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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

Profile: Sam Marsh, Alpha

The senior partner discusses the firm's newly-launched alternative banking solution, aimed at bringing efficiencies when setting up bank accounts and SPVs

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.”

Profile: Hina Ahmad, Capital Dynamics

The COO discusses moving from the legal and compliance team to her current role, how the team has leveraged technology to keep up with rapid growth, as well as plans for evolving the firm's pandemic sub-committees

Profile: Frédéric de Frésart, Argos Witu

The chief information officer discusses the firm's digital transformation, key considerations to ensure security isn't breached for hybrid working models as well as why blockchain is one to watch

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.”

5 minutes with… Neil Carnegie, Carnegie Fund Services

"While other fund administrators might get caught up in the consolidation trend, we’ve never made an acquisition. We’ve been asked to sell, but so far we’ve resisted."

5 minutes with… Danielle Lawrence, Freyda

“I think improved reporting and transparency is becoming table stakes for the industry. You’re expected to have appropriate technology and great processes in place which allow your organisation to focus on high impact work.”

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

Profile: Elizabeth Seeger, KKR

The managing director, sustainable investing recalls being the first ESG-specific professional in the industry, how KKR's ESG processes have evolved since she joined as well as her involvement with SASB and UN PRI

5 minutes with… David Nable, Arcesium

“Often, sophisticated managers have heir-loom Excel spreadsheets, which have been passed down from controller to controller over the years.”

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

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

5 minutes with… Simon Page, Hawksford

"We’ve had the benefit of learning from the mistakes other firms have made."

Profile: Paul Yett, Hamilton Lane

The director of ESG & sustainability discusses the evolution of the firm's ESG processes, setting up its DE&I council and why diversity is important to him on a personal level

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

5 minutes with… Mike Muniz, Canoe Intelligence

The chief revenue officer explains what the software does, how the business came about and technology upgrade plans for the future

5 minutes with… James Tedman, ACA Aponix

Tedman discusses the biggest cyber security changes in PE in the last five years, the firm’s ACA Protect and PortCo Defend products, and what’s in store for the next 12 months

5 minutes with…  Robin de Gruchy-Wilson, Oakbridge Fund Services

The co-founder & managing director discusses the firm’s key focuses, how it secured backing from ED Group as well as technology and platforms it currently uses

The Techwork: Christopher Conradi, FSN Capital Partners

"Technology is personal - let people pick the phone they want, the laptop they want and the software tools they want."

The Techwork: Simon Andersen, 3i

“Today, digitalisation is at the heart of 3i’s investment strategy and operating model."

The Techwork: Neil Patel, Apax Partners

“The key focus at present is improving agility, introducing and pioneering technology that allows the firm to work more efficiently as it grows.”

The Techwork: Peter Finden Bamrud, Verdane

"We are building a machine learning centre to enable portfolio companies that have progressed to more advanced levels of their data journey to harness their data to a much larger extent.”

Profile: Magdalena Pasecka, Innova Capital

The partner and CFO discusses her reasons for leaving and returning to Innova, operational challenges of CEE-funds as well as why being a woman in PE is an advantage

The Techwork: Alex Mathers, Inflexion

“My job isn’t to take over from the management team, it’s to help them get to the right priorities and find the right people to help them.”

The Techwork: Mark Peacock, Nordic Capital Advisors

“We’ve taken a much more aggressive IT security stance, aided by the implementation of key preventative, detection and response technologies.”

5 minutes with… Charlie Jolly, RSM

The head of private equity discusses how RSM supports GP fund restructurings; the importance of valuations, and the latest innovations within the process

The Techwork: John Eggleston, Pantheon

“Technology and data transformation are priorities for us to ensure successful growth, investment returns and customer service as a global investor.”

The Techwork: Olof Hernell, EQT

"We decided to build our own operational platform that is totally scalable and future-proofed for what I think will be much higher demands in the future.”

The Techwork: Stuart Mair, BC Partners

“We want to ensure that we utilise and optimise our data, providing better insights for the business using the full Microsoft BI stack, reporting visualisations and analysis.”

The Techwork: Andy Sobek, Permira

"I’m trying to build capability to keep the dealdoing machine well oiled. Deal doers are smart and entrepreneurial and my job is to underpin their work; to support quicker and better deal doing.”

The Techwork: Ahmed Khamassi, Stirling Square Capital Partners

“The main improvement we want to make in terms of technology is to ensure it is designed with our people in mind.”

The Techwork: Kevin Muller, Coller Capital

“We have a multi disciplined view on data; the tools we use and how people consume data. We’re running a multi-year data maturity initiative.”

Fund Administration: Technology & Innovation award winner: Citco

Head of PE Nikolaos Perros explains why having an internal tech team and proprietary solutions is so important

Fund Administration: Over $50bn AUA award winner: Alter Domus

Head of PE Tim Toska discusses why he's not concerned about the company turning into a large, institutional fund admin

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

Fund administration: Under $50bn AUA award winner: Highvern

Head of funds at Highvern Aidan O'Flanagan, explains why putting clients, technology and staff first is a subtle but important difference in the fund admin space and outlines how their systems have been designed to cater for today's requirements

Advisory / Consultancy: Tax & Compliance award winner: Macfarlanes

Partner Ceinwen Rees highlights the importance of the firm's technical training sessions

Advisory / Consultancy: ESG award winner: Sancroft International Limited

Senior consultant Ivaylo Dimov discusses the importance of knowing what ESG means to a firm and equally what it doesn’t or shouldn’t mean

Advisory / Consultancy: Operations & Technology award winner: Holland Mountain

CEO Barnaby Piggott talks about why clients value the firm's independence

Fund Finance Provider award winner: Raiffeisen Bank International

RBI's William Lamain explains why being one step ahead is vital in the competitive fund finance space

Fund Finance Advisor award winner: Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft

Cadwalader's Samantha Hutchinson has built a diverse team with a unique culture, enabling a more well-rounded client experience

Rising Star of the Year award winner: Dawid Sawicki, Kennet Partners

The financial controller discusses winning the Rising Star award, stepping up to FC during the finance team's transition period and various processes, systems and the CFO forum he's implemented

Legal: Fund Structuring award winner: Travers Smith

Fund partner Sam Kay merits the win to the firm's heritage in private equity as well as its active thought leadership

Foreign exchange services award winner: Alpha FX

Alpha FX's dedication to the alternatives space means the team focuses on problem solving above all else

Recruitment: Operations/Finance award winner: Bower Talent

Bower's innovative approach and continued work on D&I saw the firm take home the gong

COO of the Year award winner: Malcolm Goddard, Zetland Capital Partners

The COO discusses the values driving Zetland's culture, the importance of always reviewing work and developing his team

Technology: Accounting & Reporting award winner: AtomInvest

“Our philosophy is to look at what the best people are doing, not only in the alternatives space but across all markets." - AtomInvest founder and CEO Hemal Mehta

Technology: Innovation award winner: Scissero

CEO Mathias Strasser discusses why GANs technology is a promising research area for the firm

CFO of the Year award winner: Steve Darrington, Phoenix Equity Partners

Partner & CFO at Phoenix discusses winning a Drawdown award, setting up processes from the very beginning as well as how he's ensured ESG continues to be at the heart of the firm

Technology: Portfolio Monitoring award winner: Mercatus

Mercatus CEO Haresh Patel attributes their success to the way in which the platform has naturally developed to incorporate ESG monitoring

Technology: Information and Data Provider award winner: PitchBook Data

MD of EMEA and customer success Laura Gonzalez explains why the firm believes it only wins if their clients do

Technology: Cyber Security award winner: ACA Aponix

Partner Mike Pappacena explains why the firm is moving into ESG

Profile: Alexis Crusey, Aberdeen Standard Investments

The director of private markets product strategy, impact & ESG discusses the differences between ESG and impact investing, the importance of D&I as well as how its portfolio risk platform PRISM considers ESG factors

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

5 minutes with… Guy Battle, Social Value Portal

As ESG’s visibility continues to increase, finding ways to measure and report efforts remains tricky. Social Value Portal’s CEO Guy Battle explains how their framework attributes monetary values to social impact

Profile: Jasi Halai, 3i

The group financial controller & operating officer discusses working within the finance dept of a listed firm, leading system implementations and transformations as well as her role in the firm's committees

The profile: Allan Dowie, CFO of N4 Partners

The Drawdown caught up with partner and CFO of new firm N4 Partners, Allan Dowie, who discusses setting up the firm during lockdown, implementing a new valuation process and information flows

Profile: Jordana Semaan, Investcorp

The head of HR (Gulf & Asia) and D&I champion discusses why the firm created this role, Investcorp's new talent acquisition process and why inclusion needs to be a focus