Baker McKenzie Zurich has advised the shareholders of the leading global impact investment manager BlueOrchard Finance Limited on the sale of a majority stake in the company to Schroders. Schroders has become the first large European fund group to make a sizeable investment in the impact investing market which makes this deal a "first of its kind" transaction and a deal which will set a benchmark for future deals in the impact investing space.

Partnering with Schroders will enable BlueOrchard to further drive innovation and growth and increase its impact across emerging and frontier markets. Schroders’ stable ownership structure and heritage is aligned with BlueOrchard’s long-term investment philosophy. Sharing values and the desire to generate substantial impact together, Schroders is BlueOrchard’s preferred strategic partner. Following the acquisition, Peter Harrison (Schroders Group CEO), Georg Wunderlin (Global Head of Private Assets), and Stephen Mills (Executive Chairman of Schroder Adveq) will join the board of directors of BlueOrchard. There will be no changes to the management team, processes or strategies that BlueOrchard manages.

BlueOrchard is the pioneer in microfinance and impact investing. Founded in 2001, it is the world’s first commercial manager of microfinance debt investments. Today, the firm offers investors premium impact investment solutions across asset classes, including credit, private equity and sustainable infrastructure and is an expert in innovative blended finance mandates. The Switzerland-headquartered impact investment business has approx. USD $3.5billion* in assets under management and operates internationally.

Baker McKenzie Zurich acted as global lead counsel in this transaction and provided comprehensive legal and structuring advice to the shareholders of BlueOrchard. The Baker McKenzie team was led by Richard Gassmann (Of Counsel) and further comprised Marcel Giger (Partner, M&A), Philip Spoerlé (Senior Associate, M&A), Andrea Bolliger (Counsel, Tax), Marianne Müller (Associate, Corporate Finance), Michael Zeller (Associate, M&A) and Vinzenz Sutter (Trainee Lawyer, M&A).

* as at 31 December 2018

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