Amethis joins UN PRI

12 August 2013 • News

Amethis Finance is pleased to announce that it has become a UN PRI signatory (The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment).

The UN PRI is a network of international investors working together to put the six Principles for Responsible Investment into practice. These Principles reflect the view that Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues can affect the performance of investment portfolios and must be given appropriate consideration by investors. By implementing the Principles, signatories contribute to the development of a more sustainable global financial system.

Amethis Finance is a long term investor providing debt or equity products to fast-growing businesses contemplating regional or continental expansion in Africa. Amethis Finance has a responsible approach: the fund performs a rigorous analysis of the relevant environmental, public health, safety and social issues and continues to monitor those issues during its period of engagement. The investment team at Amethis evaluates ESG issues in their investment analysis and decision-making process and implements development impacts measurement and scoring.

Amethis Finance is an investment fund dedicated to Africa, with a total investment capacity at inception of USD 170 m in equity and USD 150 m in debt since its first closing achieved in December 2012. Amethis Finance has been created by a team led by Luc Rigouzzo and Laurent Demey, in partnership with La Compagnie Benjamin de Rothschild. They have been joined by a large group of private investors combining financial institutions and family offices. Amethis Finance is a “one-stop shop” which provides a full set of long-term financial instruments, investing both in debt and equity, with high objectives in terms of development, social, environmental and governance matters, while delivering attractive performance to its investors. Amethis Finance is aiming for a final close at the beginning of next year with a target investment capacity of USD 500 m (USD300m in equity and USD 200 m in debt).