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German Equity Forum: Mobilising capital

German Equity Forum: Mobilising capital

26 Nov 2018 09.00 AM
28 Nov 2018 06.00 PM

Three days of discussions about numbers, facts and business models, three days of networking and long corridors: this was the German Equity Forum 2018 (EKF), organised by Deutsche Börse together with KfW Capital, KfW's new venture capital arm. Between 26 and 28 November 2018, the largest information and networking event on corporate financing via the stock exchange brought together over 250 companies and 1,100 investors at the Sheraton Hotel at Frankfurt Airport.

“We can look back on a successful IPO year,” said Hauke Stars at the opening. Over 18 IPOs have so far raised €11.8 bn – the best result since the year 2000. This means that the German market is developing better than the global IPO market. “We see many more companies currently preparing for an IPO. However, it remains to be seen whether the capital market environment will again be so favourable in 2019,” continued Hauke Stars. Although Deutsche Börse cannot influence the environment, “we can work to make the conditions for IPOs even more attractive”. The main aim is to reduce bureaucratic effort and costs and mobilise capital.

Ingrid Hengster, member of the Board of Managing Directors of KfW, expressed her satisfaction with the development of the German start-up scene: In 2017, 16 percent more start-ups were founded than in the previous year. Being an entrepreneur had become more attractive again. However, there was a backlog in the supply of capital.

The EKF offered visitors a varied supporting programme with lectures, panel discussions and sponsors' information stands. Around 30 non-listed companies – mainly from the Deutsche Börse Venture Network – presented themselves at the Venture Stage and solicited equity capital from international investors. The focus, however, was on more than 180 analyst conferences and more than 4,000 individual meetings between investors and listed companies. A total of more than 7,000 meetings were requested.

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