UK-based Ethos Invest has launched a vehicle set to become the world’s largest shariah compliant tech-focused private equity fund, with a fundraise target of GBP1 billion.
By Emily Fuller, Deborah Low, Ellen McGinnis and Emma Russell, Haynes and Boone – If an investor in a private equity fund is subject to Shariah, or committed to making ESG investments, then such investor might seek to be excused from participating in certain investments that are non-compliant with its investment guidelines.
By Emily Fuller, Deborah Low, Ellen McGinnis and Emma Russell, Haynes and Boone – Governance is perhaps the least talked about component of ‘ESG’, but is based on concepts of fairness, transparency and accountability that form the basis of good corporate governance.
Shariah in the spotlight II: How to be environmentally friendly and socially responsible under Shariah law
By Emily Fuller, Deborah Low, Ellen McGinnis and Emma Russell, Haynes and Boone – Environmentally friendly investment guidelines have come to the fore recently due to increased focus on climate change and governmental action aimed at protecting our planet. With heightened focus on the economic impact and carbon footprint of corporations and industries, investors have an increased appetite to invest capital in sustainable projects such as renewable energy research, and development or real estate and infrastructure projects that seek to minimize environmental impact through sustainable construction.
By Emily Fuller, Deborah Low, Ellen McGinnis and Emma Russell, Haynes and Boone – ‘Sustainability’ and ‘ESG’ have become trendy buzzwords in the finance world of late, but is the concept that wealth creation and management should be beneficial to the environment and society really that new? This article will look at the similarities and differences between ESG investment guidelines and long standing principles of investment practiced under Shariah law and discuss the implications of such restrictions for fund finance.