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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

20 hours ago

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Martin Signer

1 day 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.


Martin Signer

3 days 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
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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6 days ago

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Martin Signer

6 days 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.  


Martin Signer

8 days 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

- 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

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.

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.

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.


Martin Signer

9 days ago


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.


Martin Signer

9 days 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.


Martin Signer

9 days ago

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.


Martin Signer

12 days 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.


Martin Signer

13 days 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.”


Martin Signer

13 days 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
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/


Martin Signer

14 days 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.


Martin Signer

15 days ago

Very interesting summary about Iran


Martin Signer

16 days ago

Successful drilling results for Blackrock Gold Corp


 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.”


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)
TeckSBC19-001   233.4288.1Assays pending
TeckSBC19-001   320.7456.1Assays pending
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.


Martin Signer

18 days 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!


Martin Signer

19 days ago

How is the Cannabis industry evolving?



Martin Signer

19 days ago

Schöne Weihnachten und ein Gutes Neues Jahr


Mit den besten Neujahrswünschen


Martin Signer

19 days ago

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Looking forward to playing tennis again


Martin Signer

24 days 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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8 days ago

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


Martin Signer

28 days ago

Merry Christmas for math nerds


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


Martin Signer

1 month ago



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.
Startup Pitch candidates can apply here.
Founded in 2011, Money20/20 creates destination events where the most innovative people in payments, FinTech, and the broader financial services industry connect. Famed for their high-impact networking, the USA edition, held in Las Vegas (October), the Europe edition, held in Amsterdam (June), the APAC edition, held in Singapore (March), and the China edition, held in Hangzhou (December) are widely considered unmissable by the industry they serve. Money20/20 is the space where the industry’s smartest visionaries and innovators come together to connect and create the future of money. Money20/20 is an Ascential event. www.money2020.com
Ascential (LSE: ASCL.L) is a specialist global information company that helps the world’s most ambitious businesses win in the digital economy. Our information, insights, connections, data and digital tools solve customer problems in three disciplines:
• Product Design via global trend forecasting service WGSN;
• Marketing via global benchmark for creative excellence and effectiveness Cannes Lions and WARC and strategic advisory firm MediaLink; and
• Sales via e-commerce-driven data, insights and advisory service Edge by Ascential, leading managed services provider for Amazon Flywheel Digital, the world’s premier payments and Fin-Tech congress Money20/20, global retail industry summit World Retail Congress and retail news outlet Retail Week.
Ascential also powers political, construction and environmental intelligence brands DeHavilland, Glenigan, and Groundsure.


Martin Signer

1 month ago


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."

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.


Martin Signer

1 month ago


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.

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.


Martin Signer

1 month ago


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.”


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.


Martin Signer

1 month ago

Jean-Claude Biver in the StartUp Show


interesting interview.


Martin Signer

1 month 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.


Martin Signer

1 month 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.


Martin Signer

2 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.'


Martin Signer

2 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.

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.



Martin Signer

2 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.



Martin Signer

2 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.


Martin Signer

2 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.
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.


Martin Signer

2 months ago


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.

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).


Martin Signer

2 months ago


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.

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.


Martin Signer

2 months ago

ACD and Alchemy Launches ACD Cryptocurrency Tokens Across Asia

Alchemy Global Payment Solutions Limited (“Alchemy”), a global cryptocurrency payment pioneer that powers businesses with Asia’s first hybrid cryptocurrency and fiat payment solutions (“Hybrid Payment Solution”), has partnered with Tokyo-based ACD Inc. (a Joint-Venture Group Company of ANA Holdings, TSE:9202) (“ACD”), a company that provides cross-border e-commerce and global air cargo delivery, logistic services in Japan, to enable ACD tokens at both online and offline merchant networks of ACD and QFPay in Japan and across Asia.

Alchemy will provide their Hybrid Payment Solution to  ACD e-commerce servicing platforms and retail merchants, enabling merchants to accept payments from customers paying with ACD tokens and other popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin, Ethereum as well as their digital wallets of choice like Rakuten Pay, Alipay, and WeChat Pay.

“The Hybrid Payment Solution is an intuitive application that enables merchants to accept fiat and cryptocurrencies with equal ease,” said Mr. Patrick Ngan, Co-Founder, and CEO of Alchemy. “This partnership is set to benefit the entire payment ecosystem, from payment partners to merchants and consumers including ACD token holders who can now use their tokens to purchase goods and services. We have recently launched our hybrid payment system at the iconic lifestyle restaurant Ce La Vi in Singapore and have received strong interest from customers who wish to pay with cryptocurrencies.”

Commenting on the partnership, Mr.Yasuhiro Sonoda, CEO of ACD said “This partnership is an advanced alliance that maximizes the use of our online and offline resources and the resources of Alchemy and QFPay. It will also be the first step towards a more specific promotion for the ACD Coin Project and will be a more future-oriented alliance.”
Ms. Angie Li, CEO of QFPay Japan, welcomed the global strategic partnership, said that “We are extremely honored to partner with prestigious global partners like ANA and ACD, and we are thrilled to announce that ACD tokens will be accepted at QFPay’s online and offline merchants as well as ACD’s and their affiliated companies’ merchants across Japan soon.”

About Alchemy Global Payment Solutions Limited
Alchemy Global Payment Solutions (“Alchemy”) is a global digital payment pioneer and leader that provides businesses and merchants with end-to-end hybrid crypto and fiat payment solutions. Alchemy is leveraging blockchain technologies to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the payment industry and creating cryptocurrencies’ use cases to drive mainstream adoption. Alchemy’s hybrid crypto and fiat payment system is launch-ready and deployed at over 2000 merchant sales points in Hong Kong and Singapore since July 2019.

About ACD Inc.
ACD Inc. (“ACD”) provides blockchain projects aims to optimize e-commerce environment all over the world and improve the convenience and further development. ACD will utilize blockchain and tokenization into the cross-border e-commerce and logistics industry. What is important in cross-border e-commerce platforms is the multi-lingualization of sites, multi-currency, selection of various payment methods and establishment of logistics and shipping flow. ACD will provide solutions to these areas. In particular, for China which is currently receiving the most attention in overseas markets, we provide a one-stop service "Multilingual Cart", "EKKYO .NET", "International Delivery Service" for all flows including e-commerce, pre-clearance and international delivery. By utilizing blockchain and tokenomics into our service, we can realize e-commerce deployment to the international market more safely, reliably and speedily.

About QFPay
QFPay is a leading mobile payment technology, solution and service provider with a presence across 13 markets in Asia and the Middle East. Since its incorporation in 2012, QFPay is empowering merchants with end-to-end online and offline QR-code mobile payment solutions and value-added services including food ordering services and customer loyalty programs. To date, QFPay’s solutions have served over 1.2 million merchants and executed over 1 billion transactions. These merchants range from luxury fashion and jewelry brands to restaurants, hotels, exhibitions to convenience store chains.


Martin Signer

2 months ago

Successful AI & Blockchain Summit

AI & Blockchain Summit hosted last week by InnMind at Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona is recognized as a turning point between dreams and reality, as most startups have commented. The 3-day event turned out to be a complete success not only for young companies, who looked for support but also for the mature industrial companies and partners, who came there to network. 

For the InnMind team, the most important outcome of the event is the new business development opportunities, opened for our sponsors and participants. Right now the team is still collecting feedback and follow-ups, but they already see that many companies have reached their KPIs for relevant b2b connections during the summit as a basis for their business development pipeline for 2020. Among them, there are POCs for blockchain implementations with customers from corporate and public sectors, investment relationships for future funding rounds for startups and strategic partnerships for business expansion in the new regions. This was the main goal of the event and the team is happy that they could reach it for their network.

The past AI & Blockchain Summit in Barcelona, under the organization of InnMind, could only be associated with the brightest and most positive emotions. Although, by no means, the three-day consecutive program could be considered a “relaxing time”, the summit has managed to gather its attention amongst the Smart City Congress by inviting representatives and recognized experts in the AI and Blockchain industry: 

  • Daniel Marco (Director General of Innovation and Digital Economy at Government of Catalonia)
  • Mareme Dieng (Head of Partnerships and International Relations at Draper University)
  • Jan Schoenig (Director of Digital Cities and Infrastructure Siemens AG)
  • Pietro Lanza (General Manager Intesa, Blockchain Leader IBM Italia)
  • Wilfried Pimenta de Miranda (Business Development Director at the IOTΛ Foundation) 

And many others who are reflected on the official webpage, shared a moment with InnMind on stage, exploring and embracing the potential of future technology, by focusing all the sight on their ideas.


The first part of the Summit was fulfilled with amazing moments where the audience had to witness the new developments of high-tech and industry-leading companies in AI and Blockchain, but also moments to network. 

The future and present technologies are already here! You can witness real cases of AI, blockchain, IOT implementation everywhere! This is an essential part of human, urban and community life. And this is a core mission of AI & Blockchain Summit: to promote the best tech practices and share bright ideas that are coming from all over the world. Last BLS Summit events were held in Switzerland, in 2019 you joined us in amazing Barcelona, so wait for the next chapter of this incredible story in 2020”

AI & Blockchain Summit Program Director -  Igor Jiang

A cherry on top was the After Party networking event at Bivio club In Barcelona, where the ambiance was more relaxing, informal and joyful, although the participants still have managed to raise serious discussions regarding digital privacy risks, the use of Blockchain in public sector of some European countries and how they could overcome the obstacles of a daily bureaucracy. Representatives of the government and non-profit organizations from Switzerland, Catalonia, EAEU, Armenia, Moldova, and other countries shared important insights in an informal manner. 

The second part of the summit was highlighted by the official Startup competition, aimed at accelerating young stars to their full potential, under the guidance of mentors and strict analysis of the jury members. One of the most anticipated prizes for winning a competition was the scholarship offered by Draper University and InnMind. The result of such a competition was far different than expected- the jury decided to amplify the number of nominations. All of the winners received a standing ovation from the visitors, but most importantly – a shot to make their dreams come true. 

Bloqcube - "Blockchain for Impact" nomination, was awarded a special program “InnMind & Partners” as well as a roadshow in Switzerland.


“Dear Judges, thanks for the insights and advice you gave before and after the competition. Your insights will help in accelerating BloqCube’s growth and the network access you provide adds another ring of strength for us. Dear Nelli, Ivan, Anton, and the entire InnMind team, you put on a super event. Thanks for your hard work and outstanding speakers from whom we could learn from! It was terrific!”- said Rama Rao from BloqCube. 

NTK Logistics – 3rd place, won a $4000 scholarship from Draper University as a part of their acceleration program. 


“The AI & Blockchain Summit organized by Innmind in Barcelona has enabled the founders of NTK Logistics to connect with people, knowledge and in general a highly favorable environment for reviewing the way we introduce ourselves and also for the development of new ideas and innovations. The knowledge, feedbacks, and connections acquired during the Summit represents the basis on which NTK Logistics plans its future growth. Specifically, our close relationship with the coaches and the Jury, as well as the Innmind Team has helped redefine the way we want to build our value proposition, expansion plan, approach to investors and general fundraising strategy.  Overall, the AI & Blockchain Summit organized by Innmind in Barcelona has opened new perspectives to NTK Logistics.” - commented Mike Cuingnet, founder of NTK Logistics. 


TrustMeUp - 2nd place, won $3000 scholarship from Draper University as a part of their acceleration program and full access to the NIU acceleration program. 

“First of all, we would like to express our gratitude to InnMind for an excellent organization of the event, assistance received from the staff as well as the quality of the speeches that took place during those three days. We are extremely happy for the result obtained during the Start-Up Competition and in particular, for the excellent mentoring phase led by Mareme Dieng. Right now we are very enthusiastic to develop the activities related to the awards received, such as participation in the "Hero Training 2020" promoted by Draper University at Silicon Valley as well as the opportunity to develop our business in Andorra”, - Angelo Fasola, CEO of TrustMeUp.

GeoDB – 1st place, won $5000 scholarship from Draper University and an investment round with InnMind investment engine, as well as $50000 voucher and fast-track listing on KuCoin exchange. 

Blockchain Summit in Barcelona was a wonderful experience. We had an opportunity to share experiences with other relevant players in the market, make connections and close some potential big partnerships for GeoDB. Participating and winning the startup competition is definitely a tipping point for the company as we move towards the product launch in the coming months. We are really looking forward to coming back next year!” – comments Luis Gelado, the founder of GeoDB, a decentralized peer-to-peer big data-sharing ecosystem, which returns value to its generators, the users.


AI & Blockchain Summit gathered together not only the most anticipated startups but also potential market players, that are already conquering their industries, such as CrickeTrade, Flatchain, TabTrader, MDW, FleetSimplify, Weexpand, TilCoin, Deip.world, Currency.com, RooBee, G-core, and Swiss Traffic

Ledger company that produces world best-seller hardware wallets, together with AI & Blockchain Summit has also managed to involve the audience on 100% and launched a Social Media Contest with a giveaway of Ledgers to the winners! 

Speaking of the potential projects that surprised the audience, one of the sponsors of the Summit was a young Russian company that specializes in the production of healthy snacks- popcorn. Throughout the three-day program, the Russian star has managed to “fuel” the connections, but most importantly, come upon the international stage, taking a small step in the European market leader. Holycorn specializes in producing a non-GMO, vegan and vegetarian-friendly, 100% organic popcorn with natural flavors. Combined with a modern design, this company has caught the attention of InnMind to give the “popcorn king” a shot in the European market.

Considering such output and positive feedback, the organizers are already planning the next event in 2020, which will be even brighter in terms of the number of opportunities and potential business development. 


Martin Signer

2 months ago

Blackrock Gold Corp receives financing through warrants

Blackrock Gold Corp. (the “Company”) announced on Nov 25th that it has received $251,000 from the exercise of previously issued warrants and options. A total of 1,125,000 warrants and 1,100,000 options were exercised for proceeds of $191,000 and $60,000 respectively.
As a result of such exercises, the Company currently has a total of 62,650,143 common shares issued and outstanding.
Drilling at Silver Cloud remains ongoing and the Company has expanded the program to add a fifth drill hole, with the entire program to now consist of approximately 2,500m of diamond core drilling. Hole SBC19-05 has been designed to test the extent of open strike potential to the east of where Teck encountered multiple gold intercepts in this newly recognized east-west oriented vein system. Core from previous holes continues to be logged, photographed, cut and sent for analysis, with assays pending.
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.


Martin Signer

2 months ago

Open Banking Expo Reveals the Future for Open Banking


Speakers at this year’s Open Banking Expo have revealed their predictions for the future of Open Banking at the sold-out event in London yesterday.

In his opening address, keynote speaker Jim Marous made the case that Open Banking providers will need to extend their offerings beyond traditional banking services and focus on making the consumer’s life easier if they are going to succeed.

This year’s Expo welcomed more than 500 delegates to listen to 78 speakers from across the financial services sector including banks, payments companies, and fintechs. As the first country to implement Open Banking, the event focused on the innovations that will drive the Open Banking revolution.

At the Open Banking 2.0 Panel, sponsored by BJSS, representatives from HSBC, TSB, Lloyds Banking Group, Standard Chartered, and Dankse Bank stated that Open Banking has yet to be a commercial success for the majority of fintechs and banks. However, the panelists believed that Open Banking would generate commercially successful products and services in the years to come once consumers had time to understand the benefits of data sharing.

Other innovation discussed at the Expo includes the advances in payment technology through Open Banking will which improve the prospects for SME businesses. Banking and fintech panelists told attendees that the technology reduces costs for small businesses and increase their chances of surviving in the early stages of development.

In addition to the commercial benefits of Open Banking, attendees of the Expo learned about the collaboration between Nationwide Building Society, fintechs and charities as part of Open Banking for Good. This project is focused on using Open Banking to help financially squeezed people improve their financial wellbeing and their ability to manage debt. As part of a partnership with the project, the Open Banking Expo is also donating a percentage of ticket sales to The Money Charity.

Another panel which included representatives from Revolut, Mastercard, Crealogix and the Financial Data and Technology Association discussed how the wider financial services sector could embrace Open Banking innovation to develop new lending, investment, and financial planning services for consumers. The panel concluded that Open Finance could have significant benefits, including improved access to loans and more effective wealth management.

Open Banking Expo’s Managing Director Adam Cox, comments: “The 2019 Expo provided attendees with real insight into the disruption and innovation that Open Banking is about to bring to financial services. It’s encouraging that panelists could also discuss how to overcome the challenges the industry is facing in enabling Open Banking to deliver real value for consumers and businesses, with the end goal of mass adoption and extending beyond Open Banking to Open Finance insight.”


Martin Signer

2 months ago

Successful Insurtech Conference in Singapore with Leaders Discussing the Latest Industry Trends and Developments Conference in Singapore


The InsurTech Asia Summit 2019 (ITAS), hosted by Duxes, took place at Four Points by Sheraton Singapore from November 14-15. ITAS 2019 attracted leading figures from the region’s growing insurtech, fintech and financial services sector to discuss the latest industry trends and speak on the future of insurance in a digital world.


ITAS 2019 included speakers from the highest-profile startups and advisory services, including innovators, policy experts, and developers from AIA Group, EH, International Insurance Society Ambassadors (IIS), Pacific Life Re, HCL Technologies, Generali Indonesia, Pand.ai and VenturesOne Asia.


During the two-day event, insurtech specialists from the diverse fields of AI, healthcare insurance, underwriting, forensics, and cloud computing met to talk about their experiences of carrying out insurtech initiatives in the APAC region and share their case studies. Speakers gave presentations on the global investment landscape of insurtech, the influence of blockchain on the future of insurance, and how to use digital claims assistants to fight motor fraud, among other topics.


Attendees were invited to analyze and interpret the impact of the latest technology such as AI, chatbots and big data. In addition to the many speeches delivered by the distinguished guests, the event also featured a fascinating panel discussion on the topic of “How Can InsurTech Be Used to Personalize the Customer Experience and Lower Operating Costs?”


This gathering was an important showcase for bringing together investors, entrepreneurs, and representatives from some of the world’s biggest insurance and financial services companies.


On the first day, John Morley, Partner for Insurance Advisory at EY gave an authoritative talk on “The Outlook of Insurance and InsurTech". In his presentation he described how, globally, insurtechs are gaining increasing traction across all parts of the value chain, pushing carriers to provide a better customer experience.


Morley discussed the growing importance of corporate culture in driving success and said that regulators and investors are increasingly focusing on a company's culture when it comes to evaluating factors such as risk, regulations, and compliance. He pointed to examples where business leaders are taking culture more seriously and linked this with several prominent success stories in different industries.


David Piesse, Chairman of IIS later gave a talk titled "Does Blockchain Technology Hold the Key to the Future of the Insurance Industry?" He explained how over the past five years investment in blockchain has become more and more popular, and the total amount of financing has continued to grow. He said that blockchain has "exited the hype cycle" and pointed to its use in examples such as pharma supply chains, the marine trade, and healthcare delivery, as a sign of things to come.


On the second day, Rosaline Chow Koo, Founder & CEO of CXA spoke on "Building an Insurtech Focused on Employee Benefits & Health Ecosystem". She described how her firm CXA has developed an innovative new platform for employers to offer integrated healthcare services to their staff.


The well-known entrepreneur showed how her AI-powered mobile platform includes smart features such as a personalized visualization of the aging process and an integrated e-wallet to encourage participation in prevention-based health and wellness services.


Also on the second day, Timo Uustal, CEO of Nursebeam, spoke on "Claims Data as a Tool to Improve Policyholder Experience at Reduced Claims Payouts". He described how traditional healthcare insurance providers still lag behind when it comes to offering digital services such as customer support through WhatsApp. "Even though they are slow, the ones that realize they have to change will win the race. I think it's just a matter of time," he said.


"Things do change," he continued. "With the help of Oscar Health, Lemonade and Ping An, the landscape is changing in insurance and in healthcare."


Bruce Swales, Managing Director, APAC for Envista Forensics gave a presentation on "The Role of Technical Experts in the Digital Claims Era". He described how technical experts can come from many different fields – from fire investigation, through to machinery damage inspection or domestic law – and discussed how their valuable knowledge can be best accessed in the digital claims era.


Later in his talk, he showed how several cutting-edge new technologies are being introduced into the insurance process, including drones for aerial surveillance, 3D cameras to create virtual tours of buildings, and the HoloLens VR headset which is being used to enhance forensic investigations.


The second day finished with a lively panel discussion on "The Global Investment Landscape of Insurtech", featuring the expert contributions of Steve Tunstall, CEO & Co-Founder of Inzsure.com, who was joined by Anthony Hobrow, CEO Asia Pacific of VenturesOne Asia, and Piesse.


During the talk, Hobrow commented on the numerous challenges that insurance entrepreneurs face when engaging with investors in the Asia-Pacific region. "So many VCs see the word insurance and go 'no thanks'. If the word insurance is in there that eliminates vast numbers of VC, for some reason. It just has a negative cache for some outside of the industry. Let's change it!", he commented.


Duxes is grateful to all of our distinguished speakers for having taken time out of their busy schedules to attend ITAS 2019 and to share such noteworthy opinions on these matters of industry importance. Duxes also wishes to show their appreciation for the exhibition sponsorship of Pacific Life Re; to Automation Anywhere for its support as presenting sponsor; and, to Leapstack and VenturesOne for their partnership at the event. Lastly, thanks to the numerous organizations that have made ITAS possible with their strong support!


If you missed this summit, don’t worry; you can still catch up from anywhere in the world by downloading the XEvents app on your mobile device. Create an account and login to view the complete presentation materials from the event and get full access to all our online webinars!


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Duxes is also pleased to add that there are several related forums taking place soon as part of the Duxes High-Tech Series and Duxes Healthcare Series. These include:



7th China Connected Cars Summit 2020

May 16-17, Beijing



5th Healthcare Policy Asia Pacific Summit 2020

May 16-17, Singapore



For more information and to book your tickets today, please visit: http://www.duxes.cn/DuxesEventCalendar/index.html


Martin Signer

2 months ago

Das Metropolenhaus am Jüdischen Museum in Berlin und das Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte in Regensburg werden mit dem FIABCI Prix d´Excellence Germany 2019 ausgezeichnet

Die Gewinner des diesjährigen FIABCI Prix d´Excellence Germany stehen fest: Gold holten das Metropolenhaus am Jüdischen Museum in Berlin in der Kategorie Wohnen und das Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte in Regensburg in der Kategorie Gewerbe. Die feierliche Preisverleihung des Wettbewerbs für Projektentwicklungen, der von FIBACI Germany und dem BFW Bundesverband Freier Immobilien- und Wohnungsunternehmen ausgelobt wird, fand am 15. November im Berliner ewerk statt. Beide Gewinner-Projekte werden nun als deutsche Beiträge in die FIABCI Prix d’Excellence International Awards 2020 eingereicht, die im kommenden Mai auf den Philippinen verliehen werden.


Aus den diesjährigen Bewerbungen aus 15 Städten wurden folgende Projektentwicklungen mit dem FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Germany Award ausgezeichnet:


Kategorie Wohnen:


Gold:                    Metropolenhaus am Jüdischen Museum, Berlin

Silber:                   ABE - Alte Bonbonpapierfabrik Eppendorf, Hamburg

Bronze:                Höchst Neu Erleben, Frankfurt am Main               


Kategorie Gewerbe:


Gold:                    Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte, Regensburg

Silber:                   Landmark7 – Phoenixhof, Hamburg

Bronze:                my4Walls, Hamburg



Michael Heming, Präsident FIABCI Deutschland und Mitglied der Jury, verwies auf die Vielfalt der ausgezeichneten Projekte: „Diese decken – angefangen von der Umnutzung, dem Neubau bis hin zur Bestandsrevitalisierung und –sanierung im Wohn- und Gewerbebereich die gesamte Bandbreite der Bautätigkeit in Deutschland ab. Die Gewinner-Teams wurden von einer 12-köpfigen Expertenjury gewählt, die das Spektrum unserer Bewertungskriterien repräsentiert. Bewertungsmaßstab für eine gelungene Umsetzung bilden dabei sieben Kriterien: Konzept, Architektur, Nachhaltigkeit, Bauablauf, Innovation, Markenentwicklung und urbane Integration.“


Andreas Ibel, Präsident des BFW Bundesverbandes Freier Immobilien- und Wohnungsunternehmen und Jury-Mitglied, gratulierte den Teilnehmern und verwies auf die großen Herausforderungen, vor denen Projektentwickler heute stehen: „Angesichts des ordnungsrechtlichen Vorschriften-Dschungels, dem Mangel an Bauland und steigenden Kosten wird es immer schwieriger, ökonomisch, innovativ und gleichzeitig nachhaltig zu planen und zu bauen. Dass es dennoch möglich ist, zeigen die herausragenden Projekte unseres Wettbewerbs: Hier ist gebaute Umwelt entstanden, die sich an den Bedürfnissen der Bewohner und Nutzer orientiert und deren Leben und Umgebung bereichert. Deshalb wollen wir mit der Auszeichnung dieser zukunftsweisenden Projekte nicht nur einen Preis vergeben, sondern auch inspirieren!“

Bereits zum vierten Mal wurde der „FIABCI/BFW Sonderpreis für bezahlbares Bauen“ in Kooperation mit dem Bundesbauministerium ausgelobt. Schirmherrin und Staatssekretärin Anne Katrin Bohle verlieh den Sonderpreis an das Projekt „Weckhoven“ in Neuss. Bohle und die Jury würdigten das Projekt als vorbildlichen Beitrag zur Steigerung des Wohneigentums im bezahlbaren Segment. Mit dem „GBH-Sonderpreis Innovation“ wurde das Projekt RheinMain CongressCenter in Wiesbaden ausgezeichnet. Hier würdigte die Jury das maßgebende Energie- und Nachhaltigkeitskonzept in Kombination mit der Nutzerorientierung des Veranstaltungs- und Kongresshauses.

Neben den Preisträgern wurden die besten Projektentwicklungen in einer „FIABCI Prix d´Excellence Official Selection 2019“ ausgezeichnet: Bismarck Quartier Düren, Düren; City Gate Nord, Hannover; Colours, Heidelberg; Elements Riedberg, Frankfurt am Main; URBAN GARDEN, Heilbronn; Newtonprojekt Haus 1, Berlin; Parkend - Die urbane weiße Stadt, Frankfurt am Main; Poing Seewinkel, Poing; URBAN LIVING KÖLN, Köln; VILIS an der Düssel, Düsseldorf; Wilma Wilhelmsburg, Hamburg; Wohnungsbau Chamissostraße, Berlin.

Die eingereichten Bauvorhaben des diesjährigen Wettbewerbs stellen ein gesamtes Projektvolumen von rund einer Milliarde Euro dar. Damit konnten über 2.000 sowohl frei finanzierte als auch öffentlich geförderte Wohnungen gebaut werden.


Martin Signer

2 months ago

Quo vadis, Immobiliensteuern? Steuerforum des BFW gibt Perspektiven für 2020

In der (deutschen) Immobilienbranche herrscht insbesondere bei steuerrechtlichen Themen viel Klärungsbedarf. Das zeigt nicht zuletzt die lange Tradition des Berliner Steuerforums, das der BFW vor über dreißig Jahren etabliert hat. Beim Steuerforum im Berliner Unternehmenssitz von MAZARS standen unter anderem die Grundsteuerreform und die CO2-Bepreisung im Fokus der Präsentationen und Diskussionen von rund siebzig Gästen aus Politik, Wirtschaft und Verwaltung.


In der eröffnenden Keynote skizzierte MdB Fritz Güntzler, der die CDU im Finanzausschuss vertritt, die dringend notwendige Modernisierung der Unternehmensbesteuerung: „Das deutsche Unternehmenssteuerrecht ist dringend reformbedürftig. Auch aufgrund internationaler Entwicklungen ist Deutschland aktuell ein Hochsteuerland. Dies führt zu erheblichen Wettbewerbsnachteilen für unsere Unternehmen. Daher gilt es nun nicht nur den Körperschaftsteuersatz zu senken, sondern auch darüber hinaus weitere Maßnahmen durchzuführen.“


Nach der Grundsteuerreform ist vor der Grundsteuerreform: Für Vermieter und Eigentümer sind derzeit noch viele Fragen offen. Ministerialdirigent Ernst Hüdepohl, Abteilungsleiter Steuern im Niedersächsischen Finanzministerium, betonte: „Die eigentliche Chance des neuen komplizierten Bundesgesetzes zur Grundsteuer liegt in der Öffnungsklausel, die eigene abweichende Ländergesetze ermöglicht. Bayern plant das sogenannte Flächen-Modell: Extrem einfach umsetzbar, leicht verständlich und nach den Vorgaben des BVerfG nicht zu beanstanden.“ Die einzige Schwäche des bayerischen Modells sei, dass zwei identische Objekte in einer Gemeinde immer zu exakt derselben Grundsteuer führen müssen, egal ob sich ein Objekt in guter oder in schlechter Lage befindet, so Hüdepol weiter. „Diese Schwäche beseitigt das im niedersächsischen Finanzministerium entwickelte Flächen-Lage-Modell, indem es über sogenannte Lagefaktoren die Vorteile aus einem Objekt in guter Lage im Vergleich zu einer schlechten Lage angemessen berücksichtigt - das Flächen-Lage-Modell vereint Einfachheit und Gerechtigkeit.“


Wie geht es weiter mit der CO2-Bepreisung – und wo kann wieviel CO2 eingespart werden? Antworten skizzierte BFW-Bundesgeschäftsführer Christian Bruch durch eine Analyse der verschiedenen Nutzer- und Investorengruppen im Gebäudesektor: „Nur drei Prozent der CO2 Emissionen kommen aus den von Immobilienprofis gehaltenen Wohnungsbeständen. Aus dem Einfamilienhausbereich kommen hingegen 15 Prozent und aus  Mehrfamilienhäuser von Selbstnutzern und Kleinvermietern fünf Prozent der Emissionen. Um flächendeckende Erfolge bei der Einsparung zu erzielen, ist es richtig, bei der Energie anzusetzen und nicht etwa Vorgaben zu schaffen, die hohe Investitionen pro Gebäude erfordern und nur Profis erfüllen können.“   

Die verschiedenen Konzepte der Parteien zur CO2-Bepreisung waren Gegenstand der nachfolgenden Diskussion zwischen mehreren Bundestagsabgeordneten. „Mit dem Brennstoffemissionshandelsgesetz geben wir CO2 im Wärme- und Verkehrsbereich einen Preis. Entscheidend ist dabei nicht der Anfangspreis, sondern wie die Preisentwicklung verläuft und was am Ende rauskommt“, betonte die Bundestagsabgeordnete und Klimaschutz-Beauftragte  der CDU/CSU-Bundestagsfraktion Dr. Anja Weisgerber: „Der Einstieg ist bewusst behutsam gewählt, um den Verbrauchern und Unternehmen die Möglichkeit zu geben, sich auf die steigenden Preise für konventionelle Brenn- und Kraftstoffe einzustellen und eine bewusste Kauf- und Investitionsentscheidung zu treffen. Gleichzeitig unterstützen wir die Bürgerinnen und Bürger mit Anreizen beim Umstieg auf klimafreundliche Technologien.“

"Klimaschutz braucht ein jährlich sinkendes CO2-Limit. Denn nur, wenn die maximal zulässige CO2-Menge über alle Sektorengrenzen hinweg gedeckelt ist, werden wir unsere Klimaziele garantiert erreichen“, sagte MdB Dr. Lukas Köhler, Obmann der FDP-Fraktion im Ausschuss für Bau und Umwelt. „Deshalb wollen wir Freien Demokraten den EU-Emissionshandel zunächst in einer Koalition der Vernünftigen und schnellstmöglich in ganz Europa auf den Verkehr, die Gebäude und perspektivisch auch die Landwirtschaft ausweiten und dadurch einen einheitlichen CO2-Preis etablieren, der sich am Markt bildet. Dieser CO2-Preis muss im Mittelpunkt einer effektiven Klimapolitik stehen, die nicht durch nutzloses Ordnungsrecht oder planwirtschaftliche Sektorenziele ihrer wirtschaftlichen Effizienz beraubt werden darf."

„Ein CO2-Preis muss die realen Kosten für Luftverschmutzung abbilden, die heute bereits von Bürgerinnen und Bürger getragen werden“, forderte MdB Lisa Badum, die klimapolitische Sprecherin der Bundestagsfraktion Bündnis 90/Die Grünen. „In angemessener Höhe entsteht so eine Lenkungswirkung für Wirtschaft und Industrie, die endlich Planungssicherheit für eine CO2-freie Wirtschaft bekommen. Wir brauchen ein CO2-Preis-System, das sozial gerecht ist, verlässliche Leitplanken für die Wirtschaft bietet und uns vor allem endlich auf den Pfad der Pariser Klimaziele bringt!“


Martin Signer

2 months ago

Anarchapulco: The other conference with top speakers

Anarchapulco is excited to announce the line-up speakers for the AnarchAwaken Stage featuring globally recognized speakers specializing in aspects of mental and physical wellness.

The 6th annual Anarchapulco will be February 10-20, 2020 at the Princess Mundo Imperial in Acapulco, Mexico.

As the principal tenant of Anarchapulco is everyone is responsible for themselves and that every relationship is based on voluntary participation rather than through forced servitude or coercion, it is important to start with the aspects of our lives that keep us healthy.

The 10 day event series will feature a pre-event retreat focused on physical healing, movement and connecting from Feb 10-12th, the TDV Investment Summit will be Feb 11th & 12th, the main Anarchapulco conference will be Feb 13-16th and Feb 17-20th will feature key workshops hosted by known philosophical leaders with a post-event retreat focusing on healing integration.


• Dr. Matthew Buckley, Chiropractor specializing in bodywork & detox
• Dr. Evelin Veras, "Dr. G Spot"
• Del Bigtree, filmmaker VAXXED
• Craig Goldberg, Holistic Health Specialist
• Dr. Kevin Hall, Kinesiologist, Chiropractor, Nutritionist
• Dr. Matt Gotl, Kinesiologist, Chiropractor, Nutritionist
• Dr. Les Feinberg, Chiropractor, Inventor of PainEraser
• Greg Davenport, Adrenal Fatigue Specialist
• Kimberly Krause, Acupuncturist
• Rajai Kaldani, Bemer Advocate
• Dr. Rob Vasquez, Doctor of Chiropractic
• Christof Melchizedek, Spiritual Architect
• Lila Vega, Plant Medicine Shaman
• Catherine Bleish, Health Advocate
• Morley Robbins, Is to Humans as Gold is to Banking
• Stephanie Weeks, Health Advocate, Author
• Heather Marie Eland, Astrologer
• Alex Gilmore, Precision Medicine Specialist
• Lily Forester, Vegan to Carnivore
• Kate Yurenda, Founder of Dream Bold Network

For more information on each of these speakers please visit https://anarchapulco.com/anarchawaken/

More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks including Cryptopulco, and Free Your Family Camp as well as musical guests.

To stay up to date and get your early bird Ticket special go to www.Anarchapulo.com

Join the conversation FB/TW/IG/YT @Anarchapulco #Anarchapulco2020

ANARCHAPULCO is the world's premiere Liberty event for Voluntaryist thinkers and activists held annually in Acapulco, Mexico. Started by Jeff Berwick - Activist, and Host & Producer of The Dollar Vigilante and Anarchast, in 2015, the event has grown exponentially to the point wherein 2020, Anarchapulco will take over the entire property of the Princess Mundo Imperial featuring non-stop action from the stage to the beach. Topics will range from entrepreneurism, libertarianism, and anarcho-capitalism with experiences for all from the family unschooling center to live music and film screenings. For more information visit www.Anarchapulco.com

For interview requests or additional information please contact: media@anarchapulco.com


Martin Signer

2 months ago

Successful Traders Fair 2019 in Vietnam


Traders Fair & Gala Night – Vietnam 2019 was a huge success for everybody!

One of the largest events worldwide took place in Vietnam this Saturday (November 9, 2019) in Windsor Plaza Hotel Saigon. It brought together professionals and amateurs of the trading world and provided them with a great platform for communication and knowledge sharing. All-day long visitors were engaged in various seminars from top trading experts and crypto gurus.

The business and financial hub of Vietnam, with a prominent history going back hundreds of years, was happy to welcome everybody who was interested in the exchange, stock markets, investment, trading psychology and who wants to unlock the secret of profitable trading.

This was the second Traders Fair&Gala night in Ho Chi Minh. Positive feedback from our visitors proves that this event reached its main goal - to provide attendees with high-quality information, latest trends and brand-new techniques from the world of trading and to make a modern basis for communication between companies and customers.

28 speakers presented their topics covering all up-to-date and urgent questions from the world of trading and crypto.

More than 35 international and local companies introduced to visitors’ goods and services. Its developers and representatives told everybody about the latest financial technologies and strategies.

50 media partners supported Traders Fair&Gala night during this exciting journey to the financial world.

Traders Fair&Gala Night events are held by Finexpo – one of the largest companies that have been organizing financial events since 2002. So people voted to choose the best trading gurus, brokers, trading services, best media and Facebook community in all countries where Traders Fair was held in 2019.  Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, and Vietnam - people have been voting the whole year to choose the most popular and effective candidate in each country. We appreciate the feedback from this wonderful community and it’s a pleasure to have you with us!

The winners were awarded at Traders Awards. Finexpo would like to say thank you to all who took part in the voting process.

The event ended with a fabulous Gala Dinner with an amazing show. All of our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, invited experts, media partners and those who won the invitations during the Traders Fair exhibition enjoyed the Dinner. Not to mention this evening was full of informal communication and new business contacts.


Martin Signer

2 months ago

Der Bundesverband Freier Immobilien- und Wohnungsunternehmen warnt vor Schönfärberei beim Mietspiegel

„Die geplante Verlängerung des Betrachtungszeitraumes lässt ein unrealistisches Bild vom Mietmarkt entstehen. So wird der Mietspiegel zum politischen Wunschbild, das nichts mehr mit der Realität des Wohnungsmarktes zu tun hat. Einen Kosmetikspiegel, der die schlechte Wohnungsbaupolitik von Bund, Länder und Kommunen mit veralteten Mieten schönfärbt, lehnen wir ab!“ so Andreas Ibel, Präsident des BFW Bundesverbandes, im Vorfeld der morgigen Anhörung zum Mietspiegelrecht im Rechtsausschuss des Deutschen Bundestages. Bei der Anhörung wird auch der BFW als Experte angehört.


„Was wir brauchen, ist keine Mietpreisbremse durch die Hintertür, sondern  mehr Rechtssicherheit und Transparenz beim Mietspiegel“, forderte Ibel und verwies auf den Koalitionsvertrag der Bundesregierung: Demnach sollten gesetzliche Mindestanforderungen für qualifizierte Mietspiegel geschaffen werden, um eine zuverlässige Abbildung der Vergleichsmiete zu gewährleisten. Die bloße Verlängerung des Betrachtungszeitraums verstärkt hingegen die wissenschaftlichen Defizite und die rechtliche Angreifbarkeit des Mietendeckels, da sich die ausgewiesenen Durchschnittswerte weiter als bisher von der Marktmiete entfernen. „Die ursprüngliche Befriedungsfunktion des Mietspiegels geht somit verloren“, warnte der BFW-Präsident.


Durch permanente Änderungen am Mietrecht werde zudem keine einzige neue, bezahlbare Wohnung geschaffen, so Ibel: „Bezahlbare Mieten entstehen nur durch eine Ausweitung des Angebotes. Der derzeitige Mangel an bezahlbarem Wohnraum ist nicht das Ergebnis einer falschen Mietrechtspolitik, sondern einer falschen Wohnungspolitik, die Neubau eher erschwert als fördert. Deshalb brauchen wir einen Abbau des Regulierungsdschungels, wir brauchen die Rückkehr zur Einfachheit, und wir brauchen Anreize. Nur aus dieser Kombination entsteht mehr bezahlbarer Wohnungsneubau - nicht durch weiteres Herumdoktern am Mietrecht!“


Martin Signer

2 months ago

HSC Fund erster Handelstag an der SIX Swiss Exchange

Der Helvetica Swiss Commercial Fund (HSC Fund) geht mit heutigem Datum live an die SIX Swiss Exchange. Die Fondsanteile können ab heute, 09:00 Uhr, unter dem Ticker Symbol HSC an der SIX Swiss Exchange gehandelt werden.


Das Immobilienportfolio des HSC Fund ist auf langfristige Werterhaltung ausgerichtet und weist eine hohe Lage- und Objektqualität sowie breite Diversifikation in Schweizer Wirtschaftsregionen auf. Aktuell beläuft sich der Marktwert der Immobilien im Fonds auf rund CHF 640 Millionen. Die Fondsleitung Helvetica Property erwartet aufgrund weiterer geplanter Zukäufe von Liegenschaften bis Ende 2019 einen Marktwert von rund CHF 700 Millionen.


Hans R. Holdener, CEO und Managing Partner freut sich: «Mit der heutigen Kotierung des HSC Fund an der SIX Swiss Exchange halten wir unser Versprechen gegenüber den Investoren, den Fonds 3 Jahre nach der Erstlancierung an der SIX Swiss Exchange zu kotieren. Wir sind als Team stolz auf den erfolgreichen Aufbau des Fonds und den heutigen Start an der SIX Swiss Exchange. Die Attraktivität des HSC Fund wird durch die Börsenkotierung verstärkt.»


Das Market Making der Fondsanteile übernimmt die Bank J. Safra Sarasin.


Wichtige Informationen für Anleger und Medien


SIX Swiss Exchange

Ticker Symbol



33 550 793


CH033 550 7932

Anzahl Anteile

4'342'851 (sämtliche Anteile sind kotiert)

SIX Indices

SXI Real Estate Broad / SXI Real Estate Funds Broad


Martin Signer

2 months ago

Complimentary Invitation to the Private Capital Briefing from Bloomberg This Wednesday Afternoon



Join Bloomberg's Private Capital afternoon briefing in London on November 13, focused on current risks and opportunities for private market investors. In this intimate briefing, Bloomberg will pinpoint which sectors, partnerships, and geographies are offering the most compelling returns, and identify the pathway for marrying financial success with sustainability goals.

Speakers include:
  • Rebecca Gibson, Partner, Oakley Capital
  • Puja Jain, Partner, Generation Investment Management
  • Karen McCormick, Chief Investment Officer, Beringea
  • Jonathan Mussellwhite, European Head of Private Equity, OMERS
  • Joana Rocha Scaff, Managing Director & Head of Europe PE, Neuberger Berman
  • Anders Schelde, Chief Investment Officer, MP Pension
  • Megan Starr, Principle & Head of Impact, The Carlyle Group
  • Nikos Stathopoulos, Partner & Member of the Executive Committee, BC Partners
  • Nicholas Tsafos, Partner & Chairman, EisnerAmper Global
  • Nigel Walder, Managing Director, Bain Capital Private Equity


Wednesday, November 13, 2019
4:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Bloomberg's European Headquarters, London
3 Queen Victoria Street
London, EC4N 4TQ


To register for your complimentary pass, follow this link
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Please note Bloomberg only has a few remaining seats left. 

I hope you will join us.




Martin Signer

2 months ago

Fidleg und Finig Regulierung vertreibt Fintech und Beratungs-Anbieter wie Scalable Capital und Knip aus der Schweiz

Die hohen regulatorischen Kosten mit Fidleg/Finig machen den Schweizer Markt für Fintech- und Beratungsunternehmen unattraktiv. 

Dies führt - wie auch in anderen Branchen - zu einer Abnahme der Anbieter und der Hochpreisinsel. Alleine dieses Gesetz führt gemäss einem Bericht in der NZZ und dem Schweizer Gewerbeverband (SGV) zu ca. 300 Millionen zusätzlichen Regulierungskosten pro Jahr.

Laut einem Bericht von 'Finanz und Wirtschaft' (FuW) gibt bspw. Knip seine Tätigkeit als Online-Versicherungsbroker in der Schweiz auf. In einem Mail an die vorhandenen Kunden seien diese informiert worden, dass alle relevanten Funktionen in der App per Ende November deaktiviert würden.

Knip, 2013 gegründet, ist eines der bekanntesten Fintech-Startups der Schweiz, gewann Awards und konnte viel Risikokapital einsammeln. 2017 schloss sich Knip mit dem niederländischen Vergleichsportal Komparu zur Digital Insurance Group (DIG) zusammen.

'FuW' erklärte der DIG-CEO Ingo Weber, dass das Brokergeschäft in der Schweiz zu klein geblieben sei. Der Schwerpunkt der Tätigkeit der DIG liege aber sowieso nicht im Brokergeschäft sondern in der Versorgung von Versicherungen in Europa und Amerika mit Softwareprodukten. In Deutschland werde man zudem auch das Brokergeschäft weiterführen.

Laut der 'FuW' gibt auch der deutsche Robo-Advisor und Online-Wertpapierverwalter Scalable Capital das Geschäft in der Schweiz auf. Das Unternehmen habe seinen hiesigen Kunden mitgeteilt, dass man seine Services wegen der Regulierungspakete Fidleg/Finig Personen mit Schweizer Wohnsitz nicht weiter anbieten könne.


Martin Signer

3 months ago

More females under the wealthiest people according to a report from UBS and PWC

Key findings:

  • Over the 15 years to the end of 2018, billionaire-controlled companies listed on the equity market returned 17.8 percent, compared with the 9.1 percent of the MSCI AC World Index
  • The strong dollar and volatile equity markets saw billionaire wealth decrease to USD 8.5 trillion after five years of growth
  • The Americas saw a slight increase in wealth, adding 33 new billionaires in 12 months
  • Tech billionaires saw their wealth increase more than any other sector last year, fuelled by existing businesses and disruptive new market entrants
  • Billionaires are now using their business experience to drive impact through philanthropy
  • The number of female billionaires has grown by 46 percent in five years


Zurich/London, 8 November 2019 – Billionaire-controlled companies have returned almost twice the average market performance over the past 15 years, new research published today reveals.

This is one of the findings of the annual UBS and PwC Billionaires Insights report, The Billionaire Effect. The report also reveals that, more broadly, billionaires’ wealth dipped by USD 388 billion in 2018, following five years of growth.

Asia’s billionaires saw a correction following five years of significant growth, during which their wealth almost quadrupled. By contrast, the Americas saw a slight wealth increase this year, led by prominent US tech billionaires. Despite slowing growth last year, billionaire wealth is over a third higher (34.5 percent) than five years earlier, amounting to an increase of USD 2.2 trillion.

Josef Stadler, Head of Ultra High Net Worth at UBS Global Wealth Management, commented on the new report: “The billionaire boom of the past five years has now undergone a natural correction. The stronger dollar, combined with greater uncertainty in equity markets amidst a tough geopolitical environment, has created the conditions for this dip.

“Nevertheless, it’s clear that billionaire businesses continue to thrive. Billionaires are creating and steering businesses that consistently outperform equity markets. This business acumen has also translated into their philanthropy, as billionaires seek new ways to engineer far-reaching environmental and social change. This ‘Billionaire Effect’ is alive and well across the world – and shows little sign of slowing.”

Key findings include:

The Billionaire Effect drives outperformance

  • Billionaire companies listed on the equity markets outperformed the global benchmark by 8.7 percent in the 15 years to the end of 2018.
  • Billionaire-controlled companies, both public and private, delivered a return on equity (ROE) of more than 16 percent over the 10 years to the end of 2018, again beating the MSCI AC World Index, which averaged slightly over 11 percent.
  • This Billionaire Effect can be attributed to billionaires’ appetite for smart risk-taking and their greater willingness to plan and invest for the long term.

Marcel Tschanz, Partner and Swiss Head Wealth Management, PwC Switzerland, said:

“First the EU action plan for Sustainable Finance, then the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have shown the world how individuals and institutions are expected to foster sustainability. The broad public, however, is just catching up with our self-made entrepreneurs, who in the past years have transformed, innovated, and become more strategic in their ways of doing good”.

“Even if all the billionaires donated their total aggregated wealth of USD 8.5 trillion, they would not bridge the SDGs’ yearly funding gap, estimated at USD 7 trillion. Billionaires have taken up their responsibilities and a growing number of them are active in tackling world epidemic issues. It is up to all of us now to follow the leadership role billionaires have led, raise the power of technology and push for change”.

Billionaires are transforming the business of global philanthropy

  • Self-made billionaires are seeking new ways to make the world a better place. Traditional grant-giving is evolving into strategic philanthropy and championing some ambitious causes.
  • Philanthropists are also increasingly collaborating to make a difference, with other billionaires, NGOs, charities and governments.
  • Billionaires are using their wealth, problem-solving skills, networks and influence, to develop new models of philanthropy which achieve the greatest impact.

Women are joining billionaire ranks in greater numbers

  • The number of female billionaires has grown by 46 percent in five years - ahead of the growth rate of male billionaires in the same period (39 percent). There are now 233 female billionaires, up from 160 in 2013.
  • In Asia, over half (57 percent) of female billionaires are now self-made.
  • Four in 10 of 2018’s self-made female billionaires built businesses in the consumer and retail sector.

Billionaires are becoming entrepreneurial investors

  • Nearly four in ten UBS client advisors (39 percent) say their clients have purchased businesses in the past year. At the same time, many say their clients have sold businesses (33 percent) through trade sales or IPOs in the past 12 months, while a similar number (30 percent) expect clients to do so in the next year.
  • In order to safeguard record growth from the past five years, over one-fifth of client advisors say their billionaire clients have made significant changes to their investment strategies. Another 13 percent suggest their clients will do so in the next 12 months.

Other regional highlights include:

  • The Americas bucked the trend of dipping wealth, nudging upwards 0.1 percent. The net number of billionaires in the Americas also rose by 4.8 percent to 749 by the end of 2018. Growth was lifted by US tech titans, as existing entrepreneurs continued to maintain their growth and new entrants started to make good headway.
  • In EMEA, wealth dipped nearly 6.8 percent to USD 2.4 trillion. The number of European billionaires declined by 4.9percent to 598.
  • APAC remains the region with the highest number of billionaires globally. Nevertheless, the number of billionaires in APAC dropped from 7.4 percent to 754 in 2018. This masks considerable churn, as 169 people fell off the billionaire list and 110 new entrants emerged. China produced 56 billionaires in 2018, which equates to one per week.

Now in its fifth year, the Billionaires Insights Report draws on UBS and PwC’s extensive client network and access to data and aims to promote a deeper understanding of the billionaire population globally. Our research includes over 30 face-to-face interviews with billionaires and their heirs and, for the first time, a survey of over 100 UBS client advisors.


Martin Signer

3 months ago

Swiss Life platziert erfolgreich erste Senior Green Bonds in Höhe von CHF 600 Millionen

Die Swiss Life Holding AG hat heute im Rahmen ihres neu verfassten Green Bond Frameworks1  erfolgreich drei Senior Green Bond Tranchen platziert:

  • CHF 200 Millionen Senior Green Bonds mit Laufzeit bis 2021 und negativer Rendite von -0,35% p.a.
  • CHF 250 Millionen Senior Green Bonds mit Laufzeit bis 2025 und einem Coupon von 0%
  • CHF 150 Millionen Senior Green Bonds mit Laufzeit bis 2029 und einem Coupon von 0,35%


Die Anleihen wurden bei Investoren im Schweizer Franken Markt platziert.


Die Mittel werden im Rahmen des Green Bond Frameworks von Swiss Life verwendet, das auf Immobilien ausgerichtet ist. Matthias Aellig, Group CFO von Swiss Life: «Mit dieser ersten Ausgabe von Green Bonds unterstreichen wir unser kontinuierliches Engagement für verantwortungsbewusstes Anlegen, in diesem Fall im Bereich von energieeffizienten Liegenschaften.»


Martin Signer

3 months ago

Complimentary invitation to the London events from Bloomberg in November



Bloomberg would like to extend an invitation to join their events taking place in London looking at Forex, Private Equity, and Digital Assets. To find out more and to register people follow the links below.

If you have any questions please contact Trisha Nayee on +44 (0) 203 525 2861 or email tnayee@bloomberg.net


Leading Forex | London
Monday, 11 November, 2019 | 2:30 PM – 6:30 PM

With recent geopolitical uncertainty and the heightened risk of a trade war, the forex market has seen increased volatility. Hear from subject-matter experts and leading industry players as we discuss the risks and rewards that are inherent in today's forex market.

Speakers include:
  • David Fineberg, Deputy CEO, CMC Markets
  • Kit Juckes, Chief FX Strategist, Societe Generale CIB
  • Glenn Stevens, President & CEO, GAIN Capital

View the full agenda here.
Request an Invite

Private Capital | London
Wednesday, 13 November, 2019 | 4:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Join Bloomberg's Private Capital afternoon event focused on current risks and opportunities for private market investors, taking place in London this November 13.

Speakers include:
  • Jonathan Mussellwhite, European Head of Private Equity, OMERS
  • Megan Starr, Principal and Head of Impact, The Carlyle Group
  • Nigel Walder, Managing Director, Bain Capital Private Equity

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The Future of Digital Assets | London
Wednesday, 20 November, 2019| 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Join The Future of Digital Assets on November 20 in London, where we will convene subject-matter experts to discuss the impact of digital assets a decade after Bitcoin’s emergence and the role it may play over the next ten years. What are its implications for investors, global finance, technology and beyond?

Speakers include: 
  • John Pfeffer, Co-Founder,  Pfeffer Capital
  • Kathleen Breitman, Co-Founder & CEO,  Tezos
  • Meltem Demirors, Chief Strategy Officer,  CoinShares UK

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Martin Signer

3 months ago

UBS and Banco do Brasil set to launch a leading investment bank in South America

New, jointly-owned investment bank combines local knowledge with global reach
São Paulo and New York, 06 November 2019 – Today UBS and Banco do Brasil signed a binding agreement to establish a strategic partnership that will provide investment banking services and institutional securities brokerage in Brazil and select countries in South America. Clients in the region will have access to M&A and advisory capabilities, debt and equity capital markets, and a broad network of corporates and investors, as well as institutional securities brokerage and research.
Subject to regulatory approvals, the jointly-owned investment bank will combine the strengths of two complementary players with local and global resources. UBS brings a global investment banking division, top-ranked research, a unique data analytics platform, and a securities distribution network with global reach. Banco do Brasil has strong client relationships and local corporate and investment banking expertise, holds a leading position in fixed income capital markets, and has a proven track record of Brazilian ECM, project finance, and M&A advisory transactions.
The new investment bank is expected to be established through the combination of assets from both stakeholders. UBS intends to contribute its operational investment banking platform in Brazil and Argentina, as well as its institutional brokerage business in Brazil. Banco do Brasil intends to contribute the exclusive access rights to its corporate clients. UBS will hold a 50.01% ownership stake and Banco do Brasil 49.99%.
Rubem Novaes, Banco do Brasil Chief Executive Officer, highlighted that “Banco do Brasil has extensive experience building profitable partnerships. This partnership is in line with our strategy of improving the return for our shareholders and providing sophisticated products to our clients.”
"This transaction captures a unique opportunity to combine two strong partners with complementary strengths," said Sergio P. Ermotti, UBS Group Chief Executive Officer. "It will also allow us to better serve our clients in Latin America and around the world while unlocking value for our respective shareholders."
The partnership will leverage the prominent position of UBS's broker-dealer in the region – with its leading position in cash equities, exchange-traded derivatives and low latency trading in Brazil – and Banco do Brasil's capital markets distribution platform. Banco do Brasil's corporate bankers will work with the investment bank's professionals to provide clients with a comprehensive portfolio of products and services in Brazil. The investment bank will be fully incorporated into UBS's Global Banking and Global Markets platforms and will be well-positioned to become the leading player in the region.
“We look forward to working with Banco do Brasil to provide market-leading investment banking products and services to our current and prospective clients in the region," said Sylvia Coutinho, UBS Country Head in Brazil. "This endeavor is a clear demonstration of UBS's commitment to expanding our business in South America with a bank that has a strong track record partnering with financial services firms.”

Marcio Hamilton, Banco do Brasil Chief Wholesale Officer, stated, “The partnership with UBS represents a crucial step in Banco do Brasil's capital markets strategy. Our clients will benefit from the best of both worlds: a local banker that nurtures long-term client relationships and a firm with global expertise and reach.”
Carlos Hamilton, Banco do Brasil’s CFO pointed out that, “The generation of synergies and efficiencies in the banking business is aligned with the main goal of value creation for our customers and shareholders.”
Banco do Brasil and UBS will each appoint three board members. The Chairperson will be appointed by Banco do Brasil, and UBS will appoint the Vice-Chairperson and CEO. Banco do Brasil will also appoint an Officer, that amongst its responsibilities will be in charge of the relationship between Banco do Brasil's customer base, corporate bankers and the newly formed investment bank.


Martin Signer

3 months ago

Swisslife erziehlt gutes Ergebnis

Swiss Life erwirtschaftet in den ersten drei Quartalen 2019 in allen Einheiten höhere Fee-Erträge

  • Die Swiss Life-Gruppe erzielte in den ersten neun Monaten 2019 Fee-Erträge von CHF1,3 Milliarden. Das entspricht in lokaler Währung einem Wachstum von 17% gegenüber dem Vorjahr.
  • Die Prämieneinnahmen beliefen sich auf CHF18,0Milliarden, in lokaler Währung ein Wachstum von 25% gegenüber dem Vorjahr. Die versicherungstechnischen Rückstellungen zugunsten der Versicherten stiegen um 6%.
  • Swiss Life Asset Managers verzeichnete im Geschäft mit Drittkunden Nettoneugeldzuflüsse von CHF 6,5Milliarden, womit die für Drittkunden verwalteten Vermögen auf CHF 79,8 Milliarden zu stehen kamen.
  • Swiss Life erwirtschaftete stabile direkte Anlageerträge in der Höhe von CHF 3,3 Milliarden. Die nicht annualisierte Nettoanlagerendite lag bei 1,9% (Vorjahr: 2,2%).

«Der weitere Ausbau unseres Fee-Geschäfts zeigt, dass unsere Beratungs- und Dienstleistungsangebote auf grosse Nachfrage stossen», sagt Patrick Frost, Group CEO von Swiss Life. «Wir konnten die Fee-Erträge in allen Markteinheiten steigern. Die Relevanz für die Kunden und die Nähe zum Markt ermöglichen uns, im Rahmen unseres Unternehmensprogramms „Swiss Life 2021“ unsere Stellung im Geschäft mit Vorsorge- und Anlagelösungen kontinuierlich zu stärken.»

Geschäftsentwicklung in den ersten neun Monaten 2019

Die Swiss Life-Gruppe erzielte in den ersten neun Monaten 2019 Fee-Erträge von insgesamt CHF 1317 Millionen. Das Wachstum von 17% in lokaler Währung wurde auch durch Akquisitionen im vergangenen Jahr und durch Konsolidierungseffekte unterstützt. Im Asset Management konnte der Beitrag um 25% gesteigert werden, bei den eigenen Beraterkanälen um 24% und die Beiträge aus eigenen und fremden Produkten und Dienstleistungen erhöhten sich um 6%. Die Prämieneinnahmen stiegen in den ersten drei Quartalen in lokaler Währung um 25% auf CHF 18,0 Milliarden. Die versicherungstechnischen Rückstellungen zugunsten der Versicherten erhöhten sich in lokaler Währung um 6%.

Im Heimmarkt Schweiz erzielte Swiss Life Prämieneinnahmen von CHF 11,6 Milliarden (Vorjahr: CHF 7,8 Milliarden). Im Privatkundengeschäft betrug das Wachstum 9%. Der Anstieg im Unternehmenskundengeschäft (+54%) ist primär auf den Rückzug eines Mitbewerbers aus der Vollversicherung im vergangenen Jahr zurückzuführen. Im Fee-Geschäft konnten die Erträge um 9% auf CHF 198 Millionen gesteigert werden. Swiss Life in Frankreich verzeichnete Prämieneinnahmen von CHF 4,2 Milliarden und lag damit in lokaler Währung leicht über dem Vorjahr (+1%). Während das Sachversicherungsgeschäft (+7%) sowie das Krankenversicherungsgeschäft und die Risikovorsorge (+4%) zulegten, verzeichnete das Lebengeschäft einen Rückgang von 1%. Die Fee-Erträge stiegen in lokaler Währung um 3% auf CHF 238 Millionen. In Deutschland erhöhten sich die Prämieneinnahmen in lokaler Währung um 4% auf CHF 982 Millionen. Die Fee-Erträge konnten dank Wachstum bei den unabhängigen Beraterkanälen in lokaler Währung um 12% auf CHF 359 Millionen gesteigert werden. Die Markteinheit International verzeichnete Prämieneinnahmen von CHF 1,3 Milliarden und lag damit in lokaler Währung 16% unter dem Vorjahr. Die Erträge im Fee-Geschäft konnten um 35% auf CHF 240 Millionen gesteigert werden.

Swiss Life Asset Managers erzielte im Anlagegeschäft mit Drittkunden in den ersten neun Monaten 2019 Nettoneugeldzuflüsse von CHF 6,5 Milliarden (Vorjahr: CHF 5,2 Milliarden). Die für Drittkunden verwalteten Vermögen lagen per 30. September 2019 bei CHF 79,8 Milliarden, was einem Wachstum von 12% gegenüber dem Jahresende 2018 entspricht. Insgesamt erwirtschaftete Swiss Life Asset Managers in den ersten drei Quartalen 2019 Fee-Erträge von CHF 574 Millionen, ein Plus von 25% gegenüber dem Vorjahr. Neben dem operativen Wachstum haben auch Konsolidierungseffekte und die Akquisition von Beos im vergangenen Jahr dazu beigetragen.

Anlageerträge und Solvenz

Swiss Life erzielte in den ersten drei Quartalen 2019 direkte Anlageerträge in der Höhe von CHF 3,3 Milliarden, was dem Vorjahresniveau entspricht. Die nicht annualisierte direkte Anlagerendite reduzierte sich auch aufgrund starker Aufwertungen im Anlageportfolio auf 2,0% (Vorjahr: 2,2%). Die nicht annualisierte Nettoanlagerendite sank aufgrund der Aufwertungen sowie tieferer realisierter Gewinne auf 1,9% (Vorjahr: 2,2%). Swiss Life geht per 30. September 2019 basierend auf dem regulatorischen Solvenz-Modell von einer SST-Quote von gut 200% aus.


Martin Signer

3 months ago

HSC Fund acquires state-of-the-art and fully let property in Thun

The Helvetica Swiss Commercial Fund (HSC Fund) acquires the state-of-the-art and mixed-use commercial property of Meyer Burger Technology Ltd in Thun. The agreed purchase price amounts to CHF 42.5 million, with transfer of ownership expected shortly. 


The HSC Fund signed a purchase contract with Meyer Burger (Switzerland) Ltd for the state-of-the-art and mixed-use commercial property of Meyer Burger in Thun. The property is located in a very good, active economic location, at Schorenstrasse in Thun. The commercial property has around 22,900 square meters rental space and generates annual rental income of around CHF 3.6 million.


The property has long-term leases and is fully let. Meyer Burger Group companies represent around 17% of rental income, the remaining 83% are achieved with different tenants which are independent from Meyer Burger.


High-class building with electricity from renewable sources
The property was constructed in 2011 according to pioneering energy and environmental standards. All electricity used is from renewable sources: 90% comes from Swiss hydro, around 8% from local hydro in Thun and around 2% from solar, wind and biomass. The site also takes advantage of the energy created by its own photovoltaic equipment and the photovoltaic building facade. 


Purchase contract notarized, transfer of ownership expected shortly
The purchase contract was notarized yesterday, 22 October 2019. The final purchase price amounts to CHF 42.5 million and the agreement includes long-term rental income guarantees as well as a graduated payment of the purchase price. The transaction is subject to a pre-emptive right by the city of Thun as well as an approval by the city of Thun. Due to intense discussions with the selling party and with public authorities of the city of Thun, the Fund Manager Helvetica Property Investors expects the transaction to be completed and the transfer of ownership to take place shortly.


Hans R. Holdener, CEO and Managing Partner comments: “With the acquisition of this building, we are able to sustainably expand our real estate portfolio which is focused on attractive properties in good locations, and to continue our growth strategy. For the HSC Fund, the property has substantial valuation potential and is very attractive due to the comprehensive and extensive rental income guarantees as well as due to the graduated payment of the purchase price. We expect further acquisitions during the fourth quarter and a market value of our portfolio of around CHF 700 million by the end of 2019.”  



Martin Signer

3 months ago

Der HSC Fund erwirbt hochmoderne und vollvermietete Liegenschaft in Thun

Der Helvetica Swiss Commercial Fund (HSC Fund) erwirbt die hochmoderne gemischt genutzte Geschäftsliegenschaft der Meyer Burger Technology AG in Thun. Der vereinbarte Kaufpreis beläuft sich auf CHF 42.5 Millionen, die Eigentumsübertragung wird in Kürze erwartet.


Der HSC Fund hat mit der Meyer Burger (Switzerland) AG einen Kaufvertrag für die hochmoderne gemischt genutzte Geschäftsliegenschaft von Meyer Burger in Thun unterzeichnet. Die Liegenschaft befindet sich an einer äusserst guten und wirtschaftsintensiven Lage, an der Schorenstrasse in Thun. Die Geschäftsliegenschaft weist eine vermietbare Fläche von rund 22'900 Quadratmetern aus und generiert Mietzinseinnahmen von ca. CHF 3.6 Millionen pro Jahr.


Das Objekt ist langfristig vermietet und vollvermietet. Meyer Burger Gruppengesellschaften repräsentieren einen Anteil von rund 17% an den Mieteinnahmen. Die restlichen 83% werden mit verschiedenen, von Meyer Burger unabhängigen Mietern, erzielt.  


Hochwertiges Gebäude mit Strom aus erneuerbaren Energiequellen
Die Liegenschaft wurde im Jahr 2011 nach zukunftsweisenden Energieeffizienz- und Umweltstandards gebaut. Der Standort bezieht sämtlichen Strom aus erneuerbaren Energiequellen: 90% aus Schweizer Wasserkraft, ca. 8% aus lokaler Wasserkraft in Thun und etwa 2% aus Sonne, Wind und Biomasse. Zudem wird im Gebäude Strom genutzt, der durch die eigene Photovoltaikanlage und die Photovoltaik-Gebäudefassade generiert wird. 


Kaufvertrag beurkundet, Eigentumsübertragung in Kürze erwartet
Der Kaufvertrag wurde gestern, am 22. Oktober 2019, beurkundet. Der finale Kaufpreis beläuft sich auf CHF 42.5 Millionen und die Vereinbarung umfasst sowohl langfristige Mietzinsgarantien als auch eine gestaffelte Kaufpreiszahlung. Die Transaktion untersteht einem Vorkaufsrecht der Stadt Thun sowie einer Genehmigungserteilung durch die Stadt Thun. Aufgrund intensiv geführter Gespräche mit der Verkäuferpartei wie auch mit den Behörden der Stadt Thun geht die Fondsleitung Helvetica Property Investors in Kürze von dem Vollzug der Transaktion und der Eigentumsübertragung der Liegenschaft aus.


Hans R. Holdener, CEO und Managing Partner sagt: «Mit der Akquisition dieser Liegenschaft können wir unser auf hervorragende Lagen fokussiertes Immobilienportfolio nachhaltig erweitern und unsere Wachstumsstrategie fortsetzen. Dieses Objekt hat für den HSC Fund substanzielles Bewertungspotenzial und ist sowohl aufgrund der umfassenden und weitreichenden Mietzinsgarantien als auch wegen der gestaffelten Kaufpreiszahlung für uns sehr attraktiv. Wir erwarten im Verlauf des vierten Quartals noch weitere Zukäufe und einen Marktwert unseres Portfolios per Jahresende 2019 von rund CHF 700 Millionen.»



Martin Signer

3 months ago


Clarion Capital Partners, LLC ("Clarion") announced on 15th October that it has completed an investment in Harris & Harris, Ltd. (the "Company"), a leader in accounts receivable management and customer care solutions. Arnie Harris, CEO of the Company, and David Harris, COO of the Company, will maintain meaningful ownership in Harris & Harris and will continue in their current positions. The terms of the transaction, which closed on September 27th, were not disclosed.
The partnership with Clarion will enable Harris & Harris to expand its service offerings and to make investments in its employees, compliance, and technology infrastructure. These investments will allow the Company to deliver even more value to its clients. Clarion and Harris & Harris will seek M&A opportunities to expand the Company geographically and to add new services.
"When my father founded the business more than 50 years ago, he said that the road to success for a business is to focus on people, both at our clients and with our employees," said Arnie Harris. "As we considered potential investors, our focus on people brought us to a partnership with Clarion which will allow us to continue the success we've demonstrated over the last 50 years. Clarion's approach to partnership and its long-term focus aligns perfectly with the future we see for Harris & Harris."
Jon Haas, a Partner at Clarion added: "Harris & Harris is a leader in its core government, healthcare, and utility markets, and has an exciting opportunity to grow organically within those segments. Clients in those segments require a high standard from their accounts receivable management and business process outsourcing providers, and we believe Harris & Harris is unmatched in its integrity, client service, and performance." Eric Kogan, a Partner at Clarion further added, "We have really enjoyed getting to know the Harris & Harris team over the last few months and are excited to work with the Company to make its future even brighter than its impressive history."
Mesirow Financial served as exclusive financial advisor to Harris & Harris in this transaction, Kaulkin Ginsberg Company served as special advisor, and Much Shelist, P.C. served as legal counsel. Clarion Capital was advised by the law firms of Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Venable LLP, and Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, PC. Financing for the transaction was provided by Midcap Financial and Greyrock Capital.
About Clarion Capital Partners, LLC
Clarion Capital Partners is a New York based private equity firm that focuses on making equity investments in lower middle-market growth companies. Clarion's industry focus includes Business & Healthcare Services, Specialty Financial Services, Media, Entertainment & Technology, and Consumer & Retail. Additional information on Clarion can be found at www.clarion-capital.com.
About Harris & Harris
Harris & Harris is an accounts receivable management and customer care firm, providing first-party and third-party debt collection, third party liability, and other complementary services through advanced onshore call-centers.   Harris & Harris is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Additional information on Harris & Harris can be found at www.harriscollect.com.


Martin Signer

3 months ago

FIABCI Prix d´Excellence Germany 2019

Die diesjährigen Finalisten des FIABCI Prix d´Excellence Germany, der als renommierter Preis für herausragende Projektentwicklungen von FIABCI Deutschland und dem BFW Bundesverband Freier Immobilien- und Wohnungsunternehmen e.V. ausgelobt wird, stehen fest.

Unter den Bewerbungen aus dem gesamten Bundesgebiet hat die 12-köpfige Jury die Gewinner in den Kategorien Gewerbe und Wohnen gewählt (in alphabetischer Reihenfolge): 


  • ABE Alte Bonbonpapierfabrik, Hamburg
  • Höchst Neu Erleben, Frankfurt am Main
  • Metropolenhaus am Jüdischen Museum, Berlin


  • Haus der Bayerischen Geschichte, Regensburg
  • Landmark7 – Phoenixhof, Hamburg
  • My4Walls, Hamburg

Die Gold-, Silber- und Bronzegewinner werden am 15. November bei der feierlichen Preisverleihung in Form einer Gala im Berliner E-Werk bekanntgegeben. Mehr Informationen zu den Projektentwicklungen der Finalisten finden Sie unter diesem Link; Fotos der Projekte können Sie hier downloaden.

Neben den Finalisten werden in der „FIABCI Prix d´Excellence Official Selection 2019“ folgende Projekte gewürdigt: 

  • Bismarck Quartier Düren, HPP Architekten GmbH, Düren
  • City Gate Nord, Delta Bau AG, Hannover
  • Colours , Deutsche Wohnwerte GmbH&Co. KG, Heidelberg
  • Elements Riedberg, INTERHOMES AG, Frankfurt am Main
  • URBAN GARDEN, Strenger Bauen und Wohnen GmbH, Heilbronn
  • Landeswettbewerb Weckhoven, Neusser Bauverein AG, Neuss
  • Newtonprojekt Haus 1, Deimel Oelschläge Architekten Partnerschaft, Berlin
  • Parkend - Die urbane weiße Stadt, P+B Group, Frankfurt am Main
  • Poing Seewinkel, ArchitekturWerkstatt Vallentin GmbH, Poing
  • RheinMain CongressCenter, TriWiCon, Wiesbaden
  • URBAN LIVING KÖLN, i Live Holding II GmbH, Köln
  • VILIS an der Düssel, INTERBODEN Gruppe, Düsseldorf
  • Wilma Wilhelmsburg, steg Hamburg mbH und Cassens GbR, Hamburg
  • Wohnungsbau Chamissostraße, Townscape One Development GmbH&Co. KG, Berlin

 „Entscheidend für das Jury-Votum ist ein erfolgreich umgesetztes Gesamtkonzept aus Architektur, Nachhaltigkeit, Logistik, Marketing, Innovation und urbaner Integration“, skizziert Michael Heming, Präsident FIABCI Deutschland und Mitglied der Jury, die Kriterien bei der Preisvergabe. „Aufgrund der Vielzahl erstklassiger Bewerber war es für die Jury keine leichte Aufgabe, hier eine Auswahl zu treffen. Das zeigt uns das hohe Niveau der deutschen Projektentwickler!“

„Neben den Finalisten und der Official Selection loben wir den „FIABCI/BFW Sonderpreis für bezahlbares Bauen“ sowie den „Sonderpreis Innovation/Energie“ aus“, ergänzt Andreas Ibel, BFW-Präsident und ebenfalls Mitglied der Jury. „Damit spiegeln wir die gesamtgesellschaftliche Herausforderung und die zunehmende Bedeutung wider, die beide Themen bei der Projektentwicklung einnehmen.“ Die Schirmherrschaft für den Sonderpreis für bezahlbares Bauen hat das Bundesministerium des Innern, für Bau und Heimat übernommen.

Heming betont, dass die Gewinner des Projektentwicklungswettbewerbes nicht nur in Deutschland, sondern auch auf internationalem Wettbewerb glänzen können: „Auch in diesem Jahr werden die Gold-Gewinner in den Bereichen Gewerbe und Wohnen wieder an dem internationalen FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Award teilnehmen. Die bisherigen Gewinner haben bei dem internationalen Wettbewerb herausragende Erfolge erzielt und gezeigt, dass deutsche Projektentwicklung auch dem internationalen Vergleich standhält.“


Martin Signer

3 months ago

HSC Fund mit Kotierung an der SIX Swiss Exchange per 11. November 2019

Die Fondsleitung Helvetica Property Investors plant, ihren schweizerischen Immobilienfonds Helvetica Swiss Commercial Fund (HSC Fund) per 11. November 2019 an der SIX Swiss Exchange zu kotieren.  


Im Hinblick auf eine Kotierung an der SIX Swiss Exchange wurde der HSC Funds im ersten Quartal 2018 durch die FINMA als Publikumsfonds zugelassen und ist seitdem für sämtliche Anleger zugänglich. Durch die geplante Kotierung werden die Investoren von einer erhöhten Liquidität und Visibilität ihrer Fondsanteile profitieren. Der HSC Fund wird mit der Kotierung in den «SXI Real Estate Broad» und «SXI Real Estate Funds Broad» aufgenommen.  


Fokus auf langfristige Werterhaltung und gute Lagen

Das Portfolio des HSC Funds ist auf eine langfristige Werterhaltung ausgerichtet und weist eine hohe Lage- und Objektqualität sowie breite Diversifikation in Schweizer Wirtschaftsregionen auf. Der 2016 lancierte HSC Fund blickt deshalb auf eine erfreuliche Ertrags- und Wertentwicklung zurück. Aktuell besitzt der Fonds einen Marktwert der Immobilien von rund CHF 600 Millionen. Per Ende 2019 erwartet die Fondsleitung aufgrund weiterer geplanter Zukäufe von Liegenschaften einen Marktwert von rund CHF 700 Millionen.


«Bei der Lancierung des HSC Fund im Jahr2016 haben wir unseren Investoren versprochen, den Fonds nach 3 Jahren an der SIX Swiss Exchange zu kotieren. Es freut mich sehr,dasswir den HSC Fund nun an die SIX Swiss Exchange bringen und somit unser Versprechen einhalten können. Ich bin ausserordentlich stolz auf unser Team», sagt Hans R. Holdener, CEO und Managing Partner. «Der selektive Ausbau des Portfolios mit klarem Fokus auf Qualität hat sich bewährt. Schwerpunkt des Fonds bilden kommerzielle Liegenschaften in Schweizer Agglomerationen an zentralen Lagen», kommentiert Hans R. Holdener weiter.


Neuer Market Maker

Nach der geplanten Kotierung wird das Market Making der Fondsanteile durch die Bank J. Safra Sarasin sichergestellt. Der Real Estate Hub der Bank hat langjährige und umfangreiche Erfahrung im indirekten Immobilienmarkt.


Attraktive Ausschüttungspolitik

Das Anlageziel des HSC Fund besteht zudem in der Ausschüttung angemessener Erträge. Der HSC Fund strebt dabei langfristig eine hohe Ausschüttungsquote an. Die Höhe der Dividende wird jedoch endgültig an den Liquiditätsreserven des Fonds bemessen. Für das Geschäftsjahr 2019 beabsichtigt die Fondsleitung eine gegenüber dem Vorjahr erhöhte Dividende auszuzahlen.


Die geplante Kotierung erfolgt vorbehältlich der Genehmigung der Fondsvertragsänderungen durch die FINMA sowie der Genehmigung des Kotierungsgesuches durch die SIX Swiss Exchange.









Martin Signer

3 months ago

HSC Fund to be listed on SIX Swiss Exchange on 11 November 2019

The Fund Management company Helvetica Property Investors plans to float its Swiss real estate fund Helvetica Swiss Commercial Fund (HSC Fund) on the SIX Swiss Exchange on 11 November 2019.


In view of a future listing, the HSC Fund was admitted by FINMA as a mutual fund in the first quarter of 2018 and has since been accessible to all investors. The planned listing will provide investors the benefit of increased liquidity and visibility of their fund shares. The HSC Fund will be listed in the "SXI Real Estate Broad" and "SXI Real Estate Funds Broad" indices. 


Focus on long-term capital preservation and good locations

The portfolio of the HSC Fund is designed to generate long-term value and is characterized by good location and high property quality as well as wide diversity in Swiss economic regions. The HSC Fund, launched in 2016, is thus looking back on a successful performance in terms of earnings and value. The fund currently holds real estate worth around CHF 600 million. At the end of 2019, the Fund Management company expects the market value to have increased to around CHF 700 million, mainly as a result of further planned acquisitions.


"When the HSC Fund was launched in 2016, we pledged to our investors to float the fund on the SIX Swiss Exchange after 3 years. I am delighted that we now list the HSC Fund on the SIX Swiss Exchange and thus keep our promise. I am extremely proud of our team," says Hans R. Holdener, CEO and Managing Partner. "The strategic expansion of the portfolio with a clear focus on quality has proven to be successful, with the fund focusing on commercial properties in central locations in Swiss urban agglomerations," comments Hans R. Holdener.


New Market Maker

Following the listing, the market making of the fund shares will be handled by Bank J. Safra Sarasin. The bank's Real Estate Hub has many years of extensive experience in the indirect real estate market.


Attractive dividend policy

The investment objective of the HSC Fund is also the distribution of adequate profit. The HSC Fund aims to ensure a high payout ratio in the long-term. However, the dividend amount will finally be based on the Fund's liquidity reserves. For the 2019 fiscal year, the Fund Management company plans to pay a higher dividend than in the previous year.


The planned listing is subject to FINMA's approval of the fund contract amendments and SIX Swiss Exchange's approval of the listing application.



Martin Signer

3 months ago

Open Banking Expo partners with Nationwide and The Money Charity

Open Banking Expo announced on 16th October 2019 a partnership with Nationwide Building Society’s Open Banking for Good challenge and The Money Charity. At its flagship London event, Open Banking Expo will reveal the progress of Nationwide’s fintech partners who are creating apps to help solve financial capability problems and donate a percentage of ticket sales to The Money Charity.


Nationwide selected seven fintech companies earlier this year to take part in its Open Banking for Good challenge. The challenge, born of the Inclusive Economy Partnership, will see Nationwide, partner organizations and the selected fintechs work together to help the most financially squeezed. The challenge is supported by a £3 million fund from Nationwide.


Open Banking Expo brings together innovators, disruptors and visionaries who are shaping the future of Open Banking. The London event takes place on Wednesday, 13th November 2019 and features an agenda with 60+ speakers from leading banks, payment providers, fintechs and government.


The partnership will see Nationwide’s money liaison officer, Gareth McNab, and The Money Charity’s interim chief executive officer Erik Porter provide insight on why the financial services industry should be working harder than ever to utilize banking data to assist the most vulnerable in society. You can view this session on Stage 2 on the agenda at Open Banking Expo in London.


Open Banking Expo will donate a percentage of its ticket sales for its London event to The Money Charity, the UK’s financial capability charity whose vision is for everyone to be on top of their money as a part of everyday life; to enable more control, reduce stress and increase wellbeing.


Adam Cox, co-founder of Open Banking Expo said: “We’re delighted to partner with Nationwide’s Open Banking for Good challenge and The Money Charity. Since the event’s inception, we have championed the use of Open Banking data to help the most vulnerable in society and we are pleased to donate a percentage of ticket sales to do just that; helping those who need it gain control of their money for a better future.

“We still feel there is a long way to go as an industry, but if we continue to harvest closer relationships between fintechs and lenders, we can bridge the financial inclusion gap and offer fairer finance for all.”

Erik Porter, acting chief executive officer for The Money Charity said: “As the UK’s financial capability charity, we’re delighted to be in partnership with Open Banking Expo London as the event’s key beneficiary. 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. That’s why we are so excited about the possibilities Open Banking offers in making people’s personal finances more manageable, more accessible, more intuitive and more inclusive”

Rachael Sinclair, Nationwide’s OB4G Programme Leader said: “Open Banking for Good is guided by Nationwide’s founding purpose; that people can achieve more together than they can apart. By focusing on collaboration, rather than competition, Open Banking for Good focuses the drive for innovation, enables FinTechs, Nationwide and our charity partners to support each other to overcome barriers and build solutions that can make a positive difference to people who need our support.”


Martin Signer

3 months ago

Über 39,5 Millionen Besucherbewegungen im vergangenen Jahr in Braunschweiger Innenstadt

Die Braunschweiger Innenstadt überzeugt auch im dritten vollständig per Laser erfassten Jahr mit stabilen Besucherfrequenzen. Vom 1. September 2018 bis zum 31. August 2019 konnte die Braunschweig Stadtmarketing GmbH insgesamt mehr als 39,5 Millionen Besucherbewegungen verzeichnen.

„Die Auswertung zeigt weiterhin sehr stabile Frequenzen“, sagt Gerold Leppa, Geschäftsführer des Stadtmarketings. Knapp 3,2 Millionen Besucherbewegungen erfassten die Lasergeräte an sechs Standorten durchschnittlich pro Monat, den naturgemäß stärksten Monat Dezember außen vorgelassen. „Die Gesamtfrequenz schwankt mit über 39,5 Millionen um weniger als ein Prozent gegenüber dem Vorjahreszeitraum. Das war zu erwarten, da nicht nur die Adventszeit regnerisch war, sondern sich auch der Frühling wechselhaft zeigte.“ Mit rund 41 Prozent höheren Frequenzen als beim durchschnittlichen Monatswert fällt der Dezember zwar auch im betrachteten Zeitraum stark aus, der Unterschied ist aber nicht ganz so deutlich wie noch im Vorjahr. Zudem war der Mai ungewöhnlich kühl, während der Sommer Braunschweig längere Hitzeperioden bescherte. Das machte sich insbesondere im August bemerkbar. Im Vorjahreszeitraum lag dieser mit elf Prozent mehr Passantenbewegungen noch deutlich über dem Monatsmittel, dieses Jahr entsprach er nur etwa dem Durchschnitt. „Besonders die letzte Woche im August war sehr warm. Wenn sich der Sommer gerade zum Ende hin von seiner besten Seite zeigt, nutzen die Braunschweigerinnen und Braunschweiger das lieber, um noch einmal zu grillen, in den Garten oder ins Freibad zu gehen“, so Leppa.

Auf die üblichen Ladenöffnungs- und Geschäftszeiten entfallen rund 83 Prozent der Besucherbewegungen. Damit sind die Frequenzen während der Öffnungszeiten im Vergleich zum Vorjahreszeitraum sogar um rund zwei Prozent gestiegen. Das unterstreicht Braunschweigs Bedeutung als Einkaufsstadt. Doch auch außerhalb dieser Zeiten haben die Lasermessgeräte rund sieben Millionen Bewegungen verzeichnet. An Sonntagen beispielsweise hat sich die Frequenz im Vergleich mit dem Vorjahreszeitraum durchschnittlich um elf Prozent erhöht. „Die Auswertung belegt noch einmal, dass der Angebotsmix in der Innenstadt funktioniert“, sagt Olaf Jaeschke vom Arbeitsausschuss Innenstadt Braunschweig e. V. „Besucherinnen und Besucher kaufen gern in der Braunschweiger Innenstadt ein. Aber sie kommen auch, um etwas Gutes zu essen, die Freizeitangebote zu nutzen oder eine Veranstaltung zu erleben.“ Bei Veranstaltungen ist die Frequenz rund 20 Prozent höher als an durchschnittlichen Vergleichstagen, an Sonntagen sind es sogar 50 Prozent und an Veranstaltungswochenenden mit sonntäglicher Verkaufsöffnung 71 Prozent.

Etwa 6,6 Millionen Mal haben die Lasermessgeräte an sechs unterschiedlichen Standorten in der Braunschweiger Innenstadt durchschnittlich ausgelöst. Der neue und siebte Messpunkt in der Neuen Straße ist nicht in die Auswertung eingeflossen, da er erst seit Ende März im Einsatz ist. Die Auswertung zeigt insgesamt eine gleichmäßige Verteilung über die Standorte Damm, Hutfiltern, Langer Hof, Schuhstraße, Poststraße und Sack. Am stärksten frequentiert war in dem Zeitraum der Messpunkt in der Straße Hutfiltern mit über 7,3 Millionen Besucherbewegungen. Außerdem hat im Vergleich mit dem Vorjahreszeitraum die Schuhstraße an Frequenz hinzugewonnen. „Da macht sich bemerkbar, dass die Burgpassage teilweise geschlossen war und sie durch die Schließung der Geschäfte als Laufroute nicht mehr so attraktiv für Besucherinnen und Besucher ist“, so Leppa. „Hier wird es spannend, zu beobachten, wie sich die für die Innenstadt geplanten Entwicklungen wie der Umbau von der Passage zur Burggasse und der Umbau des Welfenhofs auf die Frequenzen auswirken.“

Laserbasierte Frequenzmessung

Seit Ende September 2016 erfasst das Stadtmarketing, unterstützt durch den Arbeitsausschuss Innenstadt Braunschweig e. V. und die Schloss-Arkaden, die Frequenzen in der Innenstadt an sechs Standorten digital: Damm, Hutfiltern, Langer Hof, Schuhstraße, Poststraße und Sack. Seit Ende März ergänzt ein Lasergerät in der Neuen Straße die Messungen. Dazu nutzt das Stadtmarketing die Technik der LASE PeCo Systemtechnik GmbH. Mit der lasergesteuerten Technik lassen sich rund um die Uhr nahezu echtzeitbasierte Daten erfassen. Dabei werden Besucherinnen und Besucher, die mehrere Messpunkte passieren, mehrfach gezählt, sodass der Frequenzbegriff nicht mit der Besucheranzahl gleichzusetzen ist. Die Technik ist gesundheitlich unschädlich und da das Messverfahren keine personenbezogenen Daten erhebt, ist es auch datenschutzrechtlich unbedenklich. Seit April 2019 sind die Messdaten öffentlich einsehbar unter www.hystreet.com.


Martin Signer

3 months ago

Die Ruhrgebiet steigt im Ansehen

Zwar kein traditioneller A-Standort, aber längst kein gewöhnlicher B-Standort mehr: Die Metropole Ruhr präsentiert sich auf der Expo Real 2019 als Aufsteiger und als Invest-Alternative mit vielen Potenzialen und einem attraktiven Rendite-Risiko-Profil in allen wichtigen Assetklassen. Schon heute ist das Ruhrgebiet der zweitgrößte Büroimmobilien-Markt in Deutschland. Diesen Anspruch vertritt die Region selbstbewusst auf der Expo Real. Der von der Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH konzipierte und neu gebaute Stand des Ruhrgebiets ist der größte Stand der diesjährigen Messe.


„In den A-Standorten sind mittlerweile Renditenniveaus erreicht, bei denen für manche Investoren ein wirtschaftlich tragfähiges Investment kaum mehr darstellbar ist. Das Ruhrgebiet als aufstrebender B-Standort kann in diesem Marktumfeld mit hoher Liquidität und hohem Anlagedruck höhere Renditen bei geringem Risiko bieten“, sagt Rasmus C. Beck, Geschäftsführer der Business Metropole Ruhr (BMR) auf der Expo Real in München.

Der gewerbliche Immobilien-Investmentmarkt erwirtschaftete 2018 in der Metropole Ruhr insgesamt rund 2,6 Mrd Euro. Die Spitzenmiete für 1a-Einzelhandelslagen von 212 Euro/qm liegt deutlich über dem Durchschnitt der B-Standorte mit 134 Euro/qm.

Rasmus C. Beck, Geschäftsführer (Vorsitzender) der Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH (BMR):

„Attraktive Renditen durch moderate Kaufpreise und steigende Mieten bei einem überschaubaren Risiko: Das ist die Erfolgsformel der Metropole Ruhr. Die Region bietet beste Opportunitäten auf Deutschlands zweitgrößtem Markt für Büroimmobilien nach Berlin. Deshalb lautet unser Claim für die Expo Real: Wer A sagt, muss jetzt B sagen. Das Ruhrgebiet bietet schon heute in vielen Asset-Klassen die Opportunität von A-Standorten.“

MÜNCHEN/ESSEN. Zwar kein traditioneller A-Standort, aber längst kein gewöhnlicher B-Standort mehr: Die Metropole Ruhr präsentiert sich auf der Expo Real 2019 als Aufsteiger und als Invest-Alternative mit vielen Potenzialen und einem attraktiven Rendite-Risiko-Profil in allen wichtigen Assetklassen. Schon heute ist das Ruhrgebiet der zweitgrößte Büroimmobilien-Markt in Deutschland. Diesen Anspruch vertritt die Region selbstbewusst auf der Expo Real. Der von der Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH konzipierte und neu gebaute Stand des Ruhrgebiets ist der größte Stand der diesjährigen Messe.

„In den A-Standorten sind mittlerweile Renditenniveaus erreicht, bei denen für manche Investoren ein wirtschaftlich tragfähiges Investment kaum mehr darstellbar ist. Das Ruhrgebiet als aufstrebender B-Standort kann in diesem Marktumfeld mit hoher Liquidität und hohem Anlagedruck höhere Renditen bei geringem Risiko bieten“, sagt Rasmus C. Beck, Geschäftsführer der Business Metropole Ruhr (BMR) auf der Expo Real in München.

Der gewerbliche Immobilien-Investmentmarkt erwirtschaftete 2018 in der Metropole Ruhr insgesamt rund 2,6 Mrd Euro. Die Spitzenmiete für 1a-Einzelhandelslagen von 212 Euro/qm liegt deutlich über dem Durchschnitt der B-Standorte mit 134 Euro/qm.

Bei einem anhaltenden Wachstum der Bürobeschäftigung prognostizieren die Experten auch steigende Mieten für Büroflächen in 2019. Die Leerstandsrate ist abermals gesunken, obwohl das Neubauvolumen mit 257.000 qm weiterhin über dem langjährigen Durchschnitt liegt. Damit ist die Metropole Ruhr mit 16,9 Mio qm Büroflächenbestand der zweitgrößte Büromarkt in Deutschland.

Das neue Selbstbewusstsein der Region unterstreichen auch herausragende Neubauprojekte, die die Kommunen auf der Expo Real präsentieren.

„Wer A sagt, muss jetzt B sagen: In Duisburg wird nicht nur angekündigt, hier wird auch realisiert“, sagt Sören Link, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Duisburg: „Aktuelle Leuchtturmprojekte wie ‚Mercator One‘ und das ‚Digitalkontor am Schwanentorufer‘ belegen das ganz konkret. B-Standorte wie Duisburg stehen hoch im Kurs. On top punkten wir mit einer beispiellos guten Infrastruktur inmitten eines der größten Ballungszentren Europas. Das ist eine ideale Ausgangslage für noch mehr Rückenwind.“ Fast 160 Hektar Fläche entwickelt die Stadt in Eigenregie. Allein 50 bis 60 Hektar davon sind für gewerbliche Nutzungen vorgesehen.

Mitten im Zentrum von Bochum entsteht an der Viktoriastraße ein Geschäftsquartier, das für die Neugestaltung der Innenstadt prägend sein wird. Das Viktoria Karree getaufte Quartier vereint mehrere Nutzungen auf geschickte Weise miteinander. Auf den ersten beiden Ebenen werden neue Handelskonzepte mit großflächigen Mietern den innerstädtischen Handel bereichern. Eine Tiefgarage mit über 500 Parkplätzen auf zwei Ebenen bietet genügend Platz für Kunden und Geschäftsleute, die das neue Quartier mit dem Auto ansteuern. Der Baustart ist für 2020 geplant.

„Das Viktoria Karree wird die Bochumer Innenstadt nicht nur architektonisch bereichern. Sein Einzelhandels-Angebot fügt sich auch perfekt in die City ein und beweist einmal mehr das Interesse namhafter Projektentwickler am Standort Bochum“, preist Bochums Oberbürgermeister Thomas Eiskirch das neue Geschäftehaus.

Der Dortmunder Hafen ist ein Industrie- und Logistikstandort von internationaler Bedeutung. Mit der Entwicklung der nördlichen und südlichen Speicherstraße und der damit verbundenen städtebaulichen Öffnung des Hafenquartiers wird der klassische Hafen um urbane Nutzungen erweitert. Mit seinen historischen und hafentypischen Merkmalen, insbesondere die Lage am Wasser, birgt der Hafen ein enormes Entwicklungspotenzial für bis zu 5.000 neue Arbeitsplätze.

In dem neuen Digitalquartier entstehen neue Arbeits- und Freizeitqualitäten für die angrenzende Nordstadt und die gesamte Region, sagt Ullrich Sierau, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Dortmund: „lokal. digital. international - Die Speicherstraße wird zu einem neuen digitalen und urbanen Gründungs- und Wissensquartier. Ein neuer Hotspot für erfolgreiche Investitionen“.

Bei einem anhaltenden Wachstum der Bürobeschäftigung prognostizieren die Experten auch steigende Mieten für Büroflächen in 2019. Die Leerstandsrate ist abermals gesunken, obwohl das Neubauvolumen mit 257.000 qm weiterhin über dem langjährigen Durchschnitt liegt. Damit ist die Metropole Ruhr mit 16,9 Mio qm Büroflächenbestand der zweitgrößte Büromarkt in Deutschland.

Das neue Selbstbewusstsein der Region unterstreichen auch herausragende Neubauprojekte, die die Kommunen auf der Expo Real präsentieren.

„Wer A sagt, muss jetzt B sagen: In Duisburg wird nicht nur angekündigt, hier wird auch realisiert“, sagt Sören Link, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Duisburg: „Aktuelle Leuchtturmprojekte wie ‚Mercator One‘ und das ‚Digitalkontor am Schwanentorufer‘ belegen das ganz konkret. B-Standorte wie Duisburg stehen hoch im Kurs. On top punkten wir mit einer beispiellos guten Infrastruktur inmitten eines der größten Ballungszentren Europas. Das ist eine ideale Ausgangslage für noch mehr Rückenwind.“ Fast 160 Hektar Fläche entwickelt die Stadt in Eigenregie. Allein 50 bis 60 Hektar davon sind für gewerbliche Nutzungen vorgesehen.

Mitten im Zentrum von Bochum entsteht an der Viktoriastraße ein Geschäftsquartier, das für die Neugestaltung der Innenstadt prägend sein wird. Das Viktoria Karree getaufte Quartier vereint mehrere Nutzungen auf geschickte Weise miteinander. Auf den ersten beiden Ebenen werden neue Handelskonzepte mit großflächigen Mietern den innerstädtischen Handel bereichern. Eine Tiefgarage mit über 500 Parkplätzen auf zwei Ebenen bietet genügend Platz für Kunden und Geschäftsleute, die das neue Quartier mit dem Auto ansteuern. Der Baustart ist für 2020 geplant.

„Das Viktoria Karree wird die Bochumer Innenstadt nicht nur architektonisch bereichern. Sein Einzelhandels-Angebot fügt sich auch perfekt in die City ein und beweist einmal mehr das Interesse namhafter Projektentwickler am Standort Bochum“, preist Bochums Oberbürgermeister Thomas Eiskirch das neue Geschäftshaus.

Der Dortmunder Hafen ist ein Industrie- und Logistikstandort von internationaler Bedeutung. Mit der Entwicklung der nördlichen und südlichen Speicherstraße und der damit verbundenen städtebaulichen Öffnung des Hafenquartiers wird der klassische Hafen um urbane Nutzungen erweitert. Mit seinen historischen und hafentypischen Merkmalen, insbesondere die Lage am Wasser, birgt der Hafen ein enormes Entwicklungspotenzial für bis zu 5.000 neue Arbeitsplätze.

In dem neuen Digitalquartier entstehen neue Arbeits- und Freizeitqualitäten für die angrenzende Nordstadt und die gesamte Region, sagt Ullrich Sierau, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Dortmund: „lokal. digital. international - Die Speicherstraße wird zu einem neuen digitalen und urbanen Gründungs- und Wissensquartier. Ein neuer Hotspot für erfolgreiche Investitionen“.


Martin Signer

3 months ago

Patrick-Henry-Village: Stadt Heidelberg und BImA unterzeichnen neue Entwicklungsvereinbarung

Startschuss für eine neue Form der Zusammenarbeit: Heidelbergs Bürgermeister Hans-Jürgen Heiß und Paul Johannes Fietz, Vorstandsmitglied der Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben (BImA), haben auf der internationalen Immobilienmesse EXPO REAL eine Vereinbarung zur baulichen Entwicklung der ehemaligen US-Wohnsiedlung Patrick-Henry-Village unterzeichnet. Gemeinsames Ziel von Stadt und BImA ist, die Pläne für das knapp 100 Hektar große Areal durch eine enge Partnerschaft möglichst schnell voranzutreiben. Im Zuge der Wohnraumoffensive von Bund, Ländern und Kommunen spielt dabei insbesondere die Schaffung von bezahlbarem Wohnraum eine wichtige Rolle.

Bis vor sechs Jahren war das Patrick-Henry-Village eine der größten Wohnsiedlungen der US-Army in der Region Rhein-Neckar und ein komplett eigenständiger Stadtteil mit rund 1.500 Wohnungen, einem Einkaufszentrum, Schulen, Kindergärten, Arztpraxen, einer Kirche, Sportanlagen und einem Kino. Jetzt soll auf dem Gelände eine zukunftsweisende Städteplanung verwirklicht werden. Unter der Federführung der Internationalen Bauausstellung (IBA) erarbeiten internationale Planungsbüros eine Entwicklungsvision für eine „Wissensstadt der Zukunft“, die sogenannte PHVision. Entstehen soll ein hochmoderner Stadtteil mit Wohnungen für bis zu 10.000 Menschen und Raum für 5.000 Arbeitsplätze – ein Modellort für innovative Wohn- und Arbeitsformen, den Einsatz digitaler Technologien, neue Mobilitätskonzepte und nachhaltige Energieversorgung.

Vereinbarung legt gemeinsame Ziele und die Verantwortlichkeiten fest

Um diese Pläne zu verwirklichen, plant die Stadt Heidelberg, große Bereiche des Patrick-Henry-Villages zu erwerben und zu entwickeln. Zugleich will die BImA als Eigentümerin der Liegenschaft auf dem Areal auch selbst aktiv werden. Teile des vorhandenen Wohnungsbestandes sollen erhalten, instandgesetzt und vermietet werden. Außerdem plant der Bund, selbst neue Wohnungen zu bauen. In der Vereinbarung legen die Stadt Heidelberg und die BImA nun die gemeinsamen Entwicklungsziele, die Eckpunkte der Zusammenarbeit, die Verantwortlichkeiten und die dafür erforderlichen Arbeitsstrukturen fest. Die zuständigen Gremien müssen der Vereinbarung noch zustimmen.

„Eine Fläche mit riesigem Potenzial“

„Ich freue mich, dass wir mit der BImA eine starke Partnerin bei der Entwicklung von Patrick-Henry-Village bekommen. Es ist ein gutes Signal, dass sich der Bund bei der Schaffung von Wohnraum engagiert. Schließlich ist der Mangel insbesondere an bezahlbaren Wohnungen in urbanen Räumen ein enormes Problem – auch bei uns in Heidelberg. Patrick-Henry-Village ist eine Fläche mit riesigem Potenzial im Herzen der Metropolregion. Wir möchten hier einen Stadtteil der Zukunft für 10.000 bis 15.000 Menschen errichten und dabei aufzeigen, wie Städte zukunftsgerichtet und nachhaltig wachsen können“, sagt Heidelbergs Oberbürgermeister Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner.

„Das Patrick-Henry-Village ist die letzte große Konversionsliegenschaft in Heidelberg und bietet enormes städtebauliches Potenzial. Deshalb will sich die BImA selbst stark engagieren, Teilbereiche der Fläche entwickeln und bezahlbaren Wohnraum schaffen – auch durch Neubaumaßnahmen“, sagt BImA-Vorstand Paul Johannes Fietz.

Bestehende Wohngebäude reaktivieren

Noch steht nicht fest, welche Flächen die Stadt Heidelberg kaufen wird, und in welchem Umfang die BImA selbst vermarktet oder baut. BImA und Stadt sind sich aber einig, dass möglichst bald Teile der zurzeit leerstehenden Wohngebäude wieder genutzt werden sollen. Auf diese Weise wollen sie die Ziele der Wohnraumoffensive von Bund, Ländern und Kommunen unterstützen.

Die Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben (BImA) ist das zentrale Immobilienunternehmen des Bundes. Es gehört zum Geschäftsbereich des Bundesfinanzministeriums und handelt nach den modernen Standards der Immobilienwirtschaft. Aufgabenschwerpunkte sind das einheitliche Immobilienmanagement des Bundes, Immobilienverwaltung und -verkauf sowie die forst- und naturschutzfachliche Betreuung der Geländeliegenschaften. Sitz der Zentrale ist Bonn.

Die BImA deckt den Grundstücks- und Raumbedarf der Bundesressorts durch Flächen und Gebäude im eigenen Bestand, durch Neubau, Kauf oder Anmie-tung. Im Anschluss stellt sie den Nutzern die Liegenschaften auf der Basis von Mietverträgen zur Verfügung. Mit rund 4.600 Dienstliegenschaften verwaltet die BImA nahezu alle Dienstliegenschaften des Bundes, darunter beispielsweise die Verwaltungsgebäude der Ministerien und Oberen Bundesbehörden sowie die Bundeswehrliegenschaften.


Martin Signer

3 months ago

Handlungsleitfaden für Bauherren - Wie sich Bauprojekte besser initiieren lassen

Das Institut für Bauwirtschaft und Baubetrieb der Technischen Universität Braunschweig hat dies in der Studie „OI+BAU – Optimierung der Initiierung komplexer Bauvorhaben“ untersucht. Im Kern geht es darum, eine verlässliche Planungsgrundlage bei Bauvorhaben zu erarbeiten und dabei dem Faktor Mensch besondere Beachtung zu schenken.

Verzögerungen und enorme Kostensteigerungen stehen insbesondere bei öffentlichen Großprojekten regelmäßig im Mittelpunkt der öffentlichen Debatte. Doch auch kleine bis mittelgroße Projekte können komplex sein und die Beteiligten vor große Herausforderungen stellen. Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler der TU Braunschweig untersuchten im Rahmen des Projektes „OI+BAU“, wie schon während der Initiierung eines Bauvorhabens die Voraussetzungen für einen möglichst störungsunempfindlichen Projektablauf geschaffen werden können. Das Ergebnis ist ein Handlungsleitfaden mit einem Fokus auf Hochbauprojekte, der erstmalig sämtliche Aufgabenfelder der Initiierungsphase abbildet.

„Im Handlungsleitfaden werden eine große Anzahl an Methoden und Instrumenten vorgestellt, mit denen Fehler beim Projektstart vermieden werden können“, erklärt Prof. Patrick Schwerdtner vom Institut für Bauwirtschaft und Baubetrieb der TU Braunschweig. Beispielsweise solle zu Beginn des Projekts eine Projektcharakterisierung vorgenommen werden, um die weiteren Schritte der Abwicklung zielorientiert einleiten zu können und für die besonders kritischen Punkte ein strukturiertes Risikomanagementsystem aufzusetzen.

Im Zentrum der Überlegungen steht die intensive Analyse der Ausgangslage des Projekts. Diese dient als ständiger Orientierungspunkt für die zukünftige Entwicklung, alle weiteren 16 Aufgabenfelder des Leitfadens bauen hierauf auf. Am Ende der Initiierung soll ein „Concept Freeze“ erstellt werden, der zentrale Entscheidungen als verlässliche Planungsgrundlage festhält.

„Die in der Initiierung formulierten und priorisierten Projektziele dienen während des Projekts als Leitplanken und Entscheidungshilfe. Zum Projektabschluss werden sie als Grundlage zur Erfolgsbewertung genutzt. Daher sollte auf die gemeinsame Erarbeitung der Projektziele mit den Stakeholdern viel Wert gelegt werden“, betont Prof. Tanja Kessel vom Lehrstuhl für Infrastruktur- und Immobilienmanagement.

Als innovative Methode zur Unterstützung der Initiierung wird das Initiierungscoaching präsentiert. Dabei sollen Erfahrungen aus ähnlichen Bauvorhaben gesammelt und auf das aktuelle Projekt projiziert werden. So sollen sich Fehler vermeiden lassen, die insbesondere auf die Unerfahrenheit der Beteiligten zurückzuführen sind.

In diesem Zusammenhang sind dem Forschungsteam zufolge auch sogenannte „weiche“ Faktoren zu beachten. Bereits während der Initiierungsphase könne der „Faktor Mensch“ besonders negative Dynamiken in komplexen Bauvorhaben verursachen. Um dies zu vermeiden, hebt der Leitfaden psychologische und politisch-ökonomische Phänomene hervor. Er weist zudem auf die Bedeutung einer modernen Projektkultur hin, um einen offenen Umgang mit Fehlern, Risiken und Änderungen zu gewährleisten.

Das Forschungsprojekt „OI+BAU – Optimierung der Initiierung komplexer Bauvorhaben“ wurde von Januar 2017 bis Dezember 2018 am Institut für Bauwirtschaft und Baubetrieb von den Lehrstühlen für Bauwirtschaft und Baubetrieb sowie für Infrastruktur- und Immobilienmanagement und am Institut für Industriebau und Konstruktives Entwerfen bearbeitet. Das Projekt wurde anteilig durch das Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit im Rahmen der Forschungsinitiative „Zukunft Bau“ des Bundesinstituts für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung gefördert sowie durch die weiteren Projektpartner Arikon Bau AG, Implenia Hochbau GmbH, Obermeyer Planen + Beraten GmbH, Stadt Wolfsburg, Volkswagen Immobilien GmbH und Wolff & Müller Holding GmbH & Co. KG unterstützt.

Über die Braunschweig Zukunft GmbH:

Die 2002 privatisierte städtische Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Braunschweig Zukunft GmbH ist zentraler Ansprechpartner für Wirtschaftsunternehmen. Mit 16 Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeitern und dem Geschäftsführer Gerold Leppa steht der Wirtschaft ein Kompetenzzentrum zur Verfügung. Die Braunschweig Zukunft GmbH bietet der lokalen Wirtschaft, Ansiedlungsinteressierten und Existenzgründern Beratung in Standortfragen, Genehmigungsmanagement, Vermittlung von Gewerbeflächen, Gründungsberatung sowie den Dialog mit den städtischen Fachbereichen. Die Braunschweig Zukunft GmbH betreibt den Technologiepark Braunschweig und ist Mitglied und Geschäftsstelle des Gründungsnetzwerkes Braunschweig.