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The Techwork

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

Advent achieves top rank D&I score

The firm is closely followed by EQT (65%) as well as TowerBrook Capital Partners and Investcorp (both 63%)

COO of the Year award winner: Malcolm Goddard, Zetland Capital Partners

The COO discusses the values driving Zetland's culture, the importance of always reviewing work and developing his team

CFO of the Year award winner: Steve Darrington, Phoenix Equity Partners

Partner & CFO at Phoenix discusses winning a Drawdown award, setting up processes from the very beginning as well as how he's ensured ESG continues to be at the heart of the firm

Social behaviour

While GPs use social media to give an insight into their firms, LPs now use it as part of their ODD. But where are they looking, and what for?

LPs push for DE&I in private markets portfolios

According to Mercer, LPs want DE&I manager programmes implemented and an expansion of DD frameworks to include diversity metrics

BWAM launches leadership accelerator course

The six-month programme aims to fast track the careers of mid-to-senior level black female professionals

BVCA publishes D&I guidelines

The guidance aims to help increase investment in under-represented founders and drive diversity and returns across PE and VC

GPs prioritise D&I

According to EY's latest report, 56% of GPs are aiming to increase gender representation this year compared to 47% in 2020, according to a new report

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

Investcorp creates head of corporate strategy role

Investcorp’s head of portfolio operations and COO Andrea Davies appointed to new role

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

The profile: Allan Dowie, CFO of N4 Partners

The Drawdown caught up with partner and CFO of new firm N4 Partners, Allan Dowie, who discusses setting up the firm during lockdown, implementing a new valuation process and information flows

Private Equity Service Provider Awards: Winners announced

Winners of the Private Equity Service Provider Awards revealed

Dawn Capital hires talent head

Avalon Lee-Bacon will build out the firm’s talent platform and support its portfolio companies with senior hires, sharing best practices and developing top talent

Profile: Jordana Semaan, Investcorp

The head of HR (Gulf & Asia) and D&I champion discusses why the firm created this role, Investcorp's new talent acquisition process and why inclusion needs to be a focus

The ESG tech wave

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

2020 in review: People power

A look back at key recruitment trends in private equity in 2020, mostly in the tech and digital space

2020 in review: D&I firmly on the agenda

A look back at our diversity & inclusion highlights in PE during 2020

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

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.

ILPA launches diversity initiative

Following the launch of its ‘Diversity in Action’ initiative, ILPA has announced the founding signatories; 46 GPs and LPs.

Comment: The unconscious biases that affect deal success

Iain Butler, partner at Royds Withy King showcases recent research undertaken in partnership with Professor Scott Moeller, director of the M&A Research Centre at The Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London

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.

Throgmorton launches CFO & COO Solutions

Throgmorton has launched an outsourced service for the CFO and COO function.

Comment: Stepping back (rather than looking back)

Nicola Morgan of The North Star Partnership urges leaders to take a step back and consider the potential opportunities of re-invention and innovation brought about by the pandemic

IR at breaking point

Can the increased GP/LP communications that took place in response to the crisis continue indefinitely, and does it need to?

City Hive launches D&I kitemark

It enables investment managers to address, assess and catalyse an improvement in the culture within their own organisation, as well as the wider industry, and their portfolios

Culture shock: ESG, compliance and LPs

We caught up with representatives from PE houses across Europe to find out how ESG, compliance and investors have impacted culture

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

Comment: Preparing for the second wave

Dörte Hoppner, COO of Riverside Europe, highlights the importance of people and talent management as we face more months of uncertainty

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

Comment: The ‘new office politics’

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

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?