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Actis ranked top in inaugural Impact 20 list

29 June 2021
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Actis, a leading global investor in sustainable infrastructure, has been ranked top of New Private Markets’ inaugural list of the world’s largest impact managers in private markets.

The ranking aims to give the best possible view of the managers who have the most capital and influence in the market. The list comprises multiple asset classes including private debt funds, growth equity and infrastructure funds.

Impact 20 uses the Global Impact Investing Network’s (“GIIN”) definition: “Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.”

The Editorial team at New Private Markets wrote: “Actis has always believed there did not have to be a compromise between financial returns and generating positive impact, even before impact was a widespread investor consideration. The firm marked its official embrace of impact investing principles in 2017 when it created the Actis Impact Score. Shami Nissan heads responsible investment efforts for the firm, which has shifted its focus away from corporate private equity to focus entirely on infrastructure.”

Torbjorn Caesar, Senior Partner at Actis, said: “This is both humbling and gratifying recognition. We do not raise capital under an impact banner- our approach is centred around the well established principle that it is financial performance which gives us the license to grow. We absolutely believe that values drive value- we define, measure and report the positive outcomes we are able to deliver for the countries, cities and communities in which we operate and we have consistently seen that investing responsibly is a powerful value creation lever.”

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