THE IMPACT SHIFT

Apax hires Helios exec to launch impact strategy

The European firm looks set to join its large buyout peers in establishing a fund line that will seek both financial returns and a positive societal or environmental impact.

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Be ahead of the next global investment mega-trend

The shift to sustainability in private markets deserves its own dedicated information source.

Temasek and LeapFrog hint at the future

Sophisticated LPs have been aligning themselves with sector-specialist GPs in recent years, and this pair's $500m partnership is a milestone deal.

Should sub lines be on the front line of ‘doing good’?

Given ESG-linked facilities are generating ‘a huge amount of interest’, we discuss whether they are the best way to incentivise change.

THE REGULATORY IMPERATIVE

US Impact Investing Alliance calls for impact bank

The US Impact Investing Alliance launches a proposal calling on the Biden-Harris administration to create a more inclusive economy.

BY THE NUMBERS

Where impact happens: Of the 9,807 impact investments made in 2019, most (61%) were private debt investments, according to GIIN. Private equity and real assets accounted for 11% and 2%, respectively

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DEEP DIVE

Measuring impact: The state of play

Impact investment allows firms to demonstrate their environmental and social credentials, but are their claims accurate? We take a look at the race to develop better measurement frameworks.

Is private real estate short-sighted on climate risk?

With property costs mounting in many of the world’s environmentally vulnerable markets, climate change is increasingly becoming an issue that the industry is being called to address now.

Shining a light on borrower behaviour

As private debt funds hone their focus on ESG, the big challenge is to find effective ways to influence the management of the underlying asset.

The pipe dream: ESG data in ‘real time’

The technology and expertise exist to communicate non-financial KPIs to LPs with regularity, but don’t expect it to happen any time soon.

Climate: What investors want

Investors, especially pension schemes with young beneficiaries, are starting to ask more of their managers when it comes to climate strategy.

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