The demand for development investments has increased strongly for years, resulting in double-digit growth rates. responsAbility – the market leader in the field of development investments – is strengthening its presence in the French-speaking region of Switzerland with the opening of a new office in Geneva.
The Swiss asset manager responsAbility Investments was founded in Zurich in 2003 and currently has USD 2.9 billion of assets under management invested in over 500 companies in developing countries and emerging economies through 12 different investment vehicles. The funds managed by responsAbility account for 18% of all private microfinance investments worldwide and 57% of all private microfinance investments managed from Switzerland.
In addition to private investors, the investment vehicles managed by responsAbility are attracting a growing number of institutional investors, many of which are headquartered in the French speaking region of Switzerland. responsAbility previously served this predominantly French-speaking client segment from its head office in Zurich but recently opened an office at Cours de Rive 6 in Geneva. Headed by Louis Zanolin, the new office has three local client advisors who are responsible for meeting the needs of clients in the region.
Klaus Tischhauser, Co-Founder & CEO of responsAbility, explains: “Since 2010, we have built up a network of local offices in our investment countries that now spans five different locations on three continents. At the same time, the demand from our investors grew by 28% in 2014 alone. We are responding to this strong growth momentum by increasing our presence in our investor markets. The French-speaking region of Switzerland has an important role to play in this context.”
In addition to establishing a new presence in Geneva, responsAbility opened sales offices in Luxembourg and Oslo and intensified the sales activities it conducts from its existing Paris office during the year. Bangkok and Hong Kong were added to its network of branches in its investor countries in 2015.
 Comparisons: Symbiotics, ‘2015 Microfinance Investment Vehicles Survey. Market Data & Peer Group Analysis’, September 2015
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About responsAbility Investments AG
responsAbility Investments AG is one of the world’s leading asset managers in the field of development investments and offers professionally managed investment solutions to both private and institutional investors. The company supplies debt and equity financing to non-listed firms in emerging economies and developing countries.
responsAbility currently has USD 2.9 billion of assets under management invested in over 500 companies in 93 countries. Founded in 2003, the company is headquartered in Zurich and has local offices in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Lima, Luxembourg, Mumbai, Nairobi, Oslo and Paris. Its shareholders include a number of reputable institutions in the Swiss financial market as well as its own employees. responsAbility is regulated by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA.