Real Deals ESG conference

30-31 January 2024

The King's Fund, No. 11 Cavendish Square, London

Environmental, Social, Governance in European Private Equity

More information about the 2025 conference will be announced soon.

Real Deals and The Drawdown’s ESG Conference will build on Real Deals’ 20 years of experience in the European private equity sphere, to provide an exclusive platform for fund managers, investors and expert solution providers to tackle one of the most rapidly evolving and topical issues facing the industry: ESG.

ESG has become a central tenet of firms’ approach, an integral business driver that is key to attracting capital, customers, talent and creating value for exit. Having strong and genuine ESG credentials is no longer ‘trendy’ but reflective of an industry shift to be considerate and conscious of their impacts to people and planet.

This year’s agenda covered the key themes for 2024; engaging directly with how the sector is changing their behaviours, how to quantify ESG as a commercial metric, the ever-important role of data and benchmarking, and we heard from LPs on their expectations for firms and portfolio companies.

Discussion points

Discussion points

  • Private equity’s role in leading climate action - how private capital can accelerate and guide behavioural change in society
  • Taking the lead on social action: The CEOs engendering diversity across their firm and investments
  • How best to refine LP ESG requests
  • AI as a tool to drive sustainability
  • The importance of selecting the correct benchmarks and datasets for your ESG strategy
  • Why firms should take a highly selective approach to portfolio company’s ESG impacts and how-to refine a hierarchy of needs
  • The ESG ecosystem: creating positive change throughout the value chain
  • LP perspective: what is the meaning of “true” ESG integration
  • The commerciality of quantifying ESG. How integrating ESG becomes a core driver for value creation
Why attend?

Why attend?

  • Hear from 45+ industry leading experts and interact in-person with thought leaders from across the PE community
  • Connect with the leading experts in ESG and benchmark your strategies with your peers
  • Gain actionable insights from private equity firms at the forefront of ESG adoption and implementation
  • Learn invaluable knowledge on the latest trends in ESG from global experts
Key takeaways

Key takeaways

  • Discover the latest update on regulatory changes
  • Address the challenges of ensuring data integrity and consistency of reporting
  • Learn the value of DEI within both GPs and their portfolio companies
  • Understand the role of ESG through the whole deal cycle – from valuation through to exit

At each event, our dedicated team works hard to bring together the speakers you want to hear from on the topics that are close to your heart.

A minimum of three months of desk, telephone and face-to-face research goes into creating each programme – so if you would like to participate, please contact David Stent today.

Advisory board include:

Eva Vogt
Partner, Head of ESG & Impact
EMK Capital
Misa Andriamihaja
Senior Investment Specialist, Private Equity Lead
Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC)
Bran Pathmanāban
Head of ESG
IP Group
Elin Ljung
Managing Director, Head of Communication & Sustainability
Nordic Capital
Lucie Mills
Eimear Palmer
Partner & Global Head of ESG