Lombard Odier selects Climate Capital Specialist for senior role 

10/11/2021

Lombard Odier Investment Managers has appointed Dr. Lorenzo Bernasconi as Head of Climate and Environmental Solutions 

Photo: LOIM have confirmed a senior addition to the firm with immediate effect
Photo: LOIM have confirmed a senior addition to the firm with immediate effect

LONDON, 11 October, 2021 -- Lombard Odier Investment Managers ('LOIM') has recently announced the appointment of Dr Lorenzo Bernasconi as Head of Climate and Environmental Solutions. According to a press memo issued by the firm, the newly-created role is part of the firm's continued effort to add sustainability expertise to support its holistic approach to climate transition objectives across its investment offering, including private markets.  

Based in New York, Lorenzo will leverage his deep industry expertise and experience to further develop LOIM's range of products and solutions in the climate and nature-based solutions space. 

He started at the firm on 1st October.

Lorenzo brings over two decades of experience in the investment and professional services industry, combined with deep knowledge of climate finance acquired through his professional and academic positions. With previous roles at UBS in London, and the Boston Consulting Group in New York and Paris, he most recently served as Managing Director of Innovative Finance at The Rockefeller Foundation in New York, where he managed the 'Zero Gap' portfolio, mobilising capital towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Lorenzo is also founding Board Chair of Emergent Forest Finance Accelerator, a non-profit intermediary which most recently helped launch the LEAF Coalition, the largest ever public-private effort to protect tropical forests through the voluntary carbon markets. In addition, Lorenzo is a Research Fellow at Stanford University's Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance.

Photo: Lorenzo Bernasconi joins Lombard Odier Investment Managers
Photo: Lorenzo Bernasconi joins Lombard Odier Investment Managers

Dr. Christopher Kaminker, Group Head of Sustainable Investment Research and Strategy at Lombard Odier said: 

"Lorenzo brings a rare blend of knowledge and experience that will support us immensely as we continue to expand our climate and natural capital offering across asset classes. Globally, investor appetite for natural climate solutions is surging and this is good news as half of our global economy depends on natural capital, and nature has the potential to deliver over a third of emissions reductions to 2030, if it is harnessed appropriately." 

Hubert Keller, Co-Senior Managing Partner of Lombard Odier, continued: 

"The climate and nature positive transitions that the world's economy will go through is possibly the largest untapped investment opportunity around. As investors, we are determined to provide scalable and mainstream opportunities for our clients to position capital to benefit from these transitions. At Lombard Odier, we are committed to hiring industry-leading talent to strengthen our offering for investors and companies seeking to green their existing portfolios and businesses, as well as fund green investments. Lorenzo's appointment is a true reflection of our investment convictions in sustainability and I am delighted to welcome him on board."

About Lombard Odier IM

At Lombard Odier Investment Managers, we are rethinkers with one goal in mind. To provide our clients with outstanding investment solutions that meet their needs for the long term and evolve to thrive in the challenging world in which we all live. 

We are focused investment specialists, seeking out investment opportunities that lie on less trodden paths, where our diverse and talented team can add genuine, persistent, value to our clients. We constantly rethink what we know and do, innovating to create new strategies and develop new ways of investing. 

We believe that the next economic revolution has already begun and that sustainability will be a major driver of returns for the foreseeable future and beyond. For those with the skills to adapt to this new reality, sustainability will create new sources of alpha, open up new investment opportunities and lead to enhanced return and reduced portfolio risk. 

Our team of sustainability experts combine sophisticated data sources, academic rigour and technical innovation to create leading-edge, science-based tools that provide unique insights that are available to all our investment professionals. 

These unique insights are reflected directly in our growing range of dedicated sustainable investment strategies that are aligned to this core belief - That our economic model must move from being Wasteful, Idle, Lopsided and Dirty to become Circular, Lean, Inclusive and Clean. 

We call this The CLICTM Economy. With more than 160 investment professionals, we are a global business with a network of 13 offices across Europe, Asia and North America and have assets under management of 70 billion CHF (as at 31 August 2021). 

For more information: www.lombardodier.com