This course provides an in-depth look into selected topics in sustainable finance. The course will be offered in three blocked all-day sessions. The first two sessions will provide an overview of recent academic approaches to thinking about sustainable finance, as well as an introduction to the market for, ecosystem of, and central themes concerning sustainable finance. A core focus of this course will be on sustainable finance issues from the perspective of institutional investors, and, in particular, on impact investing. Students will be tasked with a graded group assignment that provides the opportunity to translate the knowledge acquired in the first two sessions into practice by analysing sustainable investment projects and by structuring a (hypothetical) fund that can be marketed to institutional investors. Groups will present and discuss their results in the final session.
After completing this course, students will have a thorough understanding of some of the key features of sustainable finance from an institutional investor perspective and in particular, impact investing. Students acquire tools to analyze sustainable investment opportunities and to set up sustainable investment funds. Students will have analyzed, prepared a report on, and presented results on a (hypothetical) impact investment fund including some of the aspects of fund documentation.