Alternative fund managers most influenced by ESG in investment decisions
The study from Ocorian, which manages over 15,000 structures on behalf of 6,000+ clients globally, shows the UK is ranked as the jurisdiction which will most increase in popularity for alternative fund managers targeting European investors over the nex
ESG credentials and strategy are the biggest influencers when it comes to making fund investment decisions. This is according to new research among alternative fund managers across the UK, US, and Europe by Ocorian, a specialist provider of alternative fund services and global leader in entity administration, fiduciary, and compliance solutions.
This is followed by the investment fund’s manager and its capital growth, which ranked as the second and third most important dynamic, respectively.
The study also found almost all (98%) alternative asset managers agree that it will become harder to launch new funds unless they have a strong ESG focus. Of these, almost two in five (39%) strongly agree with this view.
As well as being central to fund investment decisions, alternative fund managers believe ESG will have the second biggest impact on innovation in the alternative asset management sector. The biggest impact, they believe, will come from growing pressure from investors for new solutions and advances in technology. Data analytics will have the third biggest impact, the research found.
The study from Ocorian, which manages over 15,000 structures on behalf of 6,000+ clients globally, shows the UK is ranked as the jurisdiction which will most increase in popularity for alternative fund managers targeting European investors over the next 18 months. This is followed by Jersey, Mauritius, and Guernsey.
Paul Spendiff, Head of Business Development, Funds Services at Ocorian, said: “Even when faced with tough economic conditions, our research shows that ESG credentials and strategy are now of the utmost importance to alternative fund managers, overtaking more traditional investment decision-making criteria such as the investment manager and capital growth. For an increasing number of fund managers, a strong ESG strategy and credentials ultimately drives strong, long-term performance as well as having a huge impact on innovation in the sector.”
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