Private markets: sustainability for institutional portfolios

With the global COVID-19 pandemic in its second year now and with the immense uncertainty that institutional investors still face, investment strategy reviews should be high on the agenda (if not already completed!). With the extreme market volatility experienced in the last year and sharpened focus on ESG, investors have been given a wake-up call…

Real assets in a COVID-19 world

In this paper, we discuss some of real assets, namely infrastructure and real estate, investment trends that have been brought to the fore during the COVID-19 crisis, from accelerating digitalisation to the decline in retail property. We will explore how asset classifications are likely to develop in response to these long-term trends and why it…

The investor journey and why it matters (Part 2)

Once you have an understanding of what it is like to walk in an investor’s shoes and emphasis with the investor journey, you will be in a better position to make the fundraising process a more productive and engaging experience for them. And in an over-crowded industry where products are most often “bought not sold,”…

ESG in perspective

Since our first ESG assignment, well over 10 years ago, a lot has changed. One constant, however, is the opening statement of prospective clients. “What we don’t want, is a box-ticking exercise; we want to see ESG as a value driver. Can you give us examples of where ESG really created value?” Of course we…

The alpha in ESG

From the very beginning of the ESG movement, about fifteen years ago, asset managers have asked themselves if and how ESG can create value. In our view, trillion-dollar questions are always worthy of our attention, particularly if answering them may help to save the planet. In order to show whether improvements in ESG can drive…

Current opportunities and trends in real estate investing

Investor appetite for alternatives remains strong as the sustained low interest rate environment since the financial crisis, coupled with global growth concerns, trade war tensions, dovish central bank polices, and political uncertainty to name but a few, continue to drive the search for yield and interest in less liquid strategies, such as real estate. In…

On the brink of Brexit

The UK is set to leave the European Union on 31st of October. All bets are off as to whether it will actually happen, especially when one considers the number of extensions and the never-ending drama unfolding at Westminster. Like me, I am sure many readers are suffering from “Brexit fatigue”. However, it would be…

Do You DFI?

If you’re a private equity fund looking to attract DFI capital, here’s what you need to consider. Development finance institutions (DFIs) are government-backed organisations which provide funding and, where necessary, technical assistance to private enterprise in emerging markets. They deploy capital through a variety of instruments, including long-term loans, direct equity and fund investments. The…

Previewing the year ahead

In this article, we discuss some of the recent developments in the restructuring and turnaround world and do some horizon scanning to try and predict which direction European credit might be headed for the remainder of 2019. Setting the scene Despite some prophets of doom and ongoing stock market jitters, 2018 did not signal the…

Warranty & indemnity insurance – 5 Things to consider

This month we focus on five things to consider regarding warranty and indemnity (“W&I”) insurance for an M&A transaction. warranty and indemnity (“W&I”) insurance provides the insured seller or buyer with cover for losses suffered from warranty breaches and claims under the general tax indemnity under a sale and purchase agreement (“SPA”). 1. Why W&I…

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