IBIS Consulting joins SLR to build one of the largest global ESG and impact consulting teams

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SLR has agreed to acquire leading ESG consultancy in emerging markets – IBIS Consulting. IBIS, which has a strong focus on the African and Asian markets, works primarily with financial institutions and their underlying investments in their transition towards adopting more sustainable, responsible and investment-focused investment strategies. impact.

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed at the end of June. IBIS brings together a team of 100 people of highly experienced ESG and Impact advisory professionals in South Africa, Kenya, Morocco, Egypt, Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, the United Kingdom and France.

IBIS primarily supports development financial institutions (DFIs), private equity investors, banks, export credit agencies, asset managers, impact investors and venture capital firms in implementing internationally accepted sustainability standards, helping them reduce investment risks and unlock value, strengthening the ESG performance and development impact of their portfolios.

They provide a full range of ESG and impact advisory services to their clients across the investment lifecycle, from deal origination to exit, and have one of the largest teams in transaction consultancy across Africa and Asia, working on ESDD and post-transaction support across a range of areas. sectors. They also bring deep specialized technical capabilities in ESG and impact management systems for financial institutions, sustainable finance consulting (structuring and verification of green/climate bonds), climate strategy and TCFD, decarbonization and adaptation, and social protection, including decent work, human rights and gender perspective. invest. IBIS also helps clients meet listing requirements and is Africa’s largest provider of independent data assurance and sustainability reporting services.

The acquisition of IBIS adds a specialist sustainable finance perspective to SLR’s growing corporate ESG advisory capability, setting us apart from our peers and firmly placing SLR in a leading market position having brought together the one of the largest teams of senior ESG and Impact experts in the world.

Neil Penhall, CEO of SLR, said “I am very happy that the IBIS team is joining SLR. IBIS is one of the world leaders in supporting the financial sector to generate value through ESG and achieve positive impacts on its investments in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. IBIS complements and builds on SLR’s existing capabilities, which have grown significantly through organic and acquisitional growth and will create one of the largest global ESG advisory teams. Together, we can help our customers make sustainable development a reality.

IBIS CEO Jeremy Soboil commented “We are delighted to be part of SLR. SLR’s people-focused culture and trusted reputation among its clients resonate strongly with our vision and values. We also recognize that SLR’s technical rigor and depth of expertise, coupled with their global reach, can complement and enhance our offering to the financial sector. We have searched extensively for the right partner and believe that now is the time to take the next step in our evolution as a company.





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