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Vala launches new sustainable EIS fund

Vala launches new sustainable EIS fund

Vala Capital has invested in three fast-growth start-ups with sustainable strategies after successfully completing its first funding round for its new Sustainable Growth EIS. The company plans to raise GBP15 million for the sustainable EIS over the next two years and, having raised its target of GBP1.2 million for the first round, is due to embark on a second round of fundraising in September.

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Standard Chartered Bank and ICG announce EUR1.45bn ESG-linked subscription facility for ICG Europe Fund VIII

Standard Chartered Bank and ICG announce EUR1.45bn ESG-linked subscription facility for ICG Europe Fund VIII

Standard Chartered Bank and Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) have successfully closed an initial EUR1.45 billion ESG-linked subscription facility for ICG Europe Fund VIII. The lending group comprises Standard Chartered Bank, BNP Paribas, ANZ Banking Group Limited, ING Bank, and Royal Bank of Canada.

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General Atlantic forms BeyondNetZero

General Atlantic forms BeyondNetZero

General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm, has announced the formation of BeyondNetZero (BnZ), a new venture targeting growth equity investments related to climate change. BnZ is being established in partnership with Lord (John) Browne of Madingley, Senior Advisor to General Atlantic, who will serve as Chairman of the venture. BnZ combines General Atlantic’s significant growth equity expertise, along with a new team of proven climate investors and industry executives, to create a unique capability to identify growth climate investment opportunities. 

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Capstone survey highlights growing ESG conviction among private equity LPs worldwide

Capstone survey highlights growing ESG conviction among private equity LPs worldwide

According to a new survey of 140 global LPs conducted by leading independent global placement agent Capstone Partners (Capstone), European investors continue to lead the way on ESG, demonstrating clear objectives and focus when investing in the private markets. However, ESG conviction is globally high and whilst LPs in North America and Asia Pacific have lagged in the adoption of ESG principles, their responses show that implementation is now accelerating in all regions. One size does not fit all.