Last updated: 06:24 / Wednesday, 26 May 2021
Venture capital strategy

HSBC Asset Management Hires a New Climate Technology Team

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  • The team will develop a venture capital investment strategy providing clients with opportunities to invest globally in technology startups who are addressing climate change
  • They will report to Remi Bourrette, Head of Venture and Growth Investments, who arrived at the firm last year from HSBC Global Banking and Markets
  • Christophe Defert joins as Head of Climate Technology Venture Investments and Michael D’Aurizio has been appointed Investment Director, Climate Technology

HSBC Asset Management has hired a Climate Technology (Climatech) team as part of its strategy to expand direct investment capabilities in alternatives. The new team will develop a venture capital investment strategy providing clients with opportunities to invest globally in technology startups who are addressing the challenges of climate change.

In a press release, the asset manager revealed that the strategy will focus on companies across the energy, transportation, insurance, agriculture and supply chain sectors. The first fund is planned to be launched before the end of the year with an intended cornerstone investment from HSBC.

The team will report to Remi Bourrette, Head of Venture and Growth Investments, who arrived at the firm last year from HSBC Global Banking and Markets. As for the new recruits, Christophe Defert joins as Head of Climate Technology Venture Investments. He has over 16 years’ experience in investment banking, private equity, corporate M&A, energy contracts and venture capital. Before joining HSBC Asset Management, he spent 10 years at Centrica where he most recently built and led Centrica Innovations’ Venture effort globally.

Also Michael D’Aurizio has been appointed Investment Director, Climate Technology. He has over 10 years’ experience in power, utilities, and clean energy including business strategy and venture capital, and previously led Centrica Innovations’ US activities.

“Technology will play a major role in enabling the energy transition, funded by public money, private capital and philanthropic commitments like HSBC’s Climate Solutions Partnership with the World Resources Institute and WWF. The appointment of this team will allow us to provide clients with early exposure to sectors which are just emerging as such, but will become major sources of financial and environmental value over the decade", Joanna Munro, Global CIO at HSBC Asset Management, commented.

In 2020, HSBC Asset Management set out its strategy to re-position the business as a core solutions and specialist emerging markets, Asia and alternatives focused asset manager, with client centricity, investment excellence and sustainable investing as key enablers. The firm currently manages 45 billion dollars in alternatives strategies.

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