Qualitas Energy diversifies its activity with the launch of a new credit strategy
08/02/2024 – Madrid
- The credit strategy advances Qualitas Energy’s strategic diversification and accelerates its ambition to be the leading global investor in renewable energy and sustainable infrastructure
- Severin Hiller and José María Arzac will serve as partners and co-heads of the credit strategy
Qualitas Energy, a global investment and management platform focused on renewable energy, energy transition, and sustainable infrastructure investment, announced today the launch of a credit strategy, which will complement the equity strategy that has been a cornerstone of the firm since its inception in 2006 with five successful funds. This underscores Qualitas Energy’s strategic expansion into a dynamic multi-product asset manager, aligning seamlessly with market demands and investor expectations.
The credit strategy will operate independently, leveraging Qualitas Energy’s core strengths, including its proven track record in the energy transition sector, ability to originate mid-market transactions, and expertise in flexible financing solutions. Supported by a robust local presence in key regions in the OECD and extensive industry understanding, the firm possesses granular knowledge of strategic opportunities not yet identified. Furthermore, the capability for comprehensive market analysis and seamless vertical integration provides Qualitas Energy with a unique competitive advantage.
It will be spearheaded by Severin Hiller, who joins the company as partner & co-head of credit, bringing with him over two decades of experience in the sector. Alongside him, José María Arzac will serve as partner & co-head of credit, who has 20 years of infrastructure credit experience, having joined Qualitas Energy in 2020. The credit team will operate from headquarters in both Madrid and London, bolstered by strong commitment and support from the group.
Iñigo Olaguíbel, Founding Partner & CEO, remarked: “Our strategic positioning enables us to construct defensive and highly diversified portfolios to deliver sustained value and resilience for our investors in an ever-evolving environment”.
Severin Hiller, Partner & Co-Head of Credit, added: “I’m delighted to join the passionate and committed Qualitas Energy team and look forward to leveraging the firm’s deep capabilities in the energy transition value chain in support of a sustainable future”.
The company is in the process of obtaining the necessary licenses required by the regulator to commence the execution and implementation of the investment strategy.
About Qualitas Energy
Qualitas Energy is a leading investment and management platform focused on renewable energy, energy transition, and sustainable infrastructure investment. Since 2006, the Qualitas Energy team has managed investments of more than €11 billion in renewable energy worldwide. These investments have been deployed through five vehicles: Fotowatio / FRV, Vela Energy, Q-Energy III, Q-Energy IV, and Q-Energy V. Qualitas Energy’s existing portfolio currently holds 5 GW of operating and development energy assets, including 3 GW of wind, more than 1 GWp of solar PV, 242 MW of solar thermal power (CSP), 180 MW of renewable natural gas, 63 MW of battery, and 60 MW of hydroelectric power assets across Spain, Germany, the UK, Italy, Poland, and Chile. Since 2020, Qualitas Energy has produced sufficient energy to power 1.54 million homes and, since 2021, has successfully avoided emissions of 1.32 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent. The Qualitas Energy team is composed of more than 650 professionals across twelve offices in Madrid, Berlin, London, Milan, Hamburg, Wiesbaden, Trier, Cologne, Stuttgart, Warsaw, Wroclaw, and Santiago.