Webcast: ESG for Private Fund Managers

January 19, 2021

In the second in the series of three ESG focused webinars, members of the ESG Practice Group of Gibson Dunn’s London and New York offices will provide some insights specifically to address the ESG issues for Private Fund Managers including the following areas:

  • Regulatory overview – Global, Europe, UK
  • Approach to SFDR and regulatory change
  • Engaging with investors, investor reporting and trends
  • Integrating ESG into investment processes and portfolio companies
  • Sustainability as an asset class

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Michelle Kirschner is a Partner in Gibson Dunn’s financial regulatory team. She advises a broad range of financial institutions, including investment managers, integrated investment banks, corporate finance boutiques, private fund managers and private wealth managers at the most senior level. Ms. Kirschner has extensive experience in advising clients on areas such as systems and controls, market abuse, conduct of business and regulatory change management, including MiFID II, MAR and Senior Managers & Certification Regime. Following the EU referendum, she has spent considerable time advising regulated clients in relation to their options for conducting business in / into the EU following Brexit. She has also conducted internal investigations, in particular reviews of corporate governance and systems and controls in the context of EU and UK regulatory requirements and expectations.

Selina Sagayam is a Partner in Gibson Dunn’s international corporate team. Her practice focuses on international corporate finance transactional work, including public and private M&A, joint ventures, international equity capital markets offerings and advisory work focused on corporate governance, shareholder activism and securities law advice. Regarded as one of the leading public M&A advisers in the UK, Ms. Sagayam has advised on hostile, competitive and recommended takeovers. Ms. Sagayam is also noted for her expertise in financial services and regulatory advice. She advises boards and senior management of international corporations, exchanges, regulators, investment banks, and financial sponsors (private equity and hedge funds) on such issues. Her experience as a senior secondee at the UK takeover Panel and also as a non-executive director of a FTSE250 company has positioned her uniquely in her practice area. Ms. Sagayam established and co-chairs the firm’s UK ESG Practice Group.

John Senior is a Partner in the corporate department based in New York. He has extensive experience counselling sponsors on the organisation and operation of private investment funds, including buyout, infrastructure, real estate, natural resources, social impact and venture capital funds; co-investment funds; independent sponsor transactions and investment club programs. He was named a Rising Star for Investment Funds by IFLR1000 (2021). Mr. Senior also advises sponsors on internal partnership arrangements, strategic secondary and spin-out transactions, regulatory compliance and negotiations with service providers.

Chris Hickey is an Associate in the London office and is a member of the firm’s Financial Institutions Practice Group. He advises on a range of UK and EU financial services regulatory matters. This includes the regulatory elements of corporate transactions, regulatory change management and ongoing compliance requirements to which firms are subject. His clients include, among others, private equity firms, institutional asset managers, corporate finance boutiques and investment banks.