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Vespa appoints sustainability manager

Linda Höglund joins the firm from Newton Investment Management Group

Trinity Communications launches

Charles Clarke founded the public relations agency for asset managers and investors to help GPs grow and retain their assets in a tough fundraising environment

Video: Unravelling ESG

What better time to unpick key ESG trends than at the Real Deals ESG Conference 2024? Silvia Saccardi speaks to Investindustrial’s Dr Serge Younes, IP Group’s Bran Pathmanāban and Ambienta’s Fabio Ranghino

Investec appoints head of ESG

Alicia Forry has been at the firm since 2017

ESG: The fund-of-funds perspective

Once removed from the underlying portfolio, this type of LP is focused on private equity’s journey rather than instant compliance

Column: Youth appeal

The Riverside Company's chief sustainability officer Dörte Höppner examines the crucial role of sustainable investing for younger investors

Apollo appoints ESG counsel

Previously a legal secondee at the firm, Angus Brown joins from Simmons & Simmons

ESG ratings providers to comply with transparency requirements

The European Commission and Parliament have reached a provisional agreement on how ESMA can supervise these entities

Deloitte partners with Workiva and Informatica

The collaboration integrates AI data management and cloud-based reporting into the advisory’s ESG compliance services

Comment: PE must act now on climate

John Rastrick, founder and CEO of Flotilla outlines the three things PE should be doing post-COP28

Dasseti and Clarity AI team up on sustainability

Partnership to enable Dasseti’s clients to benchmark ESG performance

International Valuations Standards updated

The revised version includes ESG valuation considerations in additional chapters on data and inputs and valuation models

The carrot in addition to the stick

FCA’s proposed regime on non-financial misconduct shines light on firms’ workplace culture

Ocorian partners up

Recently announced partnerships include those with ESG reporting solution Treety and investor onboarding platform Goji

5 minutes with… Kate Pljaskovova, founder of Fair HQ

The digital D&I tool aims to assist GPs to develop in-house and portfolio company HR strategies through scientific research and industry benchmarks

Novata launches carbon navigator

Company’s new product aims to simplify carbon data management and reporting

Ecovadis adds Vitals to IQ Plus platform

Vitals is a questionnaire aimed at helping businesses manage supply chain sustainability risks

Profile: Philippe Renauld, Sienna Investment Managers

The CFO and COO shares his passion for operational excellence, highlights the importance of an LP-centric culture and talks ‘democratisation’ of private markets

Flexstone appoints MD for its sustainability strategy

Samira Boussem joins the firm from Natixis Investment Managers Solutions

Una Terra appoints founding partner and COO

Yves Frey joins the Swiss VC from investment manager SUSI Partners

Apex launches new ESG brand

Holtara is a combined effort from Apex and MJ Hudson, providing data, reporting and advisory services

Profile: Jesper Frydensberg Rasmussen, Axcel

The CFO discusses the importance of clearly defined roles and how CFOs can support their firm in uncharted economic environments

Infrared’s Sarah Gledhill joins Climate Asset Management

Gledhill joins the asset manager as COO

Profile: John Mansvelt, Apheon

CFO and AIFM conducting officer tells the story of his transition from audit to PE, his key governance duties and shaping a new cultural identity

Efama argues for sustainable product categories

Call comes in wake of publication of the UK’s SDR and as SFDR consultation is underway

Voluntary ESG ratings code of conduct launches

ICMA and IRSG have launched the code to increase transparency in the services of ESG data providers

Comment: Time for a new model

Fintech has the potential to revolutionise climate risk assessment in asset management during the next three years, writes Sergei Grechkin, chief risk officer at UFG Capital

Confluence partners with Manaos on SFDR reporting

Confluence to provide ESG and disclosure templates through Manaos’s platform

What DEI you mean?

Dynamo’s latest report on ESG reporting finds LPs and GPs have different expectations when it comes to DEI reporting

The UK’s nice green labelling machine

Response to FCA’s SDR positive as regulatory arbitrage remains around applicability to overseas funds, portfolio management and practice of its highly anticipated anti-greenwashing rule

Comment: Appeals to better nature

William Yonge, a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, analyses the recommendations of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures and how GPs can respond

ESAs add granularity to RTS

The draft technical standards have some suggested amendments, improving the detail of the disclosures made

ESG, retail investors and you

The latest Efama conference brought together regulators and asset managers who championed the idea for product instead of fund labels and brainstormed ideas for retailisation

SDR policy launched

The FCA is introducing an anti-greenwashing rule, four product labels and marketing requirements for investment funds

Luxembourg’s private debt industry expands

According to a KPMG survey, AUM grew by 51% during the last year; changes in fund vehicles but LP base largely unchanged

Carbon Accounting Alliance launches

Group of 35 organisations represents emissions of 24,000 companies

Profile: Martim Avillez, Limerston Capital

The COO and founding partner discusses setting up the firm’s operations, combining them with his investment duties and navigating difficult times

Firm identity

A tight fundraising environment and ESG fund naming conventions warrant a closer look at the names of private equity entities, writes Matthias Plötz

Novata expands ESG platform

The technology has improved its SFDR tools to assist fund managers with data analysis and reporting requirements

Abris Capital launches DEI code for portfolio

Firm makes commitments across education, governance, ownership and process with the aim of influencing industry practice

Driftwood Climate comes ashore

Boutique consulting firm to advise on climate strategy, decarbonisation and climate impact

PE sustainability initiatives launch decarbonisation roadmap

The PMDR has been launched by the Initiative Climat International and the Sustainable Markets Initiative’s Private Equity Task Force, supported by Bain & Company

CMA publishes Green Agreements Guidance

GPs and LPs are unlikely to infringe upon UK competition law for pursuing environmental sustainability agreements

NB appoints head of ESG data

Aria Goudarzi joins from Nikko Asset Management Group

TMF launches ESG administration

Company aims to assist firms with setting up, defining and reporting on ESG frameworks

Clarity AI and Next Gate Tech join forces

Sustainability tech platform and fintech firm team up to automate sustainability data collection across portfolios

PRI launches co-design process for Progression Pathways

Association aims to clarify different roles investors play in a sustainable financial system and enable increasingly targeted support

DIF Capital appoints head of ESG

Lorraine Becker steps into the role after two years as principal consultant at Environmental Resources Management

Rubbish in, rubbish out?

The latest SFDR consultation gets the industry thinking about improving entity-level disclosures

European Parliament rejects ESRS objection

MEPs call for private sector to contribute to corporate sustainability transparency

Profile: Gerwin Theiler, capiton AG

The CFO and partner reflects on how the industry has changed and talks shop about continuation vehicles and succession planning

Reframe launches sustainability practice

Nikhil Chouguley to lead the service

Column: Everyone an ESG expert? Forget about it

Natalia Ramsden of Sofos Associates considers digital dementia, ESG and the value of prioritising critical thinking

Profile: Begoña Aguilera Navajas, Sherpa Capital

The head of IR and ESG speaks to us about her dual role and how ESG has developed during the course of her career

Position Green opens Brussels office

Julia Staunig has been appointed to lead the firm’s Brussels team

MSCI acquires Trove

Company aims to expand both product palette and client base

Inrate partners with TMX

Company to provide ESG impact ratings and climate intelligence for ESG data hub

Sonen appoints head of impact engagement

Amanda Feldman has previously co-founded portfolio initiative programme the Impact Management Project

Apex expands ESG solutions

Fund administrator offers compliance, reporting and consulting services after its acquisition of MJ Hudson’s ESG advisory businesses

Avocado toast and carry

An open ear for the next generation’s concerns and demonstrating how PE can address them could be the key to answering the talent question