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OpenFunds partners with CHF 1.3bn African boutique

March 2020

OpenFunds is proud to announce a partnership with Barak Fund Management.

Under the partnership, OpenFunds will advise its clients and professional investors about Barak’s investment funds.

Barak is Africa’s largest trade finance fund manager and has offices in Kenya, the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Mauritius, South Africa and London. The company manages approximately CHF 1.3bn for international institutional investors and employs approximately 70 staff.

The company was founded in 2008 by CEO Jean Craven and CIO Prieur de Plessis, who have backgrounds in structured trade and commodity finance in South Africa.

Barak has about 30 commodities and 140 active clients. Its first fund was launched in 2009 to lend into structured trade-type transactions, with the underlying products as agricultural commodities.

Siro Zanovello, co-founder and CEO of OpenFunds, said "The partnership with Barak will allow us to offer our clients an excellent product in this important sector for the real economy. As pioneers in private debt strategies, Barak’s new fund fits perfectly into the offering of OpenFunds". 



OpenTalks - number 2

March 2020

Please find attached the second number of OpenTalks, a periodic publication by OpenFunds. We chose to discuss with TriLinc, a US based investment firm with a true focus on Impact Investing, their view and experience in a sector which is getting more and more attention from investors but at the same time is as confusing as ever. In the first part we put quite a bit of emphasis on shedding some light in the ESG/Impact world by asking TriLinc to describe and potentially define in simple terms what Impact Investing is and how it is lived in the investment community. In the second part we interview Gloria Nelund, Founder/CEO/Chairman of TriLinc and Paul Sanford, CIO. 

The reason why we decided to start working with Gloria and her team a few years back is that we share their view on what TriLinc does and how it does. The intention to generate social and environmental impact alongside financial returns is truly lived by TriLinc’s team and the results are impressive.

We hope you enjoy the reading and as always we welcome your feedback.

OpenTalks #2



OpenTalks - number 1

February 2020

OpenTalks is a periodical publication by OpenFunds, in which we interview investment managers of funds that we believe to be somehow unique. The idea is to share with our existing and future clients the challenges and opportunities these managers see in their field and beyond.

OpenTalks #1





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