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Profile: Melanie Wiese, Deutsche Beteiligungs AG

The CFO and member of the board of management walks us through lessons learned in the course of her career and how her passion for a diverse and collaborative culture translates into practice

What the AI?!... Montagu

Partner Daniel Fischer believes there are AI opportunities to be developed in risk management workflows

Red flags

At what point does a potential
investor become a reputational risk?

What the AI?!... NGP Capital

VP of data analytics Atte Honkasalo and partner Christian Noske discuss how NGP’s internal startup search platform is shaking up operational workflows

In conversation: The real cost of ESG

With a spate of new rules hitting the industry, alongside increasing LP demands, how much does it actually cost to be ESG compliant and how can these efforts be more than just a cost centre?

Comment: Ensuring insurers and pension funds invest in PE

Eric de Montgolfier, CEO of Invest Europe, says amendments voted on in July offer a unique opportunity to address the shortcomings of Solvency II

Column: ChatGPT: Enhancement or hindrance?

Natalia Ramsden of Sofos Associates considers the ways AI applications such as ChatGPT could both boost and diminish human cognition

DIY in the wild wild East

Across Lebanon and Palestine, enterprising GPs are piloting their industry with no legislative framework or operational ecosystem, as Matthias Plötz investigates

Dancing to the same tune?

With GP stake investors increasingly eyeing the European mid-market, GPs must ensure they are in sync with their new partners.

Comment: Comply or get off the pension pots

Mayer Brown lawyers examine how defined benefit occupational pension schemes add an additional layer of complexity when a PE firm acquires a distressed business.

What the AI?!...Equipped.ai

CEO of Equipped.ai Ed Green shares how the firm is making operations smoother with automation

Govern up

Shaking off reputation by association can be tough in emerging markets

Profile: Yacine Zarrouk, Ardian

Head of Ardian Abu Dhabi reveals to us the strategic aspects of setting up a regional office in the UAE

Comment: Financing for the future

Proskauer’s Cameron Roper and Paul Tannenbaum explain why it is vital to get the structure and financing right for secondaries

Gimme a break

Germany to exempt private equity funds from VAT as part of a broader finance reform package

The valuation conundrum

Malcolm Goddard, COO of Zetland Capital, questions whether the industry built up to assess PE valuations is fit for purpose

Taking the plunge

The vast pools of capital located in the UAE remain the main draw for private equity firms but a local office is increasingly needed to access them

Comment: A generative approach

Beyond AI's mainstream buzz, increasing applications for private equity are becoming impossible to ignore, according to Lantern’s Tom Richardson

What’s in a name?

European Commission’s Retail Investment Strategy to further amend AIFMD and do away with ‘undue costs’, broaden definition of professional investor and ban inducements

GP Fund Solutions anchors in Ireland

Fund administrator is the latest non-European player to make a move into the bloc, following the news of Crestbridge and Altum in July

Sounds of the summit… Tech spec

A post-summit debrief sees BGF’s Alastair Pilgrim and Federated Hermes’ Matt Guy discuss developing tech stacks

Comment: Mulling cyber risks

Abacus Group CTO Paul Ponzeka examines how to manage third-party security risks without compromising on competitive edge

Sounds of the Summit… ODD one out

As fundraising gets tougher, ODD processes are getting longer and more demanding. However, according to speakers at the Operational Leaders’ Summit, there could be some bright spots amidst the gloom.

For FX’s sake! How not to manage FX

As heightened volatility continues to push FX up the agenda for private capital funds, we explore some of the common pitfalls managers have been facing.

Searching for harmony

The Riverside Company's Dörte Höppner assesses the competing ESG standards impacting PE and how they could be more in tune with each other

The great rebundling

UK signals plans to reinstate research payment bundling, diverging from MiFID II

Foresight promotes Banks to fund finance director

Lynsey Banks manages a fund finance team of six individuals in London

Sounds of the summit… Carry a torch for ESG?

Many GPs have talked about linking carried interest to ESG metrics but are any of them actually doing it?

Pen to pension

How DC pension master trusts are looking to tap into PE

The Drawdown Award Winners: Flavie Jean and Maria Stasse

Flavie Jean and Maria Stasse, co-heads of HR at Ardian, were named HR & Talent Professional of the Year at The Drawdown Awards 2023

Comment: Avoiding the tripwires

Pinsent Masons partner Mark Shaw details how to avoid regulatory issues when distributing non-EU funds within the EU

The Drawdown Award Winners: John Eggleston

John Eggleston, partner and global CTO at Pantheon Ventures, was named Technology Professional of the Year at The Drawdown Awards 2023

5 min with… Marcus P. Höfer, base camp management consulting

In conversation with The Drawdown, the CEO explains what the firm’s philosophy of ‘being a sparring partner to the CFO office’ means in practice and talks about industry trends.

The Drawdown Awards winners: Graeme Ardus

Graeme Ardus, head of ESG at Triton Partners, was named ESG Professional of the Year at The Drawdown Awards 2023

Profile: Markus Gyssler, EMERAM Capital Partners

The managing partner and COO reflects on 10 years at the firm, walks through its succession programme and explains how he combines operational with investment duties

Lux the builder

How have the Luxembourg toolkit updates affected the funds industry?

Around the books in 80 days

GPs' travels through the auditing process

‘GPs are becoming more creative’

Following his move from Travers Smith to Dechert, we caught up with fund formation veteran Sam Kay to get his take on the current market

Sounds of the summit… Asset managers assemble

Discussions from OLS concluded that the time to create a ChatGPT policy was yesterday. Here’s why your firm needs one too

Goldman Sachs launches ELTIF

We speak to Barry Fricke, head of EMEA alternatives distribution for wealth at the firm, to understand the operational setup of the fund

Regulators continue to woo retail investors in PE

As France proposes to remove further ELTIF restrictions, the FCA issues a policy statement opening up LTAF to retail and DC pensions schemes investors

What the AI?!... Amadeus Capital Partners

We speak to Amelia Armour, partner in the early-stage fund, to understand AI’s strengths and limitations in applications at VC funds

The Drawdown Awards winners: Matt Guy

Matt Guy, associate director at Federated Hermes Private Markets, was named Rising Star of the Year at The Drawdown Awards 2023

The Drawdown Awards winners: Debojit Mukherjee

Debojit Mukherjee of Agilitas Private Equity was named Chief Operating Officer of the Year at The Drawdown Awards 2023

Shiny happy people

In conversation with Investindustrial’s head of talent, Cordelia Dolan, we discuss the art of driving value creation through human capital

The Drawdown Awards winners: Linnovate Partners

The Drawdown speaks to Henry Lin, CEO and founder of Linnovate Partners, winner in the Fund Administration: Technology & Innovation category at The Drawdown Awards 2023.

Sounds of the summit… cyber house rules

Cybersecurity is an underrated risk in private equity, according to discussions at The Drawdown’s Operational Leaders’ Summit

5 minutes with… Tim Andrews, IDR

Founder and CEO of the investor onboarding hub shares how its latest fund subscription service strengthens the platform

The Drawdown Awards winners: Kristy Trieste

Kristy Trieste, founding partner of Motive Partners, was named Chief Financial Officer of the Year at The Drawdown Awards 2023

The Drawdown Awards winners: Goji

The Drawdown speaks to David Genn, CEO of Goji

Profile: Tony Corbin, White Star Capital

The firm's CFO speaks about navigating across jurisdictions, while using Guernsey as an operational base

The Drawdown Awards winners: 73 Strings

The Drawdown speaks to Yann Magnan, CEO and co-founder of 73 Strings, winner in the Technology: Innovation category at The Drawdown Awards 2023

5 minutes with… Stephen Roseman, 1970 Group

We chat with the founder and CEO about how the company frees up firms’ balance sheets from insurance collateral and in doing so boosts liquidity for corporations

Unpacking the EU Commission’s sustainable finance package

Concerns about complexity remain as bloc aligns legislation on sustainable investments and looks to regulate ESG ratings providers

What the AI?! Robin AI

James Clough, CTO and co-founder of Robin AI, shares how legal and AI expertise are combined in its LLM-powered chatbot

Silicon Roundabout Ventures appoints CTO

The firm’s first operational hire, Ralph King, joins to support its aim of building a ‘tech-driven’ VC company

The Drawdown Awards winners: The Citco group of companies

The Drawdown speaks to Claudia Bertolino, head of private equity and private credit, Citco Fund Services

The qualifying factor

To what extent is the QAHC regime benefiting the UK alternative funds industry?

Comment: Baby don’t harm me

Patricia Volhard (partner) and John Young (international counsel) at Debevoise & Plimpton say the concept of ‘do no significant harm' in the SFDR is becoming clearer

Raising the (global) standard

What impact are the ISSB’s disclosure standards expected to have on global sustainability reporting requirements?