Aquila Capital - the alternative investment manager

As an independent asset manager, the Aquila Group devises and manages alternative investments for institutional investors worldwide – with experience, comprehensive know-how and a high standard of sustainable added value.

Founded by Dr. Dieter Rentsch and Roman Rosslenbroich in 2001, the Aquila Group today manages EUR 10.7 billion (AuA/AuM) of assets for investors worldwide. In addition to this, the Group conducted transactions valued at EUR 9.5 billion. This includes investments in renewable energies with a capacity of more than 5 gigawatts as well as investments in European real estate with an area of more than 1.3 million square metres as well as in infrastructure projects worth EUR 1.5 billion1.

1)As at: 31.12.2019

In order to provide clients with sustainable performance, experienced and highly specialised teams of experts analyse each individual project in detail – also with regard to macroeconomic trends and market fluctuations. Comprehensive due diligence and clearly defined processes form the basis for solid investments. An investment solution tailored to the respective needs is the reason for long-term stable returns. From strategy development to maturity management and exit: Aquila always follows a multidisciplinary approach with a focus on the overall term of an asset. Why? Because active performance management makes attractive returns possible that can be planned over the long term – and those are largely independent of the economic cycle.

Aquila Capital and Daiwa Energy & Infrastructure – a strong partnership

Aquila Capital entered into a strategic partnership with Daiwa Energy & Infrastructure, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daiwa Securities Group Inc. (Daiwa) in December 2019. The cooperation strengthens Aquila Capital’s position in the European market for tangible asset investments and opens up further attractive investment opportunities for investors in the Asia-Pacific region.

Focus on alternative assets

We focus on alternative investment solutions with long-term stable returns through the range of services we offer. Investments are made in sustainable and efficient projects from the following areas:

  • Renewable energies (wind energy, hydropower, solar pv)
  • Residential
  • Green logistics
  • Infrastructure
  • Forestry and agriculture

Aquila Capital promptly offers investors specially selected asset value concepts. The entrepreneurial teams identify, develop, finance, manage and conduct all investments along the entire value chain using their extensive industry networks. This naturally requires a local presence. Aquila Capital is now represented in 12 countries with a total of 14 offices and employs around 350 people.

Companies in the Aquila Group

In addition to the independently operating divisions Aquila Capital, headquartered in Hamburg, and Alceda Fund Management, based in Luxembourg, the Aquila Group also includes the leading German energy and climate protection agency KlimaInvest Green Concepts. Because just as important as good risk management, clear operational infrastructures and high transparency are, resolute corporate governance is also indispensable for Aquila Capital: both AIFMs in Luxembourg and Germany are therefore subject to the strictest European guidelines. This guarantees investors and partners not only the greatest possible protection but also the best service. The Aquila business model is based on a passion for material assets, attention to detail and lived ESG – in line with the motto: strive to be better every day!

Our Vision and Beliefs

Aquila Capital’s investment philosophy is based on a fundamental conviction that the creation of sustainable value for investors can only be achieved by an active investment management strategy. The company has defined policies with principles that meet the highest industry standards: Professionalism, long-term thinking and expertise, as well as creativity and innovational strength.   

Drawing on its long-established experience and professional skills, Aquila Capital provides high quality investment advice to its clients. The company’s investment teams continuously examine investment markets and their investment vehicles and follow a clearly structured and disciplined investment process. This allows for the best use of strategies and concepts within an extensive network and a connection to global resources in order to access the most attractive potential investment opportunities.

Responsible investment is a central tenet of the company’s fundamental values. Aquila Capital believes that acting responsibly towards its environment, investors and employees will determine its success over the long term. The commitment to socially and environmentally accountable practices is reflected in the investment approach, and across all aspects of its business.

Investment process and research

Aquila Capital has a structured screening, due diligence and investment decision process. The high degree of standardization of the process is designed to ensure that no diligence or structuring items are missed, avoiding process inefficiencies and allowing for efficient execution speed.

Aquila Capital’s independent, asset-specific investment teams utilize their extensive sector network and experience to screen the market for potential investment opportunities. They are responsible for the due diligence analysis and economic assessment of targeted assets. They identify the risks involved to determine the potential viability of investments and optimized risk-return profiles. Throughout the entire investment process, the investment teams work closely with the company’s independent teams in Risk Management, Valuation, Product Structuring & Tax, Compliance and Legal as well as external advisors to ensure a comprehensive audit of all assets and to identify additional value creation potential. This approach provides a thorough analysis of opportunities at an early stage of the acquisition process. Additionally, during the structuring of the investment, care is taken to align the structure as best as possible with the requirements of the investors.

Compliance statement 

An independent Compliance department has been established to provide full coverage for all Aquila Group’s entities. The team monitors compliance with legal requirements and regulatory standards and ensures adherence to ethical standards and stipulations, which are defined by internal guidelines and policies. Aquila Group conducts its business with integrity, respecting applicable laws and regulations. The company has adopted principles that are applicable to all employees and underscore the importance of responsible behaviour by the company and its subsidiaries.