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Diversity and inclusion executive search firm launches

Follett Parker aims to help women fill senior roles within private equity

Deal breakers

A guide for hiring managers and female candidates when striving to fill senior-level positions

PE’s got IT-alent

As PE is increasingly becoming data- and software-driven, it is struggling to source the talent equipped to leverage new technologies. How can GPs incentivise tech talent to come onboard?

Pinsent’s Bowen joins K&L to launch Dublin office

Gayle Bowen is joined by Shane Geraghty and Michelle Lloyd as founding partners

PE short on tech talent

The gap is particularly wide in automation and cybersecurity, according to a new survey

The great talent depression

Natalia Ramsden of Sofos Associates believes private equity firms can be doing much more to better understand, and therefore attract fresh talent

RBS International appoints CRO

Wendy Phillis joins from Link Group

Female leaders in PE outearning male counterparts

According to new compensation figures, the lack of female leadership at PE firms has heightened demand, and therefore boosted pay

Oak Group makes two appointments

Oak has hired Belinda Ridout as director of client accounting and Hannah Crocker as company secretary

Boyden UK hires private equity partners

Siwan Jones specialises in executive search and James Hunt focuses on interim management

MJ Hudson expands ESG & Sustainability business to Spain

The company has incorporated a Spanish ESG consulting firm in its development overseas

Drawbridge appoints new CEO

William Haney assumes role as former CEO, Jason Elmer, is appointed President

5 minutes with… Sita Kolossa, CEO of Nordbridge

We caught up with CEO and founder of Nordbridge, Sita Kolossa, to find out her drivers for establishing the executive search firm and her take on the evolution of PE recruitment over the past decade

Hazeltree opens fintech engineering centre in Bournemouth

The centre will be staffed by software developers, product managers and owners, DevOps and client services tasked with designing, building, and onboarding new clients

Daring to be different

Having enjoyed several years of stellar growth, have Asian fund managers done enough to ensure their firms are operating in a robust enough manner to weather the gathering global macroeconomic storm?

TDA 2022: Technology Professional of the Year: Christopher Conradi, FSN Capital

Conradi explains what enabled him to achieve a number of goals in 2021, which led the judges to describe him as difficult to rival in PE

TDA 2022: HR & Talent Professional of the Year: Mandi Akali, Capital Dynamics

Akali discusses her proudest achievements and increased push on D&I which impressed the judges

TDA 2022 Recruitment: Finance & Operations winner: PER

Dean Terry (head of HR & legal) and Harry Gwynne (head of finance & tax) at PER reflect on the firm's impressive 428 placements in the last 18 months

Profile: Laura Howes, Key Capital Partners

The finance & operations director discusses her move from origination to finance and ops, challenges in her new position, as well as her involvement with the firm’s tech stack

Gen Z call for PE to boost ESG credentials

Private equity firms should better highlight their ESG credentials if they want to secure the next generation of top talent within a fiercely competitive candidate market, new research finds.

Profile: Laurent Marvy, PAI Partners

The head of HR discusses the key differences of HR & talent across the globe, PAI’s HR set up and advice for firms wanting to maintain culture in a hybrid environment

PE firms must educate non-traditional recruits to secure talent

The industry must educate individuals about how their firm operates in order to enable recruitment from non-traditional backgrounds

City Hive launches D&I reporting framework

The new framework aims to assess company culture in a bid to prevent greenwashing diversity

And the nominees are…

SyndicateRoom’s Graham Schwikkard recounts his journey from COO to CEO by bringing the firm’s tech function from Portugal to the UK, leading to the creation of a bespoke nominee platform to run its EIS fund

Techwork 2022: Victor Davies, Bregal Investments

“We want to build in more automation and use data in a more intelligent way to make decisions, across our IT and investment teams.”

“Every PE firm should have a CTO” - Jolt Capital

The need for PE firms to have a CTO is becoming increasingly important, and could become key to a firm's survival

The DEI is cast

Riverside Europe's Dörte Höppner gets under the skin of private equity's diversity, equity and inclusion problem

Team recharge

Following two years of continued disruption to routines and ways of working, private equity professionals are facing an ongoing feeling of fatigue. As we move into hybrid models, what are firms across the globe doing to re-energise their employees?

Ares, BlackRock among new BWAM partners

Helios, JP Morgan AM, M&G, Maniyar Capital, Morningstar and State Street Global Advisors also join BWAM as industry partners

Profile: Devin Glenn, Blackstone

The managing director, global head of diversity, equity & inclusion discusses how Blackstone collects and measures DEI metrics, where DEI sits within the firm and what she's achieved so far

PE & VC firms failing to meet industry EDI standards

Equality Group’s latest D&I index ranked Advent International in first place for the second year in a row, with a top score of 65%

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.”

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

Finance function seeks tech talent

Intertrust’s latest survey found most CFOs expect to hire professionals with this skill set over the next three years

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

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

5 minutes with… Mark Coppin, Standish Management UK

“It’s not just about having a relationship manager, it’s about knowing the intricacies of each other's preferences, styles and ways of working, to get the best experience and standard of service possible.”

PRI: DEI is more than just gender and diversity

According to PRI, LPs have a vital role in affecting systemic change on DEI issues, not only within their own organisations but also wider society

Hybrid work models are here to stay

EY’s latest report found the majority of GPs expect hybrid models to be a permanent fixture for the future

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

Deep dive collection

Selection of The Drawdown’s extended analysis features from 2021

5 minutes with… Stephen Millard, Included VC

“If organisations do not have high permission, high trust or are not open and conscious to allowing their employees to be their true selves, nothing will change.”

Private equity’s great resignation

PE practitioners are on the move; is the industry's slow start around diversity and inclusion coming back to haunt it?

UK male managing partners earn €200k more than female counterparts

UK male managing partners earn €774.30k on average, while UK female managing partners earn €545.83k

Two-thirds of ethnic minority financial services employees experience discrimination

“There is more work for all of us, and the problems and challenges that remain will only be solved if we address them collectively. This must have everyone’s attention.” -- Joerg Ambrosius

Livingbridge’s Conway joins Crowe

Jono Clare has been named as the GP's new head of tax

Comment: The first time

Khuram Bajwa of OneTen Associates discusses real life examples of hiring a CFO for the first time

The evolution of HR

Attracting talent in an increasingly competitive landscape, nurturing and developing teams, navigating the post-Covid landscape - today's HR and talent practitioners have plenty on their plates

FCA, PRA & BoE outline D&I initiatives

“Regulators and industry need to work together to increase diversity at senior levels and ensure the UK’s financial services firms are best equipped to serve the economy”

North America ahead of Europe on D&I

75% of North American GPs said they are more likely have taken action to support equity and advancement of women and employees from underrepresented groups

Role Call: D&I officer

The diversity & inclusion role is emerging in private equity, but how necessary is a dedicated officer?

Diligencing diversity

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

A guide to improving gender diversity

What can PE houses do to better their employee ratios? Sasha Graham of Equality Group provides her top insights

Right-sourcing

A year of remote working has catalysed already changing attitudes when it comes to recruitment versus outsourcing

Recruitment: Operations/Finance award winner: Bower Talent

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

Auxadi appoints five

Inflexion-backed Auxadi provides corporate services to private equity and real estate firms

BVCA publishes D&I guidelines

The guidance aims to help increase investment in under-represented founders and drive diversity and returns across PE and VC

GPs prioritise D&I

According to EY's latest report, 56% of GPs are aiming to increase gender representation this year compared to 47% in 2020, according to a new report

Debevoise promotes Amos

Amos joined the law firm in 2010 and was initially based in New York