Managing Director at ICON Capital Sarl
About Dirk Coetzer
A prominent financial executive with an international background, Dirk Coetzer brings more than 15 years of experience to his position as the Managing Director of Luxembourg-based investment firms Icon Capital Sarl and Firminy Capital Sarl. Both firms, which cater to individual investors and institutions, specialize in securitization vehicles designed to minimize risk while improving market liquidity. In his leadership roles with the two companies, Dirk Coetzer oversees investment funds and serves as head of trade finance.
Dirk Coetzer holds a Diploma in Financial Management and Marketing from Technikon Pretoria in South Africa. Prior to his current roles with Icon Capital Sarl and Firminy Capital Carl, he filled a number of key positions with international leaders in the financial industry, including serving as a Securities Trader with the Egypt-based Royal Group of Companies and as a financial officer with the Belgian firm Omni Comers. Most recently, Mr. Coetzer held a leadership role with Financial Acceptances and Securities, an investment firm based in the British Virgin Islands.
Outside of his professional life, Dirk Coetzer maintains a commitment to the environment through his position as a Senior Council Member for the Environmental Development Foundation. An avid outdoorsman, during his free time he enjoys parachuting, spear fishing, and scuba diving.
Dirk Coetzer - Save the Rhino International
Currently operating as the managing director of both Icon Capital Sarl as well as Firminy Capital Sarl, Dirk Coetzer has built a reputation as a very successful and professional investment manager. He is also passionate about a number of charities that he supports, including Save the Rhino International.
Organized in February of 1994, Save the Rhino International has created a number of programs to raise awareness of the plight of rhinos, including developing the IUCN SSC African Rhino Specialist Group. The specialist group includes official representatives of African countries who promote the development and maintenance of the rhino population.
Save the Rhino International has produced an action plan for the preservation of the African rhino that includes determining threats to the rhino population, identifying the populations in the wild as well as in populated areas, and strategies for creating successful preservation practices and ensuring serious consequences for those who break the law.
The Firminy Capital Arabian Gulf Series 1 Fund
Dirk Coetzer is an experienced behavioral psychologist and trade finance specialist with two decades of experience in the industry. A graduate of Technicon Pretoria, Dirk Coetzer currently serves as a managing director and fund manager at ICON Capital and Firminy Capital Sarl, respectively.
Firminy Capital is an investment firm that strives to identify private placement investments that will produce positive results through changing market conditions. The organization is registered to manage the Firminy Equity Fund or any other Luxembourg Securitization Fund as required by shareholders. These other funds include the Brazil Bahamas Series 1, the Global Smart City Series 1, the Alternative Energy Series 1, and the Arabian Gulf Series 1.
A registered sub-fund, the Arabian Gulf Series 1 was established upon the request of a family member of one of the ruling families in the United Arab Emirates. The fund, which is listed on Clearstream and other financial listing repositories as required, pursues a capital enhancement strategy developed by Firminy and a team of Swiss experts. For additional information on the fund and other funds managed by Firminy Capital, visit www.firminy.eu.
Save the Rhinos - London to Brighton Challenge
A veteran of the securitization industry, Dirk Coetzer is a managing director at Firminy Capital Sarl in Luxembourg. Outside of work, Dirk Coetzer donates to Save the Rhino, an organization that works to conserve the five rhino species.
Save the Rhino will hold its London to Brighton Challenge on May 27, 2017, offering a unique opportunity for runners and walkers to raise funds to save the world’s declining rhinoceros population. The event takes participants along 100 kilometers (approximately 62 miles) of trails across the North and South Downs and the Sussex countryside as they head to the finish line on the Brighton coast.
The cost to participate is 70 British pounds per person, but those who wish to complete only the half course can participate for 50 pounds. Save the Rhinos asks that participants raise at least 200 pounds if they plan to complete the entire course and 150 pounds if they choose the half course. The organization gives participants a Save the Rhino running shirt and a fundraising pack with tips on maximizing donations.
Understanding Global Smart Cities and the Example of Amsterdam
As managing director for Firminy Capital Sarl and ICON Capital Sarl, Dirk Coetzer oversees a wide range of large investments. One of Dirk Coetzer’s investments is in the field of Global Smart Cities. Here are a few keys to understanding these vanguard urban zones:
Although there is not a strict definition of what constitutes a Smart City, there are a number of similarities between those with this designation. Researchers from one investment company note that a Smart City typically meets at least five of the following eight parameters: Smart Energy; Smart Governance/Education; Smart Healthcare; Smart Infrastructure; Smart Mobility; Smart Building; Smart Technology; and Smart Citizen. The ultimate goal is to take advantage of the unique attributes of large urban areas in order to enhance their economic potential.
An example of a city that is benefiting from Smart City investments is Amsterdam. This initiative is jointly funded by the European Union, private investors, and the city government. Projects include the Virtual Power Project, where a local neighborhood becomes an energy co-op by storing solar power and selling it back when there is a surplus. Another venture seeks to motivate citizens to exercise more by using beacons. Investors hope Amsterdam's example will set the pace for future metropolitan development worldwide.
Rhino Conservation Techniques: Horn Dye
Dirk Coetzer, a managing director for Firminy Capital Sarl and ICON Capital Sarl, has an extensive background in both trade finance and behavioral psychology. When not busy with his work, Dirk Coetzer supports several charitable causes, including the conservation of African and Asian rhinoceros populations.
One idea in rhinoceros conservation that has gained some traction during the last decade is the use of dyes or toxic substances to discolor rhinoceros horns and make them unattractive to poachers. The particulars of this technique vary: some ideas involve feeding the rhinos a substance to dye their horns an unpleasant color, and others involve a direct dye infusion through a drilled hole. Some of these dyes and substances are toxic to humans but not rhinos, making the horns an unattractive option for poachers interested in sale for human consumption.
Though there have only been a handful of test cases, early implementations of the idea have shown significant growing pains, and the technique may be ineffective. Rhinoceros horns do not connect to the bloodstream, so introducing the dyes or toxins in this way is ineffective. Dye through drilled holes does discolor the horn but can easily be scrubbed back out by poachers. Nevertheless, improvements to the technique are still being explored.
Securitization Funds Make Illiquid Assets Valuable to Investors
Dirk Coetzer is a fund management professional with more than 20 years of experience in the finance industry. In his current role as the managing director for the Luxembourg-based company Icon Capital SARL, Dirk Coetzer focuses on running a company that operates as a securitization fund with multiple sub-funds.
A securitization fund is a company that acquires groups of assets to produce optimal cash flow through the process of securitization. In this process, an issuer creates liquidity for a financial instrument in the marketplace by combining illiquid assets into groups and then allowing smaller scale investors to acquire shares of the larger pool of assets.
The process of securitization can be of benefit to investors and creditors because it lowers levels of overall associated risk by divvying up ownership of debt obligations between multiple parties. Additionally, because the investments are made into tangible goods, the goods can be liquidated and used as compensation for investors in the event that a debtor fails to make payments on his or her asset within the fund.