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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.

Private Equity Service Provider Awards: Winners announced

Winners of the Private Equity Service Provider Awards revealed

Apex launches tool for ESG regs

Invest Check is a tool to help financial services firms collect data to report and comply with upcoming ESG rules

The ESG tech wave

From static and infrequent DDQs to real-time, performance linked, fully integrated improvements; ESG is fast-becoming a tech play

LPs want better ESG reporting

LPs are seeking more granular detail when it comes to ESG reporting, according to Intertrust Group

Capital call levels greater than distributions

Latest findings from Traigo and Cebile highlight the oddities of 2020, including the rapid rise of GP-leds

The conversation: Trends in 2021 and beyond

InCloudCounsel founder and CEO Troy Pospisil examines patterns established in 2020 and how they will impact the next few years in private capital markets

LISTEN: InCloudCounsel’s Pospisil on the future

Troy Pospisil explores how the regulatory landscape for private capital funds is evolving, how investor demands are changing and how InCloudCounsel’s offerings aim to support these developments

IPEV reiterates special guidance ahead of year end

IPEV board reaffirms that fair value is the best measure of valuing private assets

Class of 2020

A cross-section of industry practitioners share their greatest lessons of this year

2020 in review: Full speed digital transformation

A look back at private equity firms and their digital transformations in 2020

LISTEN: InCloudCounsel’s Pospisil on document abstraction

Alice Murray talks to Troy Pospisil, founder and CEO of InCloudCounsel about what it is, how it works and how it supports private equity legal teams, as well as the wider organization.

Admincontrol and Dealsuite enter partnership

The partnership combines Dealsuite's deal sourcing platform with Admincontrol's virtual data room

NAVs won’t return to pre-pandemic levels until 2022

80% of Duff & Phelps survey respondents believe up to 30% of private market investments won’t recover their pre-pandemic values until 2022 or beyond

LISTEN: InCloudCounsel’s Pospisil on private equity roots

In the first instalment of our mini podcast series, Alice Murray talks to Troy Pospisil, founder and CEO of InCloudCounsel about the company’s origins: what drove him to set up the firm and how it has developed over the past seven years.

Technology… and how it’s shaping the operating models of tomorrow

The pandemic has been a catalyst for digital transformation, but there are major challenges still to face

IR at breaking point

Can the increased GP/LP communications that took place in response to the crisis continue indefinitely, and does it need to?

WATCH: The productivity puzzle: maintaining motivation and collaboration

Watch our recent webinar, exploring where private equity needs to go next when it comes to their technology infrastructure

Apex partners with RepRisk

The partnership enables Apex’s clients to access RepRisk analytics reports and case data on private companies via Apex’s ESG rating and advisory portal

PE ESG reports “too superficial”

Brackendale’s latest survey found LPs are dissatisfied with PE ESG reports because they lack detail, are too vague and provide superficial statements on intent

UNPRI updates investor reporting framework

The new framework aims to create a shorter, more consistent structure, with more flexible and meaningful reporting outputs

PE’s response to systematic risks: room for improvement

Analysis of 100 PE firms found lacklustre responses to the triple crises of Covid, climate change and racial injustice

LPs only report half of costs

Only half of total investment management costs are included in LP financial statements, according to analysis by CEM Benchmarking

Majority of LPs unhappy with tech capabilities

Backstop Solutions Group and Mercer’s latest report found LPs waste around a third of their time on tasks that could be streamlined with better tech

WATCH: Technology…and how it’s shaping the operating models of tomorrow

The pandemic has been a catalyst for digital transformation, but there are major challenges still to face

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.

Take back control

In a bid for more control, GPs have been asking fund administrators to work on their own systems, rather than the administrator's

The ID Register spins out of Apex

Initially backed by Ipes, the Guernsey-based business is a clearinghouse for KYC and investor onboarding

Rochford launches in the UK

Treasury management provider Rochford Capital expands from Australian roots to the UK

KPMG Luxembourg names new sector leads

Chrystelle Veeckmans is head of asset management and Christophe Diricks is head of alternative investments

ESG: From checkbox to value creation

Private equity firms have been dutifully integrating ESG reporting, but few use it as a genuine driver of value

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

Backstop upgrades RMS

The enhanced multi-asset class research management system allows institutional investors to track research and DD across all asset classes

LISTEN: MUFG’s Mike Dickey on ESG reporting

Alice Murray talks to Mike Dickey, head of product at MUFG Investor Services, about the data flow of ESG information between GP and LP

Comment: Navigating capital calls

Lydia Danon and Shelley Drenth of law firm Cooke, Young and Keidan, outline practical steps PE firms ought to be taking to mitigate potential capital call conflicts

UK GPs spend $8.6m on legals annually

A new report has revealed how much private equity firms are spending on external legal counsel

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

Private Equity Service Provider Awards: Shortlist Announced

Announcing the finalists for the 2020 Private Equity Service Provider Awards

The Impact Investing Operating Principles: the power of independence

Audits and regulatory practices are vital for tracking cash, but where are the equivalents for environmental and social impacts?

WATCH: Data strategies for a digital world

Alice Murray speaks to eVestment’s Katey Bogue about how private capital funds are harnessing data to improve operations and performance

RFA launches managed data services

Cloud, cybersecurity and digital transformation specialist RFA has launched its managed data services platform

LISTEN: RFA’s George Ralph on data pt3

Our third and final instalment of The Drawdown’s conversation with RFA’s George Ralph looks as LP expectations when it comes to data management and ways to boost transparency.

Steadying the ship

Can a solid operating platform provide much needed certainty in an increasingly uncertain world?

Maples Group partners with IHS Markit

The partnership allows data on credit activity to automatically integrate into Maples’ accounting system

MUFG selects Broadridge’s loan tracking tech

Partnership comes off the back of strong growth in the private debt, credit and direct lending market

Post Brexit rules come to light

The FCA announced replacement rules for investment firms, namely a new prudential regime that may hit PE houses

ILPA updates model LPA

According to ILPA, updates have been made to improve transparency, governance and alignment of interests

LISTEN: RFA’s George Ralph on data, pt1

This first instalment explores the nuances of developing data strategies, depending on the firm’s size, focus and willingness to to adopt new technologies

LP expert Graye joins forces with qashqade

LP expert and industry advocate Lorelei Graye joins qashqade’s executive advisory

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

PODCAST: Stick or twist? How to manage on-going tech upgrades

Alice Murray speaks to MUFG's Danny Trentacosta about why now is a great time for GPs to revisit tech infrastructure upgrade projects put on hold by Covid-19

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

AcordIQ launches waterfall validation service

The platform aims to help GPs by providing them with independent verification on waterfall calculations

eVestment launches report building module

The Excel Report Builder enables GPs to recreate their clients’ report templates in the app by selecting the required data points and configurations

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

Comment: Considerations for hiring tax talent

As the importance of having internal tax resources grows, what needs to be considered when hiring this type of talent?

Domicile watch: June 2020

Key takeaways from the major PE domiciles: including how Luxembourg, Guernsey and Jersey are adjusting their practices as Covid-19 country lockdowns are eased while Cayman highlights a fraudulent due diligence email being circulated

LPs to sharpen focus on valuations

Coller Capital's Global Private Equity Barometer Summer 2020, found almost half (48%) of LPs require or will require their GPs to perform independent valuations

ILPA wants more transparency on sub lines

The latest guidance advises PE firms to be more transparent around the use of fund finance facilities and the impacts they have on performance

EQT secures largest ESG-linked sub line

EQT's Therése Lennehag: "With this ESG-linked financing facility, we actively contribute to increasing the availability of high-quality ESG data, critical for the financial markets to be able to build a resilient and regenerative economy"