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Comment: Choosing the right auditor

Karen Allan of Haysmacintyre outlines why a move to a mid-tier auditor can reap multiple benefits

Valuing a business in the Covid world

Owen Trotter, managing partner of Key Capital Partners, outlines his learnings on valuing companies in the current environment

GAAP in Lux

Avega Capital Management’s Nic Mueller discusses why the Grand Duchy’s new interpretation of accounting standards is important for private equity funds

The profile: Allan Dowie, CFO of N4 Partners

The Drawdown caught up with partner and CFO of new firm N4 Partners, Allan Dowie, who discusses setting up the firm during lockdown, implementing a new valuation process and information flows

The ESG tech wave

From static and infrequent DDQs to real-time, performance linked, fully integrated improvements; ESG is fast-becoming a tech play

Capital call levels greater than distributions

Latest findings from Triago and Cebile highlight the oddities of 2020, including the rapid rise of GP-leds

IPEV reiterates special guidance ahead of year end

IPEV board reaffirms that fair value is the best measure of valuing private assets

Class of 2020

A cross-section of industry practitioners share their greatest lessons of this year

NAVs won’t return to pre-pandemic levels until 2022

80% of Duff & Phelps survey respondents believe up to 30% of private market investments won’t recover their pre-pandemic values until 2022 or beyond

PE ESG reports “too superficial”

Brackendale’s latest survey found LPs are dissatisfied with PE ESG reports because they lack detail, are too vague and provide superficial statements on intent

LPs only report half of costs

Only half of total investment management costs are included in LP financial statements, according to analysis by CEM Benchmarking

5 minutes with…Tuomas Saarinen, Apollonian

We caught up with independent valuation provider Apollonian’s co-founder and chair Tuomas Saarinen to find out how the company came about and the importance of valuing intangible assets.

Rochford launches in the UK

Treasury management provider Rochford Capital expands from Australian roots to the UK

KPMG Luxembourg names new sector leads

Chrystelle Veeckmans is head of asset management and Christophe Diricks is head of alternative investments

UK GPs spend $8.6m on legals annually

A new report has revealed how much private equity firms are spending on external legal counsel

5 minutes with… Matthew Crisp, Wheelhouse

The CEO of Wheelhouse Advisors discusses the firm’s spinout from ACA Compliance and the key tax, regulatory and compliance developments PE firms need to be aware of

Comment: Considerations for hiring tax talent

As the importance of having internal tax resources grows, what needs to be considered when hiring this type of talent?

EQT secures largest ESG-linked sub line

EQT's Therése Lennehag: "With this ESG-linked financing facility, we actively contribute to increasing the availability of high-quality ESG data, critical for the financial markets to be able to build a resilient and regenerative economy"

Join us: CFOs & FD networks

Part one of our mini series on networks in PE: this instalment considers CFO & FD networks and finds they can be more hindrance than help

PwC publishes special guidance update on valuations

The accountancy firm considers the guide an additional support to the statement released last month by IPEV on estimating Fair Value during the crisis

Hazard warning: valuations in the midst of volatility

Key considerations for valuing portfolio companies in current conditions

Face value

A group of venture capital CFOs sat down with The Drawdown to discuss challenges of valuing pre-revenue companies and implications of the new IPEV guidelines

Valuations what’s new, what’s not and what matters

A round-up of recent regulatory developments for private equity valuation practices

Q&A with Raxita Kapashi, CFO at Dawn Capital

Having recently joined Dawn Capital as the company's first official CFO, Kapashi discusses her new role and what led her to join a venture capital firm

The Profile: Jackson Heddy, Northzone

Jackson Heddy discusses the particular challenges of running a venture back office; including the complexity of data analysis for young companies and troublesome valuation methods

Luxembourg’s AUM increased 20% year-to-year

Figure comes from ALFI's latest 2018 Luxembourg Private Equity and Venture Capital Investment Funds Survey

Private equity’s IRR claims slammed as “fake news”

Calls on LPs to “look closely” pile further pressure on already-controversial metric

Appetite mounts for standardised performance reporting

Compliance with GIPS rules can be factor in GP searches by consultants, survey shows

5 minutes with… Jyoti Banerjee

Reporting expert discusses why PE needs an information architecture and a CIO to run it