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eFront partners with Clarity AI

The partnership will integrate Clarity AI’s platform into eFront, enabling GPs and LPs to generate sustainability data on alternative investment portfolios

TDA 2022 Fund Administration: ESG winner: IQ-EQ

We explored IQ-EQ's ESG monitoring solutions which set the firm apart from its peers in this category

Profile: Laura Howes, Key Capital Partners

The finance & operations director discusses her move from origination to finance and ops, challenges in her new position, as well as her involvement with the firm’s tech stack

Reed Smith launches global ESG practice

The practice builds on the support and advice the firm has provided for its clients around ESG for a number of years

abrdn’s Crusey departs

Going forward, her role will be absorbed by others in the team who hold similar roles

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

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

CFOs: cost and resource constraints prevent ESG integration

Intertrust’s latest survey found this to be the biggest obstacle CFOs face when integrating ESG into their investment processes

Arcus achieves top ranking for ESG reporting

The firm is closely followed by Partners Group and Tikehau Capital

ESG outsourcing: who’s who?

We've compiled a directory of who does what when it comes to ESG outsourcing, to help get those boxes ticked.

Profile: James Harper, Apposite Capital

The CFO discusses why he has taken over the IR function, what processes and frameworks he's put in place since joining, as well as how the firm's bespoke DD for ESG differs from their peers

5 minutes with… Mark Coppin, Standish Management UK

“It’s not just about having a relationship manager, it’s about knowing the intricacies of each other's preferences, styles and ways of working, to get the best experience and standard of service possible.”

Operational Lens: Pantheon Secondary Opportunities Fund (PSOF)

With a total AUM of $52.3bn, Pantheon is a machine when it comes to fundraising. We take a look at the $624m PSOF, to discover how the pros get the job done.

PRI: DEI is more than just gender and diversity

According to PRI, LPs have a vital role in affecting systemic change on DEI issues, not only within their own organisations but also wider society

Carried Away

Could the ever forceful push for ESG break carried interest, the heart of private equity?

GPs need more clarity to create ESG funds

EY’s latest report found the majority of GPs don’t plan to offer ESG products this year, citing lack of standardised methodologies and appropriate risk/returns profiles as reasons why

SFDR remains a double-edged sword

The benefits and challenges of the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) were put to debate at our recent ESG conference

Profile: Bart Elema, Waterland Private Equity

The partner, CFO & risk officer discusses how his role and responsibilities have evolved over nearly two decades, why Waterland domiciles its funds in the Netherlands, as well as securing the firm's first ESG equity bridge facility

Invest Europe developing ESG reporting standards

The new standards are expected to be developed and established by summer 2022

PE vs ESG

The mindset required to genuinely achieve ESG aims inherently conflicts with the numerical and return-driven mindset needed to deliver private equity success. How can these mindsets converge to achieve both?

LP/GP power balance set to shift

Intertrust has identified the key technology trends which will impact private equity in 2022

Comment: The year ESG went mainstream

Sofiya Bumagin, managing associate at Linklaters discusses how ESG is fast becoming a PE megatrend, and the challenges yet to be overcome

Majority of managers say greenwashing is a problem

Most managers support the FCA’s adoption of the TCFD reporting framework

Profile: Richard Burrett, Earth Capital

The chief sustainability officer discusses the firm's proprietary tool, Earth Dividend, challenges around certifying as a Guernsey Green Fund as well as what he thinks of the FCA's proposed climate-related disclosures

5 minutes with… Stephen Millard, Included VC

“If organisations do not have high permission, high trust or are not open and conscious to allowing their employees to be their true selves, nothing will change.”

LPs: PE needs stricter oversight and regulation

According to Edelman, 74% of LPs believe there needs to be stricter oversight and regulation of PE

SBTi publishes guidance to combat climate change

The guidance aims to define and promote best practice in science-based setting, in order for PE firms to align their portfolios and operations to well below 2°C and 1.5°C climate scenarios

The big picture

Riverside Europe COO Dörte Höppner, details why private equity should consider ESG regulations as a chance to positively contribute to the global effort against climate change

FCA seeks views on ESG criteria for funds

The paper, which forms part of the regulator’s wider ESG framework, aims to help consumers navigate their sustainability characteristics

BC Partners joins Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials

Membership marks the first private equity firm to join the PCAF