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Comment: The ‘new office politics’

IC Intelligence chief strategist Dr Desné Masie, says the worst isn't over for real estate funds

BWAM calls on industry to dismantle racial inequities

BWAM's open letter to investment firms calls on them to commit to action, activism, and accountability to dismantle the racial inequities plaguing society

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

Earth Capital’s CFO becomes shareholder

The firm has also reshaped its European arm

Human traffic

We caught up with PER about the latest hiring trends and return to office activity across the UK and Germany

Blackstone to open Miami tech HQ

The Miami office aims to support Blackstone’s tech team’s immediate need for more talent, The Drawdown understands

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

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

Private equity’s return to work

Taylor Wessing partners Emma Danks and Helen Farr outline the key litigation risks of returning to the office

Comment: Culture drives results

Riverside COO Dörte Höppner believes culture is intrinsic to performance, and now is the time to talk about it

Profile: Debojit Mukherjee, Agilitas Private Equity

The chief operating officer discusses what attracted him to his role, how the firm measures and tracks ESG and why their Sustainable Value Creation report is so important

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

Culture shock: Recruitment and D&I

We asked representatives from PE houses across Europe how recruitment and D&I has impacted culture

The fixer

The chief of staff role is emerging in private equity but what does it actually do, and do you need one?

Culture shock

Culture's intrinsic link to behaviour means private equity must think carefully about how it navigates the crisis

Comment: Compliance and ESG - Overhead or value-driver?

The crisis will likely bring about more stringent financial and environmental regulations; cutting compliance and ESG resources could bear greater costs, warns Robin Lööf and Edoardo Troina at Debevoise & Plimpton

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

GP finalists announced for the PE Service Provider Awards

Shortlist announced for Best CFO of the Year, Best COO of the Year, and Rising Star

City fund managers back #100black interns initiative

The programme addresses the lack of black employees in senior front office roles

Culture shock: Covid-19 and WFH

We asked representatives from PE houses across Europe how Covid-19 and working from home has impacted culture

Profile: Ruth Tompkins, EQT

The HR director for EQT's PE team discusses how she found herself working in PE, the importance of good culture at the top and how the firm is focusing more on diversity

Steadying the ship

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

Investcorp creates D&I champion role

Jordana Semaan acts as the diversity representative at the HR council as well as actively promoting all aspects of equality and diversity across the global business

Profile: Matthew Thornton, Ardian

The CFO discusses how Ardian’s finance function is set up, the importance of integrating yourself into existing team culture and his involvement in the firm’s Foundation

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

CFOs must cope with lack of recognition

Despite the broadening and increasing complexity of their roles, private equity CFOs lack adequate recognition, according to Investec's latest report

Comment: Considerations for hiring tax talent

As the importance of having internal tax resources grows, what needs to be considered when hiring this type of talent?

PE won’t make full office return until 2021

PER found 23% of respondents expect to make a complete return to the office between July and August while 37% are planning a full return between September and December

Slowing down

The coronavirus pandemic has put the brakes on exits and distributions. GPs looking forward to carried interest payouts may have to wait much longer for their windfalls as a result

MJ Hudson’s WFH survey predicts permanent change

The preliminary findings reveal the ways in which new working conditions are impacting the industry, as well as an about-turn on remote working mind sets.

Profile: Caroline Hadrbolec, Eurazeo

The chief human resources officer discusses the differences of working for a listed PE firm, HR in Asia and the importance of creating career pathways

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.

Join us: HR networks

Part two of our mini series on networks in PE: this instalment explores HR networks and finds they've been especially supportive during the crisis

Join us: CFOs & FD networks

Part one of our mini series on networks in PE: this instalment considers CFO & FD networks and finds they can be more hindrance than help

Carry takes a hit

PER's latest report found that 74% of respondents predict carried interest and LTIP values will drop during the next three months

Profile: Caroline Carr, Permira

The chief human resources officer discusses her career change from law to human resources, her role across the firm and its portfolio as well as the importance of collaboration at Permira

ICG names Hensel-Roth as board director

She takes on this new role in addition to her HR responsibilities, which now also include communications

The operating committee

A number of large private equity houses are setting up operating committees in response to the major tasks now faced by non-deal team members

WFH best practice: Life in lockdown

Consultants 3LDC return with their next instalment, this time looking at the longer term impacts of remote working and how to adapt processes

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

Tech is key to solving work-life imbalance

An eVestment study into private capital work-life balance points to dangerous stress levels and higher risk of burnout

WFH best practice: Emergency response phase

Nick Murphy from consultancy 3LDC outlines the do's and don'ts for the first phase of working from home

Comment: Generation game

Shifting employee demographics are impacting compensation trends, writes EWM Global’s Raoul Kamath

A balanced breakfast

Highlights from our recent Breakfast Briefing event, which explored the work/life balance within private equity

Eurazeo signs gender diversity charter

The charter was created by trade body France Invest earlier this year

The Profile: Millie Glennon, Bridges

Millie Glennon discusses her diverse career path into private equity, the evolution of her role at the firm and the importance of personnel development

A life changing experience

As the CFO role undergoes major change, with its scope and responsibility spanning wider and wider, the backgrounds and experiences needed are also shifting

ILPA launches D&I roadmap

Opensource approach designed to encourage third-party contributions

ESG is key driving force of change

McKinsey & Company’s latest report said LP demand for higher quality information around ESG requires better tech, while social element of ESG highlights need for diverse teams

Becoming superhuman

From life-coaching to hypnotherapy, we delve into the increasingly weird and wacky world of personnel development

The Profile: Diana Meyel, Cipio Partners

Cipio's Meyel discusses the importance of being a strategic operator; why CFOs need to be more visible within their organisations as investors and regulators alike demand stable, robust and predictable platforms

Cinven creates HR chief role

Caroline Rawes will also sit on Cinven’s operating committee

Blurred lines

The private equity industry requires its high performing professionals to be on their best form and achieve those sought after returns for investors. But how much should a firm try to support its employees' mental health without overstepping personal boundaries?

The Profile: Ruby Biring, Livingbridge

Livingbridge’s head of talent Ruby Biring discusses the uniqueness of the talent role within a private equity firm, how each role is entirely different and the changes still to come

The Profile: Jason Howard, Headway Capital

Headway’s CFO Jason Howard looks back at the important lessons learned throughout his career, which now act as intrinsic guides for his current role, where meeting the needs of clients is key.

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.

Q&A with Raxita Kapashi, CFO at Dawn Capital

Having recently joined Dawn Capital as the company's first official CFO, Kapashi discusses her new role and what led her to join a venture capital firm

Comment: PE increasingly aware of its blind spot?

Reed Smith partner Laura Brunnen details a recent panel discussion held by 1973 club, which found private equity is making positive changes, yet there is more to do

The Profile: Jackson Heddy, Northzone

Jackson Heddy discusses the particular challenges of running a venture back office; including the complexity of data analysis for young companies and troublesome valuation methods

ESG Role Call

As LP demands on ESG continue to build, what types of skills and backgrounds should PE firms be looking for, and what does the role of ESG practitioner mean today?

Time to bite back

For too long operational leaders have been yes men, it's high time they became key men