There’s much talk these days about opening up private equity to retail investors. Many large PE funds have already rolled out new retail products, EU regulators are streamlining the framework related to the alternative assets sector, and individual investors themselves are showing significant interest. But as Agathe Bubbe tells us, if the much-heralded “democratization” of the industry is to be a true and lasting success, there’s still more work to be done by private equity professionals.
The rapid emergence of generative AI on the public stage has already sparked a myriad of potential and real productivity gains for workers in almost every industry. Domitille Doat, Sandra Bertay and Nicolas Debock are eager that European policy makers, educators and business leaders should embrace the opportunities presented by the new technology.
Growing demands for a stricter ESG reporting framework mean that investors and corporations will need to allocate considerably more time and resources to the task. It’s a turning point for the industry, to everyone’s advantage. Margaux Girard and Clément Morin explain how stricter ESG reporting is an opportunity, not a constraint, for the private equity industry.
Despite the dramatic slowdown in tech M&A dealmaking this year, several factors continue to provide strong incentives for European entrepreneurs and their investment backers to pursue consolidation, argue Romain Mombert, Pierre Meignen, and Olivier Sesboüé
With healthcare systems across the Western world struggling to cope with new diseases and aging populations, private investment has an important role to play in backing innovative medical technology and better coordination between public and private-funded facilities. Francesco Orsi, Asnen Cassam-Chenai, Pierre Larivière, Antoine Zins explain how a number of solutions backed by the investment community could presage a better chapter in medical history.
Cities account for over 70% of global CO2 emissions, making them an urgent priority for decarbonization. Encouragingly, most of the technology required to achieve this has already been developed. Today the biggest challenge lies in rolling out those proven solutions at both a vast scale and an unprecedented pace. Melissa Cohen and Pierre Devillard explain why the implementation of this “New Electricity Era” will require further digital innovation and massive investment.
The global shipping industry, which is key to our globalized economy, is facing major challenges as it looks towards a cleaner and more sustainable future. Sylvain Makaya and Audrey Lambry argue that addressing these issues will require substantial investment, opening opportunities for innovative financing solutions..
The future is now upon us. A summer of natural disasters has shone a harsh light on the need for investors to assess whether their portfolio companies are equipped to be resilient in the face of demands of profound climate-induced volatility . Sophie Flak and Mathieu Teisseire call for urgent action to establish a common and coherent ESG benchmark to guide institutional investors as we move into the adaptation economy.