Different countries. Different perspectives. Different skills.
It’s our diversity that sets us apart. We have expertise that spans an exceptionally broad range of infrastructure asset types and markets. The rich variety of people in our team who live and work in their local markets, provide in-depth knowledge and build the strong relationships that underpin our business. Through an open and collaborative culture, we share insight, ideas, and inspiration. Together, we make informed and responsible investment decisions that result in attractive returns for our investors and a positive impact on society.
We are independent thinkers. DIF takes a flexible and agile approach to identifying attractive investment opportunities and managing risk to achieve positive returns.
We are a group of diverse fund managers within a collaborative culture of shared ownership. We trust and support each other to deliver the best results for investors, companies, local communities and the environment.
We are open, honest, and driven to do what is right. A pragmatic and
disciplined approach underpins our long-term commitment to investors and investments.
Updated governance structure with Supervisory Board and Executive Committee.
Chile office opens in Santiago.
Over 125 employees.
Final close of DIF V at €1.9 billion.
€5.6 billion of assets under management.
Over 100 employees.
Sale of DIF II to APG.
Launch of new investment strategy, DIF CIF I, with final close in November.
Sydney office opens to cover Australian and New Zealand market.
Over 50 employees.
Final close of DIF IV in September: the fund opens for investments in Australasia besides Europe and North America.
Sale of DIF’s first fund DIF PPP to Aberdeen Asset Management.
Final close of DIF III in March: the fund opens to cover North America besides Europe.
Implementation of a new partner structure.
DIF’s first regulated utility investment.
Toronto office opens to cover North America.
Madrid office opens to further cover Southern Europe.
Final close of DIF II in October, a merger of DIF PPP and DIF Renewable Energy investment strategies.
Luxembourg office opens.
Over 20 professionals.
London and Frankfurt offices open for business.
Final close of DIF Renewable Energy.
Paris office opens.
Final close of our first fund, DIF PPP.
2003 – 2005
Entrepreneurs Maarten Koopman and Menno Witteveen prepared a business plan for investing in the European PPP sector, which resulted in the establishment of DIF in 2005. Former PwC Partner and advisor to Koopman & Witteveen (KW), Wim Blaasse joined DIF as Managing Partner at the first closing of DIF PPP.
Our investment philosophy
We manage funds with two investment strategies, (i) traditional DIF funds and (ii) CIF funds. Both investment strategies target greenfield and operational infrastructure projects in Europe, North America, South America and Australasia. The fund strategies are well-defined and clearly differentiated:
Traditional DIF Funds
Since the launch in 2005, our traditional DIF funds have invested in public private partnerships (PPP/PFI/P3), regulated assets, renewable energy projects and other infrastructure assets with similar characteristics and risk/return profiles. These projects typically have long-term contracted cash flows, typically regulated by quasi-governmental entities as counterparties.
Our CIF funds focus on small and mid-sized economic infrastructure assets in the telecom, transportation and energy sectors. These funds focus on assets, buy-and-build portfolios, and companies with asset-heavy business models. CIF funds generally target investments that offer medium-term contracted cash flows, with corporate counterparties.
A world of opportunity
Our network of over 125 professionals located in nine offices worldwide puts us in a strong position to originate, manage and exit funds and assets quickly, smoothly and effectively worldwide.
- Offices globally
- United Kingdom
Delivering returns responsibly
Investing together for the future means investing sustainably and responsibly. Consistent, long-term returns never come at the expense of good governance.
DIF strictly complies to local laws, industry regulations and internal policies such as our Code of Conduct to ensure we act professionally, transparently and with integrity at all times.