Bundesverband Alternative Investments e.V. (BAI)

About us

BAI Corporate Video 2022

The Bundesverband Alternative Investments e.V. (BAI) is the asset class- and product-spanning representation of interest for Alternative Investments in Germany.

Our goals

  • We are improving the level of public awareness for alternative strategies and asset classes.
  • We are creating internationally competitive and attractive (regulatory) conditions for the investment in Alternative Investments.
  • We are representing the interests of the industry to politics and regulators.
  • We are serving as a catalyst between professional German investors and recognized worldwide providers of Alternative Investments products and services.
  • We are supporting scientific research in the field of Alternative Investments.

Founded 1997 in Bonn, the association's members are resident in any field of the professional Alternative Investments Business. 295 national and international companies are members of the BAI. The members directory can be found here.

Our responsibilities

We advocate for a competitive environment for investments in AI, especially with a view to securing German old-age provision. It is our core responsibility to accomplish legal reforms and the development of case law on behalf of our members and their investors.

For that purpose, BAI is contributing to several legislative procedures and consultations on a national and an European level, and is participating as expert in hearings. Discussions with representatives from industry and federal and state government are taking place on a regular basis in Berlin and Brussels. We are maintaining an intense dialogue with political institutions as well as supervisory bodies (BaFin, Bundesbank, ESMA, EIOPA, IOSCO) and work towards a better understanding of our industry's concerns in legal and regulatory practice.

Furthermore, we regularly conduct surveys in the field of AI (BAI Investor Survey), create Due DIligence Questionnaires, Fact Sheets and information brochures on numerous topics. We are supported by the BAI Investor Advisory Board with members from insurance companies, pension funds, pension schemes and foundations.

We are keeping our members about developments in the field of AI up to date via Newsletter and Circulars.

Conferences and Events

The BAI Alternative Investor Conference (AIC) is taking place in spring and has emerged with about 900 participants, thereof almost 100 institutional end investors, to the transregional platform for the exchange on recent developments in the Alternative Investments industry for institutional investors, suppliers and service providers. Furthermore, BAI organizes the BAI Private Debt Symposium in spring and the BAI Real Assets Symposium, the InnovationDay and the ESG Workshop in autumn. In cooperation with member companies, BAI hosts webinars and the BAI Insights event series.

Science and Education

In 2010, we initiated the BAI Science Award. With prize money up to an amount of 20,000 EUR, we are rewarding (junior) researchers and scientists for excellent work in the field of Alternative Investments. In addition the BAI is offering printing costs grants for excellent dissertations. We are cooperating closely with the EBS Business School, which offers the EBS/BAI Compact Studies, and CAIA.  

The detailed brochure of the BAI can be downloaded here.

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