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Andy Thomson

Andy Thomson is a Senior Editor at PEI with responsibility for Private Debt Investor, the leading title focused on the world's private debt markets. Andy works closely with team members in London, New York and Hong Kong. He has been with PEI for many years, having worked previously on Private Equity International and Infrastructure Investor.
An anti-ESG backlash in some US states has created challenges for private markets managers but there are few signs of ESG moving down the priority list elsewhere.
Progress has been made but more still needs to be done as GPs strive to make their sustainability efforts meaningful.
Footprints in the snow
Private debt and ESG don’t have a long history together, but there are signs of much-needed progress being made.
Fund managers are making progress on ESG, according to our latest Perspectives study. But on DE&I issues, investors are far from happy.
A new report from CBRE Investment Management finds that 60% to 75% of Europe’s real estate stock is in need of refurbishment to meet required Energy Performance Certificate standards.
Bringing together the popular themes of ESG and infrastructure should be a winning formula but our leading event in Berlin revealed some challenging complexities.
Golding Capital infrastructure fund
Pensioenfonds Detailhandel, a pension fund for the retail sector in the Netherlands, is backing the French fund manager’s impact lending strategy.
Managers of private debt funds are following the broadly syndicated market in their embrace of sustainability-linked loans. Credibility is on the line.
The report found significant variation in key performance indicators and the ambition level of sustainability performance targets.
'The integration of ESG factors into leveraged finance investing is continuing at pace, evolving to be much closer to that of public equity markets,' said ELFA chief executive officer Sabrina Fox.

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