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Why so serious?

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

Blackstone’s Saxena joins Canoe

Saxena supports Canoe’s growing client base, while strengthening the company’s product and technology strategy

CapMan hires ESG director

Anna Olsson joins from ISS ESG, a sustainability consultancy, where she has worked since 2015

Gen II hires two

Duncan Christie is head of operations and a member of the executive committee while Eva Ntovolou is global data protection officer

Drawbridge hires three

Adam Menkes is global head of ops, Jacob Cane is head of strategy, while Art Murphy is director of BD

IPEM 2021: The LP view

Michael Lindauer, MD of Allianz Capital Partners explains why LPs should stay calm and invest consistently

IPEM 2021: PE is ready

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

Ocorian hires head of global funds

Garrett Breen joins from JP Morgan where he spent the last five and a half years

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

Apposite promotes two

James Harper is now CFO and Julie-Anne Hughes is operations and finance manager

Access names general counsel

Benjamin Aller focuses on legal affairs, group operations and strategy

Arthur Cox’s Garrett joins Reed Smith

Garrett’s practice focuses on cross-border finance and corporate transactions, formal and informal insolvency procedures, restructuring and workouts

Zedra appoints two

Charles-Alexandre Houillon has been named director of fund management services, while Murjel Breedveld Jagesser is client director, both in Luxembourg

Montagu promotes Stobbart

Stobbart joined the firm in 2018 as tax manager

Domicile watch: August 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including the FCA's third consultation paper on UK IFPR, Guernsey's appointment of a strategic adviser for green and sustainable finance and Hong Kong's SFC amended fund manager code of conduct

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

Livingbridge’s Conway joins Crowe

Jono Clare has been named as the GP's new head of tax

PwC’s Woehl joins Montagu

In her new role, Woehl will help develop and refine Montagu’s existing ESG processes and procedures as well as support the portfolio companies’ ESG efforts

Ares promotes Phillips to CFO

The move follows the termination of CFO/COO Michael McFerran’s employment for inappropriate misconduct

Comment: The first time

Khuram Bajwa of OneTen Associates discusses real life examples of hiring a CFO for the first time

TPG promotes Weingart to CFO

Jack Weingart has been with the firm since 2006

Dentons’ Craig joins Paul Hastings

Ted Craig joined from Dentons where he was partner, head of the private funds practice in the UK

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

Investran’s Iaslovits joins Anduin

Iaslovits will provide guidance on Anduin’s product roadmap

TMF Group’s White joins Oakbridge

John White is responsible for overseeing compliance at both Oakbridge Funds and The ED Group

Domicile watch: July 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Denmark's ranking as most business-friendly domicile, increased fund fees for Jersey and Guernsey's proposal for increasing fees

The Drawdown Awards: GP finalists announced

We are pleased to present the GP finalists for The Drawdown Awards 2021

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

Stephenson Harwood promotes de Ste Croix to partner

She focuses on fund formation, GP-led secondaries, LP portfolio sales and complex fund-related transactions, including GP removals

Former Apax COO joins Bridges as NED

Philip Newborough, co-CEO of Bridges: "Clive has been a great friend and advisor to Bridges for many years now, and I’m delighted we can tap into his insight and experience more regularly"

Simpson Thacher’s Fox joins Kirkland & Ellis

Amy Fox advises private equity clients on the organisation and operation of European, Asian and global large-cap funds

Suntera appoints Jersey head of funds

Ryan Taylor has overall responsibility for developing and managing the new fund administration team in the jurisdiction and growing its client base

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”

Halfenger joins Arctaris

He joined from consultancy firm Treliant, where he has been MD of securities & investment management compliance

The Drawdown Awards 2021: Finalists Announced

Thank you to everyone who entered, and a massive congratulations to all those that made the shortlist

PE career satisfaction remains strong

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

Inflexion promotes Pattison

Ben Pattison has been named head of finance while Ionela Serbenco is now fund accounting manager

BC’s Dell joins Pemberton

BC Partners’ Graeme Dell has been appointed as Pemberton’s new COO

Sanne promotes Fowler to global head of PE

He takes over from Oliver Morris, who has recently left the firm to join TDR Capital as head of fund operations

Drawbridge appoints COO

Scott DePetris will drive the firm’s global strategy and business operations

Domicile watch: June 2021

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including Guernsey's updated code of corporate governance, Luxembourg's FAQ on MiFID application and Cyprus' new form related to cross-border activities

EQT creates new sustainability roles

Bahare Haghshenas is global head of sustainable transformation, while Sophie Walker is head of sustainability for private capital

ALFI re-elects Lamesch as chair

Effective immediately, Corinne Lamesch’s second term will run for two years

Kirkland & Ellis names investment funds partner

Raphaël Bloch advises investment fund managers on the establishment and operation of funds and separate accounts across the alternative asset space

Preqin appoints head of ESG

Jaclyn Bouchard joins from S&P Global, was director of ESG & sustainable finance products within its global ratings division

Squire Patton Boggs launches London funds practice

Steven Ward has been hired as investment funds partner to spearhead the development of the new division

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

Blackstone hires global head of DE&I

Devin Glenn joined from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, where she spent almost 16 years in various DE&I roles

Crestbridge appoints Luxembourg head of fund services

Ross Thomson will oversee the full range of fund admin services through Crestbridge’s Luxembourg office

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