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WATCH: Technology…and how it’s shaping the operating models of tomorrow

The pandemic has been a catalyst for digital transformation, but there are major challenges still to face

WATCH: No place like home: finding the right fund domicile

Predictability, reliability and quality are key components, according to our expert panel

Profile: John Eggleston, Pantheon

The chief technology officer discusses his approach to upgrading the firm’s IT infrastructure, the importance of cybersecurity awareness training and why you should always start with data during tech transformations

Profile: Peter Finden Bamrud, Verdane

The head of analytics discusses joining PE straight out of uni, the biggest challenges the industry faces and the importance of harnessing data correctly

Private Equity Service Provider Awards: Shortlist Announced

Announcing the finalists for the 2020 Private Equity Service Provider Awards

Comment: PE & ESG… It’s time to look at your technology providers

George Ralph, managing director of RFA believes service providers are next in line for communicating their ESG credentials

JFSC to develop shared KYC tool

The shared tool enables users to verify customers’ identities

WATCH: Data strategies for a digital world

Alice Murray speaks to eVestment’s Katey Bogue about how private capital funds are harnessing data to improve operations and performance

RFA launches managed data services

Cloud, cybersecurity and digital transformation specialist RFA has launched its managed data services platform

LISTEN: RFA’s George Ralph on data pt3

Our third and final instalment of The Drawdown’s conversation with RFA’s George Ralph looks as LP expectations when it comes to data management and ways to boost transparency.

Steadying the ship

Can a solid operating platform provide much needed certainty in an increasingly uncertain world?

Maples Group partners with IHS Markit

The partnership allows data on credit activity to automatically integrate into Maples’ accounting system

MUFG selects Broadridge’s loan tracking tech

Partnership comes off the back of strong growth in the private debt, credit and direct lending market

LISTEN: RFA’s George Ralph on data management pt2

This second instalment discusses data warehousing, the infrastructure that sits around it, data governance, data ingestion, data analytics and how these components impact cybersecurity

Standish adopts Astrella

Standish Management will use Astrella's data to support LP reporting and communications, capital calls and distributions as well as partnership accounting

LISTEN: RFA’s George Ralph on data, pt1

This first instalment explores the nuances of developing data strategies, depending on the firm’s size, focus and willingness to to adopt new technologies

eVestment partners with Assette for data integration project

The partnership aims to improve asset managers' data integration into client and sales communications

PODCAST: Stick or twist? How to manage on-going tech upgrades

Alice Murray speaks to MUFG's Danny Trentacosta about why now is a great time for GPs to revisit tech infrastructure upgrade projects put on hold by Covid-19

Apperio expands into US

The legal technology provider is initially targeting corporate enterprises with $5m or greater legal spend and PE firms

AcordIQ launches waterfall validation service

The platform aims to help GPs by providing them with independent verification on waterfall calculations

eVestment launches report building module

The Excel Report Builder enables GPs to recreate their clients’ report templates in the app by selecting the required data points and configurations

Talking tech: FSN’s Conradi on digital roles

Part one of our two-part series discusses Conradi's career move from the tech industry to PE; his newly-created CDO role; as well as what PE can learn from tech

LPs to sharpen focus on valuations

Coller Capital's Global Private Equity Barometer Summer 2020, found almost half (48%) of LPs require or will require their GPs to perform independent valuations

ESMA proposes cloud outsourcing guidelines

The guidelines aim to mitigate any potential risks firms may face as a result of outsourcing cloud services and ensure they are handled appropriately

PE under cyber attack

As cyber attacks become more frequent and more sophisticated, are private equity firms doing enough to protect themselves?

WGAM invests in Validus

WGAM believes Validus is well-positioned to respond to growing needs of managing operational risks

The Private Equity Editor’s Podcast 4

Through our combined expertise of PE investments to operations - and everything in between - this snappy podcast neatly distils the need-to-know market developments of the last week.

The Private Equity Editor’s Podcast 3

Through our combined expertise of PE investments to operations - and everything in between - this snappy podcast neatly distils the need-to-know market developments of the last week.

The demo is in the detail

Sitting back and watching software demos might seem like a good idea right now, but in reality they require a lot of prep and careful consideration

The Private Equity Editors’ Podcast 2

Hosted by Talya Misiri of Real Deals and Alice Murray of The Drawdown, these podcasts aim to provide insight into what we’re hearing, reading, discussing and discovering through our coverage of the private equity market.

WFH best practice: Life in lockdown

Consultants 3LDC return with their next instalment, this time looking at the longer term impacts of remote working and how to adapt processes

WFH best practice: Emergency response phase

Nick Murphy from consultancy 3LDC outlines the do's and don'ts for the first phase of working from home

C5’s Piennar on handling the pandemic

“We are seeing a surge in demand for cybersecurity services” - C5 Capital

TiG acquires MMRIT

Deal marks second acquisition since receiving backing from BGF in July 2018

Comment: The outsourcing dilema

Jen Simkins of March Consultants says her connections are debating whether or not to outsourcing part of their operations

Permira partially exits Duff & Phelps

The deal reunites Duff & Phelps with former backers

Lost in the clouds

The move to cloud computing comes with glorious benefits and efficiencies, but given the particular IT needs of private equity - mainly security - finding the right cloud set-up is proving tricky.

Q&A with Luke Dembosky, partner at Debevoise on cyber risk

Cyber security is one of the biggest risks facing PE, but in Europe, an area that needs far more attention. Luke Dembosky, partner at Debevoise shares his insights

Take the risk

The cultural shift towards robust risk management is finding its way to private equity, and with it, the potential to unravel entrenched structures.

The data journey waits for no one

Private equity’s data journey may only just be setting off, but like any expedition, packing the best equipment and selecting the right companions make reaching the final destination a lot more enjoyable

EastNets and Refinitiv tie-up for AML efficiencies

Partnership enables watchlist screening and AML detection in real-time

Drawbridge expands Connect platform

The firm launched Connect-R™, a continuous vulnerability management service platform

Exploring Northern Trust’s PE blockchain tech transfer

A glimpse under the bonnet of Northern Trust’s DLT transfer to Broadridge

Dunedin’s Karan Darroch on IT and outsourcing

Darroch discusses visualisation tools, cloud migration, IT consultancies and legal support

Profile: Lincoln Jopp, Disruptive Capital

From soldier to partner, Jopp isn't a typical private equity practitioner

Moving mountains

A quick look at consultancy Holland Mountain’s recent developments, and the drivers behind them

5 minutes with… Agio

CEO Bart McDonough speaks of the sophisticated new face of hackers now targeting PE

CFO Profile: Apera Capital’s Rob Shaw

Apera CFO details the creation of firm's tech-driven cloud-based back office

In or out? Tackling back office complexities

AltaReturn whitepaper details new approaches to running the back office

AnaCap’s Edwards on outsourcing and regulations

Final instalment of our discussion with AnaCap COO Michael Edwards explores outsourcing and regs