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Aztec launches streamlined onboarding solution

Aztec Verify automates the due diligence process while ensuring regulatory compliance

Profile: Kerrie Chung, Welkin Capital Management

The finance director discusses the firm’s setup when she joined, differences between fund administration for Cayman funds and local RMB funds, as well as Welkin’s tech stack

Broadridge’s PE platform open for US funds

Private Market Hub is powered by distributed ledger technology

Ark launches fund ops platform

The cloud-based tool aims to automate fund operations and investor reporting while plugging into off-the-shelf general ledger solutions

TDA 2022: COO of the Year: Steven Whitaker, Equistone

We explore the operational improvements Whitaker made that enhanced the overall capabilities of the firm

TDA 2022 Technology: CRM & Deal Origination winner: DealCloud by Intapp

Ben Harrison, president of financial services at DealCloud talks about the enhancements the team made to the platform in 2021, which impressed the judges

TDA 2022 Technology: Accounting & Reporting winner: Atominvest

The team detail the breadth of their offering which won the judges over

TDA 2022 Technology: Data winner: Canoe Intelligence

Toby Bailey, VP of sales, EMEA at Canoe explains how its AI and ML technical framework enable the platform to stand out from the competition

Data analytics should be top priority for service providers

EY believes off the shelf solutions will no longer work to achieve GPs’ data requirements

eFront partners with Clarity AI

The partnership will integrate Clarity AI’s platform into eFront, enabling GPs and LPs to generate sustainability data on alternative investment portfolios

73 Strings partners with LemonEdge

The partnership aims to facilitate the flow of data between portfolio monitoring and accounting modules

Keytrack’s former MD launches FundCFO

The new platform aims to support VC CFOs by providing them with tools and knowledge to set up and run a fund

5 minutes with… Jeremy Katzeff, GoldenSource

“A lot of firms are still on the trajectory of being able to manage their data… Once they get past this point, it’s all about being able to use analytics to create various summaries using customisable drilldowns to produce readable, visually pleasing reports.”

LemonEdge partners with Anduin

The partnership aims to digitise the entire investor journey end-to-end

5 minutes with… Karim Ali, daappa

“We can foresee that with retail investors increasingly wanting to access this asset type, there will be more and more regulations. So compliance is a major area for us.”

ESG Book raises $35m series B

The new funding, led by Energy Impact Partners, will advance ESG Book’s next-generation technology

Apex launches portal for credit managers

Credit Data Lens provides real-time loan performance data and P&L calculations

Allvue partners with Preqin

The partnership provides Allvue clients access with Preqin data to support benchmarking exercises

Acuity launches portfolio monitoring tool

The tool aims to streamline the process for PE and VC firms

Rising costs threatens tech adoption

GP survey respondents say increased overhead costs is the top challenge when it comes to adopting new technology

BlackRock to streamline ESG reporting

Consortium of LPs will use ESG Outreach, an extension of eFront’s Insight platform, for ESG data collection, analysis and reporting

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

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

Intapp and KPMG AG announce strategic alliance

Partnership aims to accelerate digital transformation for professional services and capital markets firms

JTC launches virtual chief sustainability officer service

The outsourced offering aims to help clients to understand, definite and implement their own ESG strategy, policies and reporting

Leading managers embrace a new standard in contract negotiation

Troy Pospisil, CEO and founder of Ontra, charts the adoption of legal tech by blue chip private equity firms

Techwork 2022: Juri Pervjakov, BaltCap

“With increasing workloads, we’ve had to consider the new role of the back office, how to streamline processes and automate workflows"

Techwork 2022: Peter Tucker, IK Partners

“Running an IT department for almost 200 users (and growing), requires all areas of the IT service to evolve with the business”

Techwork 2022: Lyndon Arnold, Triton Partners

“The ultimate objective is to use technology to improve manual processes and facilitate growth in every area, from capital raising through to investment activity”

Unlimited partnership

Over the past year, there has been a surge of partnership agreements between various private equity-focused tech providers. Additionally, these same tech providers have joined forces with a number of service providers. But who is doing what, with who?

LGL selects Allvue

LGL’s clients will have access to Allvue’s fund account solution and investor portal

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

Techwork 2022: Mark Gully, InvestIndustrial

"In addition to our digital transformation programme there are a number of innovative ideas being explored that, once they come to fruition, will make an impact across the PE industry. Watch this space!”

CTOs: Dealing with (unfair?) pressure

Alex Tyler and Ingolv Urnes of psKINETIC look at the challenges and successful coping strategies

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.”

mnAI acquires Regulation Technologies

The acquisition aims to enhance mnAI’s data insights offering

Techwork 2022: Adrian King, Pollen Street Capital

“We want to streamline our processes and the way we communicate with our key stakeholders, to enable us to scale deals and AUM efficiently”

InvestorFlow merges with Cloud Theory

The combined business has also secured a $30m series A investment from Ambina Partners

Comment: Unlocking private markets’ ESG potential

Hemal Mehta, founder and CEO of AtomInvest discusses the importance of sophisticated tech when it comes to ESG data collection, analysis and reporting

Techwork 2022: Frédéric de Frésart, Argos Wityu

"Our IT infrastructure has evolved into a single hybrid network. Everyone uses and shares the same tools. That has been a huge evolution for our employees because it completely changed the way we work"

Techwork 2022: Hind el Gaidi, Astorg

“Our ultimate aim is to capture the full value chain. From fundraising right the way through to exits, we want to ensure we have best of breed systems in place that will help us to ensure every part of the process is going well.”

Techwork 2022: Patrick Gloor, Montana Capital Partners

“The most important part of my work was and still is, constantly improving cyber security while maintaining the flexibility needed by our employees.”

Techwork 2022: Marc Boullier, PAI Partners

“I want to digitalise deal sourcing, taking into consideration finance, ESG and procurement”

Techwork 2022: Neil Hendricks, Hg

“We encourage a feedback culture, so people can tell us what is working, what isn’t and what helps with their day jobs. That’s the best way to ensure our technology is constantly fit for purpose”

Techwork 2022: Ash Patel, ECI Partners

“Some of my main achievements for the firm include outsourcing our IT services to a managed service provider (MSP) so I can put a greater focus on the strategy and governance part of IT"

The Techwork 2022

Our annual Techwork report charts the industry’s digital progress by focusing on a select group of individuals responsible for this crucial work

“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

Real-time data reporting remains a source of friction between LPs and GPs

KKR's Catherine Cutts: "The demand for more granular data versus the ability for GPs to produce that is a source of friction in LP-GP relations"

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

Entrilia launches PE & VC operations solutions

Phase one of the launch includes private equity and venture capital fund accounting, investor insights as well as business intelligence solutions

PE and private debt still behind on digital transformation

Broadridge’s latest report found only 12% of PE and private debt respondents identified as leaders when considering their digital maturity level, compared with 41% of other investment and asset managers

HSBC launches digital administration platform

The platform provides GPs and LPs with digital workflow and reporting solutions

Standard Metrics secures $23.7m series-A

The private markets IR platform will use the fresh capital to develop the solution and scale its network of investors and private companies

Reporting frequency expected to increase

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

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

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.

Portfolio Advisors partners with Canoe and Exchangelodge

The partnership aims to automate data management processes for Portfolio Advisors’ private market investments

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.”

5 minutes with…. Untap

We caught up with new tech player Untap, which brings together portfolio monitoring, value creation strategy and ESG capabilities to bring about tech enabled portfolio management

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