The Bundesverband Alternative Investments e.V. (BAI) is the cross-asset and cross-product advocacy association for the Alternative Investments industry in Germany.

Our objectives

  • We are enhancing the level of public awareness of 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 a catalyzer 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. 231 national and international companies are members of the BAI. The members directory can be found here.

Our responsibilities

Regarding Alternative Investments we advocate for better opportunities of diversification for institutional respectively professional investors’ portfolios. The main focus of BAI’s effort is to ensure the German pension and retirement planning in the long run.

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.

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

Conferences and Events

The BAI Alternative Investor Conference (AIC) is taking place in spring and has emerged with about 570 participants, thereof 90 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 in cooperation with our members, we host the BAI Insight several times a year as well as the BAI Workshops

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.