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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

ESG Enterprise launches digital sustainability solution

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

Consortium of credit managers launches ESG disclosure template

The launch comes several months after companies and investors endorsed a statement calling for ESG standardisation

MJ Hudson expands ESG & Sustainability business to Spain

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

Diversity becomes key metric in fundraising

LPs are increasingly factoring DEI into their capital allocations, says McKinsey

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

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

Kuts joins Ogier’s sustainable investment consulting team

Dasha Kuts joins the dedicated consulting team in Dublin as a senior manager

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

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

IK formalises emissions targets

The PE firm’s greenhouse gas emissions targets have been validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative

TNFD launches Nature-related Data Catalyst

The group aims to identify data challenges and gaps, and provide recommendations to rectify them

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

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)

17Capital appoints Hedley as ESG director

Claire Hedley joins from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where she led the ESG client strategy group.

HFC: Employing fund management expertise to make a difference

Marshall Wace partner Jon May explains how Help for Children (HFC) applies the fund management expertise of its team members to make a real difference in preventing child abuse.

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

Cinven secures €4bn ESG-linked sub line

The sustainability linked loan will support portfolio company ESG initiatives

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

Fund finance tracker: 2nd edition

The latest instalment of the Fund Finance Tracker found tightening of NAV loan amounts and increased activity for GP facilities

Human vs nature

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

Pantheon names global head of ESG

Eimear Palmer joins from ICG where she was head of responsible investment

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

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.

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

Invest Europe developing ESG reporting standards

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

Triton secures €1.455bn ESG-linked fund facility

New facility is earmarked for speeding up ESG efforts in Triton V, a €5.2bn fund closed in 2018

Majority of managers say greenwashing is a problem

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

AIMA CEO Jack Inglis: Community and interconnectedness have never been more important

AIMA’s CEO Jack Inglis was appointed as HFC’s chair in January 2020. He reveals how the charity responded to initial fundraising challenges brought about by the pandemic, the uncomfortable positions he found himself in, and why HFC plays such an important role in building a peer-based community

BC Partners joins Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials

Membership marks the first private equity firm to join the PCAF

GHO promotes Rankine to sustainable investing director

Rankine will lead the integration of ESG considerations throughout the GHO investment process

MSCI and Burgiss launch Carbon Footprinting tool

Tool combines private company data from Burgiss with modelling developed by MSCI ESG Research for estimating corporate carbon emissions

LPs increasingly aware of data gaps in ESG reporting

The quality of ESG reporting is improving in private equity, but not enough areas are being covered

The Drawdown Awards 2021: Winners announced

Congratulations to the winners of our recent 2021 Drawdown Awards

SS&C launches ESG reporting solution

"We see the growing manager and investor demand to incorporate ESG metrics into client reporting at the manager and portfolio level."

Carlyle secures €2.3bn ESG-linked facility

Revolving credit facility is linked to boosting board diversity, tackling climate change and ESG-competent training

Domicile watch: August 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including the FCA's third consultation paper on UK IFPR, Guernsey's appointment of a strategic adviser for green and sustainable finance and Hong Kong's SFC amended fund manager code of conduct

CGE receives B Corp certification

The status confirms the firm’s high social and environmental standards, as part of its broader investment strategy and activities

ICG secures €1.45bn ESG-linked sub-line

Facility was provided by Standard Chartered Bank, BNP Paribas, ANZ Banking Group, ING Bank, and Royal Bank of Canada

The Drawdown Awards: GP finalists announced

We are pleased to present the GP finalists for The Drawdown Awards 2021