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Professor challenges key sustainable investment mantra

A professor in financial economy from Stockholm business school says sustainability, generating excess returns and being a large player are incompatible for private equity managers. The founder of one of the Nordic region’s largest private equity managers disagrees.

Bo Becker, finance professor at the Stockholm School of Economics. | Photo: PR: Stockholm School of Economics

Private equity managers need to choose whether to focus on sustainability, generating excess returns or being a big player, says Bo Becker, finance professor at the Stockholm School of Economics, to Swedish business daily Dagens Industri.

The very good managers might be able to fulfill two of those three criteria, but in the real world ticking all three boxes doesn’t work, according to Becker.

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