The energy sector has undergone major changes in recent decades – the share of renewable energy is gradually increasing. The energy revolution is also an exciting and promising investment area for (single) family offices. The following section presents three European single family offices that invest in renewable energy. This article is based on the unique List of the 500 most important single family offices in Europe.

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Wirtgen Invest Holding GmbH, Germany

The Single Family Office, founded in 2017, was created following the sale of the family-owned construction machinery company “Wirtgen Group”. The family office now manages the entrepreneurial family’s assets – the focus is not only on real estate investments, but above all on renewable energies. The Windhagen-based GmbH is active worldwide and operates solar, photovoltaic and wind farms. The company’s portfolio includes a total of five solar parks (some of which are still under construction), four photovoltaic systems and two wind parks. The family office was particularly successful in the second half of 2020: two solar farms in Portugal and the second wind farm from Wirtgen Invest was successfully connected to the local power grid.

Kirkbi A/S, Denmark

Kirkbi A/S belongs to the Kirk Kristiansen family. The single family office, based in Billund, invests in real estate, private equity, fixed income investing and renewable energy. This investment branch, which was established in 2012, focuses on solar and wind energy in Northern Europe and North America. The current portfolio includes two wind farms and a solar energy company, which was acquired in 2019. In total, the LEGO family’s renewable energies have generated almost 600 GWh.

Korys, Netherlands

The Korys Single Family Office is the asset management arm of the Colruyt family. The company invests mainly in three branches, all of which have a sustainable core: Life Sciences, Conscious Consumer and the energy revolution. The Single Family Office, based in Halle, the Netherlands, describes itself as a pioneer of offshore wind farms and invests in the planning, construction and maintenance of wind and solar parks as well as in supporting technology such as warning or tracking systems. Here Korys often invests in the early stages of the company.
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Capital market investments are sometimes the main asset class of single family offices. Investments are made in equities, funds, ETFs and the like. We present three interesting German single family offices that invest in financial markets. This article is based on the unique List of the 200 most important single family offices in Germany.

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Beisheim Capital GmbH

Beisheim Capital GmbH is the asset management company of the Beisheim Foundation and aims to maintain and increase the Foundation’s assets. The Düsseldorf-based GmbH reviews its investment strategy and portfolio twice a year – in addition to ethical principles, the asset management company places particular emphasis on transparency and the high quality of its investments. The Single Family Office of the Otto Beisheim family also pays attention to diversification – geographically and in various asset classes: thus, in addition to real estate investments and strategic participations, the SFO invests in stocks and bonds, mainly through mandates.

A&V holding GmbH & Co. KG

The A&V holding GmbH & Co. KG is the asset management company of the Ackermans-Voelkel family. In 1989 Gerhard Ackermans sold his shares in the Allkauf Group, which has since been taken over by Metro AG. The profit was used to create the family assets and thus the Single Family Office A&V holding. In addition to investments in real estate as well as in real estate project developments, private equity investments and corporate investments, the GmbH & Co. KG invests in securities.

Reimann Investors Advisory GmbH

Reimann Investors Advisory GmbH is the single family office of the Reimann-Dubbers family. In 1999 Reimann-Dubbers separated from the former family business and founded their own asset management company in 2006. This focuses on two investment areas: Corporate investments and capital market investments. The Grünwald-based company uses a core-satellite approach for capital market investments: the focus is on low-cost ETFs, which are supplemented by targeted individual investments. A special feature of the family office is that they opened up their capital market investments in 2009: outside the family, too, there is the opportunity to participate in the investment concept of Reimann Investors Advisory GmbH and invest in the capital market in the same way.
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Private equity funds offer the opportunity to pool capital and thus achieve a broader spread of investments – geographically, in the industry and in risk factors. In recent years, private equity – direct investments in unlisted companies – has become one of the most sought-after asset classes of family offices. This is also due to the fact that the growth potential of companies in private equity funds is often high and thus a higher return can be expected than with equity funds. The following article presents three Swiss multi family offices that invest in private equity funds. This article is based on the unique List of the 150 largest Multi Family Offices in Switzerland.

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Agenda Invest AG

Agenda Invest AG was founded in 2010 and offers its services to a narrow circle of wealthy families. These include services such as family governance, corporate finance & direct investment, asset management & investment advisory and private investment management. The Lugano-based company is distinguished by its particularly broad network – both in terms of its clients and in terms of cooperation with other family offices and expertise. Here co-managed Agenda Invest is a platform on which various private equity funds are available, from which the family office can offer its clients tailored investment solutions.

Black Oak Family Office SA

The Black Oak Family Office SA is based in Geneva and offers a wide range of services for wealthy families. From determining individual investment goals and risk tolerance, estate planning, retirement planning to tax and legal matters. One of the services offered is to assist clients in private equity investments – SA makes individual pre-selections and then develops suitable investment strategies together with the family. The focus of the Multi Family Office is on private equity in fund investments – here Black Oak also offers co-investments.

HELMS Family Office SA

HELMS Family Office SA is a Geneva multi-family office with five different lines of business: Family Office Services, Asset & Wealth Management and Fund and Corporate Finance Services. In Asset Management, the Multi Family Office offers various services related to private equity, with a particular focus on Europe, the Midwest and Asia. In addition to direct investments, HELMS Family Office also has investments in private equity funds in its portfolio.
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The headquarter of Frankfurt-based Oddo-BHF bank – called Oddo-BHF-Tower – changes its owner. The single family office Cara Investment sells the building to a consortium of ABG Real Estate and Merkur Grundvermörgen for an alleged amount of €300M.

Revitalization project planned

Currently, the only tenant of the building is the Oddo BHF bank. The consortium who acquired the building intends to revitalize and developt the building after Oddo BHF’s lease expires in 2024. At the latest, the revitalization project shall be completed in 2027. The Oddo BHF tower is located at the crossing of Bockenheimer Landstraße 10/Oberlindau 2 in Germany’s financial center Frankfurt. After its construction in 1965, the building was the highest in Frankfurt. The total lettable area of the building comprises 8400sqm and 23 stories.

Secretive single family office from Frankfurt

Cara Investment GmbH & Co. KG is a secretive single family office from Frankfurt that owns a significant real estate portfolio in Europe. In July, the family office acquired Waterloo Place in London for $93M. Cara owns many buildings in Frankfurt and is also involved in project developments.

Source: Immobilienmanager, 31.08.2020
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Lindblad Expeditions – an American expedition travel company – raised $85M through a private placement of convertible preferred stock. Amongst the investors is the single family office of Michael Dell as well as the David M. Rubenstein family office.

Important capital raise from Dell and Rubenstein single family office

Lindblad Expeditions is one of the world’s leading expedition travel companies. The firm was founded by explorer Lars-Eric Lindblad, who were a forerunner of Antarctica tourist expeditions. Due to Corona, Lindblad’s stock price dropped from €15 (January 2020) to €3.25 (March 2020). Through the additional capital raised, the operations of the company are supported. Already in April, Samih Sawiris family office saved German travel group FTI.

Through a private placement, convertible preferred Series A shares worth $85M were issued. The stock brings a 6% with it that has to paid in 2 years. The convertible shares have a conversion price of $9.5 per share. In comparison to today’s prices that’s a 23% premium. The investors consist of Durable Capital, Deep Field Asset Management LLC, Durable Capital L.P., Headlands Capital, Pacific Investment Management Company LLC. Also, the single-family offices of Michael Dell (MSD Capital) and David M. Rubenstein (Declaration Partners) invested in the private placement.

Source: SWFI, 30.08.2020
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BITKRAFT Ventures raised €139.5M for their new Venture Fund I, focused on gaming, esports as well as interactive media. Among the investors are three important single family offices from Bruce Karsh, David M. Rubenstein and Jonathan Soros.

BITKRAFT Ventures: Leading esports venture capital fund

The San Francisco-based venture capital fund BITKRAFT was founded by veterans of the gaming industry. General Partner Jens Hilgers is the co-founder of the esports league ESL, Malte Barth has more than 20 years experience in executive roles in the media and gaming industry, Scott Rupp has more than 20 years of experience at Modern Times Group, McKinsey or Carlyle. BITKRAFT focuses on funding of Seed and Series A investments. A special focus is on game studios, gaming platforms and “immersive technology”. The main thesis of the fund is that physical and digitial worlds converge – and BITKRAFT is with its investments amid the changing media, gaming and esports environment. Portfolio companies include Askott Entertainment, EPIC Game, Koji or Manticore Games.

Major US single family offices invest in new €139.5M gaming fund

Now, €139.5M were raised for the new Venture Fund I. The round was significantly oversubscribed: the nitial target for the raise was at €105.8M. Besides corporate investors as Adidas or Logitech, also three different major single family offices invested in the round. Bruce Karsh’s single family office, Carolwood Capital Management LLC, was one of the investors. Karsh is a billionaire and founder of Oaktree Capital Management. Another single family office investor is Declaration Partners, the single family office of David M. Rubenstein. Rubenstein is one of the co-founders of private equity giant Carlyle – and also a billionaire. Also, the family office of Jonathan Soros participated in the round.

Source: EU Startups, 30.08.2020
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Real estate investments are often represented by single family offices. The goal of many family offices, the holding and increase of wealth, is secured by rather conversational real estate investments. The spectrum of possible investments is diverse – both geographically and in terms of segments. In the following articles three special real estate investments of European single family offices are presented. This article is based on the unique List of the 300 most important single family offices with a real estate focus in Europe.

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Bjert Invest A/S with Design City (Kolding)

Bjert Invest A/S, based in Kolding/Bjert, is a Danish single family office of the Martin Jensen family. The A/S is divided into three different business areas: Real estate, business development and capital investments. The investment profile in real estate is focused on residential, industrial and office properties. One of the company’s largest and most well-known projects is the development and construction of a new district in Kolding – Design City. Together with various joint venture partners, a completely new district with a usable area of 90,000 m² is to be created in the coming years. The focus of the project is on sustainability and innovation through design – this should also enable new forms of cooperation. So far, the Design City includes an education centre, an office building, youth accommodation and a tunnel connecting the new university with the rest of the campus. Financial buildings, residential real estate, retail, cultural and leisure activities are planned.

Edizione S.r.l. with Fondaco dei Tedeschi (Venice)

Edizione S.r.l. has a long history: the Treviso-based company was founded in 1981. With an asset value of over EUR 13,000 million, the Benetton family’s asset management invests in many different areas. The three largest sectors are real estate and agriculture (13% of the portfolio), digital infrastructure (19%) and transport infrastructure with 42%. In addition to several large agricultural areas, one investment stands out in particular: the Fondaco die Tedeschi, a cultural asset of Venice, which was originally built as early as 1228. The former branch of “German” merchants (Hungarians, Austrians and Flemings included) was renovated in 2009-2016 with the financing of Edizione and is now used as a department store. A special tourist attraction is the roof terrace from which Venice can be overlooked.

ANH Hausbesitz GmbH & Co. Limited partnership with the KNEE (Berlin)

The ANH Hausbesitz GmbH & Co. Kommanditgesellschaft has its origins in family owned retail trade. Already in 1864 the first business was founded, which developed and expanded continuously. In 2003, the family withdrew from the retail trade and with the GmbH developed into an important real estate company, initially only in North Rhine-Westphalia. After 2008, the asset management of the Bremke & Hoerster family expanded its investment profile and now focuses on real estate projects in Berlin and the new federal states. One of the latest and best-known real estate investments of the Arnsberg-based company is the 7-storey office building “The KNEE” in the centre of Charlottenburg. The building will be ready for occupancy at the end of 2019. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Designs) certification is awarded to real estate projects that meet certain sustainability criteria. The KNEE convinced and was awarded LEED Gold certification at the end of 2019.

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Mezzanine capital describes a hybrid form of equity and debt capital that is located in the capital structure of a project between the equity tranche and the debt tranche coming from the bank. Mezzanine financing thus offers investors the opportunity to minimise the use of equity in real estate investments and project developments. While investors have to use less equity capital and can operate several projects simultaneously through the use of mezzanine capital, attractive returns beyond the interest rate level attract mezzanine capital providers. Single family offices are increasingly acting as mezzanine capital providers. We present three in this article. This article is based on the unique List of the 300 largest single family offices with a real estate focus in Europe.

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Arvantis Group GmbH

The Arvantis Group GmbH acts as the single family office of Alexander Samwer. The investment holding combines 6 subsidiaries: Picus Capital, operating in the technology sector, Pacifico and Voltaro, both in the renewable energy segment and three subsidiaries with a real estate focus: Augustus, Fabrix and Linus. Linus GmbH acts as a platform for mezzanine capital investments: the GmbH, founded in 2016, reviews projects, selects suitable ones and initially invests the full amount. The secured project is then placed on the company’s own platform, where investors can now participate through mezzanine financing. Linus itself participates in each project with at least 25% and a mezzanine capital amount between EUR 3-20 million. The real estate portfolio of the Berlin-based GmbH comprises 42 financed projects with an invested capital of EUR 518 million.

JP Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH

JP Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH has a long tradition of over 200 years, which is continued with the asset management of a Hamburg family. In addition to its corporate finance branch, the Hamburg-based mbH focuses on real estate transactions and owns several residential properties in Hamburg and Berlin. The core of the company is real estate financing through joint ventures or mezzanine capital. The investment profile for mezzanine financing is between EUR 3-15 million in the asset classes residential, office, commercial and hotel. The asset management also invests in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with a preferred project duration of 2-3 years.

Mogk GmbH & Co. KG

The Mogk GmbH & Co. KG, the single family office of the Oliver Böttger family, invests in mezzanine capital with a small portfolio share. Founded in 2011, the company clearly focuses on real estate with an 80% portfolio share. The family office currently holds 23 investments with a value of EUR 43 million. The focus is on residential, office and hotel projects, each accounting for around 20% of the assets. Direct investments in commercial and residential real estate each account for approx. 15% of the assets. The share of investments with mezzanine capital at Mogk is around 2%.
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The fundamental objective of (multi) family offices is to hold and increase wealth. Depending on risk aversion, desired margins and area of interest, there are a variety of investment opportunities. A large part of the private equity business is venture capital: temporary equity investments in young companies, mostly in the growth segment. Especially when investing in start-ups, venture capital investors not only invest, but often also provide advice. In the following, three Swiss multi-family offices that invest in start-ups and venture capital are presented. This article is based on the unique List of the 150 largest Multi Family Offices in Switzerland.

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Wille Finance AG

Wille Finance AG has entrepreneurship in its blood right from the start: in 2007 a group of founders and their families and friends founded the AG. Entrepreneurship is one of the three pillars on which the philosophy is built: trust, long-term thinking and entrepreneurship. The family office, based in Zurich and Baar, now has 18 employees and 28 portfolio companies. Early stage investments focus on Europe and life sciences as well as information and communication technology.

Winterberg Group AG

Winterberg Group AG was founded in 2011 by investment and strategy consultants. Meanwhile, the Multi Family Office has offices in Hamburg, Berlin, Munich, Moscow and Johannesburg, with the head office in Zug. The AG has two investment strategies: majority investments in medium-sized companies and growth capital for start-ups. The company invests primarily in seed/series A financing rounds and places particular emphasis on exponential growth for portfolio companies. Geographically, the family office focuses on the USA, Europe and South Africa. Its sectoral preference is broadly diversified: Transport & Mobility, Internet of Things, Health and Fitness and Cyber Security are four of the total six sectors.

General Invest (Switzerland) AG

Mikro Kapital, which belongs to General Invest (Switzerland) AG, was founded in 2008 and focuses on impact investing and social responsibility. The company, which is represented in 15 countries, employs over 1700 people* with its portfolio companies and has 131 offices. The investments are made in Russia and along the Silk Road, always with the prerequisite that the respective micro-enterprises/start-ups have a high growth potential and a strong social orientation and impact.
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Multi Family Offices are asset management companies of several entrepreneurial families who wish to hold and increase their assets. The merger of several families distinguishes Multi Family Offices from Single Family Offices, which often have more diversified portfolios and, above all, greater purchasing power. Many wealthy families like to invest their money in luxury items in addition to classic investment opportunities (real estate, shares, venture capital, etc.). In addition to boats or airplanes, the purchase and trade of art is in great demand. In the following article, three Swiss multi-family offices that are active in the art trade are presented. This article is based on the unique List of the 150 largest Multi Family Offices in Switzerland.

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Belvédère Asset Management AG

Belvédère Asset Management AG was founded by Thérèse Meier and describes itself as a “boutique with specialized expertise”. Art is one of its three business areas, alongside family office and asset management. Based in Glarus, Zurich and Päffikon, Belvédère Asset Management AG has been providing advice on all aspects of collection management since the company was founded in 2001. The AG offers services ranging from the purchase of works, curatorial expertise for the creation of a collection concept and work histories to appraisals, insurance, loans, transport and restoration.

Marcel Dosch Family Office

The Marcel Dosch Family Office, based in Maienfeld, is divided into five divisions: Support, Assets, Real Estate, Art and Life Cycle. Under the motto “Art is as individual as its beholder. Individuality is our strength”, the Family Office promises to find young and unknown artists together with its experts, in addition to classic works and artists*. The focus is on the motivation of the respective client, which is to be fulfilled through the broad networking of the family office.

Amendris AG

Amendris AG was already founded in 1987 and has a wide range of services: In addition to family office specific activities and asset management, the AG offers expertise in real estate, tax & law, investments in the capital market and in the art sector. As in the other areas, the Lucerne-based family office has a high level of expertise through the cooperation with internal and external experts regarding art (objects). Amendris distinguishes itself through individually tailored services, which also leave open the possibility of global art trading.Source: Listenchampion Picture source: Unsplash

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