FWP Market Update — May 2021

Flat World Partners
6 min readMay 24, 2021


Market Update

As the US vaccinates its teens and drops its masks, the FWP team got together for an offsite at the offices of our JV partner, Titan Advisors, followed by a backyard BBQ at our CIO’s house. We sat down with the Titan team to discuss ESG trends in the hedge fund space and the range of sustainability practices taken up by managers. We’re seeing everything from thematic climate strategies, to deep engagement to companies, all the way to weak applications of ESG scores. The dispersion in the quality of ESG integration is widening in long/short equity, activist, credit, and quant strategies alike. As we engage more and more with the managers in the Eclipse portfolio (FWP/Titan’s managed hedge fund solution), we see the potential impact increasing day by day.

Over wild salmon and Flying Embers hard kombucha, we had a chance to review the FWP research pipeline, especially in the area of sustainable food & agriculture and healthcare. We discussed a cell-based meat company focused on producing pork fat in a lab, one of a growing list of products that mix plant-based and cell-based ingredients to create flavorful, more sustainable versions of people’s favorite foods. In the healthcare space, we’re tracking two funds with general partners who know a lot about science and medicine, but don’t have much experience in finance or investment. We’re following them closely, as we find there are very few managers focused on companies addressing the healthcare needs of underserved populations. The team continues to work on diligence memos for an alternative protein fund, an affordable housing fund, and a property/construction fund. We’ll have full investment diligence and recommendations on those funds available to our clients in the coming weeks.

Ultimately, we see the silver lining of social distancing as being an intentional commitment to stay connected in our common goal of a more sustainable economy, environment and society. Please reach out to info@aflatworld.com for more information — we welcome the opportunity to connect!

Investment Highlights

Cue Health Funding Update

Cue Health recently raised $235m from investors including Perceptive Advisors, MSD Capital, Koch Strategic Platforms, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Decheng Capital, CAVU Ventures, and ACME Capital. This fresh capital will be used to accelerate Cue’s growth. Ayub Khattak, co-founder and CEO said, “It’s clear that the world needs to make the move to Healthcare 2.0, a decentralized, responsible, digital-first and consumer-centric model that makes it easy to access important health information and act on it. We believe distributed diagnostics is the key missing piece to bridge the physical to virtual care continuum”.

Please feel free to reach out to dbrooks@flatworldpartners.com for more information.

New BlueNalu Asian Partnerships

BlueNalu has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with two leading seafood providers in Asia — Thai Union, a global seafood producer, and Mitsubishi Corporation, a globally integrated business enterprise. Both agreements are designed to assess market development strategies for BlueNalu’s cell-cultured seafood specifically in Asia, where there is high demand for quality seafood and the potential for diminishing supply to feed its population during the coming years. These collaborations represent a mutual interest in the commercialization of cell-cultured seafood in Asia and a commitment to sustainable seafood solutions to meet rising demand.

For further information don’t hesitate to contact hamish@flatworldpartners.com.

Impact News

China is in the midst of transforming its original oil boom town into a renewable energy oasis. Much like the California gold rush, the city of Yumen used to be an entirely oil-based economy drawing workers from all over the country in search of fortune. However, as reserves began to deplete, the government stepped in and removed all the old drilling infrastructure and are replacing them with solar panels and wind turbines on a mass scale. It could be said that the impetus for such a move on behalf of the government was economically driven rather than environmental, but regardless of the primary motive, the fact remains that China is utilizing renewable energy infrastructure to bolster economic growth, in which climate action translates into profit. We at Flat World view this symbiosis as essential to addressing climate change.

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About Us

Flat World Partners is an impact investment advisory firm that builds competitive, values-aligned portfolios for family offices, multi-family offices, foundations and other institutional investors. A leader in sustainable investing across asset classes, we have deep knowledge of the market and have relationships with top-performing managers and entrepreneurs. FWP can evaluate and optimize investment portfolios for impact including carbon, diversity and other sustainability metrics. We work in a custom fashion to meet the needs of our clients and find the right solutions for their impact goals.

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