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Mark Carney’s new job as an ESG-focused fund manager

A vocal proponent of the transition to a net-zero economy, Carney will develop a group of funds that combine positive social and environmental outcomes with strong risk-adjusted returns for investors

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Mark Carney, the Bank of England’s former governor, has found another role.

The 55-year-old, who is already the United Nations’ special envoy for climate action and finance, will oversee Brookfield Asset Management’s environmental, social and governance investment strategy as the $550bn investment giant’s vice chairman and head of ESG and impact fund investing.

Bruce Flatt, the chief executive of Brookfield, said in a statement on 26 August that “Mark has been a vocal proponent of the positive role that private capital can play in climate action”.

“Building on our track record in renewable investing, Mark will help accelerate our efforts to combine better long-term outcomes for society with strong risk-adjusted returns,” Flatt added. “Mark’s insights and perspectives will add tremendous value to our global investing activities for the benefit of our investors.”

Carney, who is a vocal proponent of the transition to a net-zero economy, will develop a group of funds that combine positive social and environmental outcomes with strong risk-adjusted returns for investors, the firm’s statement said.

“The funds will make ESG-focused investments that are both capable of delivering measurable outcomes against specific impact goals and consistent with Brookfield’s extensive experience investing in high-quality, sustainable assets that form the backbone of the global economy,” the statement said.

Carney was named the United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance in December, and he was appointed by the UK prime minister Boris Johnson in January as finance adviser to the COP26 climate change conferences in Scotland, which were postponed by a year as a result of the Covid crisis.

Source: https://www.penews.com/articles/mark-carneys-new-job-as-an-esg-focused-fund-manager-20200827

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Bin ‘Dear Sirs’ in legal letters, litigation partner says

‘Dear colleagues’ or ‘Dear [Name of firm]’ are better ways of greeting other lawyers, says Hausfeld’s Craig

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A senior litigation partner has called for an end to the “outmoded” use of “Dear Sirs” as a form of address in legal letters.

Lianne Craig, head of commercial disputes at litigation firm Hausfeld, said the term “feels increasingly outmoded and incorrect,” in a post on Linkedin.

Craig said it was a “source of constant consternation that emails and letters from the other side on one of my matters are repeatedly addressed as ‘Dear Sirs’ when it is obvious that we are fielding an all-female team and that it might be polite to address us in some other (more appropriate) way”.

She said Hausfeld had decided to address opposing parties as “‘Dear [Name of firm]’” but said she had also seen “‘Dear Colleagues’ which is also Ok”.

“I’m not sure why firms that tout themselves as being progressive still use the old form: it feels increasingly outmoded and incorrect,” Craig wrote.

Hausfeld is not the first law firm to ban the phrase Dear Sirs. Magic Circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer scrapped the use of the term in 2016 – replacing it with “Dear Sir or Madam” in the UK and “Dear Ladies and Gentlemen” in the US.

Earlier this year US litigation firm Quinn Emanuel told staff they should use “Dear Colleagues” or “Dear Counsel” in correspondence with opposing parties.

Craig told Financial News, Private Equity News‘ sister publication, that Hausfeld updated its style of greeting in early 2020.

“The workforce is much more diverse than it was when ‘Dear Sirs’ developed as a customary form of address and society has moved on,” Craig wrote in an email. “We must also take into account a wider range of gender identities than male/female.

“It’s good to talk about the issue because it’s easy to allow inertia to prevent progress,” she added. “In my experience, most people do not object to updating the customary form once it’s pointed out to them that it’s no longer relevant.”

To contact the author of this story with feedback or news, email James Booth

Source: https://www.penews.com/articles/litigation-partner-calls-for-end-use-of-dear-sirs-in-legal-letters-20201127

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EU negotiator en route to London for Friday evening Brexit talks

The UK’s transition period is set to end on 31 December, leaving just five weeks for a deal to be agreed

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The EU’s team of negotiators tasked with finding a post-Brexit trade deal are on their way to London, ahead of another week of crunch talks with the UK.

Having been in self-isolation for two weeks in Brussels after one member of the team tested positive for coronavirus, chief negotiator Michel Barnier said in a tweet that the group will be travelling to London later on 27 November for more talks.

He added that he will be briefing members of the European Parliament and representatives from member states before the expedition, giving an update that the “same significant divergences persist” between the two sides.

Sticking points in the deal talks thus far have included fishing rights, a level-playing field, governance of the agreement and the question of border arrangements between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

“In line with Belgian rules, my team and I are no longer in quarantine. Physical negotiations can continue,” he said.

President-elect Joe Biden waded into the debate on the Irish protocol earlier this week, telling reporters that the US does not want to see a “guarded border” between the two countries.

He said he had been speaking to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, and officials in France and elsewhere to lend support to a deal on the matter.

Johnson was also expected to have a call with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen this week to give an update on the teams’ progress.

Investment bank JPMorgan raised its assessment of the talks to 80% in favour of a deal being agreed ahead of the talks on 24 November, on reports of stronger signs of the two sides reaching a consensus.

The UK’s transition period is set to end on 31 December, leaving just five weeks for a deal to be agreed.

JPMorgan analyst Malcolm Barr said that the EU and UK may now be working on flexible arrangements so that a provisional version of a deal could be in place by 1 January, with EU parliament members to vote on that agreement on 28 December.

To contact the author of this story with feedback or news, email Emily Nicolle

Source: https://www.penews.com/articles/eu-negotiator-en-route-to-london-for-friday-evening-brexit-talks-20201127

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VC firms help B2B software-as-a-service specialist Paddle to $68m Series C round

Paddle, a B2B software-as-a-service platform, has closed its Series C round on $68m to continue its growth momentum.

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Paddle, a B2B software-as-a-service platform, has closed its Series C round on $68m to continue its growth momentum.

The investment was supported by FTV Capital, Kindred Capital, Notion Capital and 83 North.

Paddle offers an all-in-one revenue delivery platform that supports acquisition, renewals, and expansion of companies.

Services available include managed payments, checkout, compliance, data management and more.

Its revenue delivery platform is designed to remove friction for B2B SaaS companies, empowering them to increase their net dollar retention by responding faster to growth opportunities.

Over the past four years, the company has seen an average annual revenue growth of more than 175%. It has doubled in the last year alone, it claims.

In a blog post from Paddle CEO Christian Owens said, “We created Paddle because we’ve seen first-hand the things that limit the growth of a SaaS company often have very little to do with the quality of your product.

“Dealing with payments, managing subscriptions, localizing checkouts in multiple languages, and handling tax and compliance across dozens of markets is hugely complex and each of these challenges makes it harder for businesses to scale quickly.”

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