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ESG-focused investment funds raised a record amount last year – estimated at more than $50 billion in new investor money. This trend is expected to not only continue but accelerate over the next few years. Some commentators have even noted that eventually, there may be no distinction at all between traditional investing and ESG investing as the latter cements its standing as the new normal for our modern-day society.

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The fund finance markets have remained active and vibrant into May, building on a solid first quarter. Much of what the market forecasted as likely in the beginning of the year has been occurring in fact. While the markets are steady and there is not much by way of breaking news, here are a few of our recent observations. 

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First Republic Bank this week published the first of a three-part, high-level primer on capital call credit facilities, written by Managing Director Alex Bolton. Part 1 provides an overview, covering topics such as what is a facility, when and why private equity funds may seek to put a facility in place, and key terms for a facility, including borrowing availability under a facility.

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Cadwalader fund finance partner Samantha Hutchinson has been recognized as an industry leader among the 2021 IFLR1000 Women Leaders. In a Q&A special as part of the Women Leaders series, Sam discusses a range of issues and trends related to gender parity in the legal profession, including some key insights based on her own career.

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“ESG is really about risks,” PitchBook analysts write in PitchBook Analyst Note: ESG and the Private Markets published in April. More specifically, the authors explain that ESG factors measure and address risks that have not historically been captured in financial statements − risks that could harm a company that fails to take such risks into consideration. In the private markets, LPs are increasingly including ESG criteria into their due diligence and investment processes.

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In his Private Funds CFO guest column, Shiraz Allidina of Citco Capital Solutions, Inc. explains the role of a fund’s service providers, and discusses how subscription facility lenders should consider the quality and reputation of those service providers when evaluating new fund finance clients.

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On the Move

Deutsche Bank International Private Bank recently appointed James Nash as Head of its EMEA Fund Finance lending business, based in the UK. James is focused on building on the private equity business across subscription lending and GP and LP finance, covering all asset classes.

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Fund Finance Hiring

RBI is hiring a senior associate for its fast-growing European fund finance team in London.

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In this episode of Fund Finance Friday: Industry Conversations, Bank of Ireland’s Nicholas Armstrong joins Cadwalader partner Jeremy Cross to discuss fund finance at BoI, as well as current market developments and predictions for the rest of 2021.

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As anyone who has ever worked on a subscription-based fund finance facility involving Cayman vehicles can tell you, there will at some point be engagement on the “investor notices.” Most attorneys and bankers in the space can explain why this matter arises (because the Cayman Islands does not have a forum to formally register security interests to establish priority or otherwise), and almost everyone has a view on what is “market standard” vis-à-vis the issue of such notices. The reason for and use of investor notices is an evolving concept, however, and while we don’t anticipate Ken Burns or David Attenborough covering it in a documentary any time soon, a quick trip through the ages of fund finance is helpful to shed some light on what is, from a Cayman Islands perspective, an enduring feature of fund financing transactions.

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Luxembourg law firm Wildgen last week hosted the seventh webinar in its fund finance series – a focus on GP and Management Fee Facilities. The panel was moderated by Michael Mbayi of Wildgen, and included Emily Rose of Silicon Valley Bank, William Lamain of Raiffeisen Bank International, Amira Hajili of Natixis, Richard Fletcher of Macfarlanes, and Brian Foster of Cadwalader. Here are FFF’s key takeaways from the panel.

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