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…

SFDR – the new ESG regulation in the European Union

Over recent years the EU made a significant political decision to establish a package of Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) initiatives and legislation to move Europe toward several Sustainability goals. Within the package of initiatives is the sustainability related disclosure in the financial services sector Regulation (“SFDR”). This requires financial actors to consider two main…

Unsustainable risks? Regulatory climate change for AIFMD

The Alternative Investment Fund Management Directive (“AIFMD”) was implemented in the EU in 2013, to regulate the alternative investment industry, chiefly as a result of the Global Financial Crisis. Fast forward seven years and this directive is still evolving, but now with a new focus: sustainabilty. On 8th June 2020, the European Commission published a…

ESG factors gaining ground in pension fund investing

If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us anything, it is the importance of the community in which we live and work. We see this importance upheld through organic ESG improvements. There have been many uplifting stories in social media about acts of goodwill, not just by individuals, but by companies who have responded to the…

Track record attribution (part 3): Who ya gonna call?

An attribution scoring exercise can provide a framework for selecting which investments to include within a track record. But how do you provide external verification of the level of involvement of team members in each deal in the track record, thereby validating the attribution exercise and justifying the track record as ‘yours’? This article builds…

Private funds ten-year top ten: biggest changes of the decade

This month, MJ Hudson celebrated its 10th birthday; one full decade. So, for this latest article, we thought we’d enter into the spirit of the occasion by spotlighting the 10 biggest changes we have observed in the private equity funds market, over the last 10 years: 1. The industry got a lot bigger… With interest…

Beyond box-ticking and greenwashing: 6 steps to creating real value through ESG and responsible investing

With climate change effects and social issues becoming more visible and more tangible every day; governments introducing regulation to gradually transition to a more sustainable economy; and technologies enabling that transition progressing steadily, “responsible investment” and ESG are slowly but surely becoming the norm among asset owners. In the trade, business and national press, we…

Africa R(a)ising – How to secure commitments for Africa strategies from non-African investors (Part I)

21% of respondents to a recent LP survey[1] expect to increase allocations to sub-Saharan Africa, with 17% looking to increase the pace of investment into the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. This is on the back of growing interest in the underlying demographic and economic changes on the continent, as well as the…

Are you ESG ready?

Asset managers typically evaluate a broad range of factors when determining the merits and long-term potential of any investment, whether it’s an LP doing due diligence on a fund or a GP scouting out target companies. Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are one such set of factors, and an increasingly important set. What’s in…

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