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An impact fund could convert a coal power plant to natural gas, but wouldn’t necessarily be an Article 9 fund, Allianz’s Jemima Atkins says.
The summit’s post-covid Berlin comeback is awash in the language of sustainable investing, as infra investors look to build back better.
Timber, forest
As the likes of Nuveen, HSBC and CPP Investments have aligned themselves to make long-term ‘natural capital’ investments, the required offset markets have grown in number too.
‘Greenwasher’ is a powerful – but as yet undefined – label. We should use it with care.
When it comes to ESG in private credit, the spirit is willing, but there is a lack of cohesion in both expectations and approaches, write Debevoise lawyers John Young and Sophie Michalski.
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.
Farmland, emissions, carbon, wind
A trickle of fund managers choosing to link carried interest to their impact and ESG targets is good news for private markets, showing the industry is serious about its sustainability goals.
S&P Global Ratings claims the fear may be greater than the reality, but there are plenty of examples out there to make investors feel uneasy.
GPs can be at the mercy of even the weakest connections to adherence to ESG standards – real or perceived.
Fund managers – especially credit firms – need to rethink how they assess target companies’ cyber resiliency as part of their ESG due diligence, writes Terésa Cutter, managing director and head of ESG and impact at private debt firm White Oak Global Advisors.

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