Dutch social impact venture fund Rubio doubles fund size with EU backing

  •   Release date: 01 October 2020
Dutch impact investing fund manager Social Impact Ventures has launched its second fund and adopted a new name; Rubio Impact Ventures. The first closing of the new fund at €55 million includes continued strong support from the European Investment Fund with a €20 million participation, as well as a €10m SEED Capital loan from Dutch RVO. The EIF participation in the Fund was made possible by the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), the main pillar of the ...

Germany: EIB Group and Commerzbank join forces to support small and mid-sized companies in COVID-crisis

  •   Release date: 01 October 2020
The EIB Group, consisting of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Investment Fund (EIF), has provided a mezzanine tranche guarantee of around €125 million to Commerzbank AG on an existing portfolio of loans to small and medium-sized companies (SMEs and mid-caps). The guarantee will release regulatory capital for Commerzbank and will enable it to provide new lending of up to €500 million to SMEs and mid-caps in Germany under favourable terms. This is ...

EU and Helenos back microfinance in Lithuania through investments in the Lithuanian Central Credit Union

  •   Release date: 24 September 2020
With EU-backing, some €3 million will become available for the Lithuanian Central Credit Union to strengthen its position and capacity in providing credit to Lithuanian small and micro-businesses. Under the ‘Capacity Building Investments’ window of the EU’s programme for Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) the European Investment Fund (EIF) will invest €2 million in the LCCU, with the private equity fund Helenos investing a further €1 million. The LCCU ...

COVID-19 recovery plan: European Investment Fund (EIF) increases counter-guarantee support to SIAGI to €235 million thanks to the backing of EU programme COSME

  •   Release date: 14 September 2020
The EIF announced today that it has extended its counter-guarantee to SIAGI (Société de caution mutuelle de l’artisanat et des activités de proximité) to €235 million, compared to €75 million previously. This operation forms part of the direct response provided by the European Union and the European Investment Bank Group to SMEs affected by the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

EIF and HBOR invest in three equity funds in Croatia unlocking €205 million for local SMEs and MidCaps

  •   Release date: 01 September 2020
The European Investment Fund (EIF) and Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) will support three private equity funds in Croatia and unlock up to €205 million of investments in growth, expansion, innovation and improved international competitiveness of local SMEs and small mid-caps.

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