feature the most renowned figures in the emerging technology space, with this year’s event expected to attract 2,500 French and international industry professionals. Organized by Woorton, Chain Accelerator, and Datalents, the event will be opened and supported by Bruno Le Maire, French Minister for the Economy and Finance.

Michael Amar, Co-Host of Paris Blockchain Week Summit, commented: “Recently, the PACTE Law came into effect in France, which represents an immense opportunity for innovative companies operating in the sector. PACTE outlines an action plan for business growth and transformation, providing a regulatory framework for the crypto economy that brings much needed legal certainty. Our goal with PBWS 2020 is to bring a world-class event to France and foster the growth of the ecosystem as a whole. We look forward to welcoming our international speakers, partners and attendees to take part - and stay tuned for more details on what to expect in March!”

PBWS will showcase the French regulatory framework and ecosystem while fostering the ongoing development of the blockchain space. Renowned speakers from the most prominent blockchain and crypto-asset organizations will take the main stage to present the latest advances in the industry and their sentiment in four tracks: Tech Builders, Open Finance, Enterprise Blockchain, and Public Policy. Some key topics addressed on stage include stablecoins, crypto lending platforms, DAOs, governance, developer communities, collectibles, and decentralized mobility.

More than 100 international speakers from varied sectors including politics, technology, business, and finance will present at the event, including Bruno Le Maire, Minister for the Economy and Finance; Cédric O, Secretary of State for Digital Affairs; Dr. Jutta Steiner, Founder & CEO of Parity Technologies; Ryan Selkis, Co-Founder and CEO of Messari; Bertrand Perez, President of Libra Association; Meltem Demirors, Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares; Paul Brodsky, Partner at Pantera Capital; Kathleen Breitman, Co-Founder of Coase; David Rutter, Founder, and CEO of R3 and Arthur Breitman, Co-Founder of Tezos.

Wei Zhou, CFO of Binance and Speaker at PBWS 2019, concluded: “PBWS is doing an amazing job at galvanizing our industry in France.” 

About Paris Blockchain Week Summit

The second annual Paris Blockchain Week Summit (PBWS) will be held at Station F in the French capital on March 31 - April 1, 2020. First launched in April 2019, PBWS was the first international conference held in France dedicated to professionals in the blockchain and crypto-assets space. The event is organized by leading emerging technology companies and organizations: Chain Accelerator, Woorton, and Datalents. Supported by some of the leading figures in tech and politics, PBWS will accelerate the growth of blockchain and digital assets in France and beyond. The first confirmed event partners are La French Tech, Digital Currency Group, Tezos, Cognizant, Web3 Foundation, Algorand, PwC, Chainalysis, Bitpanda, KPMG, Nomadic Labs, Celsius Network, Zeno, Blockchain Chamber of Commerce, BitCherry, Neokids, New York Exchange Coin, Orbit Network, PRIViLEDGE, Medwish, MyReflet, Sullivan & Worcester LLP, Just Mining, Globitex, NLV8, La Parisienne Assurances, Feel Mining.  


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Martin Signer

2 months ago

Imperial Mining and SOQUEM Commence Geophysical and Diamond Drilling Program

Imperial Mining and SOQUEM Commence $1 million Geophysical and
Diamond Drilling Program at the Carheil Copper-Zinc Project, Quebec


Highlights:
- A minimum of 3,500 m of diamond drilling will test seven high-priority copper-zinc-silver-gold targets
areas across the Carheil property.
- Downhole geophysics and follow-up drilling will test important results returned from the AG1 (1.58% zinc, 524.1 g/t silver over 10.5 m) and Puiseaux (3.06% copper, 18.2 g/t silver over 4.9 m) target areas.


Imperial Mining Group Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: IPG) has announced the start of its Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 exploration program on the Carheil Copper-Zinc project in the Abitibi region of northwestern Québec (the “Project”). The $1 million program, operated by SOQUEM, will involve downhole Time-Domain Electromagnetic (TDEM) surveys, 28 line-km of induced polarization (IP) geophysics and a contingent 52 line-km of IP survey depending on the Winter 2020 diamond drill results. A minimum of 3,500 meters of diamond drilling is planned to test several high potential Copper (Cu), Zinc (Zn), Silver (Ag) and Gold (Au) targets west of the previously-defined B26 base metal horizon, located south of the past-producing Selbaie Mine (historical past-production 53.0 Mt @ 1.9% Zn, 1.0% Cu, 40.7 g/t Ag 0.6 g/t Au).


The Project is located in Brouillan and Carheil townships (Figure 1), 5 km southwest of the past-producing
Selbaie Mine. The property consists of 113 contiguous claims covering approximately 53.7 km2. Imperial
holds a 100% interest in the Project subject to an option agreement signed in 2017 where SOQUEM can
earn a 50% interest in the Project by carrying out exploration work totaling $3.750 million over four (4)
years. On completion of their 2020 exploration intentions, SOQUEM will have incurred approximately
$2.75 million in cumulative exploration expenditures on the property.


Downhole TDEM Survey
A downhole Time-Domain EM (TDEM) survey commence this month and is expected to be completed by
mid-December 2019. Abitibi Geophysics of Val d’Or, Québec, is the contractor for this program. The
downhole TDEM survey will be conducted in two different areas to search for off-hole conductive bodies
potentially related to a volcanogenic massive sulfide (“VMS”) body.


The first area, the AG1 polymetallic Zone, is located at the southeast end of the property (Figure 2).
Previous drilling in this zone identified a Zn, Ag, Cu and Au mineralized VMS system with intersections
grading up to 1.58% Zn and 524.1 g/t Ag over 10.5m. However, limited downhole geophysics was
performed in those boreholes. A total of four (4) holes will be surveyed at the AG1 Zone to explore for
potential extensions of the mineralization.
The second area, the Puiseaux Area, is located at the northeastern end of the property (Figure 2). During
the 2019 Winter drill program, Soquem drilled a total of five holes along with the southern limit of the property.
Two boreholes intersected VMS style mineralization and alteration with the best intersection grading up to 3.06% Cu, 18.2 g/t Ag, 0.1 g/t Au over 4.9m related to a sulfide stringer mineralized zone. A total of
three (3) holes will be completed at the Puiseaux Area.


Line cutting and 3D-IP Geophysical Surveys
SOQUEM will conduct a total of approximately 28 line-km of grid preparation for an IP survey planned
for February 2020. An additional 52 line-km of grid and IP survey could be performed if excellent results
are obtained from the drilling on Zones 1 and 2 (see Diamond Drill Program). Contractors for these surveys have not been selected yet.


IP surveys will cover two different areas. The first area is located in the Puiseaux Area where VMS
style mineralization and alteration were encountered (Figure 3). A total of 28 line-km of IP will be
conducted to cover an exhalative horizon interpreted to be the westward extension of the B26 horizon. The
second area, located east of the previously surveyed 2018 IP grid, shows strongly favorable VMS related
geochemistry and geology. A total of 52 line-km of IP could be performed to cover a little-explored area.
Diamond Drilling Program
SOQUEM also plans to initiate a 3,500 to 5,500-m diamond drill program in January 2020. The contractor
for the drill program has not been selected yet.
A total of nine (9) diamond drill targets, located within six (6) zones, have been selected for its geological,
geochemical and geophysical characteristics favorable for Cu-Zn VMS deposit formation. The diamond
drilling will evaluate a total of six (6) zones within the previously surveyed 2018 IP grid.


Zones 1 and 2
Drilling will test favorable geology, strong base-metal style alteration, and anomalous pathfinder element
enrichments associated with favorable geophysics. Historical drilling in these zones intersected Cu-Zn
VMS exhalative horizons interpreted to be the western extension of the B26 deposit horizon (SOQUEM
43-101 Mineral Resource Estimate - March 4, 2018 - Indicated resource of 6.97 Mt grading 1.32 % Cu,
1.80 % Zn, 0.60 g/t Au and 43 g/t Ag and Inferred resource of 4.41 Mt grading 2.03 % Cu, 0.22 %
Zn, 1.07 g/t Au and 9 g/t Ag).


Zone 3
Drilling will evaluate a strong IP anomaly believed to be the western continuation of Zones 2 listed above.
Historical drilling in this area has intersected minor disseminated sulfide mineralization but did not
explain the target IP anomaly.


Zone 4
Drilling will test a high chargeability IP and a low resistivity anomaly southeast of Zones 1 & 2. Nearby
historical drilling intersected Cu mineralization in sedimentary-exhalative units favorable for base metal
deposits.


Zone 5
Drilling will evaluate a 2.0 km long first-priority IP anomaly which is potentially the eastern extension of
the D2 gold-silver zone. Previous drilling on the D2 (see Press Release – April 18, 2018) returned 31.4 g/t
gold (Au) and 132.52 g/t silver (Ag) over 1.45 m and 8.92 g/t Au over 5.1 m. Historical drilling in this
area intersected massive sulfide horizons that were never followed-up.


Zone 6
Drilling on this Zone will test a high chargeability IP and adjacent anomalous magnetic anomalies. These
geophysical anomalies and their relationship to geology are very similar to the geophysical anomalies
encountered at the B26 Deposit.


Contingency Drilling
Drilling on this zone will be contingent on the receipt of favorable results from planned downhole and
surface geophysical surveys.

ABOUT IMPERIAL MINING GROUP LTD.
Imperial is a Canadian mineral exploration and development company focussed on the advancement of its
copper-zinc, gold and technology metals properties in Québec. Imperial is publicly listed on the TSX
Venture Exchange as “IPG” and is led by an experienced team of mineral exploration and development
professionals with a strong track record of mineral deposit discovery in numerous metal commodities.


ABOUT SOQUEM INC.
SOQUEM, a subsidiary of Ressources Québec, is a leading player in mineral exploration in Québec. Its
mission is to explore, discover and develop mining properties in Québec. SOQUEM has participated in
more than 350 exploration projects and contributed to major discoveries of gold, diamonds, lithium, and
other minerals.


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2 months ago

BLACKROCK GOLD ANNOUNCES FINANCING AND UNVEILS SYSTEMATIC SILVER CLOUD EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Key Deliverables:

 

  • Receive all remaining assays from Q4 drill program including remaining sections of holes SBC-001 (including the bottom 135m) and SBC-002, and entirety of holes SBC-004 and SBC-005, both of which had significant alteration starting at approximately 335 metres, with SBC19-004 encountereing quartz veins and veinlets below 381 metres.
  • Immediately mobilize core drill to site to follow up on holes SBC19-001 and SBC19-002 testing the extent of the mineralised system at depth in search of the boiling zone;
  • Assemble geophysical crew to complete induced polarization survey between the Northwest Canyon through the Silver Cloud mercury mine to the eastern property boundary to capitalize on gold bearing sulfide filled structures and felsic intrusives along the 5-kilometre trend;
  • Coordinate induced polarization survey over NE Veins target to aid in targeting maiden drill program;
  • Property-wide gravity survey to infill existing survey and gain better resolution on structural orientations and altered flow dome locations;
  • Complete mapping, sampling and drillhole targeting at the Northeast Veins and Quiver targets; and
  • Commence maiden drill program at NE Veins target consisting of up to 3,000m of reverse circulation (RVC) drilling in six holes.

Blackrock Gold Corp. (the “Company”) has announced a non-brokered private placement (the “Offering”) of up to 7,500,000 units (the “Units”) at a price of $0.20 per Unit for gross proceeds of up to $1,500,000. Each Unit is comprised of one common share and one-half of one share purchase warrant. Each whole warrant will entitle the holder to acquire one additional common share in the capital of the Company at a price of $0.30 per share for a period of two years from the date the Units are issued.
The Offering is subject to certain conditions including, but not limited to, the receipt of all necessary approvals including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. The common shares to be issued under the Offering will have a hold period of four months and one day from the closing. The net proceeds of the Offering will be used by the Company to fund the initial 2020 drilling program and exploration work on the Company’s Silver Cloud property, and general working capital.
The Company may pay finder’s fees on a portion of the Offering of up to 6% in cash and, for subscriptions exceeding $250,000 in the aggregate or from institutional investors, finder’s warrants equal to 4% of such Units placed by the finder, exercisable for a two-year term at a price of $0.30 per common share.
The securities described herein have not been, and will not be, registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “U.S. Securities Act”), or any state securities laws, and accordingly, may not be offered or sold within the United States absent an exemption from registration.
Initial 2020 Exploration Program
The highlights of the Company’s next exploration program for its 100% controlled low sulphidation epithermal Silver Cloud project located on the Northern Nevada Rift in Elko County, Nevada are as follows:
• Immediately mobilize core drill to site to follow up on positive drill results received from core holes SBC19-001 and SBC19-002 (see news release dated January 6, 2020), testing the extent of the mineralised system at depth in search of the boiling zone;
• Assemble geophysical crew to complete induced polarization survey between the Northwest Canyon through the Silver Cloud mercury mine to the eastern property boundary to capitalize on gold-bearing sulphide filled structures and felsic intrusives along the 5-kilometre trend;
• Coordinate induced polarization survey over NE Veins target to aid in targeting maiden drill program;
• Property-wide gravity survey to infill existing survey and gain better resolution on structural orientations and altered flow dome locations;
• Complete mapping, sampling and drillhole targeting at the Northeast Veins and Quiver targets; and
• Commence maiden drill program at NE Veins target consisting of up to 3,000m of reverse circulation (RVC) drilling in six holes.
Andrew Pollard, President & CEO of the Company stated “With gold assays from drillholes SBC19-001 and SBC19-002 in hand serving as a proof of concept confirming the east-west orientation of the mineralised vein system at Silver Cloud, we are eager to hit the ground running in 2020 by following up on these exciting gold results and searching for bonanza gold grades that may lurk at depth. With a better understanding of the structural orientation of the system and the significant presence of sulphides encountered in our initial drill program, we want to enhance our targeting of the deep-seated structures at the Silver Cloud mine area and at our NE Veins target using gravity and IP geophysics. The NE Veins target, sitting adjacent to Hecla’s Hollister mine and encompassing eight known outcropping veins atop a 1300m by 800m geochemical and gravity geophysical anomaly, is slated for its maiden drill program by summer. We are in one of the most productive gold mining districts in Nevada with the surrounding deposits revered for their high grades, and we have an abundance of high-potential targets. We are eager to build upon our initial success at Silver Cloud and look forward to what 2020 brings.”
On January 6, 2020, Blackrock Gold released positive drillhole gold assays from a portion of its 2019 core drilling program, and the 2020 exploration program will follow up on the high-grade gold intercepts encountered in the Silver Cloud mine area and at Northwest Canyon. As discussed on January 6, 2020, press release, the structural data shows gold is associated with an east-west structural component. The 2019 drill program cut the ore-controlling structures at a high level, and deeper penetration of the gold system is required to intersect the boiling zone and potential bonanza gold grades.
Two core holes will be drilled to test deeper into the gold system. Planned to start in early February, one core hole will be located at the Silver Cloud mine while the second is proposed at Northwest Canyon. The drillholes will be completed to approximately 750 metres depth from existing permitted drill sites with the aim of intersecting the gold-bearing structure deeper in the system.
Two Induced Polarization (IP) surveys are scheduled for mid-spring. The first will help to identify sulfide bodies along the east-west gold trend between the eastern boundary of the project through the Silver Cloud mercury mine toward Northwest Canyon. A series of IP lines will be run along the 5-kilometre trend which will help to target drillholes between the known gold sites. The survey will be used to identify chargeability zones that may be related to sulfides and gold-bearing structures. At the Silver Cloud mine and Northwest Canyon, abundant sulfides were encountered in drilling and associated with the gold-bearing intervals. The IP survey will also indicate whether the four gravity lows between the Northwest Canyon and eastern project boundary have coincident chargeability anomalies.
The second IP survey will be conducted over the NE Veins target. Since the gold system has significant sulfide content, the IP survey will identify those areas that host chargeability anomalies that can be followed up with drilling.
The initial round of drilling scheduled for the summer at the NE Veins target will utilize reverse circulation (RVC) drilling to explore the vein zones and geophysical anomalies. The program would consist of five to six RVC drillholes with a nominal depth of 500 metres each.
The project currently has a wide-spaced gravity survey with stations on 500-metre centres. The in-fill gravity survey will bring the stations to a maximum of 100-metre centres with selected areas being reduced to 50-metre centres. The in-fill gravity survey scheduled to begin in February will help to resolve the structural complexity identified in the drilling and help to quantify the depth to basement lithologies.

Blackrock’s exploration activities at the Silver Cloud project are being conducted and supervised by Mr. William Howald, Executive Chairman of Blackrock Gold Corp. Mr. William Howald.


About Blackrock Gold Corp.
Blackrock is a junior gold-focused exploration company that is on a quest to make an economic discovery. Anchored by a seasoned Board, the Company is focused on its Silver Cloud property, a low-sulphidation epithermal gold & silver project located along on the established Northern Nevada Rift gold trend in north-central Nevada.


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Martin Signer

2 months ago

Rausch und minCam bündeln Kräfte zur Formung einer weltweit führenden Unternehmensgruppe für optische Inspektionssysteme

Rausch und minCam bündeln Kräfte – Entstehung einer weltweit führenden Unternehmensgruppe für optische Inspektionssysteme


• Rausch und minCam intensivieren langjährige Zusammenarbeit
• Zusammenschluss schafft weltweit führende Wachstumsplattform für die gesamte Bandbreite von optischen Rohr- und Kanalinspektionssystemen
• Rausch und minCam bleiben eigenständige Unternehmen, arbeiten zukünftig operativ und strategisch zusammen
• Neue hochmoderne Produktionsstätte entsteht im Allgäu für weiteres Wachstum


Weißensberg bei Lindau / Fischen im Allgäu, 20. Dezember 2019. Die Rausch GmbH & Co. KG („Rausch“) und minCam GmbH („minCam“) gehen in Zukunft gemeinsame Wege. Der im Mai 2018 von der Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH („HQIB“) erworbene Spezialist für Schiebeanlagen minCam und das auf Fahrzeug- und mobile TV-Inspektionssysteme spezialisierte Unternehmen Rausch nutzen die entstehenden Synergien, um dem weltweit wachsenden Markt für optische Rohr- und Kanalinspektionssysteme schlagkräftiger begegnen zu können.
Rausch und minCam bleiben mit ihren Marken als eigenständige Unternehmen erhalten, die Geschäftsführungen beider Unternehmen bleiben unverändert. Beide Unternehmen arbeiten künftig in einer gemeinsamen Unternehmensgruppe strategisch und operativ zusammen. Die Unternehmensgruppe mit Sitz in Weißensberg bei Lindau wird von Stefan Rausch und Hans Kjärsgård geführt. HQIB wird mit dem Harald Quandt-Netzwerk die weitere Entwicklung unterstützen. Die Unternehmensgruppe zählt mit 180 Mitarbeitern zu den Top-5 im Weltmarkt.
Ziel des Zusammenschlusses ist es, mit einem breit angelegten Produktportfolio im Bereich der Inspektionsanlagen und Dichtheitsprüfsysteme für optische Rohr- und Kanaluntersuchungen international führend aufgestellt zu sein, um das starke Wachstum der Vergangenheit fortzusetzen. Die Unternehmen ergänzen sich durch ihre technologische Expertise und ihr Produktangebot. Gemeinsam decken Rausch und minCam die gesamte Bandbreite an Rohr- und Kanaluntersuchungen vom Hausanschluss bis hin zum kommunalen Bereich ab.
minCam wird unter der Geschäftsführung von Thomas Viell seinen Sitz in 2020 von Fischen nach Immenstadt verlagern, wo eine hochmoderne Produktionsstätte entsteht, um das geplante zukünftige Wachstum darzustellen. minCam hält somit am Standort Allgäu fest.
„Die Partnerschaft mit minCam und HQIB baut unsere erfolgreiche Position als einer der Weltmarktführer für optische Rohr- und Kanaluntersuchungssysteme deutlich aus. Wir schätzen minCam bereits seit Jahren als starken Partner und freuen uns auf die strategische Zusammenarbeit. Als Unternehmensgruppe und mit Unterstützung durch HQIB sehen wir uns gut aufgestellt, um die nächsten Wachstumsschritte erfolgreich zu gehen“, sagt Stefan Rausch, Geschäftsführer von Rausch.

„Durch den Zusammenschluss schaffen wir eine internationale Wachstumsplattform für
optische Inspektionssysteme mit Qualität ‚Made in Germany‘. Rausch und minCam ergänzen
sich mit ihren Produktportfolien ideal“, sagt Gregor Harald May, Geschäftsführer von HQIB.
„Die strategische Zusammenarbeit zwischen Rausch und minCam wollen wir als HQIB mit
der Erfahrung, den Ressourcen und dem internationalen Netzwerk der Familie Harald
Quandt zusätzlich unterstützen.“
Über Einzelheiten der Transaktion haben die Parteien Stillschweigen vereinbart.


Über Rausch
Die Rausch GmbH & Co. KG ist einer der Weltmarktführer im Bereich TV-Inspektionsanlagen und
Dichtheitsprüfsysteme für optische Rohr- und Kanaluntersuchungen. Sie bietet neben standardisierten
Fahrzeugausbauten auch auf den Kunden individuell abgestimmte Lösungen. Stetige Innovationen
und Visionen zeichnen Rausch schon seit der Gründung im Jahr 1983 aus. Durch Entwicklung der
RCA 4.0 Full HD hat Rausch die Weichen für die Zukunft gestellt. Mit der in 2004 gegründeten
Tochtergesellschaft in den USA und ausgesuchten Partnern in aller Welt bietet Rausch seinen
Kunden umfassenden Service rund um den Globus. Mit einer Fertigungstiefe von über 90 Prozent
erreicht Rausch ein ausgesprochen hohes Qualitätsniveau. Rausch hat seinen Hauptsitz in
Weißensberg am Bodensee.

Über minCam
Die minCam GmbH ist ein führendes Unternehmen im Bereich der optischen Rohrinspektionssysteme
mit Sitz in Fischen im Allgäu. Das Unternehmen ist spezialisiert auf Schiebekamerasysteme
(Schwenkkopf- und axiale Kamerasysteme), die primär in kleineren Rohren Anwendung finden. Die
Kamerasysteme von minCam zeichnen sich insbesondere durch ihre hohe Wertigkeit, Robustheit und
Zuverlässigkeit aus. Dank der Plattformstrategie verfügen die Produkte über einen besonders hohen
Individualisierungsgrad, der es minCam ermöglicht, sich auf die Anforderungen der jeweiligen Kunden
einzustellen und ihnen optimierte Lösungen zu bieten.


Über Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen
Die Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH ist eine Beteiligungsgesellschaft der Familie Harald
Quandt sowie einer kleinen Anzahl ausgewählter (Industrie-)Familien und Partner. HQIB investiert in
kleine und mittelständische Unternehmen im deutschsprachigen Raum, die in etablierten,
zukunftsorientierten und technisch anspruchsvollen Sektoren mit attraktiven Wachstumspotenzialen
aktiv sind. Als Industrieholding verfolgt HQIB einen langfristigen und nachhaltigen Beteiligungsansatz
und unterliegt keinen Laufzeitbeschränkungen oder befristeten Halteperioden.


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Rausch and minCam join forces to form a worldwide leading group for CCTV inspection systems

Rausch and minCam join forces – Formation of a worldwide leading group for CCTV inspection systems


• Rausch and minCam intensify longstanding cooperation
• The combination creates a world-leading growth platform for the full range of CCTV inspection systems
• Rausch and minCam remain independent companies, working together operationally and strategically from now on
• New state-of-the-art facility to be built in Allgäu for further growth
Weissensberg near Lindau / Fischen in Allgäu, Germany, 20 December 2019. Rausch GmbH & Co. KG (“Rausch”) and minCam GmbH (“minCam”) will follow a joint path from now on. minCam, the specialist for push rod camera systems, acquired by Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH ("HQIB") in May 2018, and Rausch, the specialist for vehicle and mobile CCTV inspection systems, will harness synergies to further improve their combined market position in the globally growing CCTV market.
Rausch and minCam will remain independent companies with co-existing brands. The respective management teams remain unchanged. The companies will from now on work together strategically and operationally as a corporate group. The group is headquartered in Weissensberg near Lindau and will be run by Stefan Rausch and Hans Kjärsgård. HQIB will leverage the international Harald Quandt network to support the group’s further development. With 180 employees, the group ranks among the top-5 players in the global market.
Aim of the strategic alliance is to strengthen the international leadership position and broaden the product portfolio of the group in order to continue the strong growth path of the past. The companies complement each other with regard to their technological expertise and product range. Together, Rausch and minCam cover the entire catalog of CCTV inspection systems from house pipes to municipal main lines.
In 2020, minCam will relocate its production site from Fischen to Immenstadt under the management of Thomas Viell. The purpose-built facility will facilitate the planned future growth of the group. minCam will hence remain at its strategic location in Allgäu.
“Our partnership with minCam and HQIB represents the next major step in confirming our position as one of the world market leaders in CCTV inspection systems. minCam has been a trusted partner of ours for many years and we are looking forward to the strategic cooperation. As a joint group and with the support of HQIB, we see ourselves well-positioned to continue our successful growth story”, says Stefan Rausch, Managing Director/CEO of Rausch.
“The combination of Rausch and minCam creates an international growth platform for CCTV inspection systems which stands for quality 'Made in Germany'. Rausch and minCam ideally complement each other through their respective product portfolios”, says Gregor Harald May,

Managing Partner of HQIB. “We will support the strategic cooperation between Rausch and minCam through the experience, resources and the international network of the Harald Quandt family.”
The parties have agreed not to disclose any details about the transaction.


About Rausch
Rausch is one of the world market leaders in the field of CCTV and leaks testing systems for sewer inspections. In addition to standardized vehicles, the company also offers customized solutions. Continuous innovations and visions have characterized Rausch since its foundation in 1983. By developing the RCA 4.0 Full HD, Rausch has set the course for the future. Rausch offers its customers comprehensive service around the globe with its subsidiary in the US founded in 2004 and select partners all over the world. With a vertical integration of more than 90 percent, Rausch achieves a superior level of quality. Rausch has its headquarters in Weissensberg by Lake Constance and a subsidiary in Chambersburg PA, USA.


About minCam
minCam GmbH is a leading company in the field of CCTV inspection systems based in Fischen in Allgäu. The company specializes in push-rod camera systems (pan & tilt and self-leveling systems), which are primarily used in smaller pipes. minCam’s camera systems distinguish themselves through high quality, robustness, and reliability. Its platform strategy allows minCam to offer highly individualized and customized solutions to its customers.


About Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen
Harald Quandt Industriebeteiligungen GmbH is the principal investment firm of the family Harald Quandt joined by a small, select number of (industrial) families and partners. HQIB invests in small and medium-sized companies within the German-speaking region, that are leading in established and technologically sophisticated market niches with attractive growth potential. As an industrial holding company, HQIB pursues a long-term, sustainable investment approach and is not subject to any time restrictions or limited investment periods.


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Martin Signer

2 months ago

UBS redeems outstanding perpetual additional tier 1 bond

UBS announced today its intention to redeem the total outstanding USD 1.25bn
perpetual additional tier 1 instrument with ISIN CH0271428317 (the "AT1 instrument") on 19 February 2020,
the first optional redemption date. The AT1 instrument was issued by UBS Group AG on 19 February 2015
and are listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange.


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Martin Signer

2 months ago

Open banking helps The Money Charity with parts of tickets revenues

Open Banking Expo has donated a percentage of its ticket sales from its London event to The Money Charity.

The event organisers entered a partnership with Nationwide’s Open Banking for Good challenge and The Money Charity in 2019 to support the latest fintech innovations helping the UK solve financial capability problems. A total of £1,180 has been donated.

Open Banking Expo London took place on 13 November 2019 and brought together more than 500 innovators, disruptors and visionaries who are shaping the future of Open Banking.

More than 80 experts spoke at the event, including Nationwide’s co-leader for its Open Banking for Good challenge, Gareth McNab, and The Money Charity’s interim chief executive officer Erik Porter. They hosted a session entitled ‘Open Banking for Good; helping the most vulnerable in society’ in which they highlighted the progress of their fintech partners who are creating apps to support the UK’s most vulnerable, and shared the challenges they faced and insight gained along the way.

Erik Porter, acting chief executive officer for The Money Charity said: “We were delighted to have been chosen to be in partnership with Open Banking Expo London as the event's sole beneficiary, and incredibly grateful for such a generous donation to our work through proceeds from ticket sales. As the UK's financial capability charity, we strongly believe in the force for good that money can be in people’s lives, helping them to achieve their goals, grow their financial wellbeing, and live happier more positive lives. We remain truly excited about the possibilities Open Banking offers in making people’s personal finances more manageable, more accessible, more intuitive and more inclusive.

Adam Cox, co-founder of Open Banking Expo said: “The team at Open Banking Expo champion the adoption of Open Banking to help the most vulnerable in society. We truly believe that realising the true value of data can make the difference needed to enhance the financial inclusion and wellbeing of consumers both here in the UK and further afield. It's time all corners of society benefited from adopting Open Banking principles and we look forward to continuing our partnership to support such a worthwhile cause.”


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2 months ago

The former Hatteras Funds and Partners Group teams create new joint effort

Gondola Capital, a provider of carefully curated non-traditional private
investments for RIAs, Family Offices, and Institutions, today announced it has formed a strategic
relationship with KEY Investment Partners, an investment management firm focused on providing growth
capital to companies operating in the ancillary cannabis sector.
In early 2019, Gondola Capital spun out of Hatteras Funds with a focused mission to deliver a differentiated investment platform consisting of private equity funds, co-investments, and direct transactions to its client base. The founding team at KEY Investment Partners met while working together at the Swiss-based private equity firm Partner’s Group AG where they invested on behalf of some of the largest pension funds and endowments in the world.


Gondola Capital believes there are few industries offering greater long-term growth potential than the legal cannabis industry and that global appetite for investing in legal cannabis will continue to grow
exponentially. Furthermore, Gondola is of the belief that the best way for their clients to access this growth industry will be through the private markets. To assist their clients in accessing the legal cannabis space, Gondola determined it would be necessary to represent an investment manager that combines both proven institutional investment experience with deep industry networks.
“We identified the legal cannabis industry as one of the fastest-growing markets in the world and the
the industry continues to capture the attention of our investor base. We selected KEY Investment Partners
because of their breadth of private markets experience and the strong relationships, they have cultivated
both inside and outside of the cannabis industry,” said Michael Lee, Co-Founder, and Partner at Gondola
Capital.
KEY Investment Partners or “KEY” for short, was founded in 2018 on the realization that there is a scarcity of institutional quality firms focused on legal cannabis preventing investors from accessing high-quality private market investments. KEY’s co-founders have invested on behalf of some of the largest pension funds and endowments in the world. In addition, KEY has spent a combined decade in Colorado, the most established cannabis market in the country.
“This rapidly-evolving opportunity set is clearly in growth mode but currently under-serviced by investment managers with institutional investment experience, and our investor clients deserve better options to access the space. Our joint relationship with KEY looks to fill in some of those gaps,” said Casey Brunner, CoFounder, and Partner at Gondola Capital.
“We are thrilled to be working with Gondola and believe that through our institutional-quality sourcing,
screening, and analysis our clients will have the ability to capitalize on premier private market cannabis
investments” said Tiby Erdely, one of KEY’s founding partners.
The engagement follows a strong growth year for Gondola Capital as it continues to build out a differentiated platform of private equity funds, co-investments, and direct transactions for RIAs, Family
Offices, and Institutions.


About Gondola Capital
Gondola Capital researches and provides exposure to carefully curated non-traditional private investments for Registered Investment Advisors, Family Offices, Institutions, and Consultants. Their platform includes a suite of differentiated alternative investment solutions including private equity funds, co-investments, and direct transactions. With locations in Vail, CO and Raleigh, NC, the founding team of Casey Brunner and Michael Lee have over 30 years combined experience from institutions including Morgan Stanley
Investment Management, Hatteras Funds, The Rock Creek Group, and Direxion Investments.
For more information on Gondola Capital: https://gondolacapital.com/


About KEY Investment Partners
KEY Investment Partners is an investment management firm focused on providing growth capital to early-stage cannabis companies. They invest opportunistically across all sub-sectors of the cannabis industry,
with the intent of identifying high-growth, market-leading companies that are backed by exceptional
management teams. Karabas, Erdely, and Youkilis co-founded the firm after the three worked together for
the Swiss-based private equity firm Partner’s Group AG (SIX: PGHN). The team has over 20 years
combined investment management experience from institutions like Goldman Sachs, GE Capital, and
Equity Residential investing on behalf of some of the largest pension funds and endowments in the world.
KEY is headquartered in Denver, CO - the most established and mature legal cannabis market in the US -
positioning the firm at the forefront of the most exciting trends and developments in the space.
For more information on KEY Investment Partners: https://keyinvestmentpartners.com/


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2 months ago

Fundraising success for purpose-driven private equity fund

Shoreline Equity Partners, LLC ("Shoreline" or the "Firm"), a purpose-driven lower middle market private equity firm, today announced the final close of its inaugural private equity fund, Shoreline Equity Partners Fund, L.P.  Shoreline began fundraising in March, in conjunction with the Firm's launch, with an initial target of $250 million and was oversubscribed at its hard cap of $300 million in commitments.

"We are very grateful to all of our limited partners for the resounding support and humbled by the overwhelming demand shown through the process," said the Firm's Co-Founder Mike Hand.  "The entire Shoreline team is excited to work closely with our portfolio company management teams and to continue backing and building leading lower middle-market businesses.  Our emphasis on doing well by our investors, our management partners and the communities within which our portfolio companies operate has been exceptionally well-received."

Shoreline received commitments from a prominent group of limited partners including insurance companies, fund of funds, family offices and high net worth individuals.  Shoreline's general partners and its executive network also contributed significant capital to the fund. 

"From the onset, Mike and I sought to assemble a diverse investor base with a wide range of investment experiences," said Co-Founder Peter Franz.  "The composition of our limited partners validates our approach and the commitments from our executive network illustrate our relationships with management teams extend far beyond our initial investment partnership."

M2O Private Fund Advisors LLC acted as exclusive placement agent, and Ropes & Gray LLP provided legal counsel to Shoreline.

About Shoreline

Shoreline is a lower middle-market private equity firm focused on actively partnering with leading management teams.  The Firm's goal is to develop and implement collaborative solutions with portfolio company professionals to drive growth as well as scale and optimize operations.  Shoreline professionals employ a genuine, egalitarian, and transparent approach to working with companies.  The Firm's model considers a broader set of stakeholders in our decisions with a meaningful portion of the Firm's profits being contributed to philanthropic initiatives.  Shoreline seeks to lead equity investments of up to $100 million per transaction in support of buyouts, recapitalizations, and corporate divestitures.  Targeted businesses typically have enterprise values ranging from $25 million to $250 million and EBITDA of $5 million to $25 million.  The Firm strives to partner with management teams of non-capital-intensive businesses primarily within the specialized manufacturing, value-added distribution, and business and industrial services sectors, among others.


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Very interesting summary about Iran


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Successful drilling results for Blackrock Gold Corp

BLACKROCK DRILLS UP TO 8.32 G/T GOLD OVER 1.5M AT SILVER CLOUD IN THE UPPER PORTION OF AN EPITHERMAL VEIN SYSTEM; IDENTIFIES SEVERAL MINERALIZED PORPHYRY INTRUSIVES

 Blackrock Gold Corp. (the “Company”) announced today the report assay results and geologic interpretation following a 15-year exploration hiatus on its recently acquired, 100% controlled Silver Cloud project located on the Northern Nevada Rift in Elko County, Nevada.  Highlights are:

  • Five HQ core holes were drilled at Silver Cloud totaling 2,207 meters (7,240 feet). Partial assay results are received for SBC19-001, SBC19-002, and SBC19-003. Drilling focused on evaluating a potential east-west vein system between the Silver Cloud mercury mine and Northwest Canyon;
  • Drilling confirms the existence of an east-west low-sulfidation epithermal quartz veining system and potential for vein hosted gold and silver as well as mineralized rhyolite porphyry intrusives;
  • SBC19-001, adjacent to the Silver Cloud mine, intersected 0.7 meters grading 3.95 g/t Au starting at 290 meters (951 feet). This drill hole followed up on historic Teck drilling from 2000
  • SBC19-002, drilled in Northwest Canyon (1,550 meters west of the Silver Cloud mine), intersected a 1.5-meter vein zone grading 8.32 g/t Au starting at 263 meters (864 feet). This drill hole followed up on historic Placer Dome drilling from 2002;
  • Downhole acoustic televiewer data confirmed the gold mineralization is aligned with east-west structures offset by north-northwest oriented post-mineral faults;
  • The breccia, veins, and associated fine-grained sulfides, in addition, to trace element geochemistry, indicate drilling encountered the upper portion of a low sulfidation epithermal gold system; and
  • SBC19-004 and SBC19-005 have significant alterations starting at approximately 335 meters.SBC19-004 encountered quartz veins and veinlets below 381 meters. Assays pending.

Andrew Pollard, President & CEO, stated, "Our drill campaign, the first completed on the project in almost 15 years, set out to establish the existence of an east-west epithermal vein system at the Silver Cloud mine and Northwest Canyon.  The potential for discovery of a bonanza epithermal system on our property, for which the Northern Nevada Rift is renowned, represents a 3-dimensional puzzle that we are trying to solve.  The initial results confirm the existence of an epithermal vein system oriented in an east-west direction.  This is a crucial step forward in deciphering the mystery of Silver Cloud and suggests we are well on our way to solving this puzzle. Given the reported gold grades and the trace element geochemistry, we correctly predicted the east-west structures, but they indicate that the drill encountered them too high in the system. This suggests potential exists for higher-grade gold at depth within the boiling zone of this epithermal system.   

Additional data from drill holes SBC-001, including the bottom 135 meters, and SBC-002 have yet to be received.  Assays for drill holes SBC-004 and SBC-005, both of which have significant visible alterations starting at roughly 335 meters are also pending.  Hole SBC-005 was by far the deepest of the initial program, going to a total depth of 552 meters, roughly 83 meters beyond the next deepest drill hole (SBC-001). 

A mineralized porphyry intrusive system adjacent to the vein zone was also identified and could lead to a significant secondary target. If gravity data indicates the location of the altered porphyry intrusives (rhyolite flow domes) with associated high-grade gold veins, then we have identified numerous additional targets to explore throughout the project. Of significant interest are the multiple gravity lows that extend directly east of the Silver Cloud mine area to our property boundary, which could represent the potential strike extent of this newly recognized east-west oriented system.”

Mr. Pollard continued, “We have brought the latest regional geologic and deposit information as well as new exploration technology, the Acoustic Televiewer, to bear on the project. From a targeting standpoint, we are now well on our way, with 2020 shaping up to be a positive and highly active year at the project.”

DISCUSSION

Commencing on October 5, 2019, the Company completed the first drill program at Silver Cloud since 2005. Five HQ core holes totaling 2,207 meters (7,240 feet) were drilled, and partial gold and trace element assay results have been received for SBC19-001, SBC19-002, and SBC19-003, with assays for SBC19-004 and SBC19-005 pending.

Table 1: Silver Cloud Drill Results from SBC19-001 to SBC19-003, using a one gram Au cut off

AreaDrillhole IDAzimuthDipTotal Depth (m)From (m)To (m)Thickness (m)Au (g/t)
TeckSBC19-00122-75469.5289.9290.60.73.95
TeckSBC19-001   233.4288.1Assays pending
TeckSBC19-001   320.7456.1Assays pending
PlacerSBC19-0020-65370.9263.3264.81.58.32
PlacerSBC19-002   283.2295.4Assays pending
PlacerSBC19-002   332.9349.0Assays pending
PlacerSBC19-00330-65384.7No significant assays
TeckSBC19-0040-72429.5Assays pending
TeckSBC19-00550-70552.3Assays pending

 

True Thickness not determined

Teck Resources and Placer Dome historical drilling results described below are taken from an internal report titled “Technical Report on the Silver Cloud Property” prepared for Geologix Explorations Inc. (now ValOro Resources Inc.) dated October 20, 2006. A Qualified Person has not done sufficient work to classify the historical estimates as current mineral resources or mineral reserves. The Company is not treating the historical drill intercept mineralization estimates from Teck or Placer Dome as current mineral resources or reserves have not verified them and is not relying on them.  The Company currently does not plan to conduct any work to verify the historical estimates other than using them to guide its exploratory drilling work.

SBC19-001 tested gold mineralization drilled by Teck in 2000 at the historic Silver Cloud mercury mine.  Gold mineralization occurs as fine-grained pyrite-marcasite replacements, up to five meters in width, along moderately to steeply dipping fractures and faults.  From 289.9  to 290.6 meters, the fine-grained and massive sulfides returned gold values of 3.95 g/t over 0.7 meters.  From 290.6 to 346 meters the sulfide content increased but was dominated with coarse-grained, brassy pyrite and pyrite cemented breccias.  The dominant structural direction is north-northwesterly with moderate to steep dips, however, more gently dipping east-west sulfide replacements were observed from the Colog three dimensional acoustic televiewer down-hole logs.  The gold appears to be associated with the east-west structural domain.

The breccia, veins, and associated fine-grained sulfides indicate the gold intercept in SBC19-001 is from the upper portion of a low sulfidation epithermal gold system.

Trace element geochemistry is also indicative of the upper portion of the gold system with anomalous levels of mercury (4.3 ppm), arsenic (264 ppm), antimony (155 ppm) and selenium (85 ppm) within the gold intervals.  Silver was slightly elevated and returned a 0.5 ppm value.

SBC19-001 did not replicate the Teck reverse circulation drill hole intercept in SCT-6, 1.5 meters at 158 g/t gold.  Based on the Company’s data review and core hole results,  it appears that the gold intercept in SCT-6 is the result of contamination associated with high groundwater flows in the RC drill hole.  However, the 3.95 ppm gold intercept at 290 meters, confirms Teck’s interval in SCT-8 of 7.68 ppm gold at a similar elevation and suggests an east-west orientation to the gold-bearing structure.

SBC19-002 was drilled in the Northwest Canyon near the historic Placer Dome intercept of 12.3 meters grading 5.53 g/t gold.  At Northwest Canyon, gold mineralization occurs in siliceous fault breccias and north-northwesterly striking quartz-pyrite veins and veinlets.  Widespread stockwork quartz-pyrite veinlets were cut in and near a more extensive silicified rhyolite porphyry intrusion.  Colog three dimensional acoustic televiewer logs show the dominant north-northwest striking veins dip moderately to steeply; however, a gold-bearing, east-west set of fractures was noted, and the interval contained coarse gold.  The drill hole cut epithermal veins and returned a 1.5-meter intercept grading 8.32 g/t gold at 263.3 meters (864 feet) from the brecciated intrusive footwall to a major fault. 

SBC19-002 cut across the vein while Placer Dome SCP-15 was a vertical drill hole that may have been drilled parallel to the structure.

SBC19-003 was drilled in Northwest Canyon at azimuth 30 with a 65-degree dip from the same pad as SBC19-002.  The core was strongly oxidized to 206 meters (675 feet).  A northwest oriented breccia/fault zone was logged at 187 meters (615 feet), and the fault is interpreted to have offset the east-west vein system intersected in SBC19-002.  A third drill hole oriented at azimuth 340 degrees is contemplated to test the western extension of mineralization in SBC19-002.  Additional geologic work is needed to understand the offset of the vein system to the east.

SBC19-004 and SBC19-005 intersected epithermal alteration starting at approximately 335 meters.  SBC19-004 encountered quartz veins and veinlets below 381 meters.   Assays are pending at this time.

In the Placer Dome area, historic drill holes encountered a rhyolite porphyry unit with low-level gold mineralization.  Historic drilling in the Teck area did not describe a porphyry unit near the Silver Cloud mercury mine; however, SBC19-001 identified a rhyolite porphyry intrusive beneath the Silver Cloud mercury mine.  Based on the geologic relationships observed in the core, the rhyolite intrusive porphyries are related to a series of flow domes or localized plugs potentially following an east-west orientation between the Silver Cloud mercury mine and Northwest Canyon.  In SBC19-001, the porphyry has continuous low-level gold mineralization, ranging between 0.1 to 0.9 ppm gold, which suggests the rhyolite flow domes are syn-mineral and following the same structural regime as the epithermal vein system.  The rhyolite intrusives may represent a separate gold target from the vein system.  The gravity lows interpreted in the geophysical data may be identifying the locations of the rhyolite flow domes and associated high-grade gold veins.  The porphyry intrusives could have significant size and grade to warrant additional investigation.

All core sampling was conducted under the supervision of the Company's project geologists, and a strict chain of custody from the project to the sample preparation facility was implemented and monitored. The core boxes were hauled from the project site to a secure facility in Battle Mountain, Nevada, where the core was logged, and samples intervals selected, cut and bagged under the supervision of Blackrock’s project geologist.  The samples were delivered to American Assay Laboratory or picked up by American Assay Laboratory delivered to their facility in Sparks, Nevada.  After receipt, they were crushed and pulverized, then the pulverized material was digested and analyzed for gold using fire assay fusion and an atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) finish on a 30-gram assay split. Other elements were determined using two-acid digestion and ICP (inductively coupled plasma) analysis. Data verification of the assay and analytical results are completed to ensure accurate and verifiable results. A blank, duplicate or a certified standard was inserted approximately every 15th sample.

The Company utilized Reflex’s Sprint-IQ and TN14 survey tools for borehole surveying and collar azimuth and dip components for each core hole.  Surface GPS readings were used for collar locations. 

All core holes were abandoned according to specific federal and state laws with collar locations memorialized and tagged in the field.

Blackrock’s exploration activities at the Silver Cloud project are being conducted and supervised by Mr. William Howald, Executive Chairman of Blackrock Gold Corp. Mr. William Howald, AIPG Certified Professional Geologist #11041, is a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101. He has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.

About Blackrock Gold Corp.
Blackrock is a junior gold-focused exploration company that is on a quest to make an economic discovery. Anchored by a seasoned Board, the Company is focused on its Silver Cloud property, a low-sulphidation epithermal gold & silver project located along on the established Northern Nevada Rift gold trend in north-central Nevada.


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Martin Signer

2 months ago

Awards Announcement - Asia Futurist Leadership Award

Asia Futurist Leadership Award is newly created to recognize the family offices, family enterprises, industry professionals, private banks, institutions, funds and new ventures around the world who are making their effort in creating a positive environment and social impacts, ultimately contributing to the craft of a better world.  

Association of Family Offices in Asia (AFO), Association of Private Bankers in Greater China Region (APB), Asia Co-Investors Club (ACIC) and Women In Leadership Association (WILA) are working closely with UNSIF to advocate the adoption of sustainable development goals and drive more capital into Environmental, Sustainability & Governance Related investment across all industry sectors!


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Martin Signer

2 months ago

How is the Cannabis industry evolving?

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Martin Signer

2 months ago

Schöne Weihnachten und ein Gutes Neues Jahr

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Mit den besten Neujahrswünschen


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2 months ago

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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Looking forward to playing tennis again


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Martin Signer

2 months ago

When will the huge spending deficit of the US have most impacts?

The annual US-deficit is around $1Tr, e.g. around $3,000 per capita.

The U.S. military spending is greater than those of the next 10 largest government expenditures combined. It's four times greater than China's military budget, and 10 times bigger than Russia's defense spending. It's difficult to reduce the budget deficit without cutting U.S. defense spending.

It's easy to see here and here that these investments are not really in the interest of the society, also when women dominate this industry.

These huge overspendings - not only in the U.S. - lead to a debt crisis and unhealthy capital allocation with the low-interest rates (politicians/central bankers want to please the stock markets).

 


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Pavel Forostovskiy
2 months ago

Real estate agent in Russia (Moscow) WhatsApp: +79660590707

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Martin Signer

2 months ago

Merry Christmas for math nerds

Solution

Y = ln(x/m - sa)/r2

r2 y= ln(x/m - sa)

rry= ln(x/m - sa)

erry = x/m- sa

merry = x- sam

merry = x- mas

 

As Christmas is about love, here something more


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Martin Signer

2 months ago

MONEY2020 ASIA OPENS APPLICATIONS FOR STARTUP PITCH COMPETITION

SEEKING MONEY’S FUTURE CHANGE-MAKERS AND TRAILBLAZERS, MONEY20/20 ASIA HAS OPENED APPLICATIONS FOR ITS STARTUP PITCH COMPETITION AND ANNOUNCED THE 2020 WINNER’S PRIZE


Money20/20 Asia has announced that applications are now open for the 2020 edition of its Startup Pitch initiative. The winner will be chosen at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, on the third and final day of the event, 26 March 2020.
Startup Pitch provides the next generation of entrepreneurs and disruptors with the opportunity to showcase their world-class products, network with senior decision-makers and gain first-hand experience from leading minds within the fintech, digital business tech, and product space. An onsite workshop with well-known investors will also be hosted for shortlisted candidates on 24 March 2020.
Money20/20 Asia is hunting for startups who are shaking up the status quo, pioneering new technologies, building profitable, sustainable companies and springboarding low-income and rural communities into the digital economy. To be eligible, startups must be founded less than 3 years ago and have raised less than USD $3M.
Applications close on 29 January 2020, and the 15 shortlisted candidates will be announced on 12 February 2020, then pitching for three top slots, rated by a line-up of VC judges. The winner is picked by the audience during a mainstage session on the last day of the show.
Key dates:
- Applications close: 29 January 2020
- Shortlist announcement: 12 February 2020
- On-site workshop with investor/business leaders: 24 March 2020
- First-round pitch: 25 March 2020
- Final-round main stage pitch: 26th March 2020
JOSH FOREMAN, FOUNDER, INDEBTED, who participated in last year’s Startup Pitch, commented, “The Startup Pitch program is a fantastic opportunity for early-stage startups to gain further exposure to potential investors, clients, and talent at a global scale. Particularly for fintechs, there is no better platform than Money20/20 in which to battle test your ideas at a global level.”
TRACEY DAVIES, PRESIDENT, MONEY20/20, said, “With Asia’s booming startup scene and sky-high valuations in China, India and Southeast Asia, we are incredibly excited to launch Startup Pitch and scout out who is driving forward and transforming the future of money.”
“We encourage any change-makers that can showcase an innovative business model, whether it is challenging the norm, improving lives or bringing financial services to Asia’s unbanked population, to apply now. The onstage pitching sessions are always a highly anticipated part of the show, and we look forward to seeing what this year’s applicants bring to the table”, adds Ms. Davies.
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Martin Signer

2 months ago

NOXXON GIBT BEKANNT, DASS DER ERSTE GEHIRNTUMOR-PATIENT ZEHN WOCHEN BEHANDLUNG MIT NOX-A12 UND STRAHLENTHERAPIE ERHALTEN HAT

Das Data Safety Monitoring Board bestätigt Sicherheit und stimmt der Rekrutierung
weiterer Patienten zu


NOXXON Pharma N.V. (EuronextGrowth Paris: ALNOX), ein Biotechnologieunternehmen mit Fokus auf der Verbesserung von Krebstherapien durch eine gezielte Einwirkung auf die Tumormikroumgebung (TME), gab heute bekannt, dass das Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) seine Zustimmung zur Rekrutierung weiterer Patienten gemäß dem Studienprotokoll gegeben hat.

Das unabhängige DSMB hatte wie geplant die
Sicherheitsdaten des ersten Gehirntumorpatienten ausgewertet, der 10 Wochen lang mit NOX-A12 in
Kombination mit Strahlentherapie behandelt worden war.
Die an der Studie beteiligten klinischen Studienzentren haben nun die Rekrutierung der weiteren
Patienten in der ersten von drei ansteigenden Dosisgruppen eingeleitet. Sobald alle Patienten in der
ersten Dosisgruppe jeweils eine vierwöchige Behandlung mit NOX-A12 und Strahlentherapie erhalten
haben, wird sich das DSMB erneut zusammensetzen, um über den Start der mittleren
Dosierungsgruppe zu beraten.
"Diese frühe Bestätigung des Sicherheitsprofils von NOX-A12 ist sehr ermutigend", kommentierte Aram
Mangasarian, CEO von NOXXON. "Nach dieser Analyse kann die Studie wie geplant fortgesetzt
werden, damit die nächsten Patienten die Therapie im Rahmen des Protokolls erhalten können. Unser
Ziel bleibt weiterhin, Daten von der ersten Patientenkohorte Mitte 2020 sowie von der zweiten und dritten
Kohorte im vierten Quartal 2020 bzw. im zweiten Quartal 2021 zu erhalten."

Über NOXXON
Die auf Onkologie fokussierte Pipeline von NOXXON wirkt auf die Tumormikroumgebung (TME) und
den Krebs-Immunitätszyklus durch Durchbrechen der Tumor-Schutzbarriere und die Blockierung der
Tumorreparatur. Durch die Neutralisierung von Chemokinen in der Tumormikroumgebung wirkt der
Ansatz von NOXXON in Kombination mit anderen Behandlungsmethoden schwächend auf die
Tumorabwehr gegen das Immunsystem und ermöglicht eine größere therapeutische Wirkung. Auf Basis
von umfangreichen klinischen Erfahrungs- und Sicherheitsdaten lieferte das Lead-Programm NOX-A12
im Dezember 2018 erste Daten aus einer Kombinationsstudie mit Keytruda® in Patienten mit
metastasiertem Darm- oder Bauchspeicheldrüsenkrebs und weitere Studien in diesen Indikationen sind
in Planung. Das Unternehmen initiierte im September 2019 eine weitere Studie mit NOX-A12 in
Kombination mit Strahlentherapie in Hirntumoren. In den USA und in der EU wurde der Kombination
von NOX-A12 und Strahlentherapie zur Behandlung bestimmter Hirntumore der Orphan-Drug-Status
erteilt. Der zweite TME-Produktkandidat des Unternehmens, NOX-E36, befindet sich in der klinischen
Phase 2 und zielt auf das angeborene Immunsystem ab. NOXXON plant, NOX-E36 sowohl als
Monotherapie als auch in Kombination bei Patienten mit soliden Tumoren zu untersuchen. Weitere
Informationen finden Sie unter: www.noxxon.com


Keytruda® ist eine eingetragene Handelsmarke von Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.


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Martin Signer

2 months ago

NOXXON ANNONCE QUE LE PREMIER PATIENT ATTEINT D UN CANCER DU CERVEAU A ETE TRAITE AVEC NOX-A12 EN ASSOCIATION AVEC LA RADIOTHÉRAPIE PENDANT 10 SEMAINES

Le comité de sécurité de surveillance des données confirme la sécurité et
valide le recrutement des prochains patients

NOXXON Pharma N.V. (Euronext Growth Paris : ALNOX), société de biotechnologie développant principalement des traitements contre le cancer en ciblant le microenvironnement tumoral (MET), annonce aujourd'hui qu'un examen prévu par le comité de sécurité de surveillance des données (Data Safety Monitoring Board - DSMB) a analysé les données de sécurité provenant des dix premières semaines de traitement du patient recruté dans
l’essai clinique de NOX-A12 en association avec la radiothérapie dans le cancer du cerveau. Sur la
base de cette évaluation, le comité de sécurité a confirmé qu'il est approprié de poursuivre le
recrutement de patients supplémentaires conformément au protocole de l'étude.
Les centres d'essais cliniques participant à l'étude ont donc initié le recrutement des patients restants
de cette cohorte traitée à la première des trois doses croissantes dans le cadre de l’étude. Une fois que
les patients de cette cohorte auront chacun reçu le traitement de NOX-A12 en association avec la
radiothérapie pendant quatre semaines, le comité de sécurité se réunira de nouveau pour déterminer
s'il est prudent de passer à la seconde dose de NOX-A12.
« Nous sommes encouragés par cette première confirmation du profil de sécurité du NOX-A12 », a
déclaré Aram Mangasarian, Président Directeur Général de NOXXON. « Suite à cette analyse,
l'essai peut continuer comme prévu afin que les prochains patients puissent être traités dans le cadre
du protocole. Nous restons concentrés sur l'atteinte de notre objectif d'obtenir des données de la
première cohorte de patients en milieu d’année 2020, et des deuxième et troisième cohortes
respectivement au quatrième trimestre 2020 et au deuxième trimestre 2021. »

À propos de NOXXON
Les produits oncologiques développés par NOXXON agissent sur le microenvironnement tumoral et le
cycle immunitaire anticancéreux par la rupture de la barrière de protection tumorale et l’inhibition de la
réparation tumorale. En neutralisant des chimiokines dans le microenvironnement tumoral, NOXXON
associe son approche à celle d’autres types de traitement afin d’affaiblir les défenses tumorales contre
le système immunitaire et d’augmenter l’impact thérapeutique. Son programme phare, le NOX-A12,
s’appuie sur un long développement clinique et de nombreuses données de sécurité. Les premiers
résultats de l’essai clinique de phase I/II sur l’association de NOX-A12 avec le Keytruda®, chez des
patients atteints d’un cancer métastatique colorectal ou du pancréas, ont été publiés en décembre 2018
et de prochaines études dans ces indications sont en cours de planification. En septembre 2019, la
société a initié une autre étude avec le NOX-A12 dans le cancer du cerveau en association avec la
radiothérapie, qui a obtenu le statut de médicament orphelin aux États-Unis et en Europe pour le
traitement de certains cancers du cerveau. Le deuxième actif de la société en développement clinique,
le NOX-E36, agit sur le microenvironnement tumoral en ciblant le système immunitaire inné.

NOXXON
prévoit d’évaluer l’action de NOX-E36 chez les patients atteints d’un cancer du pancréas, en
monothérapie ainsi qu’en association. Plus d’informations sont disponibles sur : www.noxxon.com.
Keytruda® est une marque déposée de Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.


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Martin Signer

2 months ago

NOXXON ANNOUNCES FIRST BRAIN CANCER PATIENT REACHES 10 WEEKS OF TREATMENT WITH NOX-A12 PLUS RADIOTHERAPY

Safety Monitoring Board confirms safety and validates the recruitment of the next patients
  
 
NOXXON Pharma N.V. (EuroNext Growth Paris: ALNOX), a biotechnology company focused on improving cancer treatments by targeting the tumor microenvironment (TME), announced today that a planned review by an independent Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) has analyzed safety data from ten weeks of treatment of the first patient enrolled in the NOX-A12 plus radiotherapy brain cancer trial. Based on this assessment, the DSMB has confirmed that it is appropriate to continue the recruitment of additional patients according to the study protocol.

The clinical trial centers participating in the study have therefore initiated the recruitment of the remaining patients in the first of three escalating dose groups. Once each patient in the first cohort has received a four-weeks treatment of NOX-A12 and radiotherapy, the DSMB will reconvene to determine whether it is safe to proceed to the middle dose level of NOX-A12.

“We are encouraged by this initial confirmation of the safety profile of NOX-A12,” commented Aram Mangasarian, CEO of NOXXON. “Following this analysis, the trial can progress as planned so the next patients can receive the treatment as part of the protocol. We remain focused on reaching our goal of obtaining data from the first cohort of patients in mid-2020, and from the second and third cohorts in the fourth quarter 2020 and the second quarter of 2021, respectively.”


About NOXXON

NOXXON’s oncology-focused pipeline acts on the tumor microenvironment (TME) and the cancer immunity cycle by breaking the tumor protection barrier and blocking tumor repair. By neutralizing chemokines in the tumor microenvironment, NOXXON’s approach works in combination with other forms of treatment to weaken tumor defenses against the immune system and enable greater therapeutic impact. Building on extensive clinical experience and safety data, the lead program NOX-A12 has delivered top-line data from a Keytruda® combination trial in metastatic colorectal and pancreatic cancer patients in December 2018 and further studies are being planned in these indications. In September 2019 the company initiated an additional trial with NOX-A12 in brain cancer in combination with radiotherapy. The combination of NOX-A12 and radiotherapy has been granted orphan drug status in the US and EU for the treatment of certain brain cancers. The company’s second clinical-stage asset NOX-E36 is a Phase 2 TME asset targeting the innate immune system. NOXXON plans to test NOX-E36 in patients with solid tumors both as a monotherapy and in combination. Further information can be found at www.noxxon.com

Keytruda® is a registered trademark of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.

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Martin Signer

2 months ago

Jean-Claude Biver in the StartUp Show

 

interesting interview.


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Martin Signer

2 months ago

Big banks secure their stakes in Fintech solutions

OpenFin, the operating system (OS) of finance, announced today that HSBC has joined its Series C financing round, bringing the total amount raised in this round to $22 million and total funding to date to $45 million.

OpenFin will use the latest round of financing to expand its product offering into Asian markets and to fund new product initiatives. Now used at more than 1,500 banks and buy-side firms across nearly 200,000 desktops in 60+ countries, OpenFin’s web-based operating system has become a de facto standard in capital markets.

HSBC, among the largest banks in the world, brings a dynamic and global addition to OpenFin's strategic partnerships. HSBC is already using OpenFin OS to power its digital desktop strategy, including internal applications and client-facing technology. The new financing further aligns the firms as HSBC looks to leverage OpenFin more broadly across its Group.

HSBC joins a noteworthy group of OpenFin investors, including Bain Capital Ventures, Barclays, CME Ventures, DRW Venture Capital, J.P. Morgan, NYCA Partners, Pivot Investment Partners, and Wells Fargo.

"Desktop container technology is an important component of our digital transformation strategy across the bank. OpenFin has demonstrated that it is a leader in this space and HSBC is looking forward to working together on shared application infrastructure for the financial industry," said Niall Cameron, Head of Corporate and Institutional Digital at HSBC.

"We are delighted that HSBC has chosen to back OpenFin. Global banks such as HSBC are at the core of the financial industry’s app ecosystem. Their dual role as an innovative developer of proprietary apps and as a major consumer of third-party apps makes them an important partner as we work to transform the financial industry’s app infrastructure," said OpenFin CEO Mazy Dar.

About HSBC Holdings plc

HSBC Holdings plc, the parent company of the HSBC Group, is headquartered in London. HSBC serves customers worldwide from offices in 65 countries and territories in our geographical regions: Europe, Asia, North America, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa. With assets of US$2,751bn on 30 June 2019, HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organizations. 

The investment was made by HSBC’s Strategic Innovation Investments team, a corporate venture capital unit taking minority holdings in early-stage technology companies with strategic relevance to HSBC. The team has made over 20 investments since its inception in 2014.  

About OpenFin

Move Fast. Break Nothing. OpenFin is the financial industry’s operating system, enabling the rapid and secure deployment, native experience and desktop interoperability. Used by the largest industry players through to the newest of FinTech innovators, OpenFin deploys more than 1,000 desktop applications to more than 1500 buy-side and sell-side firms. OpenFin investors include Bain Capital Ventures, Barclays, DRW Venture Capital, HSBC, CME Ventures, J.P. Morgan, NYCA Partners, Pivot Investment Partners, and Wells Fargo among others. The company is based in New York with offices in London.


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Martin Signer

3 months ago

Hilfsprojekt in Nepal: BFW-Unternehmen bauen neues Zuhause für Erdbebenopfer

„Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe“: Das war das Motto der BFW-Unternehmen, der sich vom 15. bis zum 22. November am Hilfsprojekt der internationalen Hilfsorganisation Habitat for Humanity im nepalesischen Kavre beteiligt haben. Gemeinsam mit den zukünftigen Bewohnern haben dort zwanzig Immobilienprofis aus BFW-Mitgliedsunternehmen in einer Woche Eigenheime für bedürftige Familien gebaut. „Vier Jahre nach dem Erdbeben in Nepal leiden noch immer viele unter den Folgen der Katastrophe“, so BFW-Präsident Andreas Ibel. “Deshalb haben wir mit unserem Know How und den Mitarbeitern unserer Mitglieder vor Ort angepackt, um ein neues, erdbebensicheres Zuhause für hilfsbedürftige Familien zu schaffen. So können wir einigen Menschen im Kleinen helfen, ein Fundament aus Stein und Beton für eine bessere Zukunft zu schaffen!“

Die Region Kavre war im Mai und April 2015 am stärksten von einem Erdbeben betroffen, das 9.000 Menschen in den Tod gerissen und 800.000 Häuser zerstört hat. Ein großer Teil der Betroffenen lebt bis heute in dürftigen Übergangsbehausungen. Bei dem Hilfsprojekt haben der BFW und Habitat for Humanity auf Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe, Selbstbestimmung und Eigenverantwortung gesetzt: Die begünstigten Familien wurden maßgeblich in die Projektplanungen eingebunden und haben mitgebaut.

„Das Hilfsprojekt für beide Seiten gewinnbringend“, betonte der mitgereiste BFW-Bundesgeschäftsführer Christian Bruch: „Unsere Mitarbeiter bringen nicht nur ihre Expertise und Arbeitskraft ein – sie bringen im Gegenzug auch neue Erfahrungen mit nach Hause, etwa durch die Arbeit im multikulturellen Team, den gegenseitigen Austausch und Einblick in Land und Kultur. So verknüpfen wir die Übernahme gesellschaftlicher Verantwortung mit Mitarbeiterförderung, Teambuilding und dem Aufbau von neuen Netzwerken.“

 

Das Projekt ein Nepal ist nach dem „Big Build“ in Vietnam im Jahr 2019 bereits der zweite internationale Hilfseinsatz des BFW. Am Einsatz in Kavre haben sich Mitarbeiter aus den BFW-Mitgliedsunternehmen Baustolz Holding GmbH, Becker&Kries Unternehmensgruppe, beta Eigenheim- und Grundstücksver-wertungsgesellschaft mbH, Dornieden Generalbau GmbH, Fairhome GmbH, Gero-Immobilien Management GmbH, GWB Gewerbe- und Wohnungsbau GmbH, Strenger Bauen und Wohnen GmbH, Wohnungsunternehmen Semmelhaack, WPH Wohnbau und Projektentwicklung Hamburg GmbH, Architekturbüro Frank und aus dem BFW-Landesverband Nord beteiligt.


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Martin Signer

3 months ago

Climate Finance Day: financing a just transition  The green transition must be inclusive

The Climate Finance Day, organized by Finance for Tomorrow, concluded a week-long series of events devoted to sustainable finance under the heading ‘Paris for Tomorrow'. The event welcomed over 700 participants from more than 40 countries. The 5th edition of the Climate Finance Day affirmed its position as a leading international event for sustainable finance, as attested to the prominence of its speakers and the number of announcements made.
 
Organized around 4 main sessions that brought together some 50 speakers from the financial services industry, the public sector, and academia, this 5th edition was an opportunity to develop solutions and review the concrete progress made over the year.
 
The Climate Finance Day opened with the investiture of Thierry Déau as the new chairman of Finance for Tomorrow. The occasion provided him an opportunity to share his vision for the Paris Financial Centre and his ambition for its future: ‘During this 5th edition of the Climate Finance Day we have had an opportunity to measure the progress made and the commitments honored so far in terms of sustainable finance. But we must all collectively do more and engage in a transition that is fair and equitable. Our action will only be credible if we act immediately if we share with the greatest number the right initiatives and above all if  we measure the effects.'
 
This year's guiding theme for the day was the financing of a just transition. The transformation toward a low-carbon economy will induce profound upheavals in many sectors, requiring to consider the social and societal impact. In a discussion with Thierry Déau, Chair of Finance for Tomorrow, the day's guest of honor Laurent Berger, Secretary-General of the French CFDT union, President of the European Trade Union Confederation, reiterated the international union's position that: ‘There are no jobs on a dead planet.' Therewith, he articulated his considerable hope for a green new deal at the European level and emphasized the importance of forward-thinking to address the transition's impact on regions and on employment. He called on all parties to act responsibly to successfully navigate the ecological transition with respect for social justice. 
 
The Climate Finance Day illustrated the international mobilization underway to make sustainable finance a dominant force in the financial system. Representatives of public institutions such as the European Commission, the European Trade Union Confederation, the European market authorities (ESMA, IOSCO) and the United Nations Environment's Finance Initiative were able to engage in dialogue with private sector players.
   
Dr. MA Jun, chairman of China's ‘Green Finance Committee', made his 3rd appearance at the Climate Finance Day. He presented an example of a just transition from China and, with Nick Robins, sketched the possibilities for international cooperation on green finance. His participation was part of ongoing bilateral relations with China developed by Finance For Tomorrow, which on 28 November organized the second ever ‘Joint Conference on Green Finance' with the support from the People's Bank of China and Banque de France.

Another high point of the day was the 2nd Challenge Fintech for Tomorrow, which goal is to support the dynamic momentum of the Paris Financial Centre by encouraging innovative start-ups. The prize for the French category was awarded to GreenValue. AI and the prize for the international category to OKO Finance. Organized by Finance For Tomorrow and sponsored by ADEME, the French agency for Environment and Energy management, and Climate KIC SAS, the challenge was a success with more than 35 applications.

François Villeroy de Galhau, Governor of the Banque de France, announced that stress tests will be made on French banks and insurance companies by Q1 2020. He forecasted that climate risk should be on the agenda of the review of European monetary policy announced by Christine Lagarde, the new chair of the ECB.

Lastly, the Caisse des Dépôts, Agence Française de Développement, Bpifrance, The FRR (French pensions reserve fund) and the ERAFP (French public service additional pension scheme) signed the Charter of Public-Sector Investors in Support of the Sustainable Development Goals, in the presence of Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy and Finance. In doing so, they committed to making these goals part of their responsible investment policies. These principles build on those already established in 2017, which the signatories committed to via the Charter of Public-Sector Investors in Support of Climate Action.

Delivering the day's closing remarks, Bruno Le Maire, Minister of the Economy and Finance declared: ‘Paris financial center is the greenest in the world, as it is committed to stopping financing the most polluting energies. We can do better and faster both at the French and European levels. Finance is our best weapon to overcome climate change.'
The Climate Finance Day, the high point of Paris for Tomorrow week
 
With close to 20 events taking place as part of the Paris for Tomorrow week, held from 25 to 29 November 2019, Paris once again showed itself to be a leading locus of sustainable finance. The week offered an opportunity for reflection and exchanges on a full range of topics related to sustainable finance, including research, fostering competency in sustainable finance and biodiversity. Universities, companies, non-profits, students, diplomates… the entire Parisian ecosystem came together to explore concrete solutions and further sustainable finance. 

Emmanuel Grégoire, first deputy Mayor of Paris reminded that ‘finance must be placed in the service of a just transition that combines ecological AND social objectives for the well-being of citizens. The City of Paris wishes to become Europe's capital for green and ethical finance.'
 
The Paris for Tomorrow Week and Climate Finance Day marked the close of a pivotal year for sustainable finance in France.

The year 2019 was punctuated with major announcements by financial and public players in favor of sustainable finance. In July, the Paris Financial Centre affirmed that it would be strengthening its commitments to fight climate change by encouraging members to adopt a coal exit strategy as early as 2020, and by announcing the creation of an observatory to monitor climate commitments and action.

Evermore aware of the climate emergency, financial services companies have made increasing numbers of announcements on the topic, many of these timed to coincide with the Paris Tomorrow Week:
Olivier Sichel, Deputy CEO of Caisse des Dépôts and director of the Banque des Territoires, declared: ‘Given the climate emergency, the Caisse des Dépôts is creating financing tools that are fair and inclusive for every sector involved in the transition to net-zero emissions. Over 2018-2020 we will invest 20 billion euros ”. Group Caisse des Dépôts which has already stopped investing in businesses that generate more than 10% of their output from exposure to coal, will encourage the remaining companies in its portfolios to target near-zero power production from coal by 2030 in OECD countries, and before 2050 in the rest of the world.  From 2021, it will not invest in companies that develop new coal capacities.
 
Thomas Buberl, CEO of Groupe AXA, announced: ‘AXA has been a pioneer in adopting an ambitious strategy to fight climate change, but the emergency calls for additional efforts. We are therefore launching a new phase in our climate strategy to increase our contribution to a low-carbon and more resilient economy, in particular by focusing our investments on the energy transition of industrial players. We are convinced that this is an absolute priority if we are to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement.' AXA has committed to limiting the ‘warming potential' of its investments to 1.5°C by 2050, in line with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. AXA is doubling its green investment target to €24 billion by 2023 and has announced subscription to ‘transition bonds', a new asset class designed to support companies in their transition to a less carbon-intensive business model. Finally, the Group is committed to exiting the coal sector completely by 2030 in OE CD and EU countries, followed by a 2040 horizon in the rest of the world.

BNP Paribas announced a timetable for its total divestment from coal on 22 November last, with a deadline of 2030 for EU countries and 2040 for the remainder of the world, as well as increased support for renewables, with a new financing objective of 18 billion euros by 2021. ‘As a bank, we have the opportunity, and the will, to contribute to accelerating the energy transition by supporting our customers in this necessary transformation,' said Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, CEO of BNP Paribas. ‘To be successful, such a transition must be fair and balanced, taking into account both the reality of the economic model and the daily needs of people around the world. Our new commitments, which set clear objectives, constitute a new phase in our goal of making a decisive contribution to the climate challenge. There remains a long road ahead, and the climate emergency requires that we develop more collective approaches.' 

Crédit Agricole SA: Philippe Brassac, CEO of Crédit Agricole S.A., commented on the Group's decision to cease financing coal worldwide as early as 2024: ‘Societies face a dual challenge of maintaining global warming below 2°C while engineering a socially just transition. We must collectively undertake a radical transformation of the global economic engine. Our role is key to the success of this transition phase, which should enable us to entirely stop producing energy using coal worldwide by 2040. We have twenty years to meet this challenge. As far as Crédit Agricole is concerned, we will divest of all coal by this date, following the recommendations of climate science. We are more than ever fully on board to support our clients as they adapt, to finance the transition and to encourage new investors to adopt this ecological approach.

Natixis, a subsidiary of Groupe BPCE, announced in September the roll-out of an in-house tool, the Green Weighting Factor. This innovative mechanism adjusts the expected return on every loan in light of its impact on the environment and climate. ‘The Green Weighting Factor illustrates our desire to offer our clients practical support as they transition toward a low-carbon economy and to conduct our activities within a framework aligned with the Paris Agreement on Climate,' said François Riahi, CEO of Natixis and member of the BPCE Management Board.
 
Société Générale has announced that it will fully exit coal by 2030 for EU and OECD countries. The Group will be gradually reducing exposure to thermal coal with a target of zero by 2030 at the latest for companies with assets in EU or OECD countries and 2040 for the rest of the world.
Frédéric Oudéa, CEO of Société Générale: ‘Responsibility is at the heart of our value creation model, integral to the way we conduct and develop our business activities. The climate emergency is a priority built into our strategic plan, our governance, our risk management and our focus on innovation. As advisors and financiers, we have a key role to play in ensuring a successful and fair energy transition, by proactively supporting our clients in their own transitions, regardless of geography or sector. I am convinced that we must continue to act both collectively and individually, pursuing proactive and responsible policies to meet ambitious commitments for a low-carbon and inclusive economy.'

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3 months ago

Resultat du Climate Finance Day : financer une transition juste  La transition verte devra être sociale

Le Climate Finance Day, organisé par Finance for Tomorrow, a conclu ce jour la semaine d'événements « Paris for Tomorrow » dédiée à la finance durable en accueillant plus de 800 participants, représentant plus de 40 nationalités. Pour sa 5e édition, le Climate Finance Day conforte ainsi sa position d'événement de référence de la finance durable à l'international comme en témoigne la qualité des intervenants et le nombre d'annonces faites.
 
Organisée autour de 4 grandes sessions réunissant près de 50 intervenants du secteur financier, de la sphère publique et académique, la 5ème édition a été l'occasion de développer des solutions et de faire le point sur les avancées concrètes de l'année.

Le Climate Finance Day s'est ouvert avec la prise de fonction du nouveau président de Finance For Tomorrow, Thierry Déau. A cette occasion, il a pu exprimer sa vision pour la place financière de Paris et l'ambition qu'il souhaite porter : « Nous avons pu mesurer, lors de la 5ème édition de Climate Finance Day, le chemin parcouru et les engagements qui ont déjà été réalisés en matière de finance durable. Mais nous devons collectivement faire encore plus et nous engager dans une transition juste et solidaire. Notre action ne sera crédible que si nous agissons dès maintenant, que nous partageons avec le plus grand nombre les bonnes initiatives et surtout que nous en mesurons les effets ».

Cette année, le thème principal de la journée était celui du financement d'une transition juste. La transition vers une économie bas carbone va engendrer de profonds bouleversements dans de nombreux secteurs économiques qui imposent la prise en compte des impacts sociaux et sociétaux. A l'occasion d'un dialogue avec Thierry Déau, Président de Finance for Tomorrow, Laurent Berger, secrétaire général de la CFDT, président de la confédération européenne des syndicats et invité d'honneur de la journée, a rappelé la position du syndicat international : « Il n'y a pas d'emplois sur une planète morte ». A ce titre, il a formulé beaucoup d'espoirs dans un green new deal à l'échelle européenne et souligné l'importance de l'anticipation pour traiter les impacts de la transition sur les emplois et les territoires. Il a lancé un appel à la responsabilité de tous les acteurs pour la réussite de la transition écologique dans la just ice sociale.

Le Climate Finance Day a démontré la mobilisation internationale pour faire de la finance durable le courant dominant du système financier. Les représentants d'institutions publiques telles que la Commission Européenne et la Confédération Européenne des Syndicats, les autorités de marchés européennes (ESMA, IOSCO) ou encore de l'Initiative Finance de l'ONU Environnement ont pu dialoguer avec les acteurs privés.

MA Jun, Le Président du « Green Finance Comittee » chinois est intervenu pour la 3ème fois au Climate Finance Day. Il a présenté un exemple de la transition juste sur le territoire chinois et développé avec Nick Robins les perspectives de la coopération internationale sur la finance verte. Sa présence s'inscrit dans le cadre des relations bilatérales développées avec la Chine par Finance for Tomorrow qui a organisé le 28 novembre la seconde « Joint-Conference on Green Finance ».

Autre temps fort de la journée, le deuxième Challenge Fintech dont l'objectif est de soutenir le dynamisme de la place financière de Paris en mobilisant les startups et les entreprises innovantes a récompensé GreenValue.AI en tant que lauréat français et OKO finance en tant que lauréat international. Organisé par Finance for Tomorrow, soutenu par l'Ademe et Climate-KIC SAS, le challenge a connu un véritable succès avec plus de 35 candidatures.

François Villeroy de Galhau, Gouverneur de la Banque de France, a annoncé la réalisation de stress tests climatiques pour les banques et compagnies d'assurances françaises au premier trimestre 2020. Il a indiqué que les risques climatiques devraient être au programme de la révision de la politique monétaire européenne annoncée par Christine Lagarde, présidente de la Banque Centrale Européenne.

Enfin, la Caisse des Dépôts, l'Agence Française de Développement, Bpifrance, le Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites et l'Etablissement de Retraite additionnelle de la Fonction Publique ont signé en présence du Ministre de l'économie et des Finances, Bruno Le Maire, la Charte des investisseurs publics français en faveur des Objectifs de Développement Durable. Le Ministère de la Transition Ecologique et Solidaire était représenté par M. Thomas Lesueur, Commissaire général au développement durable. Les investisseurs publics s'engagent ainsi à intégrer ces objectifs dans leur politique d'investissement responsable. Ces principes viendront s'ajouter à ceux définis en 2017 et sur lesquels les signataires s'étaient déjà engagés via la Charte des investisseurs publics français en faveur du climat.

En conclusion de la journée, Bruno Le Maire, Ministre de l'économie et des finances a déclaré : "La place de Paris est la première place au monde à s'être engagée pour sortir des énergies les plus polluantes. Nous pouvons être encore plus ambitieux et plus rapide au niveau français et européen. La finance est la meilleure arme pour réussir la transition écologique."
Le Climate Finance Day, point d'orgue de la Paris for Tomorrow week

Avec près de 20 événements labélisés Paris for Tomorrow week qui ont eu lieu du 25 au 29 novembre 2019, Paris a démontré une fois de plus qu'elle était un des lieux importants de la finance durable. Plus qu'une extension du Climate Finance Day, la semaine a été l'opportunité de réfléchir et d'échanger sur l'ensemble des sujets liés à la finance durable tel que la recherche, le développement compétences de la finance durable ou encore la protection de la biodiversité. Universités, entreprises, associations, étudiants, diplomates… tout l'écosystème parisien s'est réuni pour trouver des solutions concrètes et faire avancer la finance durable.

Emmanuel Grégoire, premier adjoint à la Maire de Paris a rappelé que « La finance doit servir une transition juste, qui allie enjeux écologiques ET sociaux, au bénéfice des citoyens. La Ville de Paris veut devenir la capitale européenne de la finance verte et éthique. »
La Paris for Tomorrow Week et le Climate Finance Day clôture une année charnière pour la finance durable en France. 
L'année 2019 aura été marqué par les annonces majeurs de la part des acteurs financiers et publics en faveur de la finance durable. En juillet, la place financière de Paris a déclaré vouloir renforcer ses engagements en faveur de la lutte contre le changement climatique en incitant ses membres à adopter une stratégie charbon dès l'exercice 2020 et en annonçant la création d'un observatoire de suivi des engagements et des actions en faveur du climat.

Plus que jamais conscients de l'urgence climatique, les acteurs financiers ont depuis multiplié les annonces en amont et particulièrement à l'occasion de la Paris Tomorrow Week :

Olivier Sichel, directeur général adjoint du Groupe Caisse des Dépôts et directeur de la Banque des Territoires, a déclaré : « Face à l'urgence climatique, le groupe Caisse des Dépôts met en place des outils de financement dans tous les secteurs de la transition vers la neutralité carbone, de façon juste et inclusive. Sur la période 2018-2020 nous mobiliserons 20 Md€. » Le Groupe Caisse des dépôts, qui a déjà arrêté d'investir dans les entreprises générant plus de 10% de leur chiffre d'affaires d'activités liées au charbon, va encourager les entreprises restantes dans son portefeuille à poursuivre l'objectif de zéro exposition au charbon à l'horizon 2030 dans les pays de l'OCDE, et avant 2050 dans le reste du monde. A partir de 2021, le Groupe Caisse des Dépôts n'investira plus dans les entreprises développant de nouvelles capacités de productions à partir du charbon.

Thomas Buberl, Directeur Général du Groupe AXA, a annoncé : « AXA a été un pionnier en adoptant une stratégie ambitieuse de lutte contre le changement climatique mais l'urgence nécessite des efforts supplémentaires. C'est pourquoi nous lançons une nouvelle phase de notre stratégie climat pour accélérer notre contribution vers une économie bas-carbone et plus résiliente, notamment en concentrant nos financements sur la transition énergétique des acteurs industriels. Nous sommes convaincus qu'il s'agit d'une priorité absolue si nous voulons atteindre les objectifs de l'Accord de Paris. » AXA s'engage à limiter le « potentiel de réchauffement » de ses investissements à 1,5°C d'ici 2050, en ligne avec les objectifs de l'Accord de Paris. AXA double son objectif d'investissements verts, à 24 milliards d'euros en 2023, et annonce la souscription de « transition bonds », une nouvelle classe d'actifs visant à accompagner les entreprises da ns leur transition vers des modèles économiques à plus faible intensité carbone. Enfin, le Groupe s'engage à sortir totalement du secteur du charbon d'ici 2030 dans les pays de l'OCDE et l'UE, puis 2040 dans le reste du monde.

BNP Paribas a annoncé le 22 novembre dernier un calendrier de sortie complète du charbon, en 2030 dans les pays de l'Union Européenne et en 2040 dans le reste du monde, et le renforcement de son soutien au développement des énergies renouvelables avec un nouvel objectif de financement de 18 milliards d'euros à horizon 2021. « En tant que banque, nous avons la possibilité, et la volonté, de participer à l'accélération de la transition énergétique en accompagnant nos clients dans cette nécessaire transformation, a déclaré Jean-Laurent Bonnafé, Administrateur Directeur Général de BNP Paribas. Pour aboutir, une telle transition doit être juste et équilibrée et prendre en compte la réalité du modèle économique et les besoins quotidiens des populations dans le monde. Nos nouveaux engagements, qui affichent des objectifs clairs, marquent une nouvelle étape dans notre objectif de contribuer résolument au défi climatique. Le chemin à parcou rir reste long et l'urgence climatique nous oblige à développer davantage d'approches collectives. »
 
Crédit Agricole SA : Philippe Brassac, directeur général de Crédit Agricole S.A. a commenté la décision du Groupe de cesser le financement du charbon dans le monde dès 2024 : « Nos sociétés font face au double défi de contenir le réchauffement climatique en deçà des 2°C tout en adoptant une transition socialement juste. Nous devons collectivement mettre en œuvre une transformation radicale du moteur économique mondial. Notre rôle est clé pour réussir cette phase de transition qui doit nous permettre de cesser de produire de l'énergie à base de charbon thermique dans le monde en 2040. Nous avons vingt ans pour réussir ce défi. En ce qui concerne le Crédit Agricole nous sortirons de tout financement charbon à cette date suivant en cela les recommandations de la science du climat. Plus que jamais, nous sommes pleinement mobilisés pour accompagner nos clients dans leur adaptation, pour financer la transition et pour attirer de nouveaux investis seurs dans cette démarche écologique. » 

Natixis, filiale du Groupe BPCE, a annoncé en septembre la mise en œuvre de son outil interne, le Green Weighting Factor. Ce mécanisme innovant module la rentabilité attendue de chaque financement en fonction de son impact sur l‘environnement et le climat.
« Le Green Weighting Factor illustre notre volonté d'accompagner concrètement nos clients dans leur transition vers une économie décarbonée et d'inscrire nos activités dans une trajectoire cohérente avec l'Accord de Paris sur le climat » déclare François Riahi, directeur général de Natixis et membre du directoire de BPCE.
 
Société Générale a annoncé la sortie du charbon à horizon 2030 pour les pays de l'UE ou de l'OCDE. Le Groupe réduira ainsi progressivement à zéro son exposition au secteur du charbon thermique, au plus tard en 2030 pour les entreprises ayant des actifs dans les pays de l'UE ou de l'OCDE et d'ici 2040 pour le reste du monde.
Frédéric Oudéa, Directeur général de Société Générale : « Notre responsabilité est au cœur de notre modèle de création de valeur, dans la façon d'exercer et de développer nos activités. L'urgence climatique est une priorité intégrée dans notre plan stratégique, dans notre gouvernance, dans notre gestion des risques comme dans notre démarche d'innovation. En tant que conseiller et apporteur de financements, nous avons un rôle moteur à jouer dans la réussite d'une transition énergétique juste, en accompagnant de manière proactive nos clients dans leur propre transition quels que soient les géographies ou les types d'activités. Je suis convaincu que nous devons continuer d'agir collectivement et individuellement, et mener une politique volontariste et responsable avec des engagements ambitieux pour une économie bas carbone et inclusive.
Finance for Tomorrow est la branche de Paris EUROPLACE  lancée en juin 2017 pour faire de la finance verte et durable un élément moteur du développement de la Place de Paris et la positionner en centre financier de référence sur ces enjeux. Elle réunit plus de 70 membres signataires d'une charte commune visant à réorienter les flux financiers vers une économie bas-carbone et inclusive, en cohérence avec l'Accord de Paris et les Objectifs de Développement de Durable (ODD) de l'ONU.

https://financefortomorrow.com/
Présidé par Augustin de Romanet, Paris EUROPLACE est l'organisme chargé du développement et de la promotion de la place financière de Paris et de l'industrie financière française à l'international. Elle regroupe tous les intervenants du secteur financier ; ses plus de 400 membres comprennent des émetteurs, investisseurs, banques et intermédiaires financiers, compagnies d'assurance, avocats et comptables, cabinets de conseil, etc.

https://www.paris-europlace.com/fr

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Martin Signer

3 months ago

Swiss corporate finance company Wineus with strong portfolio development

Treureva AG, a Wineus Capital Portfolio company, acquires Hugger Treuhand AG

Treureva AG (“Treureva”), a leading accounting, audit, and tax advisory company acquires the Zurich based competitor Hugger Treuhand AG (“Hugger Treuhand”) in a succession planning process. Hugger Treuhand has been established over 30 years ago and employees around five employees. With the successful acquisition, Treureva further strengthens its market position in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. Serving different clients with accounting, audit and tax services, the acquired company will be entirely integrated into Treureva. The owner of Hugger Treuhand will stay on board for an extended transition period.

Wineus has successfully managed the entire acquisition process on behalf of Treureva.

 

 

 

 

Wineus Advisory project news

Wineus advises Swiss Medical Network SA on the acquisition of 100% of Klinik Belair AG

Swiss Medical Network SA (“Swiss Medical Network”) and Hirslanden AG (“Hirslanden”), the two largest private hospital groups in Switzerland, have reached an agreement on the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Klinik Belair AG (“Klinik Belair”) in Schaffhausen. The acquisition by Swiss Medical Network will ensure and promote the development of the clinic and thus secure valuable jobs in the region. Together with its staff and doctors, Klinik Belair is to be continued on a stable basis for the population of Schaffhausen.

Klinik Belair is a modern private clinic, with around 35 accredited doctors from various specialties, in a calm and elevated area overlooking the old town of Schaffhausen. Klinik Belair is a listed hospital of the canton of Schaffhausen and has a mandate for orthopedic surgery, ophthalmology, urology, rheumatology, and gynecology.

As of 1 October 2019, the operations of Klinik Belair were integrated into Swiss Medical Network.

Wineus has acted as lead advisor to Swiss Medical Network and accompanied the entire transaction.

 

 

 

 

Wineus advises the shareholders of Swiss Medi Kids AG on the sale of the company to the current CEO and her family

In November 2019, Swiss Medi Kids AG (“Swiss Medi Kids”) was entirely acquired by the current CEO Katja Berlinger and her family. Swiss Medi Kids is the leading group of ambulatory clinics for child health care in Switzerland. The mission of Swiss Medi Kids is to provide sustainable health care at the highest level for children and adolescents alike. Swiss Medi Kids is currently active in the four locations Zurich central station, Winterthur, Luzern and Wil.

The current CEO Katja Berlinger has participated in the development of Swiss Medi Kids since its inception. The board of directors has now been enlarged with Daniel Staffelbach (lawyer, healthcare expert, member of the executive board of Kinderspital Zürich), Patrick Stalder (Owner and CEO of Winox SA, President of Hockey Club Biel) and Thorsten Beige Berlinger (co-owner of Berlinger AG).

Wineus provided sell-side advisory services to the shareholders of Swiss Medi Kids AG in the scope of the entire transaction process.

 

 

 

 

Wineus coordinates the acquisition of Seiler & Partenaires Holding SA by AEVIS VICTORIA SA

AEVIS VICTORIA SA (“Aevis Victoria”) successfully completed the acquisition of Seiler & Partenaires Holding SA, the majority shareholder of Seiler Hotels AG of Zermatt (“Seiler Hotels”). As of 1 November 2019, Seiler & Partenaires Holding SA were integrated and consolidated in Aevis Victoria.

Seiler Hotels, dating back to 1855, include the 5-star luxury hotel Mont Cervin Palace and the 4-star boutique hotel Monte Rosa, both ideally located in the center of Zermatt. The seven restaurants in the hotels offer their guests culinary specialties. Seiler Hotels also owns the Monte Rosa Hotel building and other properties in and around Zermatt.

With the most recent acquisition, the hospitality segment of Aevis Victoria will now operate six hotels in five attractive locations in Switzerland, counting almost 780 rooms and generating an estimated annual turnover of around CHF 115 million for the financial year 2020.

Wineus has advised Aevis Victoria during the entire transaction process.

 

 

 

 

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Welcome Jonas Huber

Jonas Huber joined Wineus in September 2019 as an intern in Daniel Rey's team. He has focused on the execution of M&A transactions and financing projects. Previously, he was an intern at a private equity fund in the DACH region and worked as a consultant in the Tax & Legal department of a leading accounting firm. He holds a Master of Law from the University of Zurich. In his spare time, he spends time with his friends, travels the world and enjoys sports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome Maurice Lanz

Maurice Lanz joined Wineus in October 2019 as an intern and works in Xavier Alonso's team. Prior to this, he completed various internships at an international investment bank. He holds a Master's degree in Finance from Bocconi University. In his leisure time, Maurice likes outdoor activities like skiing, sailing, and hiking to Cape Wrath, Scotland's most north-westerly point.

 


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Martin Signer

3 months ago

Gensource Potash with positive outlook

Gensource Potash Corporation (“Gensource” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: GSP), announced the kick-off of its planned fall drilling in the 100% owned Vanguard Area in central Saskatchewan. The Vanguard Area comprises two Saskatchewan subsurface potash mineral leases, KL 244 and KL 245, surrounding the Villages of Tugaske and Eyebrow.

The primary purpose of the well is to confirm the extent and grades of the potash resource in the Vanguard Area, adding to the breadth of data already collected and modeled for the area. Potash core from the Prairie Evaporite formation will be recovered, sampled and assayed as part of the geological work on this well. Geophysical logs will be collected, and drill stem tests will be performed in targeted areas, specifically the Mannville horizon. Expanding the regional understanding of the resource in the Vanguard Area builds more confidence in the high quality and substantial extent of the potash deposit and since this well is located very close to the future plant site of the Tugaske Project, it will provide specific and pertinent information with respect to Tugaske’s planned well field and mining area.

Gensource contracted CWC Ironhand Drilling (“CWC”) and their Rig #2, to complete the well. CWC is an industry-leading drilling contractor operating in western Canada.

CWC will be supported by many service providers at the site, including Artisan Consulting Services Ltd., who will be providing drill site supervision and coordination again for this well on behalf of Gensource. Artisan Consulting is a small, privately owned and operated consulting company located in Carlyle, Saskatchewan, specializing in supplying supervision services for the drilling of vertical, directional and horizontal wells within western Canada for the past 30+ years.

Mike Ferguson, President & CEO of Gensource, commented, “We are excited to be moving ahead with this fall drilling because of the value that this well creates for our understanding of the resource in the Vanguard Area, and the furtherance of our mission to develop multiple projects within the area. We look forward to the safe and successful completion of the program.”

The technical information contained in this news release was reviewed and approved by Mike Ferguson, P.Eng., the President and CEO of Gensource and a Qualified Person under NI 43-101.

About Gensource

Gensource is based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is focused on developing the next potash production facility in that province – but with a fundamentally different approach. Gensource’ President & CEO, Mike Ferguson, P.Eng., has assembled a management and technical team with direct and specific expertise and experience in potash development in Saskatchewan.

Gensource operates under a business plan that has two key components: (1) vertical integration with the market to ensure that all production capacity built is directed, and pre-sold, to a specific market, eliminating market-side risk; and (2) technical innovation which will allow for a small and economic potash production facility, which is much friendlier to the environment and local populations to construct and operate - the output of which can then be directed to a single, specific market.


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Martin Signer

3 months ago

Cairn Capital announces the appointments of José Ferrero and Vihren Jordanov as senior credit analysts

Cairn Capital announced the appointments of José Ferrero and Vihren Jordanov as senior credit analysts. José and Vihren will focus on loans and report to Mark Stieler, Head of Credit Research.
Prior to joining Cairn Capital, José was a credit analyst at Partners Group where he was responsible for European coverage of the business and consumer services, chemicals and healthcare sectors. Prior to Partners Group, he worked at JP Morgan in New York.
Vihren joins Cairn Capital from Alcentra, where he was a Vice President. Vihren covered the European cable and telecoms and entertainment/media sectors and has more recently focused on CLO portfolio analysis, construction, and optimization. Prior to Alcentra, Vihren was a credit analyst at Oakhill Advisors focusing on stressed/distressed investments in high yield and leveraged loans.
Mark Stieler, Head of Credit Research, said: “We are delighted to welcome José and Vihren, who will strengthen our loan investment team as we continue to grow this important asset class for the firm.”
These two new hires follow on from Cairn Loan Investments II LLP (“CLI II”) having priced Cairn CLO XI DAC on 5th November 2019, adding to the eight CLOs that are managed by Cairn Loan Investments LLP (“CLI”). Cairn Capital provides a range of support services to CLI and CLI II, including credit research. Total loan AUM across Cairn Capital’s platform is approximately €3.3 billion1.
1AUM figure includes Cairn CLOs which are managed by CLI and Cairn CLO XI DAC which is managed by CLI II. Cairn Capital established CLI and CLI II but they are not affiliates of Cairn Capital nor of each other.
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About Cairn Capital
Cairn Capital is a London-based credit asset management and advisory firm established in 2004. Cairn Capital's asset management capabilities cover the European public and private credit markets.


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Martin Signer

3 months ago

INVIBES ADVERTISING LANCE UN NOUVEAU FORMAT PUBLICITAIRE IN-FEED : INVIBES STORIES

INVIBES ADVERTISING, société technologique du secteur de la publicité
digitale, annonce le lancement d’Invibes Stories.
« 92% des consommateurs veulent que dans les publicités,
les marques leur racontent une histoire »

Pour répondre à ce besoin, INVIBES ADVERTISING a développé Invibes Stories, un format publicitaire
qui aide les annonceurs à investir dans la narration de leur marque en créant une véritable expérience
immersive grâce à des images verticales et de courtes vidéos, diffusées les unes après les autres.
Les Invibes Stories, lancées dans des environnements sûrs pour la marque, prolongent l’immédiateté
de la campagne pour une communication plus réelle et plus authentique, suscitant un sentiment de
proximité grâce aux interactions entre l'utilisateur et la marque qui diffuse la story sur l'écran. Un lien
est accessible d’un simple « swipe up » (balayage vers le haut), tandis que les stories peuvent être
mises en pause juste en touchant l'écran du doigt.
Nicolas POLLET, CEO et co-fondateur de INVIBES ADVERTISING, a déclaré : « Les utilisateurs sont de
plus en plus avides d'histoires, c’est pourquoi nous sommes très heureux de proposer à nos clients ce
format publicitaire, qui explore ce changement de comportement des utilisateurs orienté vers le
storytelling et l'authenticité. Les annonceurs sont aujourd’hui en mesure de créer des messages
puissants accompagnés de visuels forts et de bénéficier pleinement de tous les avantages que le format
polyvalent Invibes Stories peut leur offrir dans le cadre d’une campagne in-feed, leur permettant ainsi
de se démarquer. »


Les annonceurs peuvent utiliser Invibes Stories pour publier du contenu pédagogique en lien avec leur
secteur d'activité, des démonstrations pour l’utilisation de leurs principaux produits ou services, ou
diffuser des témoignages de clients, ce qui ajoute de la profondeur, des émotions et de l’interactivité
à la publicité in-feed.


A propos d’INVIBES ADVERTISING
Créée en 2011, INVIBES ADVERTISING est une société technologique du secteur de la publicité digitale. Elle a développé une solution publicitaire non intrusive et efficace, qui s’appuie sur un format in-feed, intégré dans les
contenus média, inspiré des réseaux sociaux et optimisé pour une diffusion sur un réseau fermé de sites média :
Bertelsmann, Hearst, Axel Springer et beaucoup d’autres. Ses clients sont par ailleurs de grandes marques telles que Mercedes, Samsung, Air France et IBM. INVIBES ADVERTISING est cotée sur Euronext Growth à Paris
(Mnémonique : ALINV – ISIN : BE0974299316).


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Martin Signer

3 months ago

INVIBES ADVERTISING LAUNCHES THE NEW IN-FEED AD FORMAT INVIBES STORIES

INVIBES ADVERTISING, a technology company specialized in digital in-feed
advertising, announces the launch of Invibes Stories.
"92% of consumers want brands to make ads feel like a story”

To meet the demand, the technology company developed Invibes Stories, an in-feed ad format that
helps advertisers to invest in their brand’s narrative, by featuring vertical pictures and short videos,
one after the other, into immersive brand experiences.
The Invibes Stories pushed on brand-safe environments, extend immediacy, a more real and authentic
communication, a feeling of closeness due to the interactions between the user and the brand
delivering the story on-screen. Accessing a link is just a “swipe up” away while pausing the stories can
be easily done by touching the screen with the finger.
Nicolas POLLET, CEO, and co-founder of INVIBES ADVERTISING said: “As users become more and more
story-savvy, we are excited to present our clients with an ad format that explores this user behavior
a shift towards storytelling and authenticity. Advertisers are now able to create powerful messages
through strong visuals, by exploring all benefits the versatile Invibes Stories format brings to an in-feed
the campaign, and make their brand stand out.”
Advertisers can use Invibes Stories to publish educational content related to their industry, show howto’s related to key products or services, or display customer testimonials, adding depth, emotions and
interactivity to the in-feed ad.


About INVIBES ADVERTISING
Founded in 2011, INVIBES ADVERTISING is a technology company specialized in digital advertising. It has
developed advertising solutions using an in-feed format built into media content. The principle is similar to social networks, and it is optimized for dissemination in a closed network of Media Groups: Bertelsmann, Hearst, Axel Springer, and many others. Clients include major brands such as Mercedes, Samsung, Air France, and IBM. INVIBES ADVERTISING is listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange (Ticker: ALINV – ISIN: BE0974299316). For more information, please visit www.invibes.com.


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Martin Signer

3 months ago