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Comment: The ‘new office politics’

IC Intelligence chief strategist Dr Desné Masie, says the worst isn't over for real estate funds

BWAM calls on industry to dismantle racial inequities

BWAM's open letter to investment firms calls on them to commit to action, activism, and accountability to dismantle the racial inequities plaguing society

UN launches SDG impact standards for PE

The standards are voluntary and freely available for use as best practice standards and a self-assessment tool

Comment: Can public subsidy and private equity co-exist?

Covid-19 has thrown the industry into an unwanted spotlight - and now the taxman cometh

Human traffic

We caught up with PER about the latest hiring trends and return to office activity across the UK and Germany

WATCH: No place like home: finding the right fund domicile

Predictability, reliability and quality are key components, according to our expert panel

Ethical investor network Virtuvest launches

It aims to further the importance and understanding of sustainable investment management via events, weekly newsletters and rounDtables

Profile: Kim-Andrée Potvin, Bamboo Capital Partners

The partner & head of operations discusses her path from traditional finance to impact investing, overcoming Covid-19 frustrations, and why impact can no longer be niche

Investcorp names ESG lead

Habib Abdur-Rahman is responsible for overseeing the accelerated adoption of a standardised ESG framework

Private equity’s return to work

Taylor Wessing partners Emma Danks and Helen Farr outline the key litigation risks of returning to the office

Ocorian acquires Newgate Compliance

The deal furthers Ocorian's service offering to asset managers operating in the regulated UK market.

Comment: Culture drives results

Riverside COO Dörte Höppner believes culture is intrinsic to performance, and now is the time to talk about it

Hamilton Lane names Yett as ESG & sustainability director

He will focus on expanding and leading the firm’s ESG integration strategy

Eurazeo launches two-step ESG initiative

O+, has two pillars: to achieve zero net carbon by 2040 at the latest, and to play a role in bridging widening social gaps

Comment: Cross-border marketing of funds

Richard Small, partner of Addleshaw Goddard, deciphers increasing complexities around crossborder marketing rules

Profile: Debojit Mukherjee, Agilitas Private Equity

The chief operating officer discusses what attracted him to his role, how the firm measures and tracks ESG and why their Sustainable Value Creation report is so important

ESG: From checkbox to value creation

Private equity firms have been dutifully integrating ESG reporting, but few use it as a genuine driver of value

A true alternative

From alternative law firm to publicly listed full-suite asset management consultancy, MJ Hudson has had an outstanding decade

LISTEN: MUFG’s Mike Dickey on ESG reporting

Alice Murray talks to Mike Dickey, head of product at MUFG Investor Services, about the data flow of ESG information between GP and LP

PRI partners with WBC SD to drive sustainability

The partnership aims to put sustainability at the centre of financial and strategic decision-making

Comment: Compliance and ESG - Overhead or value-driver?

The crisis will likely bring about more stringent financial and environmental regulations; cutting compliance and ESG resources could bear greater costs, warns Robin Lööf and Edoardo Troina at Debevoise & Plimpton

Apex launches ESG portal

The cloud-based platform collects relevant data for investors about their portfolio investments so they can deliver real time ESG analysis

Comment: ESG regulation is coming

Jan Gruter of Addleshaw Goddard deciphers what new regulatory frameworks could mean for private equity

Private Equity Service Provider Awards: Shortlist Announced

Announcing the finalists for the 2020 Private Equity Service Provider Awards

Comment: PE & ESG… It’s time to look at your technology providers

George Ralph, managing director of RFA believes service providers are next in line for communicating their ESG credentials

The Impact Investing Operating Principles: the power of independence

Audits and regulatory practices are vital for tracking cash, but where are the equivalents for environmental and social impacts?

Steadying the ship

Can a solid operating platform provide much needed certainty in an increasingly uncertain world?

Investindustrial secures ESG-linked sub line

Investindustrial’s Fund VII has secured a €600m ESG-linked subscription credit facility

Post Brexit rules come to light

The FCA announced replacement rules for investment firms, namely a new prudential regime that may hit PE houses

European PE firms rank highest for ESG

The majority (81%) of European private equity firms are rated ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ for their ESG practices in 2019

CFOs must cope with lack of recognition

Despite the broadening and increasing complexity of their roles, private equity CFOs lack adequate recognition, according to Investec's latest report

EQT secures largest ESG-linked sub line

EQT's Therése Lennehag: "With this ESG-linked financing facility, we actively contribute to increasing the availability of high-quality ESG data, critical for the financial markets to be able to build a resilient and regenerative economy"

GPs see digitisation as a growth enabler

The Intertrust PE Report Summer 2020 survey, found technology and digital functionalities are key in helping firms to achieve greater transparency

Public hearing for ESG disclosure proposals

The public hearing will explain and discuss the content of the consultation paper on ESG disclosure standards for financial services, which was published on 23 April

Guernsey launches guidance on green PE principles

The aim is to bring climate risks and resilience into the heart of private equity decision making

The Private Equity Editor’s Podcast 4

Through our combined expertise of PE investments to operations - and everything in between - this snappy podcast neatly distils the need-to-know market developments of the last week.

Domicile watch

A round-up of key takeaways from major PE fund domiciles, including a Jersey Finance survey, ESG and climate change initiatives as well as regulatory updates

Comment: ESG in C-19

Dörte Höppner, COO of Riverside Europe, says ESG has new meaning and acts as one of PE's most vital tools in weathering the storm

Investindustrial awarded B-Corp status

B-Corps meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose

PRI, “A shield against COVID-19: embedding human rights in investment”

The PRI's Bettina Reinboth and Nikolaj Halkjaer Pedersen believe private capital has crucial role to play in safeguarding human rights

Proposed ESG disclosures open for consultation

This is the next step in increasing clarity around ESG reporting, and gives some idea of what might be expected of firms going forward

To B or not to B?

Is the B-Corp certification the answer to standardising ESG reporting?

Ocorian acquires Allegro

The deal furthers Ocorian’s fund admin offering across all investment structures and specialisms including green energy, listed and private funds

Tech is key to solving work-life imbalance

An eVestment study into private capital work-life balance points to dangerous stress levels and higher risk of burnout

Levelling the playing field

Highlights of recent developments by various bodies to regulate and standardise ESG

The new PE playbook

McKinsey urges sponsors and their portfolio companies to adjust quickly to the COVID-19 outbreak

ESG is key driving force of change

McKinsey & Company’s latest report said LP demand for higher quality information around ESG requires better tech, while social element of ESG highlights need for diverse teams

The Profile: Stephanie Wall, Palatine

Palatine's Stephanie Wall discusses the firm’s ESG evolution over the last 10 years, approaches to measuring sustainability and lessons learned from working in a consultancy

ICR launches ESG DD services for PE and VC

The analysis aims to help PE and VC firms identify and assess ESG issues during the investment due diligence process

Majority of GPs believe Gen Z creates new level of ESG investors

Findings come from Vistra's latest survey which interviewed a number of LPs, GPs and intermediaries

Take the risk

The cultural shift towards robust risk management is finding its way to private equity, and with it, the potential to unravel entrenched structures.

EU introduces new ESG regulation

Rules apply from 10 March 2021

Sustainable finance taxonomy nears agreement

Unified classification aims to provide absolute measure for sustainable economic activity

The Profile: Therése Lennehag, EQT

Therése Lennehag explores current ESG trends, technological advances, her role within EQT, the nuances of characteristics of those working on ESG initiatives and her outlook on how these roles will develop

Industry wants ESG regulation

According to a recent poll, senior leaders within alternative assets think regulators aren’t doing enough on ESG

CFA UK launches ESG qualification

The certificate demonstrates greater understanding and improves transparency across the investment sector

ESG Role Call

As LP demands on ESG continue to build, what types of skills and backgrounds should PE firms be looking for, and what does the role of ESG practitioner mean today?

Profile: Lincoln Jopp, Disruptive Capital

From soldier to partner, Jopp isn't a typical private equity practitioner

Masters of the universe

Private equity’s legitimacy is under threat in the new world order shaped by citizen unrest

Private equity under populist rule

As the economy becomes a global chessboard, what does protectionism hold in store for GPs?