We operate with purpose and drive outstanding performance

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How ICG creates value and drives growth

In brief:

  • ICG has a strong track record of creating sustainable value by partnering with ambitious businesses
  • Our investment DNA is made up of three pillars:
    • empowered teams
    • flexible investment solutions across the capital structure and different markets, and
    • deep local access to global markets
  • We drive investment excellence through robustly diverse perspectives and sustainable business practices

It’s at times of great change and uncertainty that fresh thinking, innovative ideas, and alternative perspectives are most needed – and can have the greatest impact.

At ICG, we’ve been investing in alternative assets for more than 30 years, delivering consistently strong growth, returns and sustainable value for our clients, portfolio companies and shareholders. We take pride in the deep asset class expertise of our teams, our local presence and insights applied at a global scale, and our diverse and agile thinking which enables us to create opportunities and find new ways of achieving our clients’ goals.

An entrepreneurial mindset

Our founders – a group of six entrepreneurs – spotted the need for alternative sources of finance and we have maintained that entrepreneurial spirit ever since: encouraging our people to embrace creative ideas and approaches to meet emerging needs; collaborate across specialisms to drive innovative thinking; and develop creative strategies to meet the needs of our clients, portfolio companies and stakeholders.

Responsible investing with purpose

How we operate matters as much as what we do.

At ICG we invest sustainably, we operate with purpose, and we act in a way that is transparent. We believe that adopting this approach is key to our success in executing our ambitious plans.

We understand that environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are both an important driver of investment value and a source of investment risk. By implementing responsible and sustainable business practices we can deliver both long-term value and attractive returns to our clients.

It is why we have been a signatory to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) since 2013 and, in 2021, were one of the first alternative asset managers to commit to becoming net zero across our operations and relevant investments. We passionately believe in driving our whole industry forward and we play a leading role in collaborating on a range of industry-wide sustainability initiatives.

Inclusion is at the heart of our culture. We realise that there is no quick or easy answer to moving the dial on diversity and inclusion within our industry and beyond, but we have the building blocks of commitment, strategy, and partnerships in place to achieve our ambitions.

Our purpose is creating sustainable value by partnering with ambitious businesses.

As markets evolve, so do we

We have grown from being a market-leading provider of mezzanine debt – a layer of debt refinancing – to helping businesses maximise their potential across the capital structure and all major alternative investment asset classes. From credit and private debt to structured and private equity and real assets, being agile and going deep as well as wide is key to our approach.

Seizing the next opportunity

Our focus on identifying opportunities to drive and enable growth is core to our philosophy – and our success. To achieve this, we continually analyse, explore, and identify fresh insights in both emerging and established trends to find the most interesting investment opportunities. Leveraging a broad range of perspectives helps us question the status quo and strive for outstanding outcomes.

Bring local view to a global world

Over the past 10 years, we have enhanced our presence around the world bringing in local knowledge and sector specialists to provide unique insights and fresh ideas that reflect the increasingly diverse nature of our investment portfolio.

And it is this combination – our deep-rooted local market access, global expertise, entrepreneurial spirit, and shared desire to have a truly positive impact – that is seeing us transform into a true global leader in the industry.

In a world of uncertainty, the need for alternative, longer-term perspectives and deep market access is greater than ever.

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