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Sustainable Private Debt

April 15 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Private debt continues to be an attractive option for long-term institutional investors, seeking to increase yield in an ultra-low interest rate world and diversify from traditional asset classes. Yet, the very same idiosyncratic nature of private credit doesn’t always blend well with standardised ESG criteria and measures. For this reason, among others, private debt has been lagging in ESG integration.

A panel of seasoned experts in the field of private debt and direct lending will join us for this virtual round table to explore the ways asset managers and asset owners tackle the particular challenges this asset class poses when integrating ESG and achieving positive impact.

Among the themes the panel will discuss:

◊ How are Private Debt funds adapting in the context of SFDR?
◊ What do asset owners require from Private Debt managers in terms of sustainability?
◊ How do private market investors work around the lack of standardized ESG reporting?
◊ What are the pros and cons of SFDR when selecting external private debt managers?
◊ What are the most attractive ESG-related investment themes within private debt?


More about your experts

Thomas Lane, CFA

Fund Manager, M&G Investments

Thomas joined M&G Investments as part of the graduate scheme in 2013, enjoying rotations in a range of teams across the business, before becoming a permanent member of the Leveraged Finance team in 2014
He is a CFA charterholder, and has a BSc (Hons) in International Business & Economics, from Aston University

Cecilia Sköld

Portfolio Manager, Skandia Life

Cecilia has worked as a portfolio manager at Skandia Life Insurance since 2013. She selects external funds, in private debt among other asset classes. Recently Cecilia commented on a significant commitment from Skandia Life to a fund investing in microcredits and targeting the Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to joining Skandia Life, Cecilia worked as a portfolio manager and credit analyst for Handelsbanken and as a fixed income portfolio manager for Folksam. She holds a master (maitrise) from the University of Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne and a degree from Stockholm University.

Lea Vaisalo

Head of Structuring & Private Credit, External Products, Nordea Asset Management

Lea is based in Helsinki where she heads the structuring and private credit teams for the external product division of Nordea Asset Management since 2019. In 2017, she joined Nordea Life & Pension in Copenhagen as Head of Credit Investments. Previously, she worked as Senior Portfolio Manager at PKA after several years of experience at Nordea, Morgan Standley and Lehman Brothers, in London. Lea holds an MSc. from Cass Business School and a BSc from Copenhagen University.

Laura Vaughan, CFA

Head of Direct Lending, Federated Hermes

Laura joined the international business of Federated Hermes in November 2015, when the private debt platform was being established. Her role has developed from analysing potential fund investments to now also include managing the Direct Lending team. Laura joined from GE Capital, where she was an associate in its mid-market leveraged finance execution team. At GE, Laura focused on arranging financings for European private equity-backed acquisitions funded through senior, second lien, mezzanine and unitranche facilities. Prior to this, Laura worked for three years at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in its acquisition finance team in London, focusing on opportunities in European large-cap leveraged finance transactions and on portfolio management. Her previous role was at Allied Irish Bank in Dublin in its Corporate Banking North America division, in which she analysed US large-cap and middle-market leveraged finance transactions, and performed portfolio management functions. Laura has an Economics degree from University College Dublin. She is a CFA charterholder.


Aline Reichenberg Gustafsson, CFA

Editor-in-Chief, NordSIP


April 15
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm