The Continued Pursuit of Equality

As I reflect on Juneteenth and the two years since the murder of George Floyd, which resulted in the societal reckoning on racial inequality leading to a national dialogue concerning racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). As people took to the streets to call for racial justice, hundreds of firms offered statements of solidarity and announced donations […]

Jensen Partners’ Q1 Newsletter: Powering the Distribution Diversity Movement

Growing pressure for diverse hires fuels a sea-change in the alternative investment industry Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) has been at the heart of every recruitment campaign Jensen Partners has executed over the last year — every pitch, every client meeting and every candidate search. Yet, I hear the same question everywhere I go: “Is […]

Q4 Newsletter: Not Even the Great Resignation Can Slow This Hiring Spree

When I started working in executive search 20+ years ago, the alternative investment industry was still in its infancy. In 2008, at the beginning of the Great Recession, total alternative assets under management were $3.1 trillion. By 2020, assets had more than tripled to $11.5 trillion as investment firms raised ever-more funds and brought in an […]

Jensen Partners’ ESG Newsletter – 2022:The Year the Greenwashers Lose

If 2021 was the year when virtually every asset manager in existence referred to themselves as an “ESG-focused” investor. In that case, 2022 will be the year the greenwashers start to lose ground to managers with truly robust ESG policies.  For years, institutional investors have demanded more ESG transparency and accountability from managers, and, for […]

Jensen Partners Q3 Newsletter: Retail Is All the Rage

As we enter the midst of the holiday retail season, a different ‘retail’ market has become top-of-mind throughout the alternatives industry – retail investors. Across the industry, hiring activity shows that alternative investment firms are pegging future growth on a new type of client—retail and high-net-worth investors. This isn’t an overnight trend. Alts firms have […]

Q3 2021 Credit Newsletter: A League of Their Own: Why Are Private Debt Firms Lacking in Diversity and Failing to Measure Up to Demands?

Earlier this year, Jensen Partners published the first installment in a series of data-driven articles analyzing systemic challenges in diversity recruiting within the credit space. We wrote about how private debt managers are under immense pressure to recruit and hire a more diverse and inclusive workforce as diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) rose up the […]

Jensen Partners Q1 2021 Newsletter: Big rebound in hiring as demand for market talent reaches a record high

If the defining word of 2020 for the alternative investment industry was "trepidation," then a fitting description for 2021 could be "anticipation." Whether it's anticipation at returning to some post-vaccination sense of normalcy, anticipation at returning to the office and reconnecting with colleagues, or anticipation at raising new funds and putting capital to work, many alternative investment firms are eager to get back to the business of generating returns for clients

Jensen Partners Credit Newsletter

Why is diverse talent so difficult to find in the private debt industry? Welcome to the first in a series of data-driven articles analyzing systemic challenges in diversity recruiting within the credit space Over the past year, the dual crises of COVID-19 and racial injustice have put the private debt industry to a major test. […]

Jensen Partners Climate Newsletter

Why the increased focus on climate action will require alternative investment firms to transform how they invest and market their funds Climate change and climate action remain big themes for investors in 2021, invalidating the concerns that sustainability issues would take a back seat during a year that was defined by crises. What we are […]