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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

Ahmed Khamassi is head of data science at the firm

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

LISTEN: InCloudCounsel’s Pospisil on the future

Troy Pospisil explores how the regulatory landscape for private capital funds is evolving, how investor demands are changing and how InCloudCounsel’s offerings aim to support these developments

Cathay Capital appoints chief impact officer

Matthieu van der Elst joins from Michelin Ventures, the venture arm of the Michelin Group, which he founded in 2015

Class of 2020

A cross-section of industry practitioners share their greatest lessons of this year

LISTEN: InCloudCounsel’s Pospisil on document abstraction

Alice Murray talks to Troy Pospisil, founder and CEO of InCloudCounsel about what it is, how it works and how it supports private equity legal teams, as well as the wider organization.

2020 in review: Regulatory complexity

A look back at the regulatory transformation around the AIFMD in the private equity market in 2020

ILPA launches diversity initiative

Following the launch of its ‘Diversity in Action’ initiative, ILPA has announced the founding signatories; 46 GPs and LPs.

NAVs won’t return to pre-pandemic levels until 2022

80% of Duff & Phelps survey respondents believe up to 30% of private market investments won’t recover their pre-pandemic values until 2022 or beyond

LISTEN: InCloudCounsel’s Pospisil on private equity roots

In the first instalment of our mini podcast series, Alice Murray talks to Troy Pospisil, founder and CEO of InCloudCounsel about the company’s origins: what drove him to set up the firm and how it has developed over the past seven years.

Comment: Stepping back (rather than looking back)

Nicola Morgan of The North Star Partnership urges leaders to take a step back and consider the potential opportunities of re-invention and innovation brought about by the pandemic

City Hive launches D&I kitemark

It enables investment managers to address, assess and catalyse an improvement in the culture within their own organisation, as well as the wider industry, and their portfolios

Apex partners with RepRisk

The partnership enables Apex’s clients to access RepRisk analytics reports and case data on private companies via Apex’s ESG rating and advisory portal

PE ESG reports “too superficial”

Brackendale’s latest survey found LPs are dissatisfied with PE ESG reports because they lack detail, are too vague and provide superficial statements on intent

UNPRI updates investor reporting framework

The new framework aims to create a shorter, more consistent structure, with more flexible and meaningful reporting outputs

PE’s response to systematic risks: room for improvement

Analysis of 100 PE firms found lacklustre responses to the triple crises of Covid, climate change and racial injustice

Culture shock: ESG, compliance and LPs

We caught up with representatives from PE houses across Europe to find out how ESG, compliance and investors have impacted culture

Profile: Shami Nissan, Actis

The head of responsible investment discusses how the firm ensures its investment strategy is carried out to high standards, ESG regulations entering the market next year and challenges around investing in emerging markets

Comment: Preparing for the second wave

Dörte Hoppner, COO of Riverside Europe, highlights the importance of people and talent management as we face more months of uncertainty

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

Comment: The ‘new office politics’

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

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