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Column: A mindfully bigger brain

Natalia Ramsden of Sofos Associates discusses the benefits of meditation as the golden ticket to brain hacking

Former Sanne execs set up new fund admin business

Ex-Sanne senior leaders have launched Palmer Street, with £8m backing from Marwyn Value Investors

Partners Group CFO steps down

Hans Ploos van Amstel had held the role since 2020 and will remain as an advisory partner

Top CFO priority: Talent retention

Survey finds talent attraction and retention to be the key objective, after asset growth

Bridges promotes seven

Asa David and Nazli Kayalp have been promoted to fund director and fund manager, respectively, and Iveta Grazule is promoted to legal associate

ACA Group appoints CEO

Blackrock’s former chief product officer Patrick Olson steps into the role

Travers Smith appoints co-heads of ESG and impact

Doug Bryden and Heather Gagen will lead the ESG and impact group, chaired by Simon Witney

Harbourvest appoints head of client operations

Javier Rodriguez will manage the integration of the firm’s client experience, investment accounting, treasury, portfolio analytics and performance measurement teams

In-house rules: legal versus compliance

As more lawyers move into in-house roles within private equity, they can take up the mantle of either legal or compliance – but how do these functions cross and diverge?

Alpha Group launches fund finance arm

The division will be led by Adam Heaysman, who joins Alpha from Raiffeisen Bank

More than half of GPs anticipate increase in tech budget

New survey findings reveal that 51% of emerging GPs expect larger IT spends during the coming year

Indos Financial appoints CEO

Abi Holland is promoted to CEO from head of client relationship management

Travers Smith’s senior partner to step down

Due to exceptional family reasons, Kathleen Russ will step down as a senior partner but remain in a consulting capacity

Linklaters appoints Vergauwen as counsel

Julia Vergauwen’s practice focuses on ESG funds, Luxembourg domiciled funds and highly leveraged AIFs

Forbion appoints head of ESG and impact

Stafford Capital’s Silva Deželan is stepping into the newly created role

A&M’s Taxand team makes senior hire

Rhys Owen joins Alvarez & Marsal’s fund taxation practice from EY

Herius Capital CFO and COO departs

After two years at the firm, Andrea Novak has moved to Laub Capital as CFO

Chronograph adds two to board

Ben Harrison of DealCloud and Intapp aims to help accelerate growth

MJ Hudson’s Lutgen joins Ashurst

Whitney Lutgen will serve as partner to Ashurst’s investment funds group

Ufenau appoints risk and operations manager

Youssef Oussine comes onboard after five years at IQ-EQ

Golding appoints CFO

Michael Braun joins from BayernInvest as previous CFO Andreas Rizos decides to leave the firm

Goji appoints operations director

Clémence Chorlay joins from fintech platform Moonfare

Fenergo hires three

Conor Clinch joins the firm as CFO

Bitkraft promotes two

Antonio de la Esperanza and Adrian Galea have been appointed as VP of legal and finance respectively

Katalysen Ventures appoints CFO

Swedish VC appoints entrepreneur Anders Dahlgren as head of finance

Ogier expands offering in Ireland

After five years at Apex, Michael Carroll joins the law firm as head of debt capital markets

IDR appoints head of channel partnerships

Karina Fochtman has a decade of experience in senior roles across consulting and relationship management

Petra Funds appoints director of ESG

Hugh Simpson joins from KPMG and is based in the London office

Atominvest expands ESG team

John Repetti joins after two and a half years in TPG’s Y Analytics team

Universal Investment appoints COO

Etienne Rougier will help develop Luxembourg office

Squire Patton Boggs expands funds practice

After 10 years at MJ Hudson, Rob Eke joins the firm as a partner

One Rock appoints chief people officer

Monica Yavin joins the firm after six years at First Eagle Investment Management

Chronograph hires four

Appointments include Abbas Khan as product owner for data extraction and Daniel Gruppo as client development manager

LISTEN: Exploring the culture of ESG

How can GPs create a culture of ESG internally?

Canoe hires five

The appointments include VP of data strategy, VP of enterprise architecture & scalability, and VP of finance

Altum goes to Cape Town

The local team will be led by Sandri Pieters who joins from Sanne

Lloyds Bank appoints head of financial sponsors syndicate

William A. Lamain joins from Raiffeisen Bank

EY appoints PE ESG leader

Appointment takes place against backdrop of strategic investment to expand the firm’s PE practice

Waystone management members depart

COO Paul Cahill, CFO Glen Magee and CEO Derek Delaney have left the business

IDR appoints three

Management team now includes Karen Bee as senior delivery manager for operations, Jason Green as CTO, and Dan Loughney as finance director

Plural expands operations team

Venture platform appoints head of finance, general counsel and chief of staff

Low carb diet

How can GPs shed the weight of their greenhouse gas emissions within their own organisations

Permira appoints fund finance director

Gareth Davies steps into the role after a career break

Partech welcomes chief sustainability officer

Josépha Montana joins from Turenne Capital in the newly created role

Dechert expands fund formation practice

Formerly head of Travers Smith’s investment funds group, Sam Kay is leaving the firm after 25 years

Profile: Brian Mason, BC Partners

The head of technology discusses the human side of tech and its role in decision making

AssetMetrix welcomes middle office solutions specialist

Patrycja Dos Santos is making the move after a brief stint at Sienna Private Credit

Kirkland adds ESG and impact partner

Rhys Davies joins the firm after 16 years at DLA Piper

Belasko appoints Jersey client services director

Scott Nelson joins from Fairway Group

Apex creates global head of valuation role

Anthony Alfonso joins from accountancy and advisory firm BDO

Role call: head of talent

More importance is being placed on the role of chief talent officer and the value it can bring. What competitive edge does it provide?

Montagu promotes nine

Firm makes key appointments across tax, finance and HR departments

Precede appoints senior associate for legal

Sonali Mullick moved in-house after working at Reed Smith and Greenberg Traurig

Samaipata appoints head of finance

Irene Calvo Sanz joins from mscope, an AI software company for LPs

Afinum appoints CFO as managing director

Anton Bergman joined the firm in 2019 as co-CFO

Golding hires COO

Firm expands senior management team to include Dorothea Sztopko in new COO role

Oaktree’s VP for legal affairs departs

Eamonn McDonald has joined DBAG’s new Luxembourg office as managing director

Room for improvement

Majority of PE and VC firms below industry standards when it comes to equality, diversity and inclusion but trajectory is upwards, Equality Group finds

Norvestor appoints GC

Erica Hegerin joins from Advokatfirmaet Schjødt

Embrace (private) equity

This International Women’s Day, the theme is ‘embrace equity’. We spoke to Jacqueline Taiwo, co-founder of Black Women in Asset Management, to understand her firm’s impact