IQ-EQ’s Kevin O’Connell chats to Beth Houghton, Partner and Head of Impact, and Stephanie Wall, ESG Director, at UK investment firm Palatine Private Equity. Together, they discuss how the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the growth of ESG-focused funds and how the private equity industry can embrace this opportunity for change.
In addition, Beth and Stephanie share the key criteria Palatine looks for when acquiring portfolio companies and discuss how they believe the private equity market will look one year from now.
Beth joined Palatine in 2007 after having previously spent 10 years as a management consultant. She holds an MBA with distinction from Manchester Business School. Beth leads Palatine’s Impact fund, and has recently been named in Real Deals’ Future 40 Diversity and Inclusion Leaders list.
Stephanie joined Palatine in 2018 from an environmental consultancy and has 10 years’ experience in the responsible investing space.
Palatine is a UK-based, mid-market private equity firm with an unrivalled reputation for balancing sustainability and ESG with market-leading returns. Its main focus is on ensuring that ESG contributes directly to the long-term success and sustainability of its portfolio companies.