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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

Blow it all up and start again

Could the rise of 'corporation zero' - designing a fund's operations from scratch - be the remedy to private equity's tricky tech upgrade?

Canoe partners with Bipsync

The partnership aims to streamline and automate investment document collection and categorisation processes

Allvue partners with Pitchbook

Partnership will provide PitchBook Private Market Benchmarking for LP clients

Your data: Time to take the steering wheel

Private capital firms cannot let off-the-shelf software solutions control data strategy, writes Ingolv Urnes of psKINETIC

EDC to collect ESG data

Collecting data annually using one platform with a standardised methodology, allows for consistent, comparable pan-European statistics

Framework rebrands to daappa

The fintech platform has also released two new products as part of its digital transformation

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

Accelex partners with SimCorp

The partnership aims to automate alternative investment data workflows for joint clients of both platforms

DiligenceVault adds ESG, D&I questionnaires

New questionnaires from The Asset Owner Diversity Charter and The ESG Data Convergence Project are now available

Diligend secures additional investment

Fresh capital will see the due diligence platform expand its fund manager offering

Vistra launches investor servicing portal

The new portal is powered by tech firm Eleven and enables alternatives fund managers and administrators to create engaged client communities, automate workflows and grow at scale

LISTEN: Talking tech transformation

Hear the insights and expert views of five PE and VC finance and tech professionals on key tech trends

LPs prefer outsourcing

SS&C Intralinks' 2022 LP survey found that 38% of institutional investors surveyed prefer a manager to use a fund administrator

Aztec adopts Fenergo for onboarding

Fenergo enables Aztec to onboard investors faster and improve the user, client and investor experience

Allvue launches platform for emerging PE and VCs

"It is essential that smaller firms have the necessary infrastructure to hold their own against industry peers."

Blockchain and big data most important future tech tools

Intertrust Group’s latest report found 46% of respondents cited blockchain/DLT as the most important tech tool for private capital funds over the next five years

SEI buys Finomial

Deal aimed at enhancing cloud-native technology capabilities

LISTEN: The Drawdown speaks to Private Equity Technology Podcast

Alice Murray, editor of The Drawdown, speaks to Lisa Weaver-Lambert and Alex Agran of the Private Equity Technology Podcast

AnaCap spins out its tech platform

“Equipped AI allows individuals and companies to analyse vast lakes of data in real-time, helping to map and execute investment strategies across multiple geographies.” -- Mike Edwards

EFA adopts NeoXam

NeoXam’s Impress platform covers the full reporting process