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ODD: background checks most important

New findings show background checks and references are the most important ODD considerations for LPs

Profile: Susan Wilkins, Actis

The COO discusses her pathway from Actis portfolio company to the GP, taking over management of Abraaj funds and her role as a member of the inclusion & diversity committee

Profile: Razzak Akbar, Freshstream

The CFO discusses Freshstream’s spinout from Bregal, the ongoing relationship between the two firms and setting up the Dutch office

5 minutes with… +SUBSCRIBE

+SUBSCRIBE’s Rafay Farooqui talks us through the platform’s onboarding and subscription document processing capabilities

Due diligence goes digital

A new report found the majority of survey respondents intend to use more technology and tools to get diligence done in the future

GP tech adoption looms large on LP investment decisions

The majority of LPs' investment decisions are influenced by GPs’ level of technology adoption, according to a recent survey by Brackedale consulting and AssetMetrix

5 minutes with… Monel Amin, DiligenceVault

“One of the biggest friction points we see is the lack of standardisation. Diligence standards have emerged, but adoption remains sub-scale.”

Reporting frequency expected to increase

Intertrust’s latest survey found GPs expect to share information daily or weekly, or in real time

Profile: Richard Drover, Apis Partners

The CFO discusses his responsibilities outside the finance function, his 100-day plan of action to improve and enhance Apis' processes as well as the challenges of joining a new firm

CFOs: cost and resource constraints prevent ESG integration

Intertrust’s latest survey found this to be the biggest obstacle CFOs face when integrating ESG into their investment processes

Arcus achieves top ranking for ESG reporting

The firm is closely followed by Partners Group and Tikehau Capital

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.

5 minutes with… Wissem Souissi, Diligend

“When huge amounts of data sit in files, there’s not a lot you can do with it. But if the data is centralised and digitised, you can slice, dice and extract incredible insights from it.”

Profile: James Harper, Apposite Capital

The CFO discusses why he has taken over the IR function, what processes and frameworks he's put in place since joining, as well as how the firm's bespoke DD for ESG differs from their peers

Improved tech solutions can drive operational efficiencies

Panellists at the recent Real Deals Mid Market conference agreed ODD, deals and the full investment period could greatly benefit from collaborative software solutions

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.

Allvue partners with Pitchbook

Partnership will provide PitchBook Private Market Benchmarking for LP clients

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

Profile: Bart Elema, Waterland Private Equity

The partner, CFO & risk officer discusses how his role and responsibilities have evolved over nearly two decades, why Waterland domiciles its funds in the Netherlands, as well as securing the firm's first ESG equity bridge facility

Operational forecast for 2022

We take a look at Alpha FMC’s predictions for PE operations this year, as well as individual forecasts for CFOs, COOs, CTOs, CDOs and heads of compliance

LP/GP power balance set to shift

Intertrust has identified the key technology trends which will impact private equity in 2022

DiligenceVault adds ESG, D&I questionnaires

New questionnaires from The Asset Owner Diversity Charter and The ESG Data Convergence Project are now available

Diligend secures additional investment

Fresh capital will see the due diligence platform expand its fund manager offering

LPs want high quality investor marketing materials

According to Brackendale Consulting, most LPs believe badly designed or poorly written investor marketing materials alludes to a lack of professionalism

European LPs: anti-greenwashing regulation won’t work

Only 44% of European LPs are optimistic about anti-greenwashing regulation making it easier to distinguish true environment-related claims from greenwashing, according to Coller Capital

Profile: Richard Burrett, Earth Capital

The chief sustainability officer discusses the firm's proprietary tool, Earth Dividend, challenges around certifying as a Guernsey Green Fund as well as what he thinks of the FCA's proposed climate-related disclosures

DLA Piper launches end-to-end funds practice

The division aims to provide a one-stop shop for asset managers, investment fund sponsors and investors across all industry sectors, geographies, asset classes and investment strategies

ILPA publishes DDQ 2.0

The template features a streamlined structure, which aims to makes filling in the document smoother, and easier for LP reviews

Profile: Jon Fredrik Vassengen, Argentum

The manager and compliance officer discusses how the fund-of-fund determines ESG criteria and the challenges of collecting quantitative ESG data

JTC buys perfORM

perfORM was set up as an ODD business for LPs to use across PE, private credit, RE, infras, hedge, crypto and digital assets

5 minutes with… Michel Geolier, Betterfront Technologies

“We enable GPs to lead with their story, to present their track record to prospective LPs, which then gives them the chance to look through the data to understand what sets this GP apart from its competition.”

IPEM 2021: Adapting to a virtual world

Klas Tikkanen, COO of Nordic Capital talks about adjusting to remote working through the pandemic, as well as the process of raising two funds virtually

IPEM 2021: Lessons learned from Covid

Philippe Poletti, CEO of Ardian France talks about how the firm managed the Covid crisis, and why sustainability is now at the core of every business strategy

Less than half of LPs accept standard DDQs

DiligenceVault found 58.8% of LPs send custom DDQs to their managers

IPEM 2021: The LP view

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

Profile: Stella Morse, Inverleith

The CFO discusses joining the private equity firm from the consumer world, what she thinks of the latest ESG regulations and setting up Inverleith's first institutional fund

5 minutes with… Antoine Sage, PE Cube

“A typical buyout fund, for example, with 50 LPs and 10 portfolio companies generates around 10,000 documents during its lifespan, which equates to about 40,000 emails. Managers need a dedicated tool to manage this quantity of information.”

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

Preqin acquires Colmore

The acquisition enables both firms to serve their clients across the entire private market investment lifecycle, from fundraising to due diligence and portfolio monitoring

2025: PE’s digital golden year

In 2025, structured data exchange will be the norm for fund managers as PE moves away from Excel. The Drawdown explores the tech solutions making that future a reality

Profile: Feizal Moossa, Adenia Partners

The chief risk officer discusses the importance of his role within private equity, how his responsibilities have evolved since joining Adenia in 2003 as well as operating without an in-house legal team

MYCDD partners with IDnow

The partnership enables MYCDD to provide its clients with KYC services

You can’t stand under my umbrella

The Greensill scandal has thrown light on umbrella structures, which are now under review by the FCA - what could this mean for private equity?

Diligend and eVestment announce partnership

The agreement allows clients of both eVestment and Diligend to complete more of their due diligence process via one technology platform

Profile: Jonathan Pugh-Smith, Bregal Investments

The general counsel of funds discusses why he joined the firm, the diversification of Bregal's LP base and the ongoing challenges around regulations

ODD: social media increasingly important

29% of PE LPs now use social media as part of their ODD on potential investee funds

KPMG joins campaign for reporting taxonomy

KPMG UK has become a founding member of Private Capital Data Standards Alliance (PCDS Alliance – formerly ADS Initiative)

LPs increasingly concerned by tax and regulatory changes

43% of LPs identified regulatory changes as the greatest risk to PE returns

Profile: Rebecca Noyes, Alderwood Capital

The CFO discusses joining the newly-launched firm, the perks of having no legacy issues as well as Alderwood's core beliefs and growth plans

Profile: Sedef Köktentürk, Blue Horizon

The managing partner & COO discusses upgrading the impact investor's technology and processes, how the niche strategy impacts her role, and how being an Olympic athlete taught her the value of collaboration and cooperation to achieve goals

Diligencing diversity

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

WATCH: What do LPs do with all the data?

A recent webinar discussion explored the way in which data is being communicated, how technology is helping both GPs and LPs, and what LPs are doing with all the information

LISTEN: Do we even need standardisation? Episode 2

The second instalment of a recent podcast discussion examined industry body reporting efforts, and asked if standardised reporting is still necessary?

LISTEN: Do we even need standardisation? Episode 1

A recent podcast discussion explored technological advances in data transmission, and asked if standardised reporting is still necessary?

Comment: Virtual due diligence: Best practices emerge

Investors are growing accustomed to remote due diligence amid the pandemic; Zac Williams of Monument Group outlines some simple guidelines to help GPs differentiate themselves

5 minutes with… Simon Thornton, PEARonline

Simon Thornton, founder of private equity investor portal and fundraising data room PEARonline discusses the company’s origins, the importance of secure data transmission and upgrade plans

5 minutes with… Ian Connatty, British Patient Capital

Ian Connatty of British Patient Capital discusses the evolution of fund operations from an LP perspective, changing skill sets, and lasting impacts of the pandemic

Remote working impeding training

EY’s latest CFO survey found 76% of respondents believe the biggest risk to their firms caused by WFH is an inability to train employees quickly

ILPA publishes model NDA

The template aims to streamline due diligence access for LPs and GPs

The ESG tech wave

From static and infrequent DDQs to real-time, performance linked, fully integrated improvements; ESG is fast-becoming a tech play