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Multiple sides of the ESG definition

With ESG definitions varying, the meaning of ‘sustainable’ investing is still unclear

Carry forfeiture following for-cause removal on the wane, says MJ Hudson

Swing towards a majority of funds now specifying a haircut rather than full forfeiture highlights the shifting balance of power between GPs and LPs, according to MJ Hudson's research.

Comment: The Mother of Invention

James Wood, investment funds partner at Hogan Lovells in Sydney, explores fund structuring innovations throughout the APAC region

ACA acquires Ethos ESG

The acquisition sees ACA expand its advisory business with tech-based analytics

In conversation: Power to the LP

Highlights from a recent roundtable event examining the growing influence of investors in private equity fund management

Broadridge’s PE platform open for US funds

Private Market Hub is powered by distributed ledger technology

DC Advisory launches GP secondaries offering

The firm has appointed Michael Wieczorek as managing director

TDA 2022 Rising Star: Emad Shahin, 17Capital

We explore what set Shahin above his peers for this category

Novata partners with Frazier & Deeter

The partnership aims to support identification of ESG metrics and disclosure requirements

TDA 2022 Legal & Compliance Professional of the Year: Martin Sjölund, Summa Equity

Sjölund details the improvements he made within Summa's legal function, which led to cost savings and a decrease in the risk of errors

TDA 2022 Legal: Fund Formation winner: Travers Smith

Sam Kay, funds partner at Travers Smith describes what's enabled the firm to have such a deep understanding of the market

Freeths creates private funds practice in London

George Metcalfe has joined from Simmons & Simmons as a partner to head up Freeths’ private funds practice in London

Maples launches ESG fund services solutions

They aim to support fund managers and institutional investors with ESG and impact investing credentials

TDA 2022 Technology: Regulatory & Compliance winner: Ontra

Bridget Deiters, managing director at Ontra talks us through the firm's impressive growth and product launches throughout 2021

PE firms under pressure to outsource

There has been a significant increase in enquiries from PE firms looking to outsource since last year, Ocorian reports

Apex Group expands Global Compliance Solutions to Singapore

It aims to address local clients’ risks and concerns around ESG, sustainability, AML, digital assets and fintech

TDA 2022 Advisory/Consultancy: Legal, Compliance & Regulatory winner: ACA Group

Adam Palmer, partner, UK regulatory advisory at ACA Group discusses how the firm's seven new initiatives contributed to winning this award

Data analytics should be top priority for service providers

EY believes off the shelf solutions will no longer work to achieve GPs’ data requirements

Champions league

The Drawdown Awards recognise the very best in private equity operations, awarding outstanding service provision and operational leaders.

Data, cyber security and AI compliance: managing the evolving landscape

Debevoise & Plimpton’s Robert Maddox and Martha Hirst detail how new cyber and privacy rules from regulators worldwide will impact PE firms, and provide five key tips to stay ahead

Pinsent Masons expands to Luxembourg

As part of the expansion, Wildgen’s Michel Bulach, David Maria and Mark Shaw have joined the team

In conversation: Legal representation

In-house counsel has evolved to become a key strategic and commercial driver

Addleshaw’s Carrington rejoins Simmons & Simmons

Charlotte Carrington has been appointed as supervising associate (financial services regulation)

Reed Smith launches global ESG practice

The practice builds on the support and advice the firm has provided for its clients around ESG for a number of years

Debevoise appoints six

Gregg Young and Fatema Al-Arayedh have been appointed as international counsel, while Brett Bush, Kate Kapych, Christina Chen Marex and Adam Namm have been named counsel

Henderson joins Goodwin

Andrew Henderson joins from Macfarlanes where he was a partner

Apex acquires ZASMalta

ZASMalta provides regulatory compliance and risk management services to 50 clients

MJ Hudson partners with Cork Gully

Partnership seeks to provide restructuring services including, GP-leds, GP replacement, continuation or wind down structures

Zeidler launches digital sustainable finance module

The module provides practical guidance on sustainable finance regulations, disclosure and reporting obligations

Operational lens: Summa Equity Fund III

Summa’s latest fund was almost quadruple the size of its predecessor, despite being raised remotely. General counsel Martin Sjölund, talks us through their Swedish fund structure, the bespoke onboarding solution, tackling compliance heavy ODD and Summa’s supportive partners.

ACA appoints CFO

Neeraj Karhade joins from retail business Transformco where he was CFO

ESAs clarify SFDR and Taxonomy Regulation compliance

Recent statement aims to clear up confusion over the application of SFDR and the Taxonomy Regulation ahead of their adoption

Force of nature

The TCFD has put action to prevent climate change to the forefront of investing, now a new nature-related framework aims to put the spotlight on biodiversity

ACA merges with Foreside

Both businesses had received backing from Genstar Capital, now the lead investor of the combined business

Quay adds regulatory hosting capabilities

Joe Vittoria and Sarah Donnelly have joined Quay to provide the new regulatory hosting services

Scerbo joins A&M

John Scerbo, previously CFO of L Catterton for 13 years, will lead the firm’s new fund management solutions offering

Legal lowdown: James Oussedik, Sidley Austin

To kick off our legal insights series, James Oussedik, investment funds partner at Sidley Austin discussed his thoughts on AIFMD II and fund domiciliation challenges

Zeidler launches SFDR disclosures tool

The tool aims to streamline and simplify asset managers’ adherence to the ESG regulation

Operational lens: Circularity backs P2i

With a circular economy investment strategy framework, Circularity Capital delves deep into the details when it comes to deals. We take a look at the operational work behind the firm’s recent £8m investment into P2i

Cadwalader appoints Batterson as partner

Angela Batterson joins from Jones Day where she was a partner for four years

Chain reaction: the hidden depths of KYC

KYC is so much more than just a passport and a utility bill. Highvern’s Ken Ritchie details the intricacies of KYC compliance

Eversheds’ Watford joins Haynes Boone

Ben Watford will lead the London funds team

Holland Mountain promotes two

Kimberly Ellis and Jonathan Connelly have both been promoted to associate directors of their respective divisions

Maxwell joins Reframe

Industry veteran Ray Maxwell joins as advisory partner to lead new investment advisory offering

Kirkland appoints three from SEC

Appointment of three former US SEC legal professionals follows the regulator’s recent private equity focused rule tightening

Intapp and KPMG AG announce strategic alliance

Partnership aims to accelerate digital transformation for professional services and capital markets firms

Leading managers embrace a new standard in contract negotiation

Troy Pospisil, CEO and founder of Ontra, charts the adoption of legal tech by blue chip private equity firms

IQ-EQ creates group head of compliance role

Tasnoova Zaki, who has taken up the newly-created leadership position, joins from Citi, where she was VP, strategic control initiatives, regulation & compliance

PwC Luxembourg adopts Diligend

Use of Diligend meets PwC Lux aims to better support its clients with due diligence, ongoing monitoring and oversight needs

Addleshaw Goddard opens Luxembourg office

Fieldfisher’s Richard Ledain Santiago has been appointed as partner to lead the new office

5 minutes with… Birchstone Markets

We caught up with Devonshi Mody and James Arnold of Birchstone to find out about their connected treasury offering.

5 minutes with… Derivative Path

Brett Morrell & Ciccy Yang discuss how the technology-focused business supports private equity risk management

5 minutes with… Global Regulatory Surveillance Services

We caught up with Joe Vittoria and Sarah Donnelly of GRSS to find out about the new firm and its surveillance system offering for regulated businesses

ESG outsourcing: who’s who?

We've compiled a directory of who does what when it comes to ESG outsourcing, to help get those boxes ticked.

Operational Lens: Pantheon Secondary Opportunities Fund (PSOF)

With a total AUM of $52.3bn, Pantheon is a machine when it comes to fundraising. We take a look at the $624m PSOF, to discover how the pros get the job done.

Reed Smith’s Dasgupta joins Hogan Lovells

Dasgupta’s practice focuses on the establishment, management and regulation of private investment funds

GPs prioritise controlling legal spend

Private equity houses have shifted their focus from reducing external legal costs to better controlling them

Waystone buys KB Associates

The deal follows the $1.3bn acquisition of Waystone by Montagu and Hg

Domicile watch: January 2022

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including the FCA's approach to EU firms temporary UK operations, Central Bank of Ireland's outsourcing guidance, Jersey fee changes and The Bahamas removal from the EU's blacklist

Montagu and Hg acquire Waystone

$1.3bn deal provides exiting investor MML Capital with an 11x return