Private market capital introductions with a sustainable investment focus

Our Guiding Principles


Positive impact on people, planet & profit.


Cutting edge designs, materials & technologies.


Deep market knowledge & extensive contact network.

The Challenge of our Time

At the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit, 77 countries committed to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The built environment is responsible for one third of the world’s natural resource consumption and 39% of global energy related carbon emissions.

Emissions are created throughout the built environment lifecycle

Demographic changes and urbanisation are increasing demand for buildings, public spaces and infrastructure.

Landfill or Recycle

Extract & Process Raw Materials

Transport to Factory

Manufacture Construction Products

Transport to Site


Use & Maintenance


Haul Away Waste Materials

Reshaping the built environment is key to a sustainable, low carbon future

An interdisciplinary solution

Mont Varou is unique


  • Low carbon transport networks
  • Recycling plant and machinery
  • Renewable energy production & storage

Natural Resources

  • Biomining
  • Mine site reclamation
  • Sustainable metallurgy

Private Equity

  • Advanced construction materials
  • Decarbonisation of industrial & chemical processes
  • Smart building technology & PropTech

Real Estate

  • Deep energy retrofitting
  • Intelligent, BREEAM & LEED certified buildings
  • Regeneration projects

We combine multi asset class expertise with extensive capital markets experience

We combine multi asset class expertise with extensive capital markets experience

Our introductions evolve
into long term partnerships


Family Offices
HNW Individuals
Insurance Companies
Pension Funds
Sovereign Wealth


Natural Resources
Private Equity
Real Estate


Academic & Research Institutions


Richard Urban BSc (Hons) MSc MIMMM FGS FRICS


Mont Varou Limited was founded by Richard Urban, a director of funds and investment companies with over £4 billion of assets under management. Richard has extensive investment and governance experience spanning infrastructure, natural resources, private equity and real estate.

Richard is a Professional Member of the Institute for Materials, Minerals and Mining, a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Richard has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London and he is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors.

Richard holds a BSc (Hons) in Investment and Finance in Property from University of Reading and an MSc in Mining Engineering with distinction from Camborne School of Mines, University of Exeter.

Richard’s MSc research achieved a world first by applying fuzzy logic to the assessment of risk in the cobalt supply chain, with a particular focus on sustainability. The research was supported by non-governmental organisations and world leading brands from the consumer electronics and electric vehicle manufacturing sectors.

Richard is also a graduate of the Blockchain Strategy Programme at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and the Sustainability Leadership and Corporate Responsibility Programme at London Business School.

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