Founded in 1984, Foresight Group is a leading sustainability-led infrastructure and private equity investment manager, which has been managing investment funds on behalf of institutions and retail clients for more than 35 years. Foresight Group’s main office is in London with further international offices in Rome, Madrid, Luxembourg and Sydney.
Foresight’s Infrastructure team was established in 2007 and is one of the most established and experienced teams in the sustainable infrastructure market, with over 350 assets acquired. Infrastructure represents c. 80% of the Group’s AUM, at €5.7bn as of Q3 2020, which is invested across social, transport, digital and energy infrastructure in addition to a growing portfolio of forestry and afforestation projects.
Foresight’s clean energy infrastructure portfolio totals over 275 assets with a capacity of 2.7GW across the UK, Europe and Australia, and comprises a wide range of technologies, including solar, onshore wind, bioenergy and waste, hydro, battery storage, reserve power and energy efficiency projects.
The Infrastructure team is composed of 99 professionals which includes 38 investment professionals, 30 portfolio management experts and an engineering technical team of 31.
Key attributes of Foresight Group include:
- Disciplined investment approach: a strong acquisition discipline driven by a structured, methodical investment process, refined over its 35-year history.
- Origination capability: Foresight Group reviews in excess of 500 energy infrastructure deals a year driven by its extensive network across the three continents in which it has a physical presence. The large multi-national and geographically dispersed Infrastructure team allows Foresight Group to secure early access, often on a bilateral basis, to attractive risk-adjusted return investment opportunities from a wide asset pool across Europe and Australia.
- Active asset management: Foresight Group adopts a highly active approach to asset management via its in-house portfolio and technical professionals. These individuals work alongside investment professionals providing additional oversight to the due diligence process, challenging third party advisors as well as working on project management and risk mitigation during construction through to asset optimisation during the operational phase.
- Sustainability and ESG: Sustainability, and its implications relating to Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) issues, lies at the heart of our business. The Group believes that the incorporation of Sustainability and ESG considerations into its investment and asset management processes, as well as how it conducts itself more generally, is critical to delivering sustainable growth, investor returns and long-term success in investment management.