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Analysis

Technology… and how it’s shaping the operating models of tomorrow

The pandemic has been a catalyst for digital transformation, but there are major challenges still to face

IR at breaking point

Can the increased GP/LP communications that took place in response to the crisis continue indefinitely, and does it need to?

No place like home: finding the right fund domicile

Predictability, reliability and quality are key components, according to our expert panel

Culture shock: ESG, compliance and LPs

We caught up with representatives from PE houses across Europe to find out how ESG, compliance and investors have impacted culture

Find & Seek: follow-on funding

CFOs seeking follow-on funding in order to preserve value have multiple options, but which is the winning strategy?

Human traffic

We caught up with PER about the latest hiring trends and return to office activity across the UK and Germany

Held to account: why is it so hard for PE to open bank accounts

GPs are waiting up to nine months to open SPV accounts, and its easy to see why

Take back control

In a bid for more control, GPs have been asking fund administrators to work on their own systems, rather than the administrator's

ESG: From checkbox to value creation

Private equity firms have been dutifully integrating ESG reporting, but few use it as a genuine driver of value

The fixer

The chief of staff role is emerging in private equity but what does it actually do, and do you need one?

Culture shock

Culture's intrinsic link to behaviour means private equity must think carefully about how it navigates the crisis

Culture shock: Covid-19 and WFH

We asked representatives from PE houses across Europe how Covid-19 and working from home has impacted culture

AIFMD evaluation: watch this space

The European Commission’s recent evaluation of the directive leaves the industry unsure as to what will happen next

LIBOR limbo

While it might seem as though there’s plenty of time for managing the transition, if left too late, GPs will have to accept whatever replacement rate they’re given

Steadying the ship

Can a solid operating platform provide much needed certainty in an increasingly uncertain world?

Post Brexit rules come to light

The FCA announced replacement rules for investment firms, namely a new prudential regime that may hit PE houses

Special sauce

The Drawdown caught up with some of the UK's leading special situations investors to find out how they've been reacting to the crisis

It’s never too data

Data is the here and now. So how do you actually use it? What steps can you take today?

PE under cyber attack

As cyber attacks become more frequent and more sophisticated, are private equity firms doing enough to protect themselves?

ODD times

Later stage operational due diligence appears to be pushing through to legals, but more broadly, these exercises will likely be permanently impacted by the crisis

Join us: CTOs & digital networks

Part three of our mini series: this instalment highlights the lack of available forums for CTOs & digital professionals, and what they could look like if they did exist

Join us: HR networks

Part two of our mini series on networks in PE: this instalment explores HR networks and finds they've been especially supportive during the crisis

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

The demo is in the detail

Sitting back and watching software demos might seem like a good idea right now, but in reality they require a lot of prep and careful consideration

Upgrading tech talent

With more demands on PE firms to provide better quality data and reports, a number of GPs are upgrading their talent

To B or not to B?

Is the B-Corp certification the answer to standardising ESG reporting?

The Private Equity Editors’ Podcast 2

Hosted by Talya Misiri of Real Deals and Alice Murray of The Drawdown, these podcasts aim to provide insight into what we’re hearing, reading, discussing and discovering through our coverage of the private equity market.

Going back to your roots

Inefficient reporting methods continue to vex LPs. It’s time to go back to the source

Introducing the Private Equity Editor’s Podcast

Hosted by Talya Misiri of Real Deals and Alice Murray of The Drawdown, these podcasts aim to provide insight into what we’re hearing, reading, discussing and discovering through our coverage of the private equity market.

The operating committee

A number of large private equity houses are setting up operating committees in response to the major tasks now faced by non-deal team members

Time to bring in the (remote) experts

With private equity firms moving to remote working set ups, now is the time to bring in experts adept at this way of working

Tech is key to solving work-life imbalance

An eVestment study into private capital work-life balance points to dangerous stress levels and higher risk of burnout

COVID-19: Economic substance adjustments

Could temporary measures drive global consensus on economic substance requirements?

New powers

The proliferation of fund financing products opens an unexpected path for CFOs to operate in a strategic and value-add manner

Hazard warning: valuations in the midst of volatility

Key considerations for valuing portfolio companies in current conditions

Levelling the playing field

Highlights of recent developments by various bodies to regulate and standardise ESG

For the sake of continuity

The secret to successful continuity planning lies in the nuances

The increasingly public world of private equity

In late January, the IPEM conference in Cannes brought together almost 3,000 delegates, spanning all corners of the industry. The key takeaway was that private equity is an increasingly public affair

A balanced breakfast

Highlights from our recent Breakfast Briefing event, which explored the work/life balance within private equity

A life changing experience

As the CFO role undergoes major change, with its scope and responsibility spanning wider and wider, the backgrounds and experiences needed are also shifting

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

The Ocado of private equity

AtomInvest’s recent white-labelling of its software could be the much needed investor onboarding remedy the industry is seeking

Becoming superhuman

From life-coaching to hypnotherapy, we delve into the increasingly weird and wacky world of personnel development

Are you being served?

Aggressive consolidation plays across the fund administration sector are prioritising revenue growth ahead of improving service levels.

Video AGaMes

Private equity firms are turning to rich media as a way to spice up AGMs

Upside down: an in-depth look at Antler’s model

Antler’s approach to investing turns the traditional VC model on its head, requiring an entirely different approach to operations.

The view on Allvue Systems

The Drawdown speaks to newly-combined Allvue's CEO Rey Acosta to find out more about the deal and what it means

Blurred lines

The private equity industry requires its high performing professionals to be on their best form and achieve those sought after returns for investors. But how much should a firm try to support its employees' mental health without overstepping personal boundaries?

Lost in the clouds

The move to cloud computing comes with glorious benefits and efficiencies, but given the particular IT needs of private equity - mainly security - finding the right cloud set-up is proving tricky.

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

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

Take the risk

The cultural shift towards robust risk management is finding its way to private equity, and with it, the potential to unravel entrenched structures.

Craic on

Reforms to Ireland’s LP structure will likely be legislated in early 2020, however, after years of promises, what will actually be legislated and will PE care?

The data journey waits for no one

Private equity’s data journey may only just be setting off, but like any expedition, packing the best equipment and selecting the right companions make reaching the final destination a lot more enjoyable

AIFMD II: WTF? (What the fund, obvs)

Following a review of the AIFM Directive in 2017, where are we now, what has happened, will there be an AIFMD II?

ESG Role Call

As LP demands on ESG continue to build, what types of skills and backgrounds should PE firms be looking for, and what does the role of ESG practitioner mean today?

Views from the Summit

Highlights from two of the technical breakout sessions at this year's BVCA Summit in London

Fund structures are so last season

As new waves of regulation continue to hit private equity, managers are quietly shifting to the peaceful waters of deal-by-deal investing

Time to bite back

For too long operational leaders have been yes men, it's high time they became key men

Leverage in secondaries: friend or foe?

The use of leverage in secondaries is on the rise, but does this little talked about feature of the market represent an important driver for growth and innovation, or a matter for concern?

Standardisation: not the whole story

Aims to improve and create efficiencies for the reporting of fees and expenses are valiant but templates only tell part of the story