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Silk Invest Ltd.

PRI reporting framework 2020

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Basic information

OO 01. Signatory category and services

01.1. Select the services and funds you offer

Select the services and funds you offer
% of asset under management (AUM) in ranges
Fund management
Fund of funds, manager of managers, sub-advised products
Total 100%

Further options (may be selected in addition to the above)

01.2. Additional information. [Optional]

Silk Invest was founded in 2008 in London by Zin Bekkali and a veteran team of investment professionals with proven expertise in investing in frontier and emerging markets. The team's investment process incorporates seasoned institutional managers with local market expertise, representing 13 frontier countries, speaking 18 languages and operating from offices in United Kingdom, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Pakistan, Nigeria and the US. 


Silk Invest has established itself as a leading frontier markets specialist with deep insight across investment opportunities. Besides its deep well established investment products, Silk Invest also offers advisory services for sophisticated institutions, family offices and corporates who are using Silk Invest’s services to assess new investments and to project manage execution.


Silk Invest has two independent frontier markets investment teams for public markets equities and private equity. In 2017, Silk Invest added a new team, focused on liquid alternatives.


The primary investment focus is on Africa, the Middle East and Frontier Asia with an emphasis on having local presence in the target regions. Silk Invest pioneered investment strategies that capture consumer-driven trends in these markets and was also the first firm to launch a dedicated Frontier Fixed Income fund and consumer oriented Pan African Equity fund in Europe. In 2017, Silk Invest added a Sustainable Real Assets strategy to its product offering. The new strategy, which is being managed by the liquid alternatives team, covers global markets and spreads across diverse asset classes (equities, bonds, commodities...).


Silk Invest is regulated by the UK FCA and registered with the US SEC and has been a signatory to the United Nations Principles of Responsible Investing since 2011.


OO 02. Headquarters and operational countries

02.1. Select the location of your organisation’s headquarters.

United Kingdom

02.2. Indicate the number of countries in which you have offices (including your headquarters).

02.3. Indicate the approximate number of staff in your organisation in full-time equivalents (FTE).

18 FTE

02.4. Additional information. [Optional]

Silk Invest Limited has hired another person in 2019 as an Impact and ESG manager to act as an extra support

OO 03. Subsidiaries that are separate PRI signatories

03.1. Indicate whether you have subsidiaries within your organisation that are also PRI signatories in their own right.

03.3. Additional information. [Optional]

OO 04. Reporting year and AUM

04.1. Indicate the year end date for your reporting year.


04.2. Indicate your total AUM at the end of your reporting year.

Include the AUM of subsidiaries, but exclude advisory/execution only assets, and exclude the assets of your PRI signatory subsidiaries that you have chosen not to report on in OO 03.2
Total AUM
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds
Assets in USD
trillions billions millions thousands hundreds

04.4. Indicate the assets which are subject to an execution and/or advisory approach. Provide this figure based on the end of your reporting year

04.5. Additional information. [Optional]

OO 06. How would you like to disclose your asset class mix

06.1. Select how you would like to disclose your asset class mix.

Internally managed (%)
Externally managed (%)


Listed equity >50% 61 0 0
Fixed income <10% 3.86 0 0
Private equity 10-50% 29.41 0 0
Property 0 0 0 0
Infrastructure 0 0 0 0
Commodities 0 0 0 0
Hedge funds 0 0 0 0
Fund of hedge funds 0 0 0 0
Forestry 0 0 0 0
Farmland 0 0 0 0
Inclusive finance 0 0 0 0
Cash <10% 2.25 0 0
Money market instruments 0 0 0 0
Other (1), specify 0 0 <10% 2.99
Other (2), specify 0 0 <10% 0.50

`Other (1)` specified


`Other (2)` specified


06.2. Publish asset class mix as per attached image [Optional].

06.3. Indicate whether your organisation has any off-balance sheet assets [Optional].

06.5. Indicate whether your organisation uses fiduciary managers.

06.6. Provide contextual information on your AUM asset class split. [Optional]

The Sustainable Real Assets strategy could invest, and was invested as of December 31 2019, in commodity linked ETPs which are passive instruments such as ETFs replicating the performance of diviersified commodity indices. The strategy has no direct exposure to any commodity as it is used within an European UCITS Fund structure

OO 07. Fixed income AUM breakdown (Private)

OO 08. Segregated mandates or pooled funds (Private)

OO 09. Breakdown of AUM by market

09.1. Indicate the breakdown of your organisation’s AUM by market.

18.34 Developed Markets
2 Emerging Markets
50.3 Frontier Markets
29.41 Other Markets
Total 100% 100.05%

09.2. Additional information. [Optional]

81.7% in listed equity, private equity and sovereign debt are in Frontier and Emerging markets. 

18.3% in listed equity and commodity linked ETPs within developed markets.