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5 minutes with…Doug Cruikshank, Head of Fund Financing and Hark Capital at Aberdeen Standard Investments

Hark Capital’s Cruikshank discusses the evolution of the NAV facilities market, and why it’s more important now than ever

5 minutes with.. Rémy Astié, founder & CEO of Vauban

The Drawdown caught up with Vauban’s founder and CEO Rémy Astié to find out how the platform came about and why SPV account solutions are so important

Profile: Ahmed Khamassi, Stirling Square Capital Partners

The head of data science discusses what attracted him to private equity, the main focuses of Stirling Square's innovation and sustainability team, as well as the challenges of digitisation

Profile: Shami Nissan, Actis

The head of responsible investment discusses how the firm ensures its investment strategy is carried out to high standards, ESG regulations entering the market next year and challenges around investing in emerging markets

Profile: John Marsh, Growth Capital Partners

The finance director discusses his experience of setting up a corporate venturing arm, how he implemented a new portfolio monitoring tool at GCP and communications with LPs during the last six months

5 minutes with… Thomas Eskebaek, Titanbay

The firm’s CEO discusses how Titanbay is helping smaller LPs to access funds, how funds are selected for the platform as well as how its portfolio monitoring tool works

Apex purchases FundRock

FundRock is an independent UCITS ManCo and AIFM and claims to be the largest third-party manager of UCITS funds in Luxembourg

5 minutes with… Paris Jordan, Murano Consulting

Murano Consulting’s head discusses why the consultancy arm was set up, what differentiates Murano from placement agents and why ESG is an influencing factor in fundraising

Profile: Kim-Andrée Potvin, Bamboo Capital Partners

The partner & head of operations discusses her path from traditional finance to impact investing, overcoming Covid-19 frustrations, and why impact can no longer be niche

5 minutes with…Tuomas Saarinen, Apollonian

We caught up with independent valuation provider Apollonian’s co-founder and chair Tuomas Saarinen to find out how the company came about and the importance of valuing intangible assets.

Profile: Debojit Mukherjee, Agilitas Private Equity

The chief operating officer discusses what attracted him to his role, how the firm measures and tracks ESG and why their Sustainable Value Creation report is so important

5 minutes with… Nick Bland, Ocorian

The head of UK client services discusses his move from Deutsche Bank to Ocorian and his thoughts on the fund administration consolidation trend

A true alternative

From alternative law firm to publicly listed full-suite asset management consultancy, MJ Hudson has had an outstanding decade

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

Profile: Ruth Tompkins, EQT

The HR director for EQT's PE team discusses how she found herself working in PE, the importance of good culture at the top and how the firm is focusing more on diversity

Profile: Jesper Söderberg, Nordic Capital

The CFO discusses his evolution of his role, the way the firm set up its valuations and reporting practices as well as the importance of having strong department heads

Profile: Matthew Thornton, Ardian

The CFO discusses how Ardian’s finance function is set up, the importance of integrating yourself into existing team culture and his involvement in the firm’s Foundation

5 minutes with… Matthew Crisp, Wheelhouse

The CEO of Wheelhouse Advisors discusses the firm’s spinout from ACA Compliance and the key tax, regulatory and compliance developments PE firms need to be aware of

5 minutes with… René Kampschulte, Keytrack

The managing director talks about why he created the VC portfolio management software, the ultimate goal for the product and why he won’t rule out expanding to PE in the future

Talking tech: FSN’s Conradi on tech culture

Part two of our two-part series explores how Conradi is handling the firm’s digital transformation, challenges around tech working culture and his plans for the next year

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

5 minutes with… Matthew Hardcastle, DealCloud

Hardcastle talks about his move from Inflexion to DealCloud, challenges of upgrading IT and why it’s important to get peer feedback before making any tech changes

Profile: Robin Bailey, Pantheon

He discusses his transition from finance team to COO, the challenges of change, as well as implications of ever-increasing demands for transparency

Profile: Caroline Hadrbolec, Eurazeo

The chief human resources officer discusses the differences of working for a listed PE firm, HR in Asia and the importance of creating career pathways

5 minutes with… Eve Ellis, Ropes & Gray

Financial services regulation specialist Eve Ellis outlines steps GPs need to take to maintain compliance, what regulators expect and key regulatory developments for 2020

Profile: Caroline Carr, Permira

The chief human resources officer discusses her career change from law to human resources, her role across the firm and its portfolio as well as the importance of collaboration at Permira

C5’s Piennar on handling the pandemic

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

5 minutes with… Troy Pospisil, InCloudCounsel

InCloudCounsel founder and CEO Troy Pospisil discusses the advantages of digitising legal contracts

The Profile: Stephen Richmond, CFO Abris Capital

Stephen Richmond tracks his journey from investment director to CFO, and the nuances of operating funds in central and eastern Europe

The Profile: Millie Glennon, Bridges

Millie Glennon discusses her diverse career path into private equity, the evolution of her role at the firm and the importance of personnel development

The Profile: Stephanie Wall, Palatine

Palatine's Stephanie Wall discusses the firm’s ESG evolution over the last 10 years, approaches to measuring sustainability and lessons learned from working in a consultancy

The Profile: Diana Meyel, Cipio Partners

Cipio's Meyel discusses the importance of being a strategic operator; why CFOs need to be more visible within their organisations as investors and regulators alike demand stable, robust and predictable platforms

Q&A with Lauren Iaslovits, CEPRES board special advisor

Co-founder and former COO of SunGard Investran’s Lauren Iaslovits discusses why she left Investran and what brought her to her new role

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

The Profile: Ruby Biring, Livingbridge

Livingbridge’s head of talent Ruby Biring discusses the uniqueness of the talent role within a private equity firm, how each role is entirely different and the changes still to come

The Profile: Jason Howard, Headway Capital

Headway’s CFO Jason Howard looks back at the important lessons learned throughout his career, which now act as intrinsic guides for his current role, where meeting the needs of clients is key.

Q&A with Raxita Kapashi, CFO at Dawn Capital

Having recently joined Dawn Capital as the company's first official CFO, Kapashi discusses her new role and what led her to join a venture capital firm

5 minutes with… Corvus Advisers

Newly-launched legal and regulatory consultancy aims to fill the grey space between law firms and compliance consultants

The Profile: Therése Lennehag, EQT

Therése Lennehag explores current ESG trends, technological advances, her role within EQT, the nuances of characteristics of those working on ESG initiatives and her outlook on how these roles will develop

The Profile: Jackson Heddy, Northzone

Jackson Heddy discusses the particular challenges of running a venture back office; including the complexity of data analysis for young companies and troublesome valuation methods

5 minutes with… Linnovate Partners

The Drawdown catches up with Linnovate’s new MD Redmond Lee to find out about the technology-focused fund administrator’s expansion into Europe

Profile: Julie Gallon of Highvern

Gallon, who is a senior manager in Highvern's fund's team, discusses the impact of consolidation within the fund admin space and her outlook for the industry.

5 minutes with… Mercatus

Chris Webb, who recently joined Mercatus after 10 years with FIS Investran to build up the software company’s European business, discusses the offering and his outlook

Dunedin’s Karan Darroch on IT and outsourcing

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

Dunedin’s Karan Darroch on evolution of role and industry outlook

Detailing the growing complexities of PE finance and operations functions

5 minutes with… Castalia Compliance

Tracy Diamond, founder of boutique consultancy Castalia Compliance reveals her top tips for handling growing regulatory burdens

Profile: Lincoln Jopp, Disruptive Capital

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

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

5 minutes with… The Private Equity Stakeholder Project

New project aims to connect workers with private equity firms

IR Profile: Apposite’s Valerie Auffray

IR head reveals how her role has evolved and now includes back office operations

5 minutes with… Colmore

Firm says it isn't looking for a GP "gotcha!"

AnaCap’s Edwards on outsourcing and regulations

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

AnaCap’s Edwards on proprietary technology

Second instalment of our discussion with AnaCap COO Michael Edwards explores development of intelligence platform

AnaCap’s Edwards on being a successful COO

First of three-part series explores must-have traits for the role

5 minutes with… Jyoti Banerjee

Reporting expert discusses why PE needs an information architecture and a CIO to run it

5 minutes with… Dominique Gaillard

France Invest’s new chair talks tech and Brexit as market overheats under Macron effect

Profile: Clyde Blowers’ partner Shauna Powell

CBC partner Powell discusses importance of regulatory expertise within partnership

5 minutes with… Katja Baur

The Drawdown catches up with Montana Capital's new CFO