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ESG regulation

A question of intent

EFAMA responds to ESA’s consultation on greenwashing, distinguishing between misleading with intent and regulatory uncertainty

Regulatory roadmap 2023

ESG is set to be the biggest bump in the regulatory roadmap for 2023, along with AIFMD and AML reforms in tow

Capital raising punishment: Marketing madness

Compliance and legal obligations for raising a fund have been building steadily in recent years. But given the sudden tightening of the fundraising market, the myriad rules managers must navigate have made capital raising a punishingly cruel exercise.

Column: Smooth operator

In a challenging fundraising environment, operational leaders must ensure the machine room is running smoothly, writes Dörte Höppner, chief sustainability officer at The Riverside Company

UNPRI et al. push for biodiversity

150 financial institutions have called on world leaders to adopt Global Biodiversity Framework at COP15

Edinburgh reforms cement UK financial divergence

The Chancellor of the Exchequer revealed more than 30 regulatory reforms to the UK financial industry to drive competitiveness and growth

Dealbreaker: ESG standards

To retain investors, a high standard for ESG-related disclosure is becoming crucial

PRI welcomes sustainability due diligence legislation

Eurosif and the Investor Alliance for Human Rights among consortium supporting EU proposal; which has issued additional recommendations

CSRD implementation removes GP hurdle

The CSRD has been officially adopted as EU legislation, removing a GP operational burden

Managers downgrading SFDR fund labels

Continued tightening of the SFDR has seen several funds move from Article 9 to Article 8

ESG-related terms: a new circle of confusion

ESMA’s consultation on ESG-related terms risks adding more uncertainty to an already fragmented legal framework

PRI launches human rights initiative

Consortium includes 220 investors with a combined $30trn AuM

Industry alliance calls on PE to support climate change objectives

Consortium requests GPs align their investments with 1.5c pathway and address climate change across all business activities

Investing in new tech is major challenge for GPs

According to a new report from Aztec, 83% of alternative investors are struggling with bringing new technologies into their firms

GP policies under increasing LP scrutiny, says EY

Higher levels of LP scrutiny are arising over risk management, talent retention schemes and ESG policy development across GP firms, according to an EY survey

ESG Enterprise launches digital sustainability solution

The ESG-as-a-service API library aims to help firms move towards their sustainability goals

MJ Hudson expands ESG & Sustainability business to Spain

The company has incorporated a Spanish ESG consulting firm in its development overseas

Profile: Bettina Denis, Revaia

The head of sustainability is passionate about ESG being a symbiotic effort of a GP and its portfolio companies

Broadridge launches SFDR reporting solution

The end-to-end tool aims at supporting asset managers with SFDR-required disclosures

IPEV board opens consultation

GP feedback requested on the association’s latest draft amendments to valuation guidelines

FCA takes stance on greenwashing

Our in-depth analysis of the regulator’s consultation paper unveils increasing complexity of fund categorisation and disclosures coming to private equity

ESG highest regulatory concern

KPMG’s ‘Regulatory Barometer’ has identified the maintenance of financial resilience and regulation of digital finance as second biggest concerns

Column: Tricky maths

Dörte Höppner, chief sustainability officer at the Riverside Company, explores the complexities of collecting ESG data

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