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Cyber security

Profile: Phillipe Laval, Jolt Capital

The deep tech investor’s CTO dives into software, data and the intricacies of his role

Drawbridge appoints new CEO

William Haney assumes role as former CEO, Jason Elmer, is appointed President

Workato partners with Lionpoint

The partnership aims to improve operational processes with latest technological advancements

Profile: Nigel Diesveld, HPE Growth

The CFO talks compliance and highlights the growing importance of a dedicated chief risk officer

In conversation: Power to the LP

Highlights from a recent roundtable event examining the growing influence of investors in private equity fund management

Code & Co partners with int3

The partnership will see due diligence provider Code & Co expand its offering to include cyber security

TDA 2022 IT Provider: Cyber Security winner: Drawbridge

Drawbridge's founder and CEO Jason Elmer explains why the platform's private equity module was a game changer and considered extremely valuable

Data analytics should be top priority for service providers

EY believes off the shelf solutions will no longer work to achieve GPs’ data requirements

Data, cyber security and AI compliance: managing the evolving landscape

Debevoise & Plimpton’s Robert Maddox and Martha Hirst detail how new cyber and privacy rules from regulators worldwide will impact PE firms, and provide five key tips to stay ahead

SymphonyAI acquires NetReveal

The acquisition aims to increase the use of AI for financial crime detection

Eze partners with Untap

The strategic partnership aims to offer an integrated tech platform for PE built around Microsoft technology.

Gen II selects NTT

The partnership aims to accelerate the firm’s digital transformation

Rising costs threatens tech adoption

GP survey respondents say increased overhead costs is the top challenge when it comes to adopting new technology

And the nominees are…

SyndicateRoom’s Graham Schwikkard recounts his journey from COO to CEO by bringing the firm’s tech function from Portugal to the UK, leading to the creation of a bespoke nominee platform to run its EIS fund

Comment: Make it hard for hackers

Drawbridge CEO Jason Elmer explores cybersecurity threats for PE firms and portfolio companies and explains why preventing easy access is key to mitigating breaches

Private equity and hedge funds’ cyber security demands converge

Tom Cole, managing director - UK & Europe, Abacus Group, charts private equity’s increasing needs for robust cyber security,

Techwork 2022: Juri Pervjakov, BaltCap

“With increasing workloads, we’ve had to consider the new role of the back office, how to streamline processes and automate workflows"

Techwork 2022: Peter Tucker, IK Partners

“Running an IT department for almost 200 users (and growing), requires all areas of the IT service to evolve with the business”

Techwork 2022: Lyndon Arnold, Triton Partners

“The ultimate objective is to use technology to improve manual processes and facilitate growth in every area, from capital raising through to investment activity”

Due diligence goes digital

A new report found the majority of survey respondents intend to use more technology and tools to get diligence done in the future

Techwork 2022: Mark Gully, InvestIndustrial

"In addition to our digital transformation programme there are a number of innovative ideas being explored that, once they come to fruition, will make an impact across the PE industry. Watch this space!”

CTOs: Dealing with (unfair?) pressure

Alex Tyler and Ingolv Urnes of psKINETIC look at the challenges and successful coping strategies

Techwork 2022: Victor Davies, Bregal Investments

“We want to build in more automation and use data in a more intelligent way to make decisions, across our IT and investment teams.”

Techwork 2022: Adrian King, Pollen Street Capital

“We want to streamline our processes and the way we communicate with our key stakeholders, to enable us to scale deals and AUM efficiently”

Comment: Unlocking private markets’ ESG potential

Hemal Mehta, founder and CEO of AtomInvest discusses the importance of sophisticated tech when it comes to ESG data collection, analysis and reporting

Techwork 2022: Frédéric de Frésart, Argos Wityu

"Our IT infrastructure has evolved into a single hybrid network. Everyone uses and shares the same tools. That has been a huge evolution for our employees because it completely changed the way we work"

Techwork 2022: Hind el Gaidi, Astorg

“Our ultimate aim is to capture the full value chain. From fundraising right the way through to exits, we want to ensure we have best of breed systems in place that will help us to ensure every part of the process is going well.”

Techwork 2022: Patrick Gloor, Montana Capital Partners

“The most important part of my work was and still is, constantly improving cyber security while maintaining the flexibility needed by our employees.”

Techwork 2022: Marc Boullier, PAI Partners

“I want to digitalise deal sourcing, taking into consideration finance, ESG and procurement”

Techwork 2022: Neil Hendricks, Hg

“We encourage a feedback culture, so people can tell us what is working, what isn’t and what helps with their day jobs. That’s the best way to ensure our technology is constantly fit for purpose”

Techwork 2022: Ash Patel, ECI Partners

“Some of my main achievements for the firm include outsourcing our IT services to a managed service provider (MSP) so I can put a greater focus on the strategy and governance part of IT"

The Techwork 2022

Our annual Techwork report charts the industry’s digital progress by focusing on a select group of individuals responsible for this crucial work

“Every PE firm should have a CTO” - Jolt Capital

The need for PE firms to have a CTO is becoming increasingly important, and could become key to a firm's survival

GP tech adoption looms large on LP investment decisions

The majority of LPs' investment decisions are influenced by GPs’ level of technology adoption, according to a recent survey by Brackedale consulting and AssetMetrix

Drawbridge launches industry advisory board

The IAB aims to foster an open exchange of ideas and best practices to help advance cyber defences for the alternative investment community

LISTEN: Lessons learned with Steve Darrington

Our latest podcast details his approach to risk management, walking the line between optimism and realism, and thinking the unthinkable.

Operational Lens: Pantheon Secondary Opportunities Fund (PSOF)

With a total AUM of $52.3bn, Pantheon is a machine when it comes to fundraising. We take a look at the $624m PSOF, to discover how the pros get the job done.

Your data: Time to take the steering wheel

Private capital firms cannot let off-the-shelf software solutions control data strategy, writes Ingolv Urnes of psKINETIC

Drawbridge appoints three

The cyber security software provider also creating a DEI office to expand its talent pool and employee development

Operational forecast for 2022

We take a look at Alpha FMC’s predictions for PE operations this year, as well as individual forecasts for CFOs, COOs, CTOs, CDOs and heads of compliance

High profile collection

Selection of The Drawdown’s favourite profiles with key operational professionals in 2021

European LPs: anti-greenwashing regulation won’t work

Only 44% of European LPs are optimistic about anti-greenwashing regulation making it easier to distinguish true environment-related claims from greenwashing, according to Coller Capital

LISTEN: Talking tech transformation

Hear the insights and expert views of five PE and VC finance and tech professionals on key tech trends

Comment: Alternative managers challenged to build virtual fort knoxes

The cash-in, cash-out nature of fund management requires sophisticated cyber controls, write Jeremy Slade and Don Jefferis of Hazeltree

Cyber psychology

With cyber attacks increasing, the matter can no longer be an IT problem. It's time for private equity to see cyber threats as a major business risk, and with that, human behaviour needs to be front and centre.

Blockchain and big data most important future tech tools

Intertrust Group’s latest report found 46% of respondents cited blockchain/DLT as the most important tech tool for private capital funds over the next five years

LISTEN: The Drawdown speaks to Private Equity Technology Podcast

Alice Murray, editor of The Drawdown, speaks to Lisa Weaver-Lambert and Alex Agran of the Private Equity Technology Podcast

RFA launches Application Lifecycle Management

The tool provides an additional step that performs a static code of analysis against security vulnerabilities during the build process

The Drawdown Awards 2021: Winners announced

Congratulations to the winners of our recent 2021 Drawdown Awards

Profile: Frédéric de Frésart, Argos Wityu

The chief information officer discusses the firm's digital transformation, key considerations to ensure security isn't breached for hybrid working models as well as why blockchain is one to watch

Drawbridge hires three

Adam Menkes is global head of ops, Jacob Cane is head of strategy, while Art Murphy is director of BD

The Drawdown Awards 2021: Finalists Announced

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

Drawbridge appoints COO

Scott DePetris will drive the firm’s global strategy and business operations

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

Drawbridge launches cyber risk module for PE

The module provides PE funds with a single view to monitor the cyber risk profiles of their portfolio companies in real-time

In conversation: Cyber security, an ESG concern

A recent webinar discussion explored the treatment of cyber security as an ESG practice

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

5 minutes with… James Tedman, ACA Aponix

Tedman discusses the biggest cyber security changes in PE in the last five years, the firm’s ACA Protect and PortCo Defend products, and what’s in store for the next 12 months

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."

The Techwork: Simon Andersen, 3i

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