M&A: General Atlantic Acquires Sustainable Infrastructure Investor Actis
January 16, 2024 by Joe Panettieri
Growth equity firm General Atlantic has acquired sustainable infrastructure investor Actis. Their combined goal is to "unlock opportunities for investors that lie at the intersection of the energy transition, digitization, and the shift in economic dynamism to growth markets and beyond." Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
General Atlantic Acquires Actis: Implications for Sustainable Investing
Actis, founded in 2004, is based in London, United Kingdom. The company has more than 140 investment professionals across its 17 global offices and roughly $12.5 billion in assets under management (AUM). Key areas of investment include private equity, energy, infrastructure, and real estate asset classes.
General Atlantic, founded in 1980, is based in New York. The company, backed by roughly 280 investment professionals, has approximately $83 billion in assets under management (AUM).
Under the terms of the agreement, Actis will become the sustainable infrastructure arm within General Atlantic’s global investment platform, the firms said. Actis will continue to be led by its Chairman and Senior Partner, Torbjorn Caesar, and will retain independence over its investment decisions and processes with its funds operating under the existing Actis brand, General Atlantic said.
Following the combination, General Atlantic will manage approximately $96 billion of AUM across sustainable infrastructure, real estate, growth equity and credit.
General Atlantic Acquires Actis: Executive Perspectives
In a prepared statement about the deal, General Atlantic CEO Bill Ford said: “Addressing the global paradigm shift toward sustainability requires an economic transformation and a capital investment on a massive scale. With the addition of Actis, we are taking a significant step forward to add a sustainable investment capability which positions General Atlantic to capture this opportunity set for our investors. Torbjorn and the Actis team have built a business recognized for its talent, domain expertise, and commitment to investment excellence. This transaction brings together two highly complementary firms and enhances General Atlantic’s global investment platform with greater scale, broader strategies, and deeper and more local capabilities for deal sourcing and company building.”
Added Torbjorn Caesar, chairman and senior partner of Actis: “We are very excited to be joining forces with General Atlantic. The combined firm brings together distinct but highly complementary strategies that unlock long-term value for our investors across key structural themes including the energy transition and digital transition. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Both firms also have a hands-on approach to building businesses and platforms, and a shared commitment to sustainability.”
Noted Gabriel Caillaux, co-president, head of EMEA, and head of climate of General Atlantic: “We have a shared commitment to deploying capital in sustainable infrastructure and the energy transition in the decades to come. The acquisition of Actis extends our global footprint and diversifies our offering with an experienced investing team that has built a business on core tenets that align with ours: a thematic approach to investing, focus on innovation and company-building, and long-term orientation. We look forward to creating value for our investors and management teams.”
Concluded Michael Harrington, chief investment officer of Actis: “As active builders and operators embedded in local markets, we are excited to team up with a firm that shares our investment ethos and approach. This partnership has the potential to enhance our offering through our combined expertise, networks, and geographical scope.”