ARA Venn is a specialist investment manager in European real estate private debt.
Our approach to clients
Alignment of interest
We invest alongside our institutional investors in the transactions we create, providing an alignment of interests.
We aim to build successful long lasting partnerships with our investors, our borrowers and key market participants.
We operate as one firm, collaborating to deliver all the relevant experience and capabilities of our firm to each situation.
We are open about our investment processes, decisions and structures, and provide a transparent source of capital to our borrowers along with clear and concise reporting to our investors.
We are focused on meeting agreed objectives, delivering innovative solutions for our clients.
We grow our clients’ capital over the long term, whilst fulfilling our commitments under our Environmental, Social and Governance policy.
Our approach to investments
Target lending markets with scalable and compelling risk return
We identify compelling opportunities where there is a gap between capital demand and supply, and create access points for term investment capital to go where it is needed.
We create value from the insights provided by our relationships with borrowers – being better able to serve their needs whilst also mitigating credit risks.
Structure our own investments
We interlock the design of our loan structures and the liabilities that fund them, to optimise the outcome for both borrowers and investors.
Fundamental credit analysis
We utilise our proprietary risk analytics and valuation platform, Venn Risk Analytics (VeRA), which underpins our approach to underwriting risk.
We focus on building and maintaining a robust financial, operational and compliance risk infrastructure.
We integrate environmental, social and governance factors into our investments, to benefit the society on which we depend.
Our approach to our community
We adopt a 1-1-1 approach towards our environmental, social and governance undertakings.
We dedicate 1% of our time to causes that are important to our team.
We contribute 1% of our profits to charitable causes.
We commit to investing at least 1% of our funds in ESG-qualifying assets.
Covid-19: how are we responding?
Within the last few months, the world has been forced to confront the reality of the global spread of Covid-19, our thoughts remain with all those who have been affected. The following procedures are currently in place to protect our staff and our business during this difficult time:
Our robust Business Continuity Plan has ensured that the impact on our staff and our operations has been minimised. However, our Management Team remains in constant communication to evaluate the situation as it evolves and respond in an appropriate and swift manner.
All our employees have full system access and have been working successfully from home since mid-March. We have however recently re-opened our London office in compliance with current Government guidance on social distancing and other safety precautions. Several members of staff are already working in the office and we are expecting more to return in the forthcoming weeks. Please note that all staff remain contactable via their usual office phone numbers and email addresses.
We anticipate that the majority of external business meetings will still be conducted via video or audio conferencing. Any visitors to the office will be requested to fill in a short Covid-related health questionnaire and provide contact details.
We continue to be in close contact with our third-party providers that assist in the administration and servicing of loans under management as well as our bond programmes. These providers have all implemented their own contingency measures and we have not experienced any operational difficulties.
We continue to provide our employees with up to date guidance on how to minimise the risk of contracting and/or communicating the virus.