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KPMG joins campaign for reporting taxonomy

KPMG UK has become a founding member of Private Capital Data Standards Alliance (PCDS Alliance – formerly ADS Initiative)

PE needs to spend more on data management

State Street's report found 70% of alternative asset managers said they need to spend more money on data management to handle increased pressures and demands

LPs increasingly concerned by tax and regulatory changes

43% of LPs identified regulatory changes as the greatest risk to PE returns

Role Call: D&I officer

The diversity & inclusion role is emerging in private equity, but how necessary is a dedicated officer?

Comment: ESG and fund finance

Michael Mbayi of Wildgen and Thomas Hallett of Barclays explore how funds can embrace ESG fund finance solutions

New horizons: Carbon pricing

Professor Gianfranco Gianfrate, Climate Finance Lead and Professor of Finance at the EDHEC-Risk Institute, says carbon pricing is happening and managers need to prepare

Private equity must address climate change risk

“Climate change presents unprecedented business opportunities for the industry in addition to risks”

Waterland closes €500m ESG-linked bridge loan

"We are rapidly moving towards a world wherein all finance is linked to sustainability in one way or another"

Adams Street names director of ESG

Yohan Hill will develop strategies and solutions which aim to bring further transparency to ESG risks and opportunities within the firm's portfolios and investments

Profile: Paul Yett, Hamilton Lane

The director of ESG & sustainability discusses the evolution of the firm's ESG processes, setting up its DE&I council and why diversity is important to him on a personal level

Nordic Capital secures ESG-linked facility

The revolving facility is linked to Nordic Capital Fund X, which closed on €6.1bn in October 2020

Comment: ESG fund financing trends

Sarah Lobbardi of Avardi Partners details the latest trends around ESG-linked fund finance

SFDR: EFAMA calls for Taxonomy consistency

The association has identified key issues which need to be addressed by the ESAs

KKR acquires ERM

KKR’s Core Investments strategy acquired the majority stake from Omers Private Equity

In conversation: Cyber security, an ESG concern

A recent webinar discussion explored the treatment of cyber security as an ESG practice

Climate change: all talk, less action

A new report from PwC found 90% of PE firms are concerned about climate change but only 50% are taking action

Profile: Sedef Köktentürk, Blue Horizon

The managing partner & COO discusses upgrading the impact investor's technology and processes, how the niche strategy impacts her role, and how being an Olympic athlete taught her the value of collaboration and cooperation to achieve goals

BlueMark creates impact benchmark

The benchmark aims to track best practices in impact management in a bid to eliminate impact-washing

AlpInvest secures ESG-linked sub-line

ABN AMRO arranged the facility while Rabobank acted as sustainability co-ordinator

Diligencing diversity

Gender diversity is a key issue for private capital markets, but are LPs digging deep enough when diligencing fund managers?

A guide to improving gender diversity

What can PE houses do to better their employee ratios? Sasha Graham of Equality Group provides her top insights

WATCH: What do LPs do with all the data?

A recent webinar discussion explored the way in which data is being communicated, how technology is helping both GPs and LPs, and what LPs are doing with all the information

Procensus extends to PE

The regulated platform aims to help investors understand market consensus on macro topics such as key ESG issues, market transactions (M&A and IPOs), stocks and stock specific events

LISTEN: Do we even need standardisation? Episode 2

The second instalment of a recent podcast discussion examined industry body reporting efforts, and asked if standardised reporting is still necessary?

Blackstone adds new ESG roles

The firm has added new resources and capabilities within its business units and is building out a corporate ESG structure

Accountability main focus for improving DE&I

ILPA Diversity in Action (DIA) signatories have set up cross-functional councils, committees or task forces

NorthEdge names COO and head of ESG

The GP confirmed to The Drawdown this is the first COO role at the firm, as well it’s first dedicated role for ESG

LISTEN: Do we even need standardisation? Episode 1

A recent podcast discussion explored technological advances in data transmission, and asked if standardised reporting is still necessary?

WATCH: Cybersecurity, and ESG concern

Cybersecurity is a matter of good governance, as well as reputation and risk management - putting it at the heart of ESG practices

MUFG IS partners with MJ Hudson on ESG reporting tool

The solution allows data to be collected in an automated way, with an overlay of ESG expertise from analysts, while being tailored to private markets

Green washing up

The SFDR aims to combat greenwashing, but what is actually expected from PE firms, and what do the new rules mean for operational leaders?

The Techwork: Ahmed Khamassi, Stirling Square Capital Partners

“The main improvement we want to make in terms of technology is to ensure it is designed with our people in mind.”

MUFG IS launches ESG reporting tool

The reporting tool initially uses RepRisk data and MUFG IS plans to add further data sources

European GPs continue to outperform on ESG

New ratings from ASI’s 2020 ESG survey found the majority of European GPs scored highly

Domicile watch: March 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Jersey's changes to its AML/CFT handbooks, Guernsey's review of its Green Fund accreditation and Ireland's Green Team network launch

Comment: An opportunity to fly ahead of the curve

Mikaela Murekian, director and head of ESG at Greenbrook, asks if a new approach to air travel could help GPs in their response to increased ESG pressure from LPs

Advisory / Consultancy: ESG award winner: Sancroft International Limited

Senior consultant Ivaylo Dimov discusses the importance of knowing what ESG means to a firm and equally what it doesn’t or shouldn’t mean

Verdane hires sustainability lead

Axel Elmqvist is responsible for fully integrating and strengthening sustainability as a core value creator across Verdane

Valutico explores ESG valuations

Valutico has received a €200,000 innovation grant from the Vienna Business Agency to support the project

Advent achieves top rank D&I score

The firm is closely followed by EQT (65%) as well as TowerBrook Capital Partners and Investcorp (both 63%)

Protecting and enhancing value: Managing human rights risks across your portfolio

Sam Eastwood, James Ford, and Libby Reynolds of Mayer Brown predict greater focus on human rights due diligence processes

ASI hires ESG manager

Manuela Fumarola is responsible for developing, embedding and overseeing an ESG strategy for private markets investments at Aberdeen Standard Investments

SFDR comes into effect

SFDR imposes new transparency obligations and periodic reporting requirements on financial market participants

Palatine invests in Anthesis

The fresh capital will support Anthesis’ growth plans, both organic and acquisitive, as well as accelerating its digitalisation

Deeper Perspective: The UK Funds Regime

Benjamin Lamping, founder of Reframe Capital asks: Are we at risk of missing a potential watershed moment for the UK funds industry, and a genuine post-Brexit opportunity?

Profile: Alexis Crusey, Aberdeen Standard Investments

The director of private markets product strategy, impact & ESG discusses the differences between ESG and impact investing, the importance of D&I as well as how its portfolio risk platform PRISM considers ESG factors

5 minutes with… Guy Battle, Social Value Portal

As ESG’s visibility continues to increase, finding ways to measure and report efforts remains tricky. Social Value Portal’s CEO Guy Battle explains how their framework attributes monetary values to social impact

Profile: Jasi Halai, 3i

The group financial controller & operating officer discusses working within the finance dept of a listed firm, leading system implementations and transformations as well as her role in the firm's committees

eFront integrates RepRisk ESG data

RepRisk’s dataset enables eFront clients to proactively identify ESG risk exposure in private investments

Third of GPs prioritising returns over ESG

According to the latest figures from EY, while 68% of GP respondents take ESG seriously when it comes to investment decisions, a large minority - 32% - said returns are more important

Domicile watch: January 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Jersey's new definition for AML legislation, changes to Guernsey's private fund regime and Ireland's prep for SFDR

Private Equity Service Provider Awards: Winners announced

Winners of the Private Equity Service Provider Awards revealed

ACA launches ESG advisory practice

Dan Mistler and Crista DesRochers will head up the new division, while Dani Williams joins the team to focus on ESG in financial regulation

Apex launches tool for ESG regs

Invest Check is a tool to help financial services firms collect data to report and comply with upcoming ESG rules

Palatine promotes Wall to ESG director

As part of her new role, Stephanie Wall joins the firm's senior management team

The ESG tech wave

From static and infrequent DDQs to real-time, performance linked, fully integrated improvements; ESG is fast-becoming a tech play

LPs want better ESG reporting

LPs are seeking more granular detail when it comes to ESG reporting, according to Intertrust Group

Flexstone names head of ESG

Caroline Gibert will lead Flexstone’s ESG approach at both firm and investment level

BWAM gains PE sponsors

Blackstone, CD&R, Goodwin, Latham & Watkins and Livingbridge join as institutional members and sponsors

2020 in review: D&I firmly on the agenda

A look back at our diversity & inclusion highlights in PE during 2020