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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

N4 partners appoints financial controller

Jacqueline Wallance will further develop the fund financial operations and investor reporting at the firm

Blackstar creates head of legal role

Khalid Javaid provides structuring, legal and execution advice related to transactions and new business, as well as oversight of regulatory matters and government affairs

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

Maples promotes de Feu to partner

He advises clients on Irish law

Verdane hires sustainability lead

Axel Elmqvist is responsible for fully integrating and strengthening sustainability as a core value creator across Verdane

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%)

ASI hires ESG manager

Manuela Fumarola is responsible for developing, embedding and overseeing an ESG strategy for private markets investments at Aberdeen Standard Investments

IPES’ Gillson joins PraxisIFM’s board

The firm will announce a new chair in due course

Alderwood names general counsel, CCO

Jonathan Crawford joined Alderwood in 2020 as a consultant

Recruitment: Operations/Finance award winner: Bower Talent

Bower's innovative approach and continued work on D&I saw the firm take home the gong

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

Auxadi appoints five

Inflexion-backed Auxadi provides corporate services to private equity and real estate firms

Kirkland & Ellis’ Townsend joins Ropes & Gray

Townsend advises European and global firms on the establishment and structuring of private funds

Ropes & Gray appoints funds partner Brown

Emily Brown will join the firm next month from Schulte Roth & Zabel where she has been a partner since 2018

SS&C’s Anwar joins Arrow Capital

Kamran Anwar has joined to lead the firm’s new clients and capital formation group

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?

Newly launched Alderwood Capital names CFO

Rebecca Noyes joins her former Northill Capital colleagues at Alderwood

Blackstone’s Bailhache joins Simpson Thacher

Geoff Bailhache has joined the firm’s London office as a partner

MJ Hudson names new partners

Stephen Sims and Whitney Lutgen are partners in the private funds practice while Ronan McCann is partner in the firm's VC and tech division

Morgan Stanley’s Wasinger joins Allvue as CFO

Wasinger will oversee all areas of corporate finance to help from the firm’s revenue and market share

IQ-EQ’s Lawson Conner hires MD

Rachel Aldridge will manage the day-to-day operations, execute strategic initiatives and ensure consistent client service delivery

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

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

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

5 minutes with… Guy Battle, Social Value Portal

As ESG’s visibility continues to increase, finding ways to measure and report efforts remains tricky. Social Value Portal’s CEO Guy Battle explains how their framework attributes monetary values to social impact

Connect Ventures promotes Pettit to CFO

Pettit has been serving as head of finance at the firm since he joined in 2016

Cathay names Yeung as executive president

Yeung joined last year to launch Cathay Entrepreneur and the Connect and Consult platform

Linklaters’ Ghillemyn joins Goodwin

Ghillemyn’s practice focuses on fund finance, banking regulatory matters, securitization, listing of debt securities, complex cross-border restructuring and insolvency

Fidelity’s Black joins Allvue as COO

James Black takes over from former COO Erik DiGiacomo who has now left the firm

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

Crestbridge appoints legal and compliance specialist

Anika Ratzmann is responsible for the development and management of the legal and compliance divisions and will help with strategic growth

Investcorp creates head of corporate strategy role

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

Silverfleet’s MacDougall joins Apperio as NED

MacDougall has joined to help drive the firm's growth and geographical expansion

DMS’ Power joins Prescient

Finian Power joins the firm's Dublin office

Ares hires global chief DE&I officer

Indhira Arrington will head up Ares’ DE&I activities internally, while serving as an advisor on these initiatives across the firm’s portfolio

Blue Horizon appoints COO

Sedef Köktentürk joins the executive team and is responsible for leading on impact, client solutions, ops and tech

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

Grafton Capital appoints CFO

Tom Morrell will lead on financing, reporting and accounting for Grafton Capital and its investments

Private Equity Service Provider Awards: Winners announced

Winners of the Private Equity Service Provider Awards revealed

KPMG’s Wall joins BDO as partner

In her new role, Jennifer Wall will focus on working with private equity funds, providing tax advice and reporting services

ACA launches ESG advisory practice

Dan Mistler and Crista DesRochers will head up the new division, while Dani Williams joins the team to focus on ESG in financial regulation

Schroder COO joins ScalingFunds

Patrick Stampfli has joined the firm as managing director of business development, continental Europe

Sanne promotes Nagle to CCO

In his new role, Nagle will be responsible for client service delivery in all jurisdictions and Sanne’s continued commercial development

Saltgate names chief people officer

Alison French will sit on the group strategic committee to oversee recruitment, diversity, culture and communications

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

iLevel’s Yiannakis joins Holland Mountain

Yiannakis will oversee the firm’s commercial activity and expand the reach of its private capital data platform

Palatine promotes Wall to ESG director

As part of her new role, Stephanie Wall joins the firm's senior management team

Goodwin hires Kayser as partner in Frankfurt

Joachim Kayser joins from Dechert in Frankfurt where he was a partner

Arbour hires CTO

According to founder James Newsome, Stefan Kirsch was hired for his vision and passion for technology

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

Backstop’s Watson joins Mainspring

Norman Watson, previously head of EMEA account management at Backstop Solutions, has joined fund administrator Mainspring

Northern Trust’s Sharma joins MJ Hudson

Arti Sharma has joined the firm as managing director of MJ Hudson Amaces

The ESG tech wave

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

Imperium Funds appoints client services director

Andy Hatton joins Barry McClay, Gary Mauger and Charlotte Parr as part of the senior management team