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Mats Andersson Takes #4 on Public Investor 100-2015

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Mats Andersson

Mats Andersson

SWFI Staff has released the Public Investor 100. He ranks 4 out of 100 for the SWFI Public Investor 100 – 2015.

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Despite equity market turmoil erupting in mid-summer, the conceptual issues of ESG and portfolio decarbonization continues to gain headway in CIO circles. In fact, many pension funds that have isolated carbon assets, experienced a positive attribution of returns – publicly-traded energy stocks have struggled in 2014 and 2015. As CEO of AP4, Mats Andersson sees carbon as a resource and one that comes with a cost. He makes no bones about the urgancy of pricing carbon to address climate change. Andersson clearly understands that investing in listed companies that embrace sustainability practices and have lower carbon footprints, can add less risk to a portfolio. A reduction in carbon intensity of institutional portfolios can occur without sacrificing performance.

U.S. stocks in AP4’s portfolios were rebalanced, dumping and lowering exposure to companies with high carbon footprints. In October 2013, he engineered an emerging market equity strategy targeting companies with lower carbon emissions. Once AP4’s equity portfolio is finished decarbonizing, fixed income is his next target.

Soft-spoken Andersson has taken it upon himself to educate asset owners on the importance of decarbonization to lower risk and how it has helped AP4. He is active on both sustainability-focused investment venues and conferences where green investing takes a back seat. He addressed our Asian institutional investor audience last spring in Seoul, while recently heading over to Lima for the Climate Action High Level Meeting at the 20th Conference of Parties. He was even courted years back by Prince Charles to discuss his carbon investment strategy. Under Andersson, AP4 was a co-founder of the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition, a coalition of asset owners and managers on mobilizing financial markets to drive economic decarbonization.

Before becoming CEO of AP4, Andersson was chief investment officer at Skandia Liv and before that a portfolio manager at AP3. Andersson started his career as a credit analyst at Götabanken and head stints in roles such as financial sales, journalism and investing.

Antares Bain Capital Complete Financing Solution Backs symplr Deal

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On December 10, 2018, Antares Bain Capital Complete Financing Solution provided a senior secured unitranche credit facility for Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. to acquire symplr, a healthcare governance, risk, and compliance software-as-a-service platform from Pamlico Capital and The CapStreet Group. Golub Capital provided financing for the transaction as well.

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PSP Investments Exits Antelliq

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On December 14th, Private equity firm BC Partners, Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments), and other minority co-investors have signed a definitive agreement with Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, to sell Antelliq Corporation, a Vitré, France-based provider of digital animal identification, traceability, and monitoring solutions. Upon close, Antelliq will be a wholly owned and separately operated subsidiary within the Merck Animal Health Division. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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JPMorgan Edges Out Hamilton Lane on Florida SBA In-State Mandate

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The Florida State Board of Administration (SBA) manages a plethora of Florida state funds, including the state’s defined benefit plans. Florida’s SBA awarded a private equity portfolio mandate which targets high-technology businesses in Florida to J.P. Morgan Asset Management. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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