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We are a pure-play direct secondaries investor. We leverage our entrepreneurial DNA to engage with shareholders in leading private companies and provide them with creative liquidity solutions. We are industry agnostic and focused on advancing companies and founders that are making a positive impact on the communities, industries, and ecosystems in which they operate.
At Alpha, we provide liquidity solutions for entrepreneurs, early investors, and employees involved in companies that provide disruptive solutions and services to improve resiliency, equity, access, and sustainability for all.
As a fiduciary seeking preserve capital and achieve long-term value creation, we promote ESG understanding and accountability throughout the firm. At Mercato, we focus on responsible investment practices and the stewardship of capital at all stages of the investment process. We believe incorporating ESG considerations into our business practices and decision processes can sharpen our ability to identify potential risks and opportunities and create sustainable value for our stakeholders and portfolio companies. Our investment professionals are responsible for managing and instilling the guiding principles of our ESG policy across our portfolio companies.
We regularly revisit and update our ESG Policy to ensure that it evolves with changes in industry demands and regulations. Our Compliance Team provides oversight and ensures that employees at Mercato adhere to our ESG policy.
At Mercato Partners, our commitment to ESG reflects our core values. We apply a set of general guiding principles to our daily activities within the firm and interactions with all external stakeholders and the communities in which we operate.
We are fiduciaries to our investors and custodians of the businesses in which we invest. At Mercato Partners, we work to embed ESG considerations in all aspects of our investment process, from the original investment selection to the subsequent value creation, and ultimately, the exit, where applicable.
Mercato Partners will not knowingly invest in companies not compliant with all the relevant laws governing their activities. We will categorically exclude investments that benefit from or engage in the sex trade, human-trafficking, child labor, forced labor, and non-OFAC compliance. Mercato Partners takes a cautious approach to companies that are involved in [firearms/weapons manufacturing], where the business can be viewed as preying on vulnerable populations. We also eschew investments in industries such as alcohol, gambling, and tobacco.
As investment managers, we are dedicated to protecting the interests of our investors. We seek to deliver financial returns while giving our investors confidence that Mercato is a responsible manager committed to the broad and deep adoption of ESG priciples and practices. For firms with strategies explicitly seeking to deliver ‘impact’, Mercato provides investors with customized and transparent reporting to meet their specific measurement needs.