Schroders Capital and BlueOrchard’s senior leaders recognised among most influential women in private markets
Zurich, 1 July 2022 – Schroders and BlueOrchard, a leading impact investment pioneer and member of the Schroders Group, are celebrating two of their senior managers being recognised among the most influential women in private markets.
Sophie van Oosterom, Schroders Capital’s Global Head of Real Estate, and Maria Teresa Zappia, Chief Blended Finance and Impact Management Officer and Deputy CEO of BlueOrchard, were both named among Private Equity International’s (PEI) Women of Influence in Private Markets List 2022.
The annual list, which was first launched in 2021, was highly competitive with just ten nominations secured for each asset class out of 600 industry nominations. The winners were selected by PEI’s editorial teams. Sophie van Oosterom was selected in the real estate category, while Maria Teresa Zappia was recognised in the cross asset class category.
The growth and development of Schroders Capital’s real estate business was highlighted in Sophie van Oosterom’s nomination, while Maria Teresa Zappia’s leaderhip in impact management and blended finance was highlighted. It is the second consecutive year that Sophie van Oosterom and Maria Teresa Zappia have been named in this list.
Schroders Capital places a strong focus on promoting diversity. Other female leaders who have joined Schroders Capital’s leadership team in recent years include Chantale Pelletier, as Global Head of Infrastructure, Natalie Howard as Head of Real Estate Debt and Nicole Kidd as Head of Private Debt for APAC. These appointments have all supported the ambitious growth strategy of Schroders Capital.
Georg Wunderlin, Global Head of Private Assets, Schroders Capital, commented:
“It is a fantastic achievement to have two women recognised by this influential list. Sophie and Maria Teresa have rightly received the accolades for their work across real estate and impact investing. More broadly, at Schroders Capital we regard diversity and inclusion as a key success factor and we see it as our mission to promote inclusive, holistic, and sustainable business practices in private markets.”
Maria Teresa Zappia, Chief Blended Finance and Impact Management Officer and Deputy CEO, BlueOrchard Finance, commented:
“The partnership between BlueOrchard and Schroders has been a unique opportunity to expand our outreach and best-in class expertise in sustainability and impact investing to new sectors and to developed markets. The private market platform of Schroders Capital across teams and investment solutions is a terrific way to integrate sustainability and impact at scale, and we have been entrusted to follow the same level of rigour by embedding sustainability in each stage of the investment process.”
For further information, please contact:
Tahmina Theis, BlueOrchard Finance Ltd
+41 22 596 47 69
Andy Pearce, Schroders PR Manager
+44 20 7658 2203
Justine Crestois, Schroders PR Executive
+44 20 7658 5186
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Schroders Capital provides investors with access to a broad range of private asset investment opportunities, portfolio building blocks and customised private asset strategies. Its team focuses on delivering best-in-class, risk-adjusted returns and executing investments through a combination of direct investment capabilities and broader solutions in all private market asset classes, through comingled funds and customised private asset mandates.
The team aims to achieve sustainable returns through a rigorous approach and in alignment with a culture characterised by performance, collaboration and integrity.
With $74.9 billion* (£55.3 billion) assets under management, Schroders Capital offers a diversified range of investment strategies, including real estate, private equity, secondaries, venture capital, infrastructure, securitised products and asset-based finance, private debt, insurance-linked securities and BlueOrchard (Impact Specialists).
*Assets under management as at 31 December 2021 (including non-fee earning dry powder and in-house cross holdings)
About BlueOrchard Finance Ltd
BlueOrchard is a leading global impact investment manager and member of the Schroders Group. As a pioneering impact investor, the firm is dedicated to generating lasting positive impact for communities and the environment, while aiming at providing attractive returns to investors. BlueOrchard was founded in 2001, by initiative of the UN, as the first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments worldwide. Today, the firm offers impact investment solutions across asset classes, connecting millions of entrepreneurs in emerging and frontier markets with investors with the aim to make impact investment solutions accessible to all and to advance the conscious use of capital. Being a professional investment manager and expert in innovative blended finance mandates, BlueOrchard has a sophisticated international investor base and is a trusted partner of leading global development finance institutions. To date, BlueOrchard has invested over USD 9bn across more than 90 countries. Around 230 million poor and vulnerable people in emerging and frontier markets received access to financial and related services with the support of BlueOrchard as of December 2021. For additional information, please visit: www.blueorchard.com.
Founded in 1804, Schroders is one of Europe’s largest independent investment management firms by assets under management. As at 31 December 2021, assets under management were £731.6 billion (€871.3 billion; $990.9 billion). The founding family remain a core shareholder, holding approximately 48% of the firm’s voting shares. Schroders has continued to deliver strong financial results. It has a market capitalisation of circa £8 billion and employs over 5,700 people across 37 locations.
Schroders has benefited from the most diverse business model of any UK asset manager by geography, by asset class and by client type. Schroders offers innovative products and solutions across their five business areas of solutions; institutional; mutual funds; private assets & alternatives; and wealth management. Clients include insurance companies, pension schemes, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and foundations. They also manage assets for end clients as part of their relationships with distributors, financial advisers and online platforms. Schroders’ Wealth Management offering reflects their strategic ambition to provide wealth management and financial planning services to clients across the wealth spectrum.
Schroders’ strategic aims are to grow their asset management business, build closer relationships with end clients and expand their private assets and alternatives business. Schroders’ purpose is to provide excellent investment performance to clients through active management. The business channels capital into sustainable and durable businesses to accelerate positive change in the world. Schroders’ business philosophy is based on the belief that if they deliver for clients, they deliver for Shareholders and other stakeholders.
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