ClearlySo client capital raising activity doubles (£200 million+) as impact investing enters mainstream
ClearlySo, Europe’s leading impact investment bank, has announced that client capital raising activity has doubled since 2016 and has now surpassed £200 million. This marks a dramatic acceleration as ClearlySo’s clients have raised more capital in the last two years than in the previous eight.
Impact investing, which considers social, environmental and/or ethical impact (the third dimension) alongside risk and financial return, has grown rapidly in recent years. Research increasing demonstrates that investment opportunities exist that are both high impact and financial return—and there is no necessary trade-off [between the two].
The rapid acceleration in capital raising activity by ClearlySo’s clients is evidence of growing mainstream interest in impact investing. Over the past two years, ClearlySo has seen an increase in the size of capital raising mandates, including substantial series A and development capital funding rounds for Upside Energy, HCT Group, Bulb, SuperCarers and Knowledgemotion, with several mainstream institutions investing.
Rodney Schwartz, chief executive of ClearlySo, stated: “It is gratifying, after so many years of toil, to see investors embracing the idea of values-driven investing. They see that their clients (pension funds, HNWIs and Limited Partners) increasingly care about the positive impacts of their financial assets. Institutions which ignore this surging interest do so at their peril.”
Notes to the Editors
ClearlySo is Europe’s leading impact investment bank, working exclusively with businesses, charities, and funds delivering positive social, ethical, and/or environmental impact as well as financial return.
Originally founded in 2008, ClearlySo has helped more than 130 clients raise more than £200 million in impact investment from its extensive network of high-net-worth individual and institutional investors.
In addition, ClearlySo ATLAS helps investors assess the social and environmental impact of their venture capital and private equity investments and guides them towards a sustainable investment strategy.
ClearlySo is headquartered in London.
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