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Profile: Feizal Moossa, Adenia Partners

The chief risk officer discusses the importance of his role within private equity, how his responsibilities have evolved since joining Adenia in 2003 as well as operating without an in-house legal team

Core values biggest influence on ESG attitudes

52% of GPs believe their firm’s core values have the greatest influence on their attitude and activity with regards to ESG and sustainability

ESG deal DD key dataset for LPs

60% of LPs believe the most important dataset to determine a GP's ESG focus, is the way in which ESG is embedded into the investment process

FCA, PRA & BoE outline D&I initiatives

“Regulators and industry need to work together to increase diversity at senior levels and ensure the UK’s financial services firms are best equipped to serve the economy”

Lack of standardisation biggest threat to ESG

“Without one standardised framework for reporting standards, we will continue to see firms mixing and matching various guidelines, hindering long-term process in the area.”

LPs increasingly concerned by tax and regulatory changes

43% of LPs identified regulatory changes as the greatest risk to PE returns

New horizons: Carbon pricing

Professor Gianfranco Gianfrate, Climate Finance Lead and Professor of Finance at the EDHEC-Risk Institute, says carbon pricing is happening and managers need to prepare

Private equity must address climate change risk

“Climate change presents unprecedented business opportunities for the industry in addition to risks”

AlpInvest secures ESG-linked sub-line

ABN AMRO arranged the facility while Rabobank acted as sustainability co-ordinator

Diligencing diversity

Gender diversity is a key issue for private capital markets, but are LPs digging deep enough when diligencing fund managers?

A guide to improving gender diversity

What can PE houses do to better their employee ratios? Sasha Graham of Equality Group provides her top insights

Accountability main focus for improving DE&I

ILPA Diversity in Action (DIA) signatories have set up cross-functional councils, committees or task forces

WATCH: Cybersecurity, and ESG concern

Cybersecurity is a matter of good governance, as well as reputation and risk management - putting it at the heart of ESG practices

European GPs continue to outperform on ESG

New ratings from ASI’s 2020 ESG survey found the majority of European GPs scored highly

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

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

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

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

The ESG tech wave

From static and infrequent DDQs to real-time, performance linked, fully integrated improvements; ESG is fast-becoming a tech play

2020 in review: D&I firmly on the agenda

A look back at our diversity & inclusion highlights in PE during 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Human traffic

We caught up with PER about the latest hiring trends and return to office activity across the UK and Germany

Private equity’s return to work

Taylor Wessing partners Emma Danks and Helen Farr outline the key litigation risks of returning to the office

Comment: Culture drives results

Riverside COO Dörte Höppner believes culture is intrinsic to performance, and now is the time to talk about it

Comment: Cross-border marketing of funds

Richard Small, partner of Addleshaw Goddard, deciphers increasing complexities around crossborder marketing rules

Profile: Debojit Mukherjee, Agilitas Private Equity

The chief operating officer discusses what attracted him to his role, how the firm measures and tracks ESG and why their Sustainable Value Creation report is so important

ESG: From checkbox to value creation

Private equity firms have been dutifully integrating ESG reporting, but few use it as a genuine driver of value

LISTEN: MUFG’s Mike Dickey on ESG reporting

Alice Murray talks to Mike Dickey, head of product at MUFG Investor Services, about the data flow of ESG information between GP and LP

Comment: Compliance and ESG - Overhead or value-driver?

The crisis will likely bring about more stringent financial and environmental regulations; cutting compliance and ESG resources could bear greater costs, warns Robin Lööf and Edoardo Troina at Debevoise & Plimpton

Comment: ESG regulation is coming

Jan Gruter of Addleshaw Goddard deciphers what new regulatory frameworks could mean for private equity

Comment: PE & ESG… It’s time to look at your technology providers

George Ralph, managing director of RFA believes service providers are next in line for communicating their ESG credentials

The Impact Investing Operating Principles: the power of independence

Audits and regulatory practices are vital for tracking cash, but where are the equivalents for environmental and social impacts?

EQT secures largest ESG-linked sub line

EQT's Therése Lennehag: "With this ESG-linked financing facility, we actively contribute to increasing the availability of high-quality ESG data, critical for the financial markets to be able to build a resilient and regenerative economy"

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

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

Levelling the playing field

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

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.

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

Profile: Lincoln Jopp, Disruptive Capital

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

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?