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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

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

The Drawdown Awards 2021: Finalists Announced

Thank you to everyone who entered, and a massive congratulations to all those that made the shortlist

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.”

KPMG joins campaign for reporting taxonomy

KPMG UK has become a founding member of Private Capital Data Standards Alliance (PCDS Alliance – formerly ADS Initiative)

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

Waterland closes €500m ESG-linked bridge loan

"We are rapidly moving towards a world wherein all finance is linked to sustainability in one way or another"

Nordic Capital secures ESG-linked facility

The revolving facility is linked to Nordic Capital Fund X, which closed on €6.1bn in October 2020

AlpInvest secures ESG-linked sub-line

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

WATCH: What do LPs do with all the data?

A recent webinar discussion explored the way in which data is being communicated, how technology is helping both GPs and LPs, and what LPs are doing with all the information

LISTEN: Do we even need standardisation? Episode 2

The second instalment of a recent podcast discussion examined industry body reporting efforts, and asked if standardised reporting is still necessary?

LISTEN: Do we even need standardisation? Episode 1

A recent podcast discussion explored technological advances in data transmission, and asked if standardised reporting is still necessary?

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

MUFG IS launches ESG reporting tool

The reporting tool initially uses RepRisk data and MUFG IS plans to add further data sources

Domicile watch: March 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Jersey's changes to its AML/CFT handbooks, Guernsey's review of its Green Fund accreditation and Ireland's Green Team network launch

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

Palatine invests in Anthesis

The fresh capital will support Anthesis’ growth plans, both organic and acquisitive, as well as accelerating its digitalisation