Cordiant is an institutional asset manager with offices in Montreal, London and Sao Paulo (and key team members in other cities in EMEA and the Americas). The firm is a sector-led investor focusing on private debt and private equity in (1) telecommunications infrastructure (2) agriculture real assets (3) transportation infrastructure and (4) energy infrastructure.
The firm tends to originate and lead its investments. It has embedded strong ESG practices and an impact investing outlook into investment processes since its founding in 2000. With the first close of Cordiant VII (an infrastructure debt fund), AUM will top $2 billion.
The firm’s primary focus has been on high-quality, neglected opportunities in emerging markets.
Cordiant adds value for its investors through the detailed sectoral knowledge of its industry teams and an ability to provide tailored capital solutions to companies seeking growth capital.
Key themes we are addressing—which offer significant profit potential whilst aligning with SDGs—include (i) bridging the “digital divide” by bringing critical communications infrastructure such as mobile towers and fibre to less-served areas; (ii) improving food security by providing much-needed medium-tenor capital to farming enterprises that practice sound agricultural and ecological management (including development of bioenergy) (iii) removing transportation bottlenecks that increase pollution and sap economic opportunities and (iv) encouraging the development of new, cleaner energy supply.
ESG risk management is integrated throughout the investment process and is viewed as an important risk mitigant. Critical considerations such as gender are factored into our Impact Measurement & Management system, which supports and aligns with our robust investment value-creation processes.
Engagements and Commitments to Impact Investing
• Original signatory of United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investing
• Original Signatory of the IFC Operating Principles for Impact Management
• Member of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN)
• Contributor to the GIIN’s Gender Lens Framework
• Contributor to the GIIN’s IRIS+ Framework & Impact Metrics
• New Member of the Blended Finance Taskforce’s Sustainable Infrastructure Investor Club
Voting member: Pascale Oligny
Member since 2019