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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.
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.
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.
ESG and sustainability are now being worked into deal documentation, but it may take a while before the private debt industry is seen to be truly making a difference.
Investors have concerns over what is happening in the broadly syndicated loan space. The private debt market must learn the lessons.
There’s no doubt that ESG is a major talking point within private debt but there’s considerable divergence among fund managers on the best way forward.
Issuance has shot up in the first half of this year, underlining the importance of best practice being applied.
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