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Managers downgrading SFDR fund labels

Continued tightening of the SFDR has seen several funds move from Article 9 to Article 8

EQT partners with Nobel Prize Outreach

The partnership hopes to inspire global audiences on societal challenges

Bargaining power

Norgay’s Mary Gay Townsend is pleased to see women negotiating compensation in private equity

ESG-related terms: a new circle of confusion

ESMA’s consultation on ESG-related terms risks adding more uncertainty to an already fragmented legal framework

PRI launches human rights initiative

Consortium includes 220 investors with a combined $30trn AuM

PE’s ethnic diversity declines

According to new research, PE’s diversity score has declined by two points compared with the previous 12 months

Industry alliance calls on PE to support climate change objectives

Consortium requests GPs align their investments with 1.5c pathway and address climate change across all business activities

Investing in new tech is major challenge for GPs

According to a new report from Aztec, 83% of alternative investors are struggling with bringing new technologies into their firms

5 minutes with… Clémént Aglietta, CEO of Edda

We spoke to the CEO and co-founder of Edda to find out how the all-in-one venture capital software platform came about

GP policies under increasing LP scrutiny, says EY

Higher levels of LP scrutiny are arising over risk management, talent retention schemes and ESG policy development across GP firms, according to an EY survey

Novata launches ESG benchmarking capabilities

The tool should allow GPs to compare their ESG data against industry averages

PE’s DEI strategies fall short

Initiatives need to be a core business objective and not a HR function, says Jensen Partners

ESG Enterprise launches digital sustainability solution

The ESG-as-a-service API library aims to help firms move towards their sustainability goals

Consortium of credit managers launches ESG disclosure template

The launch comes several months after companies and investors endorsed a statement calling for ESG standardisation

Novata partners with Bridge House

Partnership will see Novata’s ESG data solution combined with Bridge House’s advisory services

MJ Hudson expands ESG & Sustainability business to Spain

The company has incorporated a Spanish ESG consulting firm in its development overseas

Diversity becomes key metric in fundraising

LPs are increasingly factoring DEI into their capital allocations, says McKinsey

Profile: Bettina Denis, Revaia

The head of sustainability is passionate about ESG being a symbiotic effort of a GP and its portfolio companies

Broadridge launches SFDR reporting solution

The end-to-end tool aims at supporting asset managers with SFDR-required disclosures

IPEV board opens consultation

GP feedback requested on the association’s latest draft amendments to valuation guidelines

FCA takes stance on greenwashing

Our in-depth analysis of the regulator’s consultation paper unveils increasing complexity of fund categorisation and disclosures coming to private equity

ESG highest regulatory concern

KPMG’s ‘Regulatory Barometer’ has identified the maintenance of financial resilience and regulation of digital finance as second biggest concerns

Column: Tricky maths

Dörte Höppner, chief sustainability officer at the Riverside Company, explores the complexities of collecting ESG data

Apex partners with eFront

Partnership aims to create ESG benchmarking metrics for the private markets

PAI hires new head of ESG and sustainability

PAI Partners has appointed Denise Odaro as head of ESG and sustainability

ESG, diversity key predictors of fundraising success

ESG and diversity could be key predictors of successful staff retention and future fundraising, according to Investec’s 2022 GP Trends report.

Profile: Nigel Diesveld, HPE Growth

The CFO talks compliance and highlights the growing importance of a dedicated chief risk officer

Profile: Sarah Shackleton, Seraphim Space

The COO explains her move from a frontier investor to the final frontier

Inside Verdane’s ESG-linked sub line

Verdane's sustainability lead, Axel Elmqvist, and head of debt, Andreas Daae, discuss the intricacies of setting up the firm's first ESG-linked subscription line.

IPEM 2022: “We need to act with intentionality”

Johnny El Hachem, CEO, Edmond De Rothschild Private Equity, discusses the origins of their conviction investment approach

Multiple sides of the ESG definition

With ESG definitions varying, the meaning of ‘sustainable’ investing is still unclear

IPEM 2022: “We have to fight the fight”

FRANCE INVEST's Claire Chabrier discusses PE's role in tackling climate change and social inequalities

Invest Europe releases new ESG reporting guidelines

New guidelines aim to be user friendly and include a voluntary reporting template

Beyond data

Data has been on private equity's mind for a few years now; is it starting to yield the results it promised?

Kuts joins Ogier’s sustainable investment consulting team

Dasha Kuts joins the dedicated consulting team in Dublin as a senior manager

ESG demands more than talent

To meet ESG initiatives, both LPs and GPs must find the right combination of tech and talent

ACA acquires Ethos ESG

The acquisition sees ACA expand its advisory business with tech-based analytics

In conversation: Power to the LP

Highlights from a recent roundtable event examining the growing influence of investors in private equity fund management

H.I.G. Capital creates global head of ESG role

Kim Leinwand Erle has joined from NY Green Bank where she was managing director and head of strategy and impact

Profile: Kerrie Chung, Welkin Capital Management

The finance director discusses the firm’s setup when she joined, differences between fund administration for Cayman funds and local RMB funds, as well as Welkin’s tech stack

Flexstone’s head of ESG departs

Caroline Gibert had been with the firm since 2014 having initially joined as BD & IR professional before taking on ESG in 2021

Profile: Kenta Shima, J-STAR

The head of operations & IR discusses the Japanese private equity market, challenges within his role, J-STAR’s tech stack and setting up the firm’s latest fund

Daring to be different

Having enjoyed several years of stellar growth, have Asian fund managers done enough to ensure their firms are operating in a robust enough manner to weather the gathering global macroeconomic storm?

PRI among consortium calling for ESG standardisation

The WBCSD, PRI and IFA have been endorsed by 65 organisations, calling for aligned regulatory and standard-setting efforts around sustainability disclosure

Novata partners with Frazier & Deeter

The partnership aims to support identification of ESG metrics and disclosure requirements

TDA 2022: ESG Professional of the Year: Robert Sroka, Abris Capital Partners

Sroka expresses his passion for ESG, and why he always tries to go the extra mile - a quality which won the judges' vote

Private funds failing to provide climate data

Hymans Robertson says private market managers’ TCFD reporting standards are inadequate

Novata launches SFDR reporting solution

The tool should allow portfolio companies to produce tailored SFDR reports

Maples launches ESG fund services solutions

They aim to support fund managers and institutional investors with ESG and impact investing credentials

TDA 2022 Technology: ESG winner: Greenstone

Toby Robertson, head of InvestorPortal explains why being a specialist in the ESG space won the judges vote

Balderton creates head of impact and SFGs role

Elodie Broad has joined the firm from Deloitte, where she was most recently senior manager for ESG strategy and sustainable finance

Apex Group expands Global Compliance Solutions to Singapore

It aims to address local clients’ risks and concerns around ESG, sustainability, AML, digital assets and fintech

TDA 2022 Advisory/Consultancy ESG winner: ITPEnergised

Katie Jeffery, associate at ITPEnergised discusses how the firm remains focused on building real value in a rapidly evolving ESG landscape

eFront partners with Clarity AI

The partnership will integrate Clarity AI’s platform into eFront, enabling GPs and LPs to generate sustainability data on alternative investment portfolios

TDA 2022 Fund Administration: ESG winner: IQ-EQ

We explored IQ-EQ's ESG monitoring solutions which set the firm apart from its peers in this category

IK formalises emissions targets

The PE firm’s greenhouse gas emissions targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative

Profile: Laura Howes, Key Capital Partners

The finance & operations director discusses her move from origination to finance and ops, challenges in her new position, as well as her involvement with the firm’s tech stack

Legal lowdown: Sam Kay, Travers Smith

Partner and head of investment funds discusses PE’s evolution since 1998, the importance of carry, along with the challenges of labelling funds in relation to SFDR and the Taxonomy Regulation

TNFD launches Nature-related Data Catalyst

The group aims to identify data challenges and gaps, and provide recommendations to rectify them

FCA delays consultation on SDR

The FCA has delayed its internal consultation period from Q2 2022 to autumn 2022