International initiatives

SKILLS is at the heart of a network of influential partners in the investment industry (Media, Investors, Research, ESG Influencers and Scholars) all interested in exchanging expert views.
Our teams produce various international initiatives that bring together experts from around the world to propose solutions for a sustainable future.

With its knowledge of expert topics in the financial sector and its networks of partners, SKILLS creates value-added contacts and forums for its clients, ensuring visibility and development.

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Responsible Investment Live

« How to accelerate the ESG momentum in Europe? »

The Responsible Investment Live conference gathers European asset owners to discuss and develop their understanding of suitable and sustainable ESG policies. Alongside other experts such as Research Professionals, Market Authorities, Regulators, Advisors/Law Firms and Asset Managers, the conference will address the current questions, challenges and ambitions to ensure a responsible future.

  • To accelerate the ESG momentum in Europe, Investors must act at a cross-border level
  • More than 150 European Institutional Investors and decision makers, leading the show
  • An exchange between investment leaders with cross-border experience and shared ambitions
  • High-level expert talks along with engaged and uncompromising debates

Launched by Af2i and bii, the French and German associations of investors, and produced by SKILLS, the conference brings together Investors and decision makers with cross-border experience and shared ambitions.

The first edition gathered 33 speakers and an audience representing 16 countries and 93 companies.

When Responsible Investment Live had to be postponed due to health conditions, the momentum was already there.

Because direct exchanges between international experts and interactions with multiple stakeholders open up new horizons, we kept the momentum going by organizing virtual ESG panel discussions ahead of the event.

With various topics related to the conference theme “How to accelerate ESG dynamics in Europe? “the RIL newsletter brought together the opinions and ideas of all the speakers, partners and opinion leaders involved in the event.

It highlighted research, opinion papers and cross-exchanges (in writing or on video) making concrete proposals for the development of ESG.

Sustainable Investment in Action

We are facing climate, social and world governance emergencies. The safe limits within which human societies can be sustained, and indeed flourish, are being trampled aside.

Do we have to wait for everyone to make a move, to wait for regulators, governments and leading players? Or can we get involved in concrete projects and impulse the change?

There are hundreds of impact investment projects that have made and will continue to make the difference. If those impact projects were better communicated with large information, they would surely inspire more engagement and financial support. 

Sustainable Investment in Action was designed to bring recognition, commitment and financial support to impact projects run by European investors.

SIA thus highlights the concrete impact projects led by European investment leaders through a conference and an award ceremony, with the possibility of an optional dedicated communication plan for some projects.

The SIA Conference & Awards is led by financial media group Option Finance, supported by ESG influential organisations along with multiple European media partners and produced by SKILLS.

The conference followed by the awards ceremony, attended by 300+ European investors, media and influencers, is an exceptional opportunity to engage a new audience with the impact of all projects.

The awards are judged by an independent jury of experts. They are awarded in 8 different groups of SDGs:

  • Resources (SDGs 12 and 13) and Ecosystems (SDGs 14 and 15)
  • Basic Needs-Poverty (SDGs 1 and 2) and Basic Needs-Public Services (SDGs 6, 7 and 9)
  • Well-Being-Health (SDG 3) and Well-Being-Education (SDG 4)
  • Living Conditions-Living Standards (SDGs 8 and 11) and Living Conditions-Inequality (SDGs 5, 10 and 16).

An eligible project must be led by European investors (for profit organisation). It must have been running for a minimum of one year and fulfill stringent criteria:

  • Impact: The project leader must provide supporting data on its impact
  • Commitment : Human dimension of the project and consideration of its multiple stakeholders
  • Replicability: The project can be adapted or replicated by others
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Private Equity Summit Series

Private equity is here to stay: Buyouts transform and consolidate entire industry sectors, and venture capital drives research and innovation.

The Private Equity Summit (PES) Series consists of PE events in Munich, Paris, Boston with other editions planned across other financial capital cities.

  • Expert and research-driven knowledge shared about private equity investment strategies
  • Attended by leading European GPs, LPs and C-level advisors to ensure a high-level exchange and networking
  • Supported by influential private equity media outlets and research firms

Private equity is here to stay: Buyouts transform and consolidate whole industries while venture capital fosters research and innovation.

The PES series provide a forum for C-level discussions of the “big points” on the global agenda like e.g., ESG integration, healthcare investments and the volatile macro environment.

The Paris 2021 edition also features the inaugural global Doriot Award for the Best Private Equity Research Paper. The Award Jury is comprised of a global elite of private equity researchers from Harvard Business School, HHL, Lancasteer University, JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management, INSEAD, London Business School, MIT and Stockholm School of Economics.

The winning paper was “How Do Venture Capitalists Make Decisions?” as published in the Journal of Financial Economics, Volume 135, Issue 1, January 2020, Pages 169-190.

The winning authors were Paul A. Gompers, Harvard Business School, Will Gornall, UBC Sauder, Steven N. Kaplan, Chicago Booth, and Ilya A. Strebulaev, Stanford GSB

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