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Lombard Odier launches USD 400 million natural capital equity fund

Lombard Odier Group, the Swiss wealth and asset manager, has launched a fund to invest in companies that seek to harness the power of nature and contribute to its restoration.

Former SEB CEO Annika Falkengren is one of Lombard Odier's managing partners. | Photo: Bob Strong/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix/REUTERS / X01138

The firm’s Natural Capital fund will open with about USD 400 million of assets under management and will invest in a portfolio of as many as 50 small- to medium-sized publicly traded companies in North America, Europe and Asia, according to a spokesperson for the firm.

Lombard Odier said in a statement on Monday that the fund was “directly inspired” by the Prince of Wales and was developed in partnership with the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance established as part of the prince’s plan to accelerate the shift to eco-friendly markets.

The natural world is in crisis — a record number of animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction and three-quarters of the land on earth has been “severely altered” by human actions such as deforestation and urban sprawl.

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