Schroders acquires majority stake in BlueOrchard
July 26, 2019

Global investment house Schroders and impact investor BlueOrchard Finance today announce they have struck an agreement under which Schroders will acquire a majority stake in BlueOrchard. Schroders adds that BlueOrchard is the pioneer in microfinance and impact investing. Founded in 2001, it is the world's first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments, it says.

Today, the Switzerland-headquartered firm offers investors premium impact investment solutions across asset classes, including credit, private equity and sustainable infrastructure and is an expert in innovative blended finance mandates.

Schroders says the partnership with BlueOrchard supports the expansion of its sustainability capabilities. This will help to better serve clients who are increasingly seeking investments which have a beneficial impact on society and the environment, as well as generating positive financial returns. It also accelerates the growth of Schroders in private debt and private equity investments in emerging markets.

There will be no changes to the management team, processes or strategies that BlueOrchard manages. Peter A Fanconi will remain as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Patrick Scheurle as CEO of BlueOrchard.

Schroders will appoint Peter Harrison (Group Chief Executive), Georg Wunderlin (Global Head of Private Assets), and Stephen Mills (Executive Chairman of Schroder Adveq) to the board. BlueOrchard's Board of Directors, consisting of both BlueOrchard's and Schroders' representatives will adopt joint strategic decisions.





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Global investment house Schroders and impact investor BlueOrchard Finance today announce they have struck an agreement under which Schroders will acquire a majority stake in BlueOrchard. Schroders adds that BlueOrchard is the pioneer in microfinance and impact investing. Founded in 2001, it is the world's first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments, it says.

Today, the Switzerland-headquartered firm offers investors premium impact investment solutions across asset classes, including credit, private equity and sustainable infrastructure and is an expert in innovative blended finance mandates.

Schroders says the partnership with BlueOrchard supports the expansion of its sustainability capabilities. This will help to better serve clients who are increasingly seeking investments which have a beneficial impact on society and the environment, as well as generating positive financial returns. It also accelerates the growth of Schroders in private debt and private equity investments in emerging markets.

There will be no changes to the management team, processes or strategies that BlueOrchard manages. Peter A Fanconi will remain as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Patrick Scheurle as CEO of BlueOrchard.

Schroders will appoint Peter Harrison (Group Chief Executive), Georg Wunderlin (Global Head of Private Assets), and Stephen Mills (Executive Chairman of Schroder Adveq) to the board. BlueOrchard's Board of Directors, consisting of both BlueOrchard's and Schroders' representatives will adopt joint strategic decisions.



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