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 weeks, the world has been forced to confront the reality of the global spread of Covid-19, our thoughts are with those that have been affected. We’ve summarised below the procedures we have put in place to protect our staff and our business during this difficult time:
We have a robust Business Continuity plan, which we have been rigorously testing over the last few weeks in order to mitigate the impact on our staff and our operations. Our Management Team is in constant communication to evaluate the situation as it evolves and respond accordingly.
Our employees have system access and are working from home for the time being. Please note that all staff are contactable via their usual office phone numbers and email addresses.
Business meetings will be conducted via video or audio conferencing. All functions of the business are functioning with the team working from home and we have mitigated any disruption across the business.
We are 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 all have the scale and expertise to plan for these type of events and have enacted their own contingency measures. We do not therefore envisage any operational difficulties arising.
We continue to provide our employees with up to date guidance on how to minimise the risk of contracting and/or communicating the virus.