Scratching beneath the surface of ESG: Getting ESG right when reviewing your investments webinar

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15 December 2020


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Scratching beneath the surface of ESG: Getting ESG right when reviewing your investments webinar


Once a reputational issue for business, ESG is now an increasingly integral part of any investment consideration. More and more institutional investors are signing up to coalitions like the UN Principles for Responsible Investment and expect fund managers to equally demonstrate deeper commitment to ESG with strong frameworks in place. And from March 2021, the introduction of the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation implores funds to better understand the ESG status of their portfolio investments. But what does ‘real ESG’ look like? How can investors truly get a feel for the ESG credentials of a target? 

Join Henry Smith and Maria Knapp, partners at Control Risks for this webinar where they’ll walk through how you can get your ESG assessments right in your investments including: 
• Navigating the ESG standards ecosystem and outlook for future ESG regulations 
• Situating ESG within the deal diligence process- when to investigate, how to investigate, who should drive it 
• Leveraging ESG report findings in valuation exercises

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Date and time

Tuesday 15 December, 13:00-14:00


Maria Knapp, Partner, Control Risks

Maria Knapp is a Partner for Compliance Forensics and Intelligence for EMEA. The practice supports companies to manage their reputation and risks emanating from financial crime exposure, sanctions, social and governance (ESG) risks and stakeholder management. Maria specialises in advising corporate clients, DFIs and investors as well as their legal advisors, providing tactical and strategic advice on managing and ultimately mitigating reputational, bribery and corruption, ESG and operational risks with a focus on emerging markets.  


Henry Smith, Partner, Control Risks 

Henry leads Control Risks’ business intelligence and due diligence practice in EMEA, which is a team of 65 people in ten cities across the region. He is an experienced advisor to private market investors, corporates, and their legal advisors on intelligence gathering, political risk management, sanctions and foreign investment screening compliance, and due diligence practices, particularly with respect to investments and acquisitions. He speaks regularly at conferences and to the media on politics, regulatory developments and sanctions issues. Henry has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of York and a master’s degree in Middle Eastern politics from London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. He has lived and worked in Libya and the UAE for Control Risks and a previous consulting firm.

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