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And the survey says…

How can tech make sense of the alphabet soup of ESG frameworks?

More signal, less noise: enhancing the UK’s position as a fund domicile

Despite housing the largest asset management industry in Europe, the UK ranks behind other jurisdictions as a domicile of choice for UCITS and AIFs

Höppner named as Riverside CSO

Newly-formed role sees Höppner overseeing and driving the GP's ESG initiatives globally

One in four LPs refusing investments on ESG standards

New findings show 25% of LPs are turning down investments based on a manager’s ESG standards

ESG Book raises $35m series B

The new funding, led by Energy Impact Partners, will advance ESG Book’s next-generation technology

Column: Ukraine and ESG

The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine has put ESG into sharp focus for private equity firms, writes Riverside Europe’s COO Dörte Höppner

Gen Z call for PE to boost ESG credentials

Private equity firms should better highlight their ESG credentials if they want to secure the next generation of top talent within a fiercely competitive candidate market, new research finds.

Luchet joins ACA to lead European ESG Advisory

Marie Luchet was previously the director of Continental Europe with Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI)

17Capital appoints Hedley as ESG director

Claire Hedley joins from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where she led the ESG client strategy group.

HFC: Employing fund management expertise to make a difference

Marshall Wace partner Jon May explains how Help for Children (HFC) applies the fund management expertise of its team members to make a real difference in preventing child abuse.

Comment: Keep your head in the cloud to track ESG

To be good at ESG investing you need an exceptional ESG tracking system, which requires the power of the cloud, writes Ben Harrison of Intapp

Aligning ESG efforts with your fund administrator

With LPs increasingly interested in how private equity firms themselves are operating when it comes to ESG, it’s worth thinking about a GP’s own suppliers and third party providers to ensure both parties are aligned.

LDC appoints ESG director

Alex Bexon joins from Deloitte where he spent the last 10 years in the firm’s ESG advisory practice

Zeidler launches digital sustainable finance module

The module provides practical guidance on sustainable finance regulations, disclosure and reporting obligations

Operational lens: Summa Equity Fund III

Summa’s latest fund was almost quadruple the size of its predecessor, despite being raised remotely. General counsel Martin Sjölund, talks us through their Swedish fund structure, the bespoke onboarding solution, tackling compliance heavy ODD and Summa’s supportive partners.

Profile: Patrick Camenisch, Evoco Private Equity

The director of finance and operations discusses automating processes, fund administrator challenges, and why Evoco switched fund domicile from Jersey to Luxembourg

Cinven secures €4bn ESG-linked sub line

The sustainability linked loan will support portfolio company ESG initiatives

LPs to start requesting SBTi adoption

New research reveals the majority of European LPs will soon be asking managers to adopt the Science-Based Targets initiative

Comment: ESG and PE in Asia: rules of attraction

Stephanie Keen, leader of Hogan Lovells’ corporate & finance practice in Asia Pacific and associate Amelia Lee detail regulatory developments putting ESG firmly on the map in Asia.

ESAs clarify SFDR and Taxonomy Regulation compliance

Recent statement aims to clear up confusion over the application of SFDR and the Taxonomy Regulation ahead of their adoption

IQ-EQ appoints sustainability manager

Sanaa Hira has joined from GAM Investments to take up the newly-created role

Force of nature

The TCFD has put action to prevent climate change to the forefront of investing, now a new nature-related framework aims to put the spotlight on biodiversity

ICG appoints global head of sustainability & ESG

Elsa Palanza joins from Barclays where she spent the last four years in a similar role

Fund finance tracker: 2nd edition

The latest instalment of the Fund Finance Tracker found tightening of NAV loan amounts and increased activity for GP facilities

Domicile watch: May 2022

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including JFSC’s fee increases, Jersey’s amendment to its Limited Partnership Law and GFSC joining TNFD

Human vs nature

People are messy and unpredictable - trying to fit them into one third of an acronym isn’t working

Bridgepoint’s Holley joins KPMG

James Holley has rejoined KPMG having spent five years as head of ESG at Bridgepoint

Broadridge launches ESG reporting solution

The solution aims to help ESG asset managers to manage their SFDR compliance

Pantheon names global head of ESG

Eimear Palmer joins from ICG where she was head of responsible investment

Legal lowdown: James Oussedik, Sidley Austin

To kick off our legal insights series, James Oussedik, investment funds partner at Sidley Austin discussed his thoughts on AIFMD II and fund domiciliation challenges

Zeidler launches SFDR disclosures tool

The tool aims to streamline and simplify asset managers’ adherence to the ESG regulation

Operational lens: Circularity backs P2i

With a circular economy investment strategy framework, Circularity Capital delves deep into the details when it comes to deals. We take a look at the operational work behind the firm’s recent £8m investment into P2i

Argos appoints ESG head

Jessica Peters joins from engineering and advisory company Greenfish

BlackRock to streamline ESG reporting

Consortium of LPs will use ESG Outreach, an extension of eFront’s Insight platform, for ESG data collection, analysis and reporting

Profile: Susan Wilkins, Actis

The COO discusses her pathway from Actis portfolio company to the GP, taking over management of Abraaj funds and her role as a member of the inclusion & diversity committee

NorthEdge’s Hobbs joins RSM UK

Kathy Hobbs has been appointed associate director in ESG

Profile: Razzak Akbar, Freshstream

The CFO discusses Freshstream’s spinout from Bregal, the ongoing relationship between the two firms and setting up the Dutch office

400 PRI signatories used EU taxonomy last year

Around 10% of total signatories adopted taxonomy on voluntarily basis before it became a mandatory obligation

Another ESG regulation

Despite numerous ESG related rules hitting private equity over the past year, Brexit means more burdensome regulations for managers to digest and comply with. What does the proposed UK Green Taxonomy mean for PE, and how does it fit into the existing ESG regulatory matrix?

JTC launches virtual chief sustainability officer service

The outsourced offering aims to help clients to understand, definite and implement their own ESG strategy, policies and reporting

JTC appoints first chief sustainability officer

Wendy Holley will continue in her existing role as COO, and will be responsible for developing JTC’s ESG framework

Unlimited partnership

Over the past year, there has been a surge of partnership agreements between various private equity-focused tech providers. Additionally, these same tech providers have joined forces with a number of service providers. But who is doing what, with who?

Due diligence goes digital

A new report found the majority of survey respondents intend to use more technology and tools to get diligence done in the future

EU Commission publishes finalised RTS under SFDR

The Commission Delegated Regulation will come into force on 1 January 2023, when SFDR is expected to come into effect

mnAI acquires Regulation Technologies

The acquisition aims to enhance mnAI’s data insights offering

Comment: Unlocking private markets’ ESG potential

Hemal Mehta, founder and CEO of AtomInvest discusses the importance of sophisticated tech when it comes to ESG data collection, analysis and reporting

Aztec hires head of ESG and sustainability

Caroline Mantoura joins from Accenture, having served as director of operations

ESG Book adds ESG data convergence project metrics

Private equity GPs and LPs, globally, will now have access to meaningful, performance-based, comparable sustainability data from private companies

GRI most popular ESG reporting framework

The framework is widely used across the US and Western Europe because it’s considered the most comprehensive standard for sustainability reporting

Key reporting deadlines for Q2 2022

Need to know dates for private equity filings in the second quarter of 2022

The DEI is cast

Riverside Europe's Dörte Höppner gets under the skin of private equity's diversity, equity and inclusion problem

TNFD framework open for consultation

Taskforce for Nature-based Financial Disclosures aims to build upon the approach taken by TCFD and align with the emerging global baseline for sustainability standards

LISTEN: Lessons learned with Steve Darrington

Our latest podcast details his approach to risk management, walking the line between optimism and realism, and thinking the unthinkable.

Profile: Devin Glenn, Blackstone

The managing director, global head of diversity, equity & inclusion discusses how Blackstone collects and measures DEI metrics, where DEI sits within the firm and what she's achieved so far

Novata forms ESG advisory council

The council advises the firm on ways to help private markets navigate, operationalise and extract value from ESG data

PE & VC firms failing to meet industry EDI standards

Equality Group’s latest D&I index ranked Advent International in first place for the second year in a row, with a top score of 65%

5 minutes with… Monel Amin, DiligenceVault

“One of the biggest friction points we see is the lack of standardisation. Diligence standards have emerged, but adoption remains sub-scale.”

Actis promotes Nissan to partner

Shami Nissan has led the firm’s approach to responsible investment, sustainability and impact since 2014

Domicile watch: February 2022

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including JFSC’s late fees for registry submissions, Guernsey’s new chair for its Green Finance strategy and Ireland’s Green Pledge launch

Reporting frequency expected to increase

Intertrust’s latest survey found GPs expect to share information daily or weekly, or in real time