2 June 2021
As the largest economy in Europe, and with a transparent regulatory structure and historically a stable government, Germany has long been attractive to foreign investors. Today, with changing landscapes across a number of sectors, including infrastructure and technology, Germany is now offering an even broader range of investment opportunities than ever before.
The wider scope of investment opportunities and developments are increasingly evident within Germany's infrastructure sector, as Hilko Schomerus, a managing director at Macquarie Asset Management in Frankfurt explains: “There’s more interest now in what you might call 'core plus' investing, which is the term given to infrastructure-like assets. This could be hospitals or care facilities, social housing or even technology service infrastructure. Previously it was mainly private equity firms that would invest in these types of assets, but institutional investors are taking an interest as the market matures and familiarity with such investment opportunities increases.”
Currenta, acquired by Macquarie-managed funds in 2019, is an example of this trend. The business provides infrastructure, energy supply, and other essential services to Germany's chemicals sector across sites in Leverkusen, Dormagen, and Krefeld-Uerdingen. Currenta is a critical enabler of one of Germany's largest industries and is partnering with industrial clients to innovate and invest in emerging technologies, such as hydrogen.