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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?

Going back to your roots

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

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

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

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?

How to land $100bn

Tricks of the trade: how Jersey attracted SoftBank's Vision Fund

Beyond Excel

Beloved by many, the humble yet omnipresent spreadsheet may be living on borrowed time