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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

Respecting risk management

There’s no reward without risk but where's the reward in risk management?

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

Chance of clear skies

A new approach to solving PE’s reporting conundrum

Second look: Gen II’s purchase of QLS

A closer inspection of Gen II’s recent acquisition of Quilvest Luxembourg Services

Exploring Northern Trust’s PE blockchain tech transfer

A glimpse under the bonnet of Northern Trust’s DLT transfer to Broadridge

Does it matter who owns your service provider?

Key considerations following continued M&A activity in the service provider space

Continued consolidation expected for fund admins

eVestment’s latest fund administration survey predicts further M&A activity in the space

Moving mountains

A quick look at consultancy Holland Mountain’s recent developments, and the drivers behind them

Masters of the universe

Private equity’s legitimacy is under threat in the new world order shaped by citizen unrest

Private equity under populist rule

As the economy becomes a global chessboard, what does protectionism hold in store for GPs?

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

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

Retail is PE’s major ESG trouble hotspot

Consumer-facing companies key source of reputational risk due to poor supply chains

The impact of brand awareness

eVestment whitepaper finds GPs with high brand visibility outpace others

New bid to democratise private equity

AtomInvest has established a digital platform for individuals to access alternatives

In or out? Tackling back office complexities

AltaReturn whitepaper details new approaches to running the back office

The enforcers: Autorité des Marchés Financiers

France’s bid for post-Brexit business opens our global series on regulators

Appetite mounts for standardised performance reporting

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

Using numbers to win hearts and minds

Citizens reject PE’s value creation credentials. Could data help GPs tell their story?