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State of substance

How are GPs giving their firms the necessary mass to operate in Luxembourg?

Amicorp FS seeks to scale up through London listing

Fund administration firm Amicorp FS plans London listing and global expansion

Burges Salmon hires funds and financial regulations director

Jennifer Mellor has joined Burges Salmon as a director in its funds and financial regulations team

IQ-EQ partners with Novata

The partnership aims to incorporate Novata’s ESG data solution into IQ-EQ’s existing services

PE firms better at shifting costs of W&I

Some 17% of PE deals saw sellers pay an insurance premium, compared to just 2% in non-PE deals

What the AI?! Canoe Intelligence

Our new AI series kicks off by exploring the burning questions with Aman Soni, VP of data strategy at Canoe Intelligence

Apex launches fundraising services

Offering combines rebranded platform with series of events

The conversation: Are you prepared? Liquidity strategies in a turbulent market

The Drawdown hosted a webinar to discuss how managers can respond to liquidity and risk management challenges that have been thrown into sharp focus in recent weeks

Former Sanne execs set up new fund admin business

Ex-Sanne senior leaders have launched Palmer Street, with £8m backing from Marwyn Value Investors

Hatcher+ launches funds platform

Funds-as-a-service software provides end-to-end fund administration, powered by AI

Deep dive on Alpha’s fund finance solution

Following the recent announcement of Alpha Group’s new fund finance solution, we sit down with Sam Marsh, MD institutional, and Adam Heaysman, who is heading up the new offering, to find out more

5 minutes with… Phil Westcott, co-founder and CEO of Filament Syfter

We sat down with the co-founder and CEO to learn how his company builds the beating heart of GPs’ investment strategy – their data infrastructure

TrustQuay merges with Viewpoint

Companies hope to cover wider regulatory environments and enhance global customer service

Chronograph partners with Snowflake

Partnership launches connectivity-as-a-service to consolidate and analyse portfolio monitoring data

ACA Group appoints CEO

Blackrock’s former chief product officer Patrick Olson steps into the role

Accelex launches portfolio analytics platform

The platform aims to provide visibility and automated data analysis on portfolio funds, commitments and underlying assets

Shearman & Sterling merges with Allen & Overy

Firms hope to capitalise on combined private capital practices, among others

Travers Smith appoints co-heads of ESG and impact

Doug Bryden and Heather Gagen will lead the ESG and impact group, chaired by Simon Witney

FFP launches fund admin business

Company’s new business line will service clients in the Cayman Islands

Profile: Matt Harrison, Stanley Capital

The firm's CFO discusses the way technology helps influence investment decisions and how his firm uses AI to drive portfolio company growth

Survey: How is your digital transformation progressing?

The digital transformation of private capital funds continues to gather pace – The Drawdown, in partnership with IQ-EQ, is once again taking the pulse of the private capital fund market's digital transformation

Robin AI launches Copilot

Legal chatbot aims to automate legal contract drafting

Suntera acquires Carey

Acquisition is a bid to broaden Suntera’s services offering and bolster the company’s fund admin capabilities

Ontra launches contract negotiation tool

AI-powered offering should speed up negotiations while decreasing their associated costs

European Fund Administration rebrands to ‘efa’

Rebranding is part of company’s integration process into Universal Investment Group following acquisition in 2022

In-house rules: legal versus compliance

As more lawyers move into in-house roles within private equity, they can take up the mantle of either legal or compliance – but how do these functions cross and diverge?

Alter Domus acquires Solvas

The acquisition aims to bolster the data unit’s credit risk offering by adding data analytics services from Solvas

AssetMetrix partners with Proof

Partnership sees launch of ESG tool focused on compliance with SFDR

More than half of GPs anticipate increase in tech budget

New survey findings reveal that 51% of emerging GPs expect larger IT spends during the coming year

Profile: Mark Pleaner, Lightrock

The chief compliance officer believes a dedicated compliance function is a vital catalyst across operations, deal-doing and culture

Indos Financial appoints CEO

Abi Holland is promoted to CEO from head of client relationship management

Travers Smith’s senior partner to step down

Due to exceptional family reasons, Kathleen Russ will step down as a senior partner but remain in a consulting capacity

Accordion acquires Merilytics

Company aims to build out a dedicated data and analytics platform for private equity CFOs

Linklaters appoints Vergauwen as counsel

Julia Vergauwen’s practice focuses on ESG funds, Luxembourg domiciled funds and highly leveraged AIFs

Filament secures £2.85m

Company uses natural language processing and machine learning to provide PE market intelligence and deal opportunities in real time

TMF Group partners with Holland Mountain’s ATLAS

TMF’s fund services practice will integrate the data platform to enhance client reporting offering

A&M’s Taxand team makes senior hire

Rhys Owen joins Alvarez & Marsal’s fund taxation practice from EY

Comment: Private markets boom sparks uptick in demand for asset servicing

Claudia Bertolino, head of private equity and private credit at Citco Fund Services, says managers are placing higher expectations on their third-party providers

Intapp acquires Paragon Data Labs

The platform aims to accelerate compliance disclosure workflows

Hamilton Lane tokenises evergreen senior credit fund

Feeder fund is available on Securitize platform via Polygon blockchain

The challengers

Charting the rise of the new fund admin kids on the block, looking to break the mould

Who watches the watchdogs?

Macfarlanes calls for new independent body to increase democratic accountability and expertise of the UK’s financial services regulator

Jersey widens AML/CFT scope

Jersey private entities with a local administrator no longer exempt from regime

Canoe opens London office

Firm aims to complement its US offerings with the new office

Comment: Transforming the alternative investment industry

Alter Domus's chief commercial officer Alex Traub discusses the fund administrator's digital transformation

Up close and personal

FCA and HM Treasury take a deep dive into the effectiveness of SMCR so far; we explore what’s included in the consultation papers and what might be up for reform

Growing pains

The fund administration sector is in a state of flux as it journeys towards professionalisation. Key challenges around consolidation, integration, talent and tech all need to be addressed to find a level of sustainability

Deutsche Börse set to acquire SimCorp

Deutsche Börse has made a €3.9bn offer to purchase the Danish software company

MJ Hudson’s Lutgen joins Ashurst

Whitney Lutgen will serve as partner to Ashurst’s investment funds group

Impak partners with Good Circle to launch SFDR product

Partnership aims to support firms with commitments to sustainable finance

AiFlow secures seed round investment

AI platform aims to reduce the need for analysts in competitor market research

Advice: Cash issue

Significant tax changes will affect how partners in the UK are taxed, including members of LLPs, warns CM Murray partner Corinne Staves

Valutico launches ESG valuation platform

ValutECO aims to integrate ESG considerations into the valuation process

Not on the guestlist

A connection to public entities could see the EU's new Foreign Subsidies Regulation crash the dealmaking party

Ogier expands offering in Ireland

After five years at Apex, Michael Carroll joins the law firm as head of debt capital markets

IDR appoints head of channel partnerships

Karina Fochtman has a decade of experience in senior roles across consulting and relationship management

Waystone acquires Link Fund Solutions

The deal is dependant on LFS settling with the FCA

Is retailisation a misnomer?

Many hurdles remain around expanding private funds to the retail investor. We unpicked the main concerns raised by GPs and what the current definition of ‘retailisation’ actually means

Petra Funds appoints director of ESG

Hugh Simpson joins from KPMG and is based in the London office

AlphaSense secures $100m

New funds will be deployed to develop product roadmap and AI capabilities as company launches summarisation tool