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Submitted by: Watershed Capital Group
Posted: Jan 30, 2014 – 01:00 PM EST
WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 /CSRwire/ - Watershed Capital Group certified by the United States Department of Commerce, has announced the Second U.S. Impact & Sustainable Certified Trade Mission (CTM). The trade mission will take place the spring of 2014. Last fall, Watershed Capital Group in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce led the first Impact & Sustainable Certified Trade Mission. The mission included delegation meetings in Amsterdam, London and Zurich. Based on the successful conclusion of the European trade mission, Watershed Capital Group in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce is organizing the Second Impact & Sustainable Trade Mission that will take place in the Nordic Region with delegation meetings in Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Helsinki. The trade mission delegation will include approximately ten US-based impact and sustainable fund managers who will meet with Nordic pension funds, family offices, asset managers and investment firms.
The U.S. Administration, the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, and the G8 each have established initiatives around Impact Investing and recognize Impact Investing as an emerging investment strategy that seeks to generate positive environmental and social benefits along with financial return. To view the White House blog, please visit this link.
“As a certified trade mission, our aim is to work with Watershed Capital Group to present to international investors the great opportunity to invest with impact in the United States. The European reception was wonderful. Five years ago, there were not many impact investing fund managers. Today, there are hundreds. This trade mission allows the rest of the world to see the great diversity of impact investment strategies in the United States,” said Paul Thanos, Director, Office of Finance and Insurance Industries at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
“We are excited to see the great interest and response from the investors who attended. This trade mission reflects the growth in Impact Investing globally,” said Shawn Lesser, Co-Founder of Watershed Capital Group, the mission organizer.
“As investors see the diversity and strong track records of the fund managers who were part of this U.S. delegation, investors are realizing they can both achieve their return targets and have a positive impact. This realization is the start of Impact Investing moving from a niche sector into the mainstream,” said Michal Whelchel, Co-Founder of Watershed Capital Group.
The objectives of the mission are to foster relationships between European and U.S. investors and fund managers, to present to Nordic institutional investors a representation of the diverse fund strategies within Impact Investing in the U.S., and to make a compelling case for considering the U.S. as a destination for alternative investments within Impact Investing. This is not a conference. Rather it is a trade mission certified by the United States Department of Commerce and carried out by Watershed Capital Group, LLC, the mission organizer. Due to applicable securities laws, there will be no solicitation of investments or sale of investments during the presentations, which will be limited to qualified, accredited attendees. The events are educational only. No securities are offered or sold. U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service supports the goals of this event, but does not endorse the specific products or views of the participating organizations. The government of the United States, particularly the United States Department of Commerce, and U.S. Embassies, are not involved in selecting or recruiting for this mission. Such selection and recruitment is strictly left to the mission organizer.
About Impact & Sustainable Private Equity Certified Trade Mission
The trade mission organized by Watershed Capital Group in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Commerce, features U.S.-based private equity and venture capital firms representing the United States as a compelling destination for foreign alternative investments. U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service supports the goals of this event, but does not endorse the specific products or views of the participating organizations. The government of the United States, particularly the United States Department of Commerce and U.S. Embassies, are not involved in selecting or recruiting for this mission. Such selection and recruitment is strictly left to the mission organizer.
About Impact Investing
Impact Investing is an emerging investment strategy that seeks to generate positive financial, environmental and social returns. JP Morgan’s survey indicates a growing market for impact investing, with respondents planning to commit USD 9 billion to impact investing in 2013, up from a total commitment of USD 8 billion in 2012.
About Watershed Capital Group
Watershed Capital Group is a specialty consulting firm assisting sustainable companies and fund managers raise capital and execute M&A transactions. Watershed assists clients in raising capital, executing mergers and acquisitions, and in evaluating strategic financial options. A new model of value creation is emerging deploying capital in strategies that recognize the inherent link between natural, social and financial capital. Watershed’s clients are entrepreneurs, companies, and fund managers scaling sustainable solutions that lead to competitive advantages and long-term value creation. Learn more at watershedcapital.com.