What We Do
The world's oceans, supporting life and comprising 70% of the planet's surface, are under threat from climate change, plastic waste, over-fishing and habitat destruction. We raise capital for funds and companies that provide solutions to ocean issues, which often embrace planetary issues as well. Private equity, debt and even conservation finance are among the approaches we follow. Our experience with hedge and private equity funds since 1992 informs our selection process and our investor network across Europe.
Who We Are
D. Michael Adams, Partner, established the Swiss consultancy Natural Assets Sarl to represent high caliber green funds and companies to European institutional and private investors. He also founded the non-profit Ocean Assets Initiative (OAI) to provide research and engagement services for ocean solutions. Michael's career spans both investments and publishing, starting with Institutional Investor magazine, then founding The Journal of Investing, which is now part of the scholarly journal series of Institutional Investor. He founded Pedigree Investments Ltd in 1992, raising capital for alternative investments until 2010 when he became active in sustainable finance. Michael holds a MSc Business Policy from Columbia University, a BA from Bates College. He has been active in the PRI and several environmental organisations. Michael lives with his family in Switzerland.
Caroline Allen, Partner, has long relationships with investment professionals across Europe and a deep interest in sustainable finance. Caroline is an experienced journalist and editor, starting with eight years as a foreign correspondent in Africa, before coming to live in France and then the UK. Based in London, she has worked for Reuters and the BBC, and edited several investment magazines covering asset management, private banking and private equity in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. A veteran print and online publisher, she has run her own marketing and public relations business, and continues to work on research reports and bespoke events. Caroline holds an MSc in Sustainability Leadership at ARU in Cambridge. She has been a trustee and non executive director for several charities and UK statutory bodies. She lives with her family near Cambridge.
Steve Rocco, Partner, has been active in the impact investment and private equity field for over a decade as Co-Founder of Mission Markets, the US impact investment platform, as an investment banker with George Soros' Media Development Loan Fund, a non-profit fund investing in media in developing countries, and as a banker with Ault Glazer's private equity and micro-finance team. He is currently a Judge for the European competition Climate KIC and an Advisor to a recycled building materials company. Steve began his career as a financial advisor with Citibank and Bank of America, where he raised and managed substantial amounts of capital. Steve holds a MA, Finance, from Columbia University's School of International & Public Affairs and a BA from University of California, Berkeley. Steve lives with his family in Basel.