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STAFFORD CAPITAL PARTNERS APPOINTS AN INDEPENDENT CHAIR OF THE STAFFORD STAFFORD ESG COMMITTEE AND ISSUES UPDATED RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT POLICY
Stafford Capital Partners (“Stafford”), a leading private markets investment group with a global presence and USD 5.0 billion under management and advice, today officially announces the launch of their responsible investment policy & the appointment of a new Chair to Stafford’s ESG Committee, Ms. Danyelle Guyatt.
Stafford believe that environmental, social and governance ("ESG") factors are intrinsic to the investment environment in which Stafford operates. We recognise our responsibility as an investor to contribute to a more sustainable financial system by taking a long-term, responsible approach to investing across private market funds and assets. We recognise our special role as stewards of money entrusted to us by our institutional clients, who in turn manage money on behalf of their investors. As active investors, we play an important role in ensuring our investments uphold commonly accepted standards of environmental protection, human rights, and good governance in a way that will enhance and underpin the financial returns that our investors expect of us and add long term value to the community of which we are a part.
In August 2017, Danyelle joined the Stafford ESG Committee as Independent Chair. Danyelle has extensive experience in working with institutional investors and collaborative investor groups, specialising in ESG integration and climate-related investment issues across international investment portfolios. She was previously Global Head of Research for Mercer's Responsible Investment team based in London, UK.
Angus Whiteley, Stafford’s Group CEO, commented: “Stafford has long prided itself on having responsible investment at the heart of its culture. Having Danyelle Guyatt join us, and already play an instrumental role in the development of our new policy, reinforces this ongoing commitment.”
STAFFORD CAPITAL PARTNERS ANNOUNCES NEWS ACROSS REAL ASSETS BUSINESS
Stafford Capital Partners (“Stafford”), a leading private markets investment group with a global presence and USD 4.9 billion under management and advice, today announces news from across its real assets business.
• Stafford International Timberland VII has completed its portfolio with a USD 15m secondary investment in a diversified timber portfolio in the US South. The USD 484m fund has been largely invested through secondary investments into a diverse set of assets across geographies and managers. The investment period was completed within three years.
• Stafford International Timberland VIII completed a third close in August with further commitments of USD 67m, bringing total commitments to USD 329m against a target of USD 500m. The fund has invested USD 64m across 6 funds to date.
• Stafford Infrastructure Secondary Fund II announces the European Investment Fund as a new investor. Their investment brings total commitments to EUR 200m of which EUR 171m has been accepted.
• Stafford Agriculture has made its first dedicated agriculture investment – a commitment to a permanent crops fund, managed by a specialist farmland manager based in the US.
Angus Whiteley, Stafford’s Group CEO, commented: “We continue to be very active in the infrastructure, timberland and agriculture markets, raising new capital, and deploying it effectively into the best opportunities. Our focus on secondary transactions is a consistent theme across the real assets, and is an important driver of our returns for investors. While we have sector specialists, our team is working very closely together and offers a coherent real assets strategy to clients who have interest across the sectors.”
STAFFORD CAPITAL PARTNERS ANNOUNCES SECOND CLOSE, STAFFORD INTERNATIONAL TIMBERLAND FUND VIII (“SIT VIII”)
Stafford Capital Partners (“Stafford”), a leading alternative investment group with a global presence and USD 4.8 billion under management and advice, is pleased to announce the second close on 06 April, 2017 of its timber fund, Stafford International Timber Fund VIII (SIT VIII), bringing total commitments to USD 262m. SIT VIII is a specialist timberland fund providing liquidity to Limited Partners in existing timberland funds through the secondary market, additional equity for timberland managers through co-investment and separate account opportunities, and equity for new timberland funds.
STAFFORD CAPITAL PARTNERS ANNOUNCES THE THIRD CLOSE OF ITS INFRASTRUCTURE FUND
Stafford Capital Partners (“Stafford”), a leading private markets investment group with a global presence and USD 4.5 billion under management and advice, is pleased to announce the third close on 06 March, 2017 of its infrastructure fund, Stafford Infrastructure Secondaries Fund II (“SISF II”), bringing total commitments to EUR 184m, with EUR 155m accepted to date. SISF II is a specialist infrastructure fund focusing on secondary opportunities in core infrastructure assets.
Simultaneously, SISF II has made its second investment of EUR 18.5m into a portfolio of operating infrastructure assets. This investment further strengthens our strategy to deploy capital swiftly into yielding Euro core infrastructure assets.
STAFFORD CAPITAL PARTNERS ANNOUNCES NEW APPOINTMENTS
Stafford Capital Partners (“Stafford”) a leading private markets investment group with a global presence of USD 4.5 billion under management and advice is pleased to announce the appointment of Michelle Ewart (Head of Business Development, North America), James Allen (Investment Manager, Agriculture) and Marek Guizot (Investment Manager, Timber).
The start of 2017 has seen a number of significant hires for Stafford including Michelle Ewart in the Austin, Texas office. Michelle is responsible for business development efforts in North America. Prior to Stafford, she served as Managing Director at Meritage Capital, a boutique investment management firm specializing in differentiated hedge fund solutions. Previously, Michelle was Director of Investor Relations and Marketing at Bocage Capital, LLC and was an Executive Director and member of the Capital Introduction team at UBS Securities, LLC. Michelle began her career in alternatives as an Analyst at Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc.
In January we also welcomed Marek Guizot and James Allen to the real assets division of the firm in London. Marek’s role includes investor relations, asset due diligence and monitoring of investment performance, with a specific focus on the Phaunos Timber Fund. He was previously the Forestry Director at Green Resources, a vertically integrated forest products company operating across East Africa. Prior to this he was a Principal at Pöyry Management Consulting UK, where he led a team providing advisory services to a wide range of stakeholders in the forest sector.
James has worked on the Stafford Agriculture strategy for the last 18 months, but he now joins full time. He is responsible for investment appraisal, financial modelling, due diligence, negotiation and investor reporting. Prior to Stafford, James was a Senior Analyst at EBG Capital, an agricultural investment advisory firm, where he completed mandates for Family Offices, the UN Food & Agriculture Office and the German International Development Agency. Before this, James was an Investment Manager at EnerCap Capital Partners in Prague, focusing on wind farm project finance and M&A in central and eastern Europe. He also has experience in carbon finance with Climate Change Capital and public market transactions.
Angus Whiteley, CEO at Stafford, said “we are delighted to welcome Michelle and Marek to the Stafford team, and for James to be joining us full time. We are deepening our real assets capabilities, with this added specialist expertise in timberland and agriculture building on recent infrastructure hires. At the same time Michelle’s appointment in the US allows us to better serve the needs of institutions in the US. We are excited to have three people join us who are an excellent fit with the culture we have at Stafford.”
STAFFORD CAPITAL PARTNERS AWARDED USD 35 MILLION MANDATE FROM THE EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF THE STATE OF HAWAII
Stafford Capital Partners (“Stafford”), a leading private markets investment group with a global presence and USD 4.5 billion under management and advice, today announces an additional allocation of USD 35 million to the Hawai’i Targeted Investment Program (“HITIP”) awarded by The Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawai’i (“ERS”)
Andrew Betz, Investment Manager commented “We would like to thank the ERS for the trust they are placing in us by allocating more capital to the HiTIP. Through the hard work of many people and organisations, the start-up ecosystem in Hawai'i has grown significantly since 2009, when the HiTIP began investing. With the launch of this second fund, we look forward to partnering with the various stakeholders to maintain and grow the HiTIP’s role as a source of investment capital for the Hawai'i economy.”
Further details available using this following link to a press release reproduced with permission: ERS Annoucement
STAFFORD CAPITAL PARTNERS ANNOUNCES DAVID LINDSAY AS PARTNER OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE TEAM
Stafford Capital Partners (“Stafford”), a leading private markets investment group with a global presence and USD 4.5 billion under management and advice, is pleased to announce the appointment of David Lindsay as Partner.
David is responsible for business development, deal sourcing and fund raising for the infrastructure team. He is experienced in all aspects of establishing, leading, managing and exiting infrastructure funds. He was, for 5 years Managing Director of Building Schools for the Future Investments LLP in the UK, which was successfully sold in August 2011. He previously spent 10 years with Barclays Private Equity where he was a founding member of their infrastructure team.
Angus Whiteley, CEO at Stafford, noted “David joined the business in 2013 as an advisor and brought a wealth of experience with him to Stafford, we are delighted that he has taken a permanent role.”
Ingo Marten, Head of Infrastructure, added “I am very happy to have David join the team. His direct infrastructure expertise is invaluable in light of the growth of both Stafford Infrastructure Secondary Fund II and Stafford’s infrastructure business overall.”