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Holtara targets European growth with Northern Europe Director

08 July 2024

Holtara, one of the world’s foremost ESG and Sustainability businesses and part of the Apex Group, is targeting further growth in core European markets with the appointment of Daan Schipper as Senior Director, Northern Europe

Holtara has over 15 years’ experience supporting private market managers and investors with a broad range of ESG and Sustainability platform and advisory services. Holtara has seen significant growth over 2023 and 2024 and today’s appointment signals further growth is to be expected. 

Daan Schipper joins Holtara following a career in banking and sustainable finance that has included experience as an ESG partner at a big four consultancy. Daan’s appointment will be  focused on leading the Northern European business with over  60 professionals and continuing to expand presence in  markets across Europe, leveraging the business’s existing client base as well as parent company Apex Group’s network. 

This announcement  follows the appointment of the  Global Chief Commercial Officer last month, targeting US growth. Both appointments reflect the continuing  demand for sustainability services globally driven by  ESG regulatory complexity, heightened investor scrutiny and increasing demand for  reporting solutions  that will bring transparency to ESG, which has been the subject of political attacks in recent months. 

Since launching, Holtara has built a base of more than 400 clients in over 15 countries. Holtara’s Northern Europe team will be  covering Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg , Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland and the Nordics. 

Commenting, Daan Schipper, Director Northern Europe, Holtara, said: 

“With regulatory requirements intensifying, investors are demanding deeper insights into ESG and sustainability effects. Biodiversity for instance is emerging as a topic where greater levels of impact measurement and reporting are required. 

“While there are a number of businesses moving into the ESG and sustainability space, none have the track record, experience or focus on private markets that Holtara has. With regulators showing increasing willingness to rebuke businesses when ESG reporting doesn’t meet expectations, it’s vital that businesses choose the right ESG partner.  

“As such, it’s great to be joining the team and to have the opportunity to combine my experience in financial markets and sustainability in a team that is bringing a level of detail to ESG that hasn’t been seen before.”

Commenting, Emma Bickerstaffe, Managing Director, said: 

“We are delighted to welcome Daan to the team. This is another key appointment for Holtara and along with the recent expansion of our senior team in the Americas, this appointment will further strengthen our business to ensure we continue to provide ESG and sustainability services with  the strategy, depth and robustness that clients, regulators and investors increasingly demand.”

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About Holtara

Holtara’s mission is to impact businesses today, for a sustainable tomorrow through its ESG advisory and technology services. Powered by a blend of people and platform, Holtara offers the unique combination of reporting software, data-driven insights, supported by a passionate team with deep expertise throughout the investment lifecycle. With a team of 150+ ESG, climate, regulatory, sustainability and impact specialists - supported by a wider group of circa 13,000 people and $3 trillion in assets serviced Holtara is the unique ESG services arm of the global Apex Group. Holtara empowers private market investors, managers and companies to create a legacy they can be proud of, by both achieving their financial goals while also making a positive impact on the world around them.

About Apex Group

Apex Group Ltd., established in Bermuda in 2003, is a global financial services provider. With over 13,000 employees globally, Apex Group provides services into 50 jurisdictions delivering an expansive range of services to asset managers, financial institutions, private clients, and family offices. The Group has continually improved and evolved its capabilities to offer a single-source solution through establishing the broadest range of services in the industry; including fund raising solutions, fund administration, digital onboarding and bank accounts, depositary, custody, super ManCo, corporate services and a pioneering ESG ratings and advisory solution. Apex Group’s purpose is to be more than just a financial services provider and is committed to driving positive change to address three core areas; the Environment and climate change, women’s Empowerment and economic independence, education and social mobility.

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