Morgan Stanley’s Alternative Investment Partners Private Markets (AIP Private Markets) division has closed on a $110mn fund which will focus on climate solutions. The product was launched in a first of its kind collaboration with the U.S. congregations of Dominican Sisters to find investment solutions which focus on climate change and aiding marginalized communities that are disproportionately impacted by global warming.
AIP Private Markets launched its impact investing platform in 2014 in partnership with the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing. The globally diversified private markets platform seeks to drive positive social and environmental impact in sectors including mobility, energy, food and agriculture, resource efficiency and the circular economy. The climate investing strategy aims to address problems holistically from global warming to pollution, depleting natural resources and decreasing ecological diversity. These can range from early stage investments in energy efficiency software to more mature opportunities like fruit producers with water-saving hydroponic irrigation systems.
“AIP Private Markets has a proud 20-year history of successfully providing solutions for clients by focusing on the inefficient segments of the market, which are even more pronounced in impact investing. The development of our impact strategy underscores the team’s creativity in seeking to achieve particular objectives across our $12 billion in client assets, and more specifically, through our robust customized platform,” said John Wolak, Head of AIP Private Markets, Morgan Stanley Investment Management.
“AIP Private Markets’ Impact Investing platform has enabled us to catalyse private sector capital to address some of the most critical challenges faced by the planet and people in need. Every dollar invested in our climate program will seek to have a concrete climate impact measurement ranging from tonnes of CO2 emission offset and litres of water saved, to reduction in air pollution levels, in addition to generating compelling private markets returns,” said Vikram Raju, Head of Impact Investing at AIP Private Markets, Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Vikram joined Morgan Stanley in 2014 from the World Bank Group where he was the Global Climate Funds Lead for the IFC.
This AIP Private Markets climate solutions fund is a clear example of our commitment to seek to deliver commercial, high impact investment solutions to our clients,” said Matthew Slovik, Head of the Global Sustainable Finance Group at Morgan Stanley. “This effort represents a collaboration across Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing, Investment Management, and Wealth Management to drive innovation in the climate investing space.”
“We are delighted with the interest shown by such a broad and global investor group, which includes private and public pensions, faith groups, healthcare systems, foundations and endowments, family offices and high net worth individuals. There is a palpable need from investors for leading and innovative solutions in impact investing, and we are proud to close another successful fund-raise,” added Richard Lockwood, Head of Distribution for Northern Europe, Morgan Stanley Investment Management.