DB Masdar Clean Tech Fund completes first close

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, January 19 - 2010 @ 09:19

Co-managed by Masdar Venture Capital and DB Climate Change Advisors (DBCCA), the DB Masdar Clean Tech Fund seeks to build a diversified venture capital and private equity portfolio that will include some of the world’s most promising and pioneering clean tech and renewable energy companies. The Fund will invest primarily in expansion and later stage companies in the clean energy (power generation, storage), environmental resources (water, waste management) and energy and material efficiency (advanced materials, building and power grid efficiency, enabling technologies) sectors.

“Completing first close on the DB Masdar Clean Tech Fund is a clear statement of intent,” said Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Masdar’s CEO. “We understand both the financial and social value of companies that are tackling global environmental challenges; we are committed to supporting them by providing capital investment and management expertise.”

“We look forward to this unique fund building a portfolio containing best-in-class companies which will benefit greatly from access to the scope of the Masdar Initiatives and the global reach of Deutsche Bank, the leading global financial institution in this space,” he added.

The Fund has attracted investment from some of world’s leading organisations concerned with climate change issues. The initial investor group is led by Siemens and includes the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Japan Oil Development Co., Ltd., which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inpex Corporation, Nippon Oil Corporation, Development Bank of Japan and GE.

“In these challenging economic times, the size of this first close and quality of participants demonstrates a profound confidence in climate change investing and in the joint DBCCA and Masdar investment team,” said Kevin Parker, Global Head of Deutsche Asset Management (DeAM) and member of Deutsche Bank’s Group Executive Committee.

“Siemens is very happy to be the lead investor in the DB Masdar Clean Tech Fund,” said Joachim Kundt, CEO of Siemens in the Lower Gulf region. “Our active involvement for the second time in a fund associated with Masdar demonstrates our ongoing commitment to clean technology, and we look forward to continuing our work with the Masdar Initiative and building on our already strong relationship with Deutsche Bank.”

The joint DBCCA and Masdar investment team is based in Abu Dhabi, New York and London and combines a wide range of experience in clean tech and private equity investing within the renewable energy industry.

The Fund’s co-managers are actively identifying and evaluating potential investment opportunities globally and expect to complete a number of investments over the next year. In addition to the considerable financial resources of the Fund, portfolio companies will benefit from the added value that comes through association with the Fund’s influential sponsors, co-managers and investors.

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