Impact SEA

Impact Debt Investing in Southeast Asia w/ Amy Wang, Head of Private Debt at Blue Earth Capital

August 24, 2021 Season 2 Episode 40
Impact SEA
Impact Debt Investing in Southeast Asia w/ Amy Wang, Head of Private Debt at Blue Earth Capital
Show Notes

According to the Global Impact Investing Network, close to US$500mil that was deployed by private impact investors into Southeast Asia between 2007 to 2017 was in the form of debt, compared to US$408mil in the form of equity. Average debt quantum has been higher too, at US$5.8mil per deal, compared to US$3mil for an average equity investment. 

With the United Nations Conference on Trade & Development citing a multi-trillion dollar financing gap to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals, can impact debt investors play a part in closing this gap? 

What impact frameworks can such investors use? 

For companies, what trade-offs are there when trying to raise debt? 

In this episode of the Investor Series, join me, Theodore Pang, Senior Investment Manager of SEEDS Capital, as I speak with Amy Wang, Head of Private Debt at Blue Earth Capital. Headquartered in Switzerland, Blue Earth Capital invests in debt, equity and funds, with the aim of providing access to basic needs, promoting inclusive growth and fighting climate change.

Stay tuned, as Amy shares her personal journey into impact debt, how Blue Earth Capital helps its portfolio companies navigate the trade-offs to debt, and hear an example of how impact debt can be used to create economic opportunities while reducing the incidence of forest fires in Indonesia.

 *Post recording, the speaker has clarified that the case study applies to Bukit Tigapuluh. We apologize for the mispronunciation.