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Episode 65 — PE Views: How Can PE Sponsors Promote Transparency and Successful Fund Raise Amid ESG Scrutiny?

December 20, 2023
As ESG statements fall under increasing scrutiny, sponsors should aim for consistent and accurate messaging, as well as robust ESG strategies.

Regulatory drivers and stakeholder demands have put environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations at the forefront of their agendas, with PE firms adopting ESG strategies across funds, investments, due diligence, and portfolio company management. This strong focus has prompted certain stakeholders to argue that ESG factors are receiving undue attention at the expense of financial considerations, a critique sometimes referred to as “greenbashing” or the “ESG backlash.” In major markets, politicians and stakeholders have expressed concerns that ideological considerations are illegitimately impacting investment and business decisions.

In this episode of Connected With Latham, London private equity partner David Walker speaks with Betty Huber, corporate partner and Global Co-Chair of Latham’s ESG practice, about how PE firms should approach their ESG strategies and messaging in the current political environment. 

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