China's regulatory crackdown on business sharpens focus on ESG investing

China's regulatory crackdown on business sharpens focus on ESG investing

(Clockwise from top-left): Joji Thomas Philip, editor in chief, DealStreetAsia; Jie Gong, Hong Kong-based partner of UK investment firm Pantheon; Myron Zhu, head of Asia private markets at Manulife Investment Management

Recent events related to tighter scrutiny and a regulatory crackdown on a variety of sectors in China, the second-largest market outside the US for limited partners, have sharpened the focus on ESG as a key investment theme, according to panelists participating in DealStreetAsia’s Asia PE-VC Summit 2021, during the session titled – “Evolving LP-GP dynamics, private markets opportunities & Asian co-investments.”

ESG refers to a form of sustainable investing that takes into account environmental, social and governance aspects.

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