Session 2 in our webinar series focused on the increasing popularity of ESG-linked loans in the APAC region and their use in the funds finance landscape, as investor scrutiny of a fund's sustainability goals and contributions continue to grow.
ESG is making headlines, one way or another, on a daily basis. Compared to Europe, Asia has generally experienced relatively low and inconsistent regulatory intervention on ESG issues leading to a misconception that ESG may be of little relevance for managers operating in Asia. However, there are many practical and compelling reasons why Asia-based managers ignore ESG at their peril. Session 1 in our webinar series focused on the fundraising process. Our speakers discussed the basics of ESG and the investor perspective and explored issues to be considered during investor negotiations.