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Profile: Susan Wilkins, Actis

The COO discusses her pathway from Actis portfolio company to the GP, taking over management of Abraaj funds and her role as a member of the inclusion & diversity committee

BWAM names first 40 under 40

The list was created to recognise Black women who are shaping the future of asset management

City Hive launches D&I reporting framework

The new framework aims to assess company culture in a bid to prevent greenwashing diversity

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

Mayfair’s CFO Pabari becomes partner

CFO Tushar Pabari has been promoted to partner, while Jenny Collins has been hired as chief talent officer

The oxygen effect

Natalia Ramsden of SOFOS Associates details the cognitive improvements that can be achieved with hyperbaric oxygen therapy

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: Marc Boullier, PAI Partners

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

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

Profile: Kristy Trieste, Motive Partners

The CFO & chief compliance officer discusses being a founding partner, plans for the compliance function going forward, as well as how she interacts with IR

Nominations open for the Most Influential Fund Finance Experts

The Drawdown is launching a new report, celebrating the most influential players in the fund finance market - nominations are now open

“C-Suite and non-competes in the age of the tweet” – restrictive covenants and social media

Proskauer Rose’s Dorothy Murray and Nicola Bartholomew discuss the increasingly blurred lines when it comes to non-competes and personal social media accounts

The DEI is cast

Riverside Europe's Dörte Höppner gets under the skin of private equity's diversity, equity and inclusion problem

Team recharge

Following two years of continued disruption to routines and ways of working, private equity professionals are facing an ongoing feeling of fatigue. As we move into hybrid models, what are firms across the globe doing to re-energise their employees?

Ares, BlackRock among new BWAM partners

Helios, JP Morgan AM, M&G, Maniyar Capital, Morningstar and State Street Global Advisors also join BWAM as industry partners

Profile: Devin Glenn, Blackstone

The managing director, global head of diversity, equity & inclusion discusses how Blackstone collects and measures DEI metrics, where DEI sits within the firm and what she's achieved so far

PE & VC firms failing to meet industry EDI standards

Equality Group’s latest D&I index ranked Advent International in first place for the second year in a row, with a top score of 65%

5 minutes with… Monel Amin, DiligenceVault

“One of the biggest friction points we see is the lack of standardisation. Diligence standards have emerged, but adoption remains sub-scale.”

Actis promotes Nissan to partner

Shami Nissan has led the firm’s approach to responsible investment, sustainability and impact since 2014

State of mind

The final undiscovered competitive advantage in business, writes transformative coach, Thomas Woodland

Profile: Richard Drover, Apis Partners

The CFO discusses his responsibilities outside the finance function, his 100-day plan of action to improve and enhance Apis' processes as well as the challenges of joining a new firm

Finance function seeks tech talent

Intertrust’s latest survey found most CFOs expect to hire professionals with this skill set over the next three years

CFOs: cost and resource constraints prevent ESG integration

Intertrust’s latest survey found this to be the biggest obstacle CFOs face when integrating ESG into their investment processes

Profile: James Harper, Apposite Capital

The CFO discusses why he has taken over the IR function, what processes and frameworks he's put in place since joining, as well as how the firm's bespoke DD for ESG differs from their peers

5 minutes with… Mark Coppin, Standish Management UK

“It’s not just about having a relationship manager, it’s about knowing the intricacies of each other's preferences, styles and ways of working, to get the best experience and standard of service possible.”

The performance missing link: intelligence

Natalia Ramsden of SOFOS Associates charts the rising trend among private equity professionals of boosting performance by adopting innovative medicines to increase intelligence

PRI: DEI is more than just gender and diversity

According to PRI, LPs have a vital role in affecting systemic change on DEI issues, not only within their own organisations but also wider society

Carried Away

Could the ever forceful push for ESG break carried interest, the heart of private equity?

GPs need more clarity to create ESG funds

EY’s latest report found the majority of GPs don’t plan to offer ESG products this year, citing lack of standardised methodologies and appropriate risk/returns profiles as reasons why

Dawn appoints three

The VC has hired Josh Clift as senior fund accountant, Kyriakos Souroulla as financial analyst and Chloe Dodson as talent associate

Hybrid work models are here to stay

EY’s latest report found the majority of GPs expect hybrid models to be a permanent fixture for the future

PE vs ESG

The mindset required to genuinely achieve ESG aims inherently conflicts with the numerical and return-driven mindset needed to deliver private equity success. How can these mindsets converge to achieve both?

Profile: James Yates, IK Partners

The CFO & managing partner discusses how the firm has professionalised and institutionalised its processes, his thoughts on Luxembourg as a domicile as well as his hopes for IK's operational functions in the future

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

MV Credit names CFO and COO

Natixis’ private credit affiliate has appointed Roland Toppen as CFO and Tina Page and COO

5 minutes with… Stephen Millard, Included VC

“If organisations do not have high permission, high trust or are not open and conscious to allowing their employees to be their true selves, nothing will change.”

Private equity’s great resignation

PE practitioners are on the move; is the industry's slow start around diversity and inclusion coming back to haunt it?

LPs: PE needs stricter oversight and regulation

According to Edelman, 74% of LPs believe there needs to be stricter oversight and regulation of PE

AIMA CEO Jack Inglis: Community and interconnectedness have never been more important

AIMA’s CEO Jack Inglis was appointed as HFC’s chair in January 2020. He reveals how the charity responded to initial fundraising challenges brought about by the pandemic, the uncomfortable positions he found himself in, and why HFC plays such an important role in building a peer-based community

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.

UK male managing partners earn €200k more than female counterparts

UK male managing partners earn €774.30k on average, while UK female managing partners earn €545.83k

Two-thirds of ethnic minority financial services employees experience discrimination

“There is more work for all of us, and the problems and challenges that remain will only be solved if we address them collectively. This must have everyone’s attention.” -- Joerg Ambrosius

Taxation of partners: Changes expected

Alex Conway of Crowe UK details expected changes as to how partners will be taxed following the government’s current consultation

IPEM 2021: The future of Europe

Rafaèle Tordjman, founder & CEO of Jeito Capital discusses Europe’s biggest challenges, and how Covid led to more investment in funds and companies

IPEM 2021: Sustainability as value creation 4.0

André Frei, chair of sustainability at Partners Group talks about the main trends within sustainability and why he doesn’t think the private markets will focus entirely on impact investing

Profile: Hina Ahmad, Capital Dynamics

The COO discusses moving from the legal and compliance team to her current role, how the team has leveraged technology to keep up with rapid growth, as well as plans for evolving the firm's pandemic sub-committees

The Drawdown Awards 2021: Winners announced

Congratulations to the winners of our recent 2021 Drawdown Awards

Stirling Square hires two

Toni Gillespie has been named chief of talent, while Elisabetta Ricci is chief of staff

Why so serious?

Seriousness is the single greatest source of inefficiency and ineffectiveness in business, writes executive coach and performance consultant, Thomas Woodland

IPEM 2021: PE is ready

Claire Chabrier, president of France Invest discusses how the Covid pandemic has accelerated innovation, climate issues and social responsibility

KKR names chief diversity officer

Kerryann Benjamin joins from Goldman Sachs where she spent 19 years, most recently as head of firmwide programming and digital learning

ILPA seeks feedback on DDQ and DEI metrics

These latest updates aim to reflect the changes in the industry over the past several years, specifically around ESG and DEI

The evolution of HR

Attracting talent in an increasingly competitive landscape, nurturing and developing teams, navigating the post-Covid landscape - today's HR and talent practitioners have plenty on their plates

Majority of PE and VC employees received 2020 pay rise

74% of PE and VC employees received a pay rise last year

Core values biggest influence on ESG attitudes

52% of GPs believe their firm’s core values have the greatest influence on their attitude and activity with regards to ESG and sustainability

FCA, PRA & BoE outline D&I initiatives

“Regulators and industry need to work together to increase diversity at senior levels and ensure the UK’s financial services firms are best equipped to serve the economy”

PE career satisfaction remains strong

Majority of GPs are either more or equally satisfied in their jobs as they were 12 months ago

North America ahead of Europe on D&I

75% of North American GPs said they are more likely have taken action to support equity and advancement of women and employees from underrepresented groups