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State Street acquires Mercatus

Acquisition connected to launch of front-to-back, full-suite investment management platform

The Drawdown Awards 2021: Finalists Announced

Thank you to everyone who entered, and a massive congratulations to all those that made the shortlist

PE needs to spend more on data management

State Street's report found 70% of alternative asset managers said they need to spend more money on data management to handle increased pressures and demands

Profile: Sedef Köktentürk, Blue Horizon

The managing partner & COO discusses upgrading the impact investor's technology and processes, how the niche strategy impacts her role, and how being an Olympic athlete taught her the value of collaboration and cooperation to achieve goals

The Techwork: Christopher Conradi, FSN Capital Partners

"Technology is personal - let people pick the phone they want, the laptop they want and the software tools they want."

LISTEN: Do we even need standardisation? Episode 2

The second instalment of a recent podcast discussion examined industry body reporting efforts, and asked if standardised reporting is still necessary?

The Techwork: Simon Andersen, 3i

“Today, digitalisation is at the heart of 3i’s investment strategy and operating model."

The Techwork: Neil Patel, Apax Partners

“The key focus at present is improving agility, introducing and pioneering technology that allows the firm to work more efficiently as it grows.”

The Techwork: Peter Finden Bamrud, Verdane

"We are building a machine learning centre to enable portfolio companies that have progressed to more advanced levels of their data journey to harness their data to a much larger extent.”

Profile: Magdalena Pasecka, Innova Capital

The partner and CFO discusses her reasons for leaving and returning to Innova, operational challenges of CEE-funds as well as why being a woman in PE is an advantage

The Techwork: Alex Mathers, Inflexion

“My job isn’t to take over from the management team, it’s to help them get to the right priorities and find the right people to help them.”

LISTEN: Do we even need standardisation? Episode 1

A recent podcast discussion explored technological advances in data transmission, and asked if standardised reporting is still necessary?

Finding a digital edge: how to approach digital transformation

George Ralph of RFA breaks down approaches to digital transformation within private equity operations, and highlights the importance of an effective data strategy

The Techwork: Mark Peacock, Nordic Capital Advisors

“We’ve taken a much more aggressive IT security stance, aided by the implementation of key preventative, detection and response technologies.”

The Techwork: John Eggleston, Pantheon

“Technology and data transformation are priorities for us to ensure successful growth, investment returns and customer service as a global investor.”

The Techwork: Olof Hernell, EQT

"We decided to build our own operational platform that is totally scalable and future-proofed for what I think will be much higher demands in the future.”

The Techwork: Stuart Mair, BC Partners

“We want to ensure that we utilise and optimise our data, providing better insights for the business using the full Microsoft BI stack, reporting visualisations and analysis.”

The Techwork: Andy Sobek, Permira

"I’m trying to build capability to keep the dealdoing machine well oiled. Deal doers are smart and entrepreneurial and my job is to underpin their work; to support quicker and better deal doing.”

Holland Mountain upgrades data platform

ATLAS aggregates data from any source and provides business users and senior executives with centralised access to real-time data

The Techwork: Ahmed Khamassi, Stirling Square Capital Partners

“The main improvement we want to make in terms of technology is to ensure it is designed with our people in mind.”

The Techwork: Kevin Muller, Coller Capital

“We have a multi disciplined view on data; the tools we use and how people consume data. We’re running a multi-year data maturity initiative.”

The Techwork

Private equity's digital transformation has undoubtedly been catalysed by events of the past year

GCV launches new end-to-end SaaS

Quva was developed by GCV’s venture builder division G-Labs

The ins and outs of outsourcing: An evaluation guide for selecting the right vendor

InCloudCounsel CEO of co-founder Troy Pospisil says firms must "ask the tough-but-important questions about the service provider’s team, products, and business"

Private Equity Service Provider Awards: Winners announced

Winners of the Private Equity Service Provider Awards revealed

The ESG tech wave

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

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

Admincontrol and Dealsuite enter partnership

The partnership combines Dealsuite's deal sourcing platform with Admincontrol's virtual data room

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

WATCH: The productivity puzzle: maintaining motivation and collaboration

Watch our recent webinar, exploring where private equity needs to go next when it comes to their technology infrastructure

Industry to continue working remotely

FIS's latest report found 52% of employees will not be required to return to the office as soon as it's safe in the countries they work in

WATCH: 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

Profile: John Eggleston, Pantheon

The chief technology officer discusses his approach to upgrading the firm’s IT infrastructure, the importance of cybersecurity awareness training and why you should always start with data during tech transformations

Backstop upgrades RMS

The enhanced multi-asset class research management system allows institutional investors to track research and DD across all asset classes

Profile: Peter Finden Bamrud, Verdane

The head of analytics discusses joining PE straight out of uni, the biggest challenges the industry faces and the importance of harnessing data correctly

Private Equity Service Provider Awards: Shortlist Announced

Announcing the finalists for the 2020 Private Equity Service Provider Awards

Comment: PE & ESG… It’s time to look at your technology providers

George Ralph, managing director of RFA believes service providers are next in line for communicating their ESG credentials

WATCH: Data strategies for a digital world

Alice Murray speaks to eVestment’s Katey Bogue about how private capital funds are harnessing data to improve operations and performance

RFA launches managed data services

Cloud, cybersecurity and digital transformation specialist RFA has launched its managed data services platform

LISTEN: RFA’s George Ralph on data pt3

Our third and final instalment of The Drawdown’s conversation with RFA’s George Ralph looks as LP expectations when it comes to data management and ways to boost transparency.

LISTEN: RFA’s George Ralph on data management pt2

This second instalment discusses data warehousing, the infrastructure that sits around it, data governance, data ingestion, data analytics and how these components impact cybersecurity

Talking tech: FSN’s Conradi on tech culture

Part two of our two-part series explores how Conradi is handling the firm’s digital transformation, challenges around tech working culture and his plans for the next year

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

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

Comment: Who built your marketing infrastructure?

For growing fund managers, a decent marketing framework is a must, but who takes responsibility for managing the build?

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.

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

Dunedin’s Karan Darroch on IT and outsourcing

Darroch discusses visualisation tools, cloud migration, IT consultancies and legal support

AnaCap’s Edwards on proprietary technology

Second instalment of our discussion with AnaCap COO Michael Edwards explores development of intelligence platform