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Domicile watch

A round-up of key takeaways from major PE fund domiciles, including a Jersey Finance survey, ESG and climate change initiatives as well as regulatory updates

Comment: ESG in C-19

Dörte Höppner, COO of Riverside Europe, says ESG has new meaning and acts as one of PE's most vital tools in weathering the storm

Investindustrial awarded B-Corp status

B-Corps meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose

PRI, “A shield against COVID-19: embedding human rights in investment”

The PRI's Bettina Reinboth and Nikolaj Halkjaer Pedersen believe private capital has crucial role to play in safeguarding human rights

Proposed ESG disclosures open for consultation

This is the next step in increasing clarity around ESG reporting, and gives some idea of what might be expected of firms going forward

To B or not to B?

Is the B-Corp certification the answer to standardising ESG reporting?

Ocorian acquires Allegro

The deal furthers Ocorian’s fund admin offering across all investment structures and specialisms including green energy, listed and private funds

Tech is key to solving work-life imbalance

An eVestment study into private capital work-life balance points to dangerous stress levels and higher risk of burnout

Levelling the playing field

Highlights of recent developments by various bodies to regulate and standardise ESG

The new PE playbook

McKinsey urges sponsors and their portfolio companies to adjust quickly to the COVID-19 outbreak

ESG is key driving force of change

McKinsey & Company’s latest report said LP demand for higher quality information around ESG requires better tech, while social element of ESG highlights need for diverse teams

The Profile: Stephanie Wall, Palatine

Palatine's Stephanie Wall discusses the firm’s ESG evolution over the last 10 years, approaches to measuring sustainability and lessons learned from working in a consultancy

ICR launches ESG DD services for PE and VC

The analysis aims to help PE and VC firms identify and assess ESG issues during the investment due diligence process

Majority of GPs believe Gen Z creates new level of ESG investors

Findings come from Vistra's latest survey which interviewed a number of LPs, GPs and intermediaries

Take the risk

The cultural shift towards robust risk management is finding its way to private equity, and with it, the potential to unravel entrenched structures.

EU introduces new ESG regulation

Rules apply from 10 March 2021

Sustainable finance taxonomy nears agreement

Unified classification aims to provide absolute measure for sustainable economic activity

The Profile: Therése Lennehag, EQT

Therése Lennehag explores current ESG trends, technological advances, her role within EQT, the nuances of characteristics of those working on ESG initiatives and her outlook on how these roles will develop

Industry wants ESG regulation

According to a recent poll, senior leaders within alternative assets think regulators aren’t doing enough on ESG

CFA UK launches ESG qualification

The certificate demonstrates greater understanding and improves transparency across the investment sector

ESG Role Call

As LP demands on ESG continue to build, what types of skills and backgrounds should PE firms be looking for, and what does the role of ESG practitioner mean today?

Profile: Lincoln Jopp, Disruptive Capital

From soldier to partner, Jopp isn't a typical private equity practitioner

Masters of the universe

Private equity’s legitimacy is under threat in the new world order shaped by citizen unrest

Private equity under populist rule

As the economy becomes a global chessboard, what does protectionism hold in store for GPs?

5 minutes with… The Private Equity Stakeholder Project

New project aims to connect workers with private equity firms

Retail is PE’s major ESG trouble hotspot

Consumer-facing companies key source of reputational risk due to poor supply chains

Using numbers to win hearts and minds

Citizens reject PE’s value creation credentials. Could data help GPs tell their story?

5 minutes with… RepRisk

The Drawdown travels to PE’s reputational frontlines with CEO Philipp Aeby

Responsible Investment Profile: LGT’s Tycho Sneyers

The PRI board’s first PE member discusses plans to make scheme more relevant for GPs

Profile: Bridges’ Maggie Loo

Partner Maggie Loo shares the perks and challenges of fundraising with impact in mind