Enabling Qapital AG (EQ) was founded by Remo Oswald, Roger Müller, Chuck Olson, Xavier Pierluca and Woodman Asset Management AG, bringing together a team with significant experience in Impact Investing and especially Microfinance, for a combined 100+ year successful track record.
The EQ Investment Team presents a unique combination of expertise in several subsectors of Impact Investing – Microfinance, Inclusive Finance, Clean Energy, Healthcare and Education to name a few – through a wide range of financial instruments. This allows EQ to maximize the impact for every dollar invested. Enabling Qapital has a global footprint with teams based in Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Africa, Central Asia, East Asia and Latin America.
From May 1st, 2020 the Enabling Microfinance Fund (EMF) has appointed Woodman Asset Management AG as the Fund Manager and Enabling Qapital AG as the Investment Advisor. EMF has a 12-year track record with assets under management of approximately USD 100m.
The objective of the fund is to combine an uncorrelated asset class with historically low volatility and a return of 3–4% above USD LIBOR. Empowering the poor in emerging markets is at the core of the fund. The ultimate goal is to create a positive social and environmental impact alongside a reasonable financial return.
As Chief Investment Officer of Bamboo Finance and Managing Partner at SIMA, Xavier has structured several equity and debt funds for several impact sectors and recently expanded his efforts to impact investing in access to clean energy with the launch of a pioneering fund for the off-grid solar sector.
As a senior bank examiner at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, a senior member of Deutsche Banks Impact Investment Team, Head of the Investment Team at BlueOrchard and Chief Operating Officer at a boutique frontier investment firm, Chuck developed a track record of more than 12 years in impact investing for emerging markets and more than 25 years working in financial markets.
Together Xavier and Chuck have invested more than USD 3 billion in social ventures via 21 debt and equity impact funds in microfinance, clean energy, insurance and health.
Remo Oswald and Roger Müller were both heavily involved in bringing impact investing, and specifically microfinance, as an asset class onto the radar of professional, as well as private investors in the Swiss market. Together they have raised more than 2 billion in assets in the microfinance and impact investment universe.
Enabling Qapital AG, Moving Money to Meaning.
Remo Oswald, co-founder & managing partner of Enabling Qapital AG:
“Our aim is to be transparent and honest to our investor and together with our Clients we trust in building solid crisis-resistant Microfinance Portfolios over many cycles.”
Chuck Olson, co-founder & managing partner of Enabling Qapital AG:
“I feel very privileged to work with such a dynamic and experienced team of professionals. Together we intend on expanding the universe of investible impact investments while maintaining the quality and transparency of the portfolio.”
Roger Müller, co-founder & managing partner of Enabling Qapital AG:
“With the Enabling Microfinance Fund we have the chance to go back Microfinance’s roots and really make a difference. Contributing to a positive impact for the Micro-Entrepreneur in the Emerging Market is at the core of the Enabling Qapital business model.”
Xavier Pierluca, co-founder & managing partner of Enabling Qapital AG:
“Enabling Qapital aims at building on a robust investment process built over the years with different sectors and instruments to continue to push the impact agenda and tackle the key issues of climate change and inequality of access to essential services and products.”
Patrick Ferrari, CEO of Woodman Group:
“We are delighted to partner with such a competent and experienced team. Being able to apply our financial skills and have a positive social impact not only reconciles our aspirations and personal values but is also responding to a clear client demand.”
Woodman Asset Management AG is an independent investment boutique, providing family offices and private qualified investors access to complete investment solutions and niche investment opportunities in the public and private markets. Our team consists investment professionals (Zug, Switzerland / London, UK) with profound experience, covering all major assets classes. Woodman was founded in 2010 as multi-family office in Zug, Switzerland and is authorised and regulated by FINMA (Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority). In 2019, Woodman transformed itself in an independent investment boutique.