Carbonplace Announces New CEO; Secures USD 45 Million in Funding


Carbon credit transaction network Carbonplace has raised USD 45 million in a strategic round of investment and formed its own entity, it was announced today.

Carbonplace, which connects buyers and sellers of carbon credits through their banks, secured the seed funding from the financial institutions which founded the fintech: BBVA, BNP Paribas, CIBC, Itaú Unibanco, National Australia Bank, NatWest, Standard Chartered, SMBC and UBS. Through the investment, each bank shares equal equity ownership in the new company which is expected to launch its platform later this year.

Headquartered in London, Carbonplace will be led by CEO Scott Eaton. Eaton, who has held a number of senior leadership roles in financial technology and capital markets, is joining from capital markets fintech Nivaura, where he served as CEO. Prior to Nivaura, he was CEO of Algomi from 2018 until its sale to BGC in 2020. From 2015-2018, Scott was COO at fixed income trading platform provider MarketAxess.

The capital injection represents a commitment from some of the world’s largest financial institutions, which account for nearly USD 9 trillion in total assets, to achieve Carbonplace’s vision of accelerating corporate climate action by providing transparent, secure and accessible carbon markets.

The new company intends to leverage this investment to scale the platform and its team to expand services to a wider client base of financial institutions and accelerate partnerships with additional carbon market participants, including registries and marketplaces around the world.

Scott Eaton: “With Carbonplace, we are transforming the way that carbon credits are bought, distributed, held and retired. I am excited to take this company to the next level of its evolution, and to help unlock its massive potential to drive significant economic and social value by opening the carbon markets up to the world.”

Carbonplace, which has been likened to the SWIFT of the carbon markets, has already piloted trades with a host of buyers, sellers, registries, and exchanges, including global payments technology company Visa, and Singapore-based marketplace Climate Impact X.

Robert Begbie, CEO, NatWest Markets: “Carbonplace creates an efficient and secure network for carbon credit transactions. According to McKinsey, global demand for voluntary carbon credits is likely to increase by a factor of 15 in the next seven years. To meet that demand, Carbonplace is delivering a reliable, secure and scalable technology that will form a crucial part of the infrastructure for carbon markets to drive climate action at scale.”

Building on its user banks’ highly regulated and standardized compliance frameworks, Carbonplace ensures transparent and simple customer-to-customer transactions by enabling frictionless counterparty due diligence and onboarding. Carbon credit buyers and sellers can also share information in real-time, ensuring traceable and streamlined settlement of carbon credit transactions, with the retirement of credits within minutes. Digital wallets enable owners to reliably demonstrate ownership to the market, reducing the risks of double counting and simplifying reporting.

* The closing of Itaú Unibanco’s acquisition of ownership shall occur following approval of the Central Bank of Brazil.


PAAMCO, Investcorp and Risk Premium Investments’s former executive joins Fintech PremiaLab


PremiaLab, has today announced the appointment of Mr. Todd Groth, CFA as  Senior Product Specialist as part of the expansion of its US team. Mr. Groth served as Managing Director at Risk Premium Investments from September 2015 to December 2019, and held previous senior positions at PAAMCO and Investcorp.

Mr. Groth has over 10 years’ experience involving alternative and risk premia investment strategies. He will be responsible to further support the firm’s business development efforts in North America specifically leveraging insights from PremiaLab unique dataset on quantitative investment strategies.

Adrien Geliot, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of PremiaLab said: “We are delighted to welcome Todd to the team. His extensive technical expertise in alternatives and quantitative strategies combined with deep understanding of institutional investors needs will allow our clients to further extract value from our data and analytics.

The announcement follows recent senior appointments at PremiaLab including Andrew Baehr former senior executive at Morgan Stanley, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, and Risk Premium Investments.

Recognized as the reference for data and risk analytics on quantitative strategies, PremiaLab’s capital markets infrastructure is used by leading asset managers, insurance companies and pensions funds, accelerating their digitalization to enhance performance and risk control while reducing costs.

Mr. Groth holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, San Diego, a MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master of Financial Engineering from UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is a CFA® charter holder.