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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."

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: 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.”

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.”

WATCH: Cybersecurity, and ESG concern

Cybersecurity is a matter of good governance, as well as reputation and risk management - putting it at the heart of ESG practices

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.”

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

Long Ridge backs Drawbridge

Cyber security provider Drawbridge currently counts 300 alternative asset manager clients

Technology: Cyber Security award winner: ACA Aponix

Partner Mike Pappacena explains why the firm is moving into ESG

GCV launches new end-to-end SaaS

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

TiG acquires ThirdSpace

The deal was backed by BGF, with financing provided by Santander’s Growth Capital team.

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"

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

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

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

The conversation: Trends in 2021 and beyond

InCloudCounsel founder and CEO Troy Pospisil examines patterns established in 2020 and how they will impact the next few years in private capital markets

LISTEN: InCloudCounsel’s Pospisil on the future

Troy Pospisil explores how the regulatory landscape for private capital funds is evolving, how investor demands are changing and how InCloudCounsel’s offerings aim to support these developments

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

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

ACA Aponix launches PortCo cybersecurity platform

PortCo Defend helps PE houses to assess and centrally monitor security threats to their portfolio companies

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

WATCH: No place like home: finding the right fund domicile

Predictability, reliability and quality are key components, according to our expert panel

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

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

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.

Steadying the ship

Can a solid operating platform provide much needed certainty in an increasingly uncertain world?

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

LISTEN: RFA’s George Ralph on data, pt1

This first instalment explores the nuances of developing data strategies, depending on the firm’s size, focus and willingness to to adopt new technologies

LISTEN: Stick or twist? How to manage on-going tech upgrades

Alice Murray speaks to MUFG's Danny Trentacosta about why now is a great time for GPs to revisit tech infrastructure upgrade projects put on hold by Covid-19

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 Private Equity Editor’s Podcast 4

Through our combined expertise of PE investments to operations - and everything in between - this snappy podcast neatly distils the need-to-know market developments of the last week.

Stop using Zoom, now

Following recent reports of Zoom's poor security, experts advise ditching the platform

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

C5’s Piennar on handling the pandemic

“We are seeing a surge in demand for cybersecurity services” - C5 Capital

For the sake of continuity

The secret to successful continuity planning lies in the nuances

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.

Q&A with Luke Dembosky, partner at Debevoise on cyber risk

Cyber security is one of the biggest risks facing PE, but in Europe, an area that needs far more attention. Luke Dembosky, partner at Debevoise shares his insights

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.

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