Thursday, August 23, 2012

Top 12 Green Private Equity Firms

Green private equity is a vital funding mechanism that helps entrepreneurs secure sustainable venture capital. Green private equity firms supply venture capital to companies that are focused on sustainability. Private equity is capital that is not quoted on a public exchange. It consists of investors and funds that make investments directly into private companies or conduct buyouts of public companies that result in a delisting of public equity. Capital for private equity is raised from retail and institutional investors, and can be used to fund new technologies, expand working capital within an owned company, make acquisitions, or to strengthen a balance sheet.

The majority of private equity consists of institutional investors and accredited investors who can commit large sums of money for long periods of time. Private equity investments often demand long holding periods to allow for a turnaround of a distressed company or a liquidity event such as an IPO or sale to a public

Here are 12 leading green private equity firms (in alphabetical order):

Climate Change Capital

A leading investment banking group specialising in the commercial opportunities created by the low carbon economy. It advises and invests in companies who recognise that combating global warming is both a necessity and an economic imperative.

Environmental Capital Partners

A private equity firm which, through its relationship with New York Private Bank & Trust, provides long-term capital and management support to leading middle-market companies in the environmental industry.

Generation Investment Management

Generation Investment Management LLP is dedicated to long-term investing, integrated sustainability

Global Environment Fund

Their mission is to be the premier global private equity firm dedicated to making profitable investments that significantly improve the environment and the quality of life. In multiple markets and under varying market conditions.

Green Property Funds

GPF offers innovative real estate investment and consulting products designed to deliver superior financial and environmental returns.

Illuminated Funds Group

A family of sustainable venture capital-type funds. The funds were conceived in response to the expanding acceptance to investing with a triple-bottom line approach: The creation of positive financial, social, and environmental value.

Kranenburg Capital Management

Investing in small-cap growth companies both private and public that are innovators in clean technology. The goals are strong financial returns, preservation of capital, and making a difference by growing clean companies.

Light Green Advisors

Light Green Advisors (LGA) is a Seattle-based asset management firm that specializes in environmental sustainability investing.

The Trust Company

Engages in socially responsible investing as part of a comprehensive investment strategy. They are responsible for the creation of one of the first socially responsible Common Trust Funds in the country.

Underdog Ventures

Designs and manages customized social venture funds investing in companies with strong environmental, community, and workplace practices. Each Fund also has a community investment or philanthropic component.

@Ventures

CMGI's affiliated venture capital group, provides venture capital to early stage cleantech companies. It also supports mid-stage technology companies. Formed in 1995, @Ventures has funded more than 75 software, Internet, and energy technology companies.

Virgin Green Fund

Established to invest in companies in the renewable energy and resource efficiency sectors in the US and Europe.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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