London and Zurich, 2 September 2022 – SAGANA GmbH (SAGANA) and Volta Capital Ltd (VOLTA) today announced the two businesses will join forces to strengthen the combined team’s ability to serve the growing innovative finance and impact investing sector. As part of the new partnership, VOLTA’s advisory business will merge with SAGANA and Liesbet Peeters, Founder and CEO of VOLTA, will join SAGANA as Senior Advisor and continue to lead key client engagements.
SAGANA is the next generation of investors, thinkers and doers, focused on unleashing the potential of business, capital, and people to improve human and planetary health. Since being founded in 2017, SAGANA has supported more than 100 organizations with impact investment advisory services and contributed to shifting more than USD 1 billion in capital into solutions achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
VOLTA provides tailored solutions to deploy impact capital, specializing in creating and structuring impact investment funds, financial vehicles and products that mobilize capital to meet the needs of underserved communities and generate improved financial and social returns.
Raya Papp, founding partner of SAGANA, commented, “With a long history of market-shaping projects for influential global clients, the depth of VOLTA’s experience in agriculture, healthcare, education, and social investment bonds strengthens our combined team’s experience and ability to deliver excellent innovative finance solutions around the world. We look forward to welcoming the VOLTA team to SAGANA and working with Liesbet to continue finding innovative ways to finance impact.”
Wolfgang Hafenmayer, founding partner of SAGANA, added, “We have deeply respected Liesbet’s work for more than a decade. She is a true leader, not only in the innovative solutions she has brought to impact capital, but also in her excellence, deep thinking and understanding of how finance can play a role in solving some of the biggest challenges of our time. We are excited to enter this new chapter with VOLTA and believe by joining forces we will be able to do more to improve human and planetary health than we could as competitors.”
SAGANA and VOLTA have already been collaborating on multiple client engagements for leading private foundations and public institutions, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UNICEF, to identify and implement new and impactful solutions that create positive social and environmental change. The combined team will continue to support existing clients and leverage SAGANA’s global expertise and team of more than 40 investment, consulting and talent professionals located in 13 countries across five continents.
Liesbet Peeters, founder and CEO of VOLTA, said, “Thanks to our partnership over the past year, we know SAGANA’s culture, impact focus and purpose are aligned with our own values and mission. Its emphasis on insight and co-creation alongside clients, combined with its expertise and history as an investor builds on the strong foundation we have established over the past 11 years that VOLTA has been active in the impact sector. I am excited that we can continue to support our clients with a strengthened team and expand on our work designing and bringing to market innovative solutions that achieve positive financial, social, and environmental impact.”