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Agile fund management

The major advantage of setting up something fresh is having a clean slate with the ability to adopt the latest learnings and technologies. This is exactly what fund administrator Highvern did when it set up its processes and ways of working

A guide to continuation funds

Jeffrey Bronheim, Daniel Mathias and James Mossetto of Cohen & Gresser detail key documentation considerations in where conflicts of interest may potentially arise, and why this trend is likely to continue

Hark Capital raises $400m for NAV fund

Hark III’s initial target was $300m

Sanne granted Irish depositary services licence

Sanne Depositary Services provides depositary services to collective investment schemes

Hermance launches digital investment platform

The platform connects HNWs and institutional investors with private markets funds via low minimum ticket sizes

5 minutes with… Simon Thornton, PEARonline

Simon Thornton, founder of private equity investor portal and fundraising data room PEARonline discusses the company’s origins, the importance of secure data transmission and upgrade plans

Jersey PE and VC funds grow by 21%

JFSC figures also showed the number of registered Jersey Private Funds reach 403, an increase of more than 100 during 2020

Domicile watch: March 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Jersey's changes to its AML/CFT handbooks, Guernsey's review of its Green Fund accreditation and Ireland's Green Team network launch

Fund Finance Provider award winner: Raiffeisen Bank International

RBI's William Lamain explains why being one step ahead is vital in the competitive fund finance space

Fund Finance Advisor award winner: Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

Cadwalader's Samantha Hutchinson has built a diverse team with a unique culture, enabling a more well-rounded client experience

Rising Star of the Year award winner: Dawid Sawicki, Kennet Partners

The financial controller discusses winning the Rising Star award, stepping up to FC during the finance team's transition period and various processes, systems and the CFO forum he's implemented

Legal: Fund Structuring award winner: Travers Smith

Fund partner Sam Kay merits the win to the firm's heritage in private equity as well as its active thought leadership

Crestbridge opens Dublin office

The firm is currently authorised to provide corporate services in Ireland and is aiming to provide fund admin services soon

Deeper Perspective: The UK Funds Regime

Benjamin Lamping, founder of Reframe Capital asks: Are we at risk of missing a potential watershed moment for the UK funds industry, and a genuine post-Brexit opportunity?

IQ-EQ targets fund services in Ireland

The firm received fund administrator authorisation from the Central Bank of Ireland in December

The Perfect Match: Finding the ideal fund finance solution partner

OakNorth's Mohith Sondhi details a recent subscription line facility placed with private equity firm Bluegem

InCloudCounsel opens Singapore office

The firm has hired Jon Crandall as managing director for APAC to lead the office

LP location most important factor in fund structure selection

Alternatives Watch’s 2021 Fund Formation Survey found 20% of respondents cited regulatory regime as another important consideration for dictating the type of fund launched

PE and VC funds reached $325.9bn in Jersey in 2020

Monterey's latest report found more than 120 new Jersey funds were launched during 2020 collectively totalling $14.5bn

AIFs and UCITS totalled €174bn in December

EFAMA's latest report found AIFs and UCITs net sales totalled €174bn in December, a significant increase from €78bn in November

Domicile watch: February 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Jersey's recommendations to adapt its framework, Guernsey's latest guidance on cyber security and countering financial crime and terrorist financing, as well as Luxembourg's response to OpenLux

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

Luxembourg Government and ALFI respond to OpenLux investigations

Statements defend the Grand Duchy’s regulatory standards following the OpenLux investigations, which claimed Luxembourg uses flawed AML frameworks

5 minutes with… Ian Connatty, British Patient Capital

Ian Connatty of British Patient Capital discusses the evolution of fund operations from an LP perspective, changing skill sets, and lasting impacts of the pandemic

Private equity and the trade and cooperation agreement

Brexit has shifted from political to economic, causing widespread disruption for private equity, writes Denzil Davidson of Global Counsel

Profile: Jasi Halai, 3i

The group financial controller & operating officer discusses working within the finance dept of a listed firm, leading system implementations and transformations as well as her role in the firm's committees

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

Palico launches video-based fundraising

Palicalls enables LPs and GPs to book video meetings via a fully integrated dashboard that collates all relevant fundraising materials, communications and information into one space

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

Jersey brings stability to funds industry

Jersey brings a level of stability to the funds industry that is valued across the board, according to the Government of Jersey

Remote working impeding training

EY’s latest CFO survey found 76% of respondents believe the biggest risk to their firms caused by WFH is an inability to train employees quickly

The ID Register gets Guernsey licence

The licence enables The ID Register to carry on controlled investment business in the jurisdiction

Luxembourg to reach €5trn AuM

Luxembourg remains popular with funds industry as total AuM set to reach €5trn

Xolaris granted Liechtenstein AIFM authorisation

Third party AIFM provider Xolaris has been authorised to offer its ManCo services in Liechtenstein

Spending power: Getting a handle on legal expenses

A recent webinar discussion looked under the bonnet of legal spending

Domicile watch: January 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Jersey's new definition for AML legislation, changes to Guernsey's private fund regime and Ireland's prep for SFDR

Colmore launches Stride

Stride automates and enhances the collection, extraction and analysis of unstructured data

Private Equity Service Provider Awards: Winners announced

Winners of the Private Equity Service Provider Awards revealed

Comment: NAV facilities: Talk turns to action

While there has been lots of discussion around NAV facilities from buyout private equity managers, transaction numbers are lower than expected, writes Sarah Lobbardi of Avardi Partners

ILPA publishes model NDA

The template aims to streamline due diligence access for LPs and GPs

Citco opens Abu Dhabi HQ

The firm has also partnered with ADGM to create a sustainable, fully-integrated ecosystem for the investment management industry

The ESG tech wave

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

Capital call levels greater than distributions

Latest findings from Triago and Cebile highlight the oddities of 2020, including the rapid rise of GP-leds

Link Group purchases Casa4Funds

Casa4Funds has been backed by Banor Capital since 2014

WATCH: Perfect match: finding the ideal fund finance solution

Mohith Sondhi of OakNorth Bank and Emilio Di Spiezio Sardo of Bluegem Capital Partners discuss a how a recent subscription line facility was put in place

Irish Funds welcomes LP reform

The trade body predicts The Investment Limited Partnerships (Amendment) Bill 2020, passed in the Dáil, will create 3,000 jobs by 2025 and attract up to €20bn of global private capital each year

Jersey NPPRs up 12%

The number of managers using the national private placement regimes (NPPR) in Jersey has increased by 12% over the past 12 months

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

2020 in review: Fund finance goes mainstream

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

LISTEN: InCloudCounsel’s Pospisil on document abstraction

Alice Murray talks to Troy Pospisil, founder and CEO of InCloudCounsel about what it is, how it works and how it supports private equity legal teams, as well as the wider organization.

Admincontrol and Dealsuite enter partnership

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

Finch Capital backs ScalingFunds

The fresh capital will be used to build out the institutional business development team

LISTEN: InCloudCounsel’s Pospisil on private equity roots

In the first instalment of our mini podcast series, Alice Murray talks to Troy Pospisil, founder and CEO of InCloudCounsel about the company’s origins: what drove him to set up the firm and how it has developed over the past seven years.

5 minutes with…Doug Cruikshank, Head of Fund Financing and Hark Capital at Aberdeen Standard Investments

Hark Capital’s Cruikshank discusses the evolution of the NAV facilities market, and why it’s more important now than ever

Domicile watch: November 2020

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Jersey's new digital launches, VinaCapital's migration to Guernsey and Cayman's regs launches

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

Three Hills’ Moretti launches Atypical Partner

The platform aims to support and connect financial entrepreneurs with investors, while providing infrastructure for their strategies and allowing them to retain control of their brand