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IPEM 2022: “We need to act with intentionality”

Johnny El Hachem, CEO, Edmond De Rothschild Private Equity, discusses the origins of their conviction investment approach

IPEM 2022: “We have to fight the fight”

FRANCE INVEST's Claire Chabrier discusses PE's role in tackling climate change and social inequalities

Invest Europe releases new ESG reporting guidelines

New guidelines aim to be user friendly and include a voluntary reporting template

Daring to be different

Having enjoyed several years of stellar growth, have Asian fund managers done enough to ensure their firms are operating in a robust enough manner to weather the gathering global macroeconomic storm?

PRI among consortium calling for ESG standardisation

The WBCSD, PRI and IFA have been endorsed by 65 organisations, calling for aligned regulatory and standard-setting efforts around sustainability disclosure

Novata partners with Frazier & Deeter

The partnership aims to support identification of ESG metrics and disclosure requirements

TDA 2022: ESG Professional of the Year: Robert Sroka, Abris Capital Partners

Sroka expresses his passion for ESG, and why he always tries to go the extra mile - a quality which won the judges' vote

Maples launches ESG fund services solutions

They aim to support fund managers and institutional investors with ESG and impact investing credentials

TDA 2022 Technology: ESG winner: Greenstone

Toby Robertson, head of InvestorPortal explains why being a specialist in the ESG space won the judges vote

Apex Group expands Global Compliance Solutions to Singapore

It aims to address local clients’ risks and concerns around ESG, sustainability, AML, digital assets and fintech

TDA 2022 Advisory/Consultancy ESG winner: ITPEnergised

Katie Jeffery, associate at ITPEnergised discusses how the firm remains focused on building real value in a rapidly evolving ESG landscape

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

Legal lowdown: Sam Kay, Travers Smith

Partner and head of investment funds discusses PE’s evolution since 1998, the importance of carry, along with the challenges of labelling funds in relation to SFDR and the Taxonomy Regulation

FCA delays consultation on SDR

The FCA has delayed its internal consultation period from Q2 2022 to autumn 2022

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

Key reporting deadlines for Q3 2022

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

TNFD releases v0.2 beta framework

This second release builds on and incorporates the core components of the first v0.1 framework, makes several enhancements and introduces three new features

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

Zeidler launches digital sustainable finance module

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

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

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

Human vs nature

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

Broadridge launches ESG reporting solution

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.”

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.

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

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

IIGCC publishes net zero guidance for PE

The guidance aims to incorporate net zero strategies for institutional investors with multi-asset portfolios

100 LPs and GPs commit to ESG data convergence project

The group aims to streamline ESG data collection and reporting, leading to greater transparency

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

EDC to collect ESG data

Collecting data annually using one platform with a standardised methodology, allows for consistent, comparable pan-European statistics

Navigating new rules

Ropes & Gray partner, Eve Ellis, takes a look back at private equity fund regulations throughout 2021, and looks ahead to what's in store for 2022 and beyond

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