News in brief: 1 October 2021

- The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has approved the first crypto fund according to Swiss law.

The fund, which is restricted to qualified investors, invests primarily in cryptoassets. For the first time, FINMA has approved a Swiss fund that invests primarily in cryptoassets, that is to say in assets based on the blockchain or distributed ledger technology. The fund concerned goes by the name of the ‘Crypto Market Index Fund’, an investment fund according to Swiss law belonging to the category ‘other funds for alternative investments’ with particular risks.

- Robeco has launched its RobecoSAM Global SDG Engagement Equities fund, developed in partnership with UBS Global Wealth Management (GWM).

This is Robeco’s second SDG-focused equities fund; in 2018 the asset manager launched RobecoSAM Global SDG Equities. As exclusive partner for the six months following the launch of the fund, UBS GWM has initiated funding this month, with a target to invest USD 1.5bn. SDG Engagement Equities is a high conviction strategy with a sustainable investment objective to drive a clear and measurable improvement in a company's contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) over three to five years. The objective is to motivate invested companies to improve their fulfilment of the UN SDGs by actively engaging and having an active dialogue with them.

- Mirova has announced the launch of its first impact private equity fund.

The pan-European fund, the Mirova Environment Acceleration Capital fund, aims to invest in companies providing sustainable innovative solutions and technologies contributing to the environmental transition. The fund aims to raise €300m from institutional and private investors. The fund and its team will receive the support of the responsible investment research team, which has been analysing the sectors and actors of the environmental transition for almost 10 years.

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