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DCPLA Alternative Investments Day 2018 Highlights: Industry Thought Leaders Empowered to Think Differently

By Eva March / 03.09.2018

Munich, Germany – September 3rd, 2018 – DC Placement Advisors GmbH (DCPLA) (www.dcpla.com), a leading global placement agent and advisory firm specializing in raising alternative capital from top tier institutional investors, today released conference highlights from DCPLA Alternative Investments Day 2018 in Munich held this past June.  The conference venue, the luxurious Roomers Hotel, served as the one-day home to Europe’s and the U.S.’s most distinguished players in the alternative investment (AI) space.  DCPLA kicked off the conference the evening before the main program, with an exclusive exhibition of works by renown German artist, Daniela Flörsheim.  Keeping with the conference theme of “sustainability,” A portion of the proceeds benefited the Jane Goodall Foundation.

DCPLA Alternative Investments Day 2018 sponsors included Dechert LLP, Alinda, AMP Capital, LRI Group, Global Infrastructure Partners, Aviva Investors, G Squared, advinda Investor Cloud and Crypto Finance.  The conference was attended by institutional investors from Germany and Switzerland representing a combined 1,5trn EURAUM.  Related, advisors from Australia, Luxembourg, South Korea and UK along with GP´s from the U.S., France, Germany, Switzerland, UK and Ireland also participated.

Here are the most notable highlights from DCPLA’s unique and specialized conference:

Social Impact Investing -- Elizabeth Corley, former CEO at Allianz Global Investors, provided the conference’s opening remarks with an outline of the meaningful gains associated with a different investing approach that aligns with her personal goals and interests. 

 “Social impact investing presents unique opportunities,” explained Ms. Corley. “These opportunities come from deploying capital in the shares or loan capital of companies and enterprises that not only measure and report their wider impact on society, but also hold themselves accountable for delivering and increasing positive impact on the world.”

Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain -- Jan Brzezek, CEO at Crypto Finance AG, presented insights and evidence that bitcoin, cryptocurrencies and Blockchain are becoming an emerging asset sub class of real assets for institutional investors.

Big Growth in Private Debt and Infrastructure Debt Investments -- Thought leaders from Aviva Investors, Golding Capital Partners, Blackrock and Bain Capital shared their learnings in establishing private debt and infrastructure debt as growing asset classes for European institutional investors.

Latest Trends of Investing in Private Equity and Venture Capital – John Hess, Head of Global Strategic Initiatives at Pavilion, led a lively panel discussion on investing in late stage venture growth, venture debt and the future of the German private equity market.  Panel participants hailed from G Squared and Davidson Capital.

Sustainable Investing – Kurt Faulhaber, Partner at Stafford Sustainable Capital and Hans-Peter Dohr, Managing Partner at IC Institutional Capital, discussed and revealed the successful investment strategies in sustainable alternative investing, including ESG, SRI and clean technology.

Successful AI Structuring -- Achim Pütz, Partner at Dechert LLP, delivered a keynote on the successful structuring of alternative investments for European institutional investors.  Specifically, Pütz discussed the impact the new BaFin circular 11/2017 (VA) on the German investment ordinance (AnlVO) and implications of the Investment Tax Act 2018 on alternative investment structures.

New Investment Requirements – Mr. Pütz moderated another panel with executives from LRI Group, Mercer and Asset Metrix that revealed how managers raising capital navigate the specific requirements for highly regulated European alternative investors.  Discussions also addressed the past, current and future impact of AIFMD on alternative investment funds.

Fundraising in Australia -- Terry McCredden, former CEO at Telstra Super Pty and Senior Advisor to DC Placement Advisors, gave broad insights into how to achieve success raising capital “down under.”

advinda Investor Cloud – advinda is disrupting how the industry raises money with its app-driven combined Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and investor intelligence solution.

ESG/SDG Best Practices in Alternative Investments - Thibault Richon, Investment Director at SWEN Capital, France, shared that his team analyzes how extra-financial criteria are integrated and implemented both in the GPs’ investment process as well as in the underlying companies associated with private equity, private debt and infrastructure investments. The results of these ESG analyses are used as a true asset management tool and are integrated within the ESG reporting for the funds under management.

Generating Returns from an Infrastructure Asset Class that is Getting Bigger – Leaders from Swiss Life, AMP Capital, NTR, Alinda Capital and Global Infrastructure Partners discussed the bright future of infrastructure investments and provided insights into satisfying the demand for PPP/Core as well as examining the potential opportunities from European, US and Asian markets.

“We worked especially hard to host and provide an experience that stimulated and challenged institutional investors and GPs to think differently about existing and emerging alternative asset classes,” commented Nina Dohr-Pawlowitz CEO at DCPLA.  “Thanks to our esteemed attendees, speakers, and special guests -- some of the industry’s truly impressive thought leaders -- this year’s Alternative Investments Day accomplished that.”

DCPLA’s Alternative Investor Day 2019

Information on when and where next year’s DCPLA Alternative Investor Day will be held will be released in December 2018. To learn more and register, please send email to events@dcpla.com.

About DCPLA

DC Placement Advisors (DCPLA) is a leading global placement agent with an emphasis on core European markets, South Korea, the Middle East, Japan and Australia.   DCPLA is dedicated to supporting alternative fund managers in raising capital from top-tier institutional investors.  Founded in 2008 and with offices in Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Australia, the company is perfectly positioned to raise institutional capital on an international scale across alternative asset classes spanning from infrastructure, private equity and renewable energy to real estate and private debt - currently 5.5bn EUR. 

With a thorough understanding of the institutional mindset, our vast industry recognition and established, long-term relationships with key institutional investors, DCPLA provides a distinctive advantage in the rapid closure of new assignments. DCPLA is renowned for its outstanding investor mapping capabilities and market insight, its streamlined business approach and its focus on execution efficiency.

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