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INDOS hires head of AML

Clay Dupuy is responsible for the teams which provide AML officers to funds domiciled in Ireland, Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands

Investec’s Mansy joins Macquarie

Investec is winding down its operations in Australia to focus on the UK and South Africa

Argentex co-CEO steps down

Co-CEO Carl Jani has stepped down, while co-CEO Harry Adams has taken over as sole CEO

Role Call: D&I officer

The diversity & inclusion role is emerging in private equity, but how necessary is a dedicated officer?

HSBC’s King joins RBS International

Neal King will oversee new business from NatWest’s trustee and depositary services traditional fund management clients

MJ Hudson’s Brozyniak joins Charles Russell Speechlys

She joined from MJ Hudson where she spent the last four years, most recently as partner

JP Morgan’s Hughes joins Ocorian

He joined from JP Morgan where he was managing director & global head of custody for the last four years

CSC buys PEF Services

The acquisition has accelerated CSC’s fund services growth plans in the US, as well as added expertise and a robust tech platform to CSC’s suite of solutions

Clifford Chance’s Lilley joins Mayer Brown

He joined from Clifford Chance, where he spent the last 15 years, most recently as a director of funds and infrastructure financing within the banking and finance team

Addleshaw’s Powling joins DLA Piper

He practices across various sectors with a particular focus on private equity and real estate

Adams Street names director of ESG

Yohan Hill will develop strategies and solutions which aim to bring further transparency to ESG risks and opportunities within the firm's portfolios and investments

Profile: Paul Yett, Hamilton Lane

The director of ESG & sustainability discusses the evolution of the firm's ESG processes, setting up its DE&I council and why diversity is important to him on a personal level

Cadwalader’s Cross joins Addleshaw Goddard

Cross joins from Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft where he was part of setting up the law firm’s fund finance practice in Europe

Crestbridge’s Bird joins Argentex

He focuses on FX execution and hedging strategies for clients across PE, corporate, RE, insurance and infrastructure

Domicile watch: May 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including the FCA's consultation on a new long-term asset fund, JFSC's investment business fees for 2021-22 and promotions across Guernsey and Cayman

IQ-EQ makes tech appointments

William Harris has been named chief digital officer, Shezad Khan as head of data and analytics and Vikas Sharma as head of engineering

Preqin names CTO

Tom Hunt joins from market research firm GlobalWebIndext, where he was most recently senior VP of technology

N4 hires performance and well-being coach

Chris Moon has been an international keynote and webinar speaker and motivational coach for the past 25 years

Appian appoints CFO

Monica Pinto joins from Apis Partners, where she was part of the founding team as well as the firm’s COO / CFO

‘Standard setting’ parental leave guide for VCs released

The guide aims to set the standard for parental leave policies and offers step-by-step advice on how VCs can create them

Debevoise promotes Dickman to partner

He advises on the formation, management and reorganisation of private investment funds

Climate change: all talk, less action

A new report from PwC found 90% of PE firms are concerned about climate change but only 50% are taking action

Endless promotes Hardcastle to partner

He joined the firm in 2012 to the then newly-created role of general counsel

IQ-EQ’s Davies joins Centaur

Davies will support Centaur’s private equity client and define the firm’s PE strategy and business development plans

eFront’s Tait joins Accelex

Accelex automates processes for extraction, analysis and sharing of investment performance and transaction data, using proprietary AI and ML

Raft of promotions for 17Capital

Pierre-Antoine de Selancy, 17Capital's managing partner said, "As the market for portfolio financing continues to grow at pace, we are pleased to be able to continue to develop our team to meet the growing demand for our products."

Diligencing diversity

Gender diversity is a key issue for private capital markets, but are LPs digging deep enough when diligencing fund managers?

Ultimus hires Anduiza

He is responsible for growing revenue of the private fund administration business

Allvue opens Singapore office

Edward Bee joined Allvue as region head for APAC and will head up the new office

A guide to improving gender diversity

What can PE houses do to better their employee ratios? Sasha Graham of Equality Group provides her top insights

Crestbridge’s Newton joins LGL

He is responsible for the leadership, strategic growth and operations of LGL’s Jersey business

Blackstone adds new ESG roles

The firm has added new resources and capabilities within its business units and is building out a corporate ESG structure

Raft of hires for Ocorian

The firm hired Andrew Stewart, Natasha Head, Vivienne Fitzpatrick, William Turmann and Chris Mayfield as business development directors

Addleshaw promotes Grüter to partner

He advises clients on fund establishment and structuring, product distribution and marketing, investment management negotiation and regulatory change implementation

Accountability main focus for improving DE&I

ILPA Diversity in Action (DIA) signatories have set up cross-functional councils, committees or task forces

Right-sourcing

A year of remote working has catalysed already changing attitudes when it comes to recruitment versus outsourcing

Goodwin hires London tax partner

David Irvine joins from Kirkland & Ellis where he has been a partner for the last two years

Former Centerbridge CFO joins qashqade board

Gelfand was most recently senior MD & CFO of private investment firm Centerbridge Partners, for nearly 13 years, until he retired from the role in 2018

Profile: Magdalena Pasecka, Innova Capital

The partner and CFO discusses her reasons for leaving and returning to Innova, operational challenges of CEE-funds as well as why being a woman in PE is an advantage

NorthEdge names COO and head of ESG

The GP confirmed to The Drawdown this is the first COO role at the firm, as well it’s first dedicated role for ESG

Montana hires CTO

Patrick Gloor’s experience spans IT project management, IT infrastructure, IT strategy, cloud strategy and VC

BVCA names IQ Capital’s Baldwin as new chair

She takes over the role from Silverfleet’s Neil MacDougall, who will continue to remain a crucial part of the association’s council

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