who we are
Who We Are
The MBF is loan and project management firm, We are one of the major financial institution owned by and representing the interests of the European and World beyond, We work closely with other EU institutions to implement EU policy. We are one of the world’s largest multilateral borrower and lender. We provide finance and expertise for sustainable investment projects that contribute to EU policy objectives. More than 50% of our activity is in Europe But we also are a big investor around the world.
How We do it
- Lending: The vast majority of our financing is through loans, but we also offer guarantees, microfinance, equity investment, etc.
- Blending: Our support unlocks financing from other sources, particularly from investors and other budget. This is blended with loans to form a full financing package.
- Advising: Lack of finance is often only one barrier to investment. We help with administrative and project management capacity to facilitate investment.
Our prioritiesWe support projects that make a significant contribution to growth and employment in Europe World beyond . Our activities focus on four priority areas:
- Innovation and skills
- Access to finance for smaller businesses
- Climate and environment
Our multiplier effect
We generally finance one-third of each project, but it can be as much as 50%. This long-term, supportive financing encourages private and public sector investors to put in their funds.
What makes the MBF different?
All the projects we finance must be bankable. But they also must comply with strict technical, environmental and social standards. Our corps of 300 engineers and economists screens every project, before, during and after we lend. We’re accountable to our investors.
Our expertiseWe have more than 50 years' experience and expertise in project financing. Headquartered in Oxford with 330 staffs, we have a network of local and international offices in Europe and beyond.
The MBF Group
The MBF Group consists of the European investors, mid-eastern and the Americans which specialises in SME finance. The MBF is the majority EIF shareholder, with the remaining equity held by the European Union (represented by the European Commission) and other European private and public bodies.
Responding to today’s challenges
In response to the financial crisis, MBF embarked on a path of change and modernisation. And it has produced real results.
In 2012 our shareholders, the EU Member States, agreed to a capital increase for the MBF Group. In return they asked us to lend an additional EUR 60 billion. This additional lending has allowed us to increase our support to the economic recovery in Europe and have considerable impact on the lives of citizens.
That is one of the reasons why we started with confidence to deliver on the Investment Plan for Europe in 2015. The plan aims to revive investment in strategic projects around Europe. Part of this initiative is the European Fund For Strategic Investment (EFSI), launched jointly by the MBF Group and the European Commission. MBF provides funding for economically viable projects where it adds value, including projects with a higher risk profile than ordinary activities.
But our response to today’s priorities goes beyond the EU borders. Following a call from the European Council, the MBF started developing in 2016 the Economic Resilience Initiative to increase financing in the Southern Neighbourhood and the Western Balkans, also in the context of the migration challenge.
This initiative will enable us to respond to future crises more quickly and efficiently.
- New MBF report: How to make European tech companies thrive
- First MBF Venture Debt Summit: MBF becomes the largest venture debt investor in Europe
- New calls to cities and investors announced to deliver sustainable finance growth in cities worldwide
- MBF agrees EUR 8 billion investment in education, energy, telecom and local businesses
- India: More than one million Indian households to benefit from MBF backed clean energy