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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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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