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Social behaviour

While GPs use social media to give an insight into their firms, LPs now use it as part of their ODD. But where are they looking, and what for?

Failure to launch

Designed to increase the flow of retail capital into long term funds, ELTIFs have had few takers, but could a renewed focus from the European Commission see these structures gain popularity?

Operational Lens: Agathos Fund II

A detailed inspection of the operational function's input in Agathos Management's recent first fund close on its sophomore fund

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

Tangled up

Despite reaching a deal, the UK's departure from the EU leaves private equity firms caught up in an intricate web of rules and regulations

Spending power: Getting a handle on legal expenses

A recent webinar discussion looked under the bonnet of legal spending

Under attack

With continued remote and hybrid working conditions, all team members need to be more vigilant than ever when it comes to cyber security

The ESG tech wave

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

Transforming pain points into technology future-proofing

A recent webinar discussion explored important lessons learned during the pandemic as to how operations can be more efficient and effective as we enter a hybrid model of working

2020 in review: People power

A look back at key recruitment trends in private equity in 2020, mostly in the tech and digital space

2020 in review: D&I firmly on the agenda

A look back at our diversity & inclusion highlights in PE during 2020

Class of 2020

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

2020 in review: Full speed digital transformation

A look back at private equity firms and their digital transformations in 2020

2020 in review: Fund finance goes mainstream

A look back at fund finance and all its various iterations throughout 2020

2020 in review: Regulatory complexity

A look back at the regulatory transformation around the AIFMD in the private equity market in 2020

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