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Novata secures $21m series-A

Novata provides PE firms and private companies with reporting metrics, a database to store information, and tools for analysis and reporting to key stakeholders

Alter Domus partners with Canoe

The partnership provides clients with alternative data management solutions

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."

Data is king (even when it comes to fund domiciles)

Common standards would enable decent data governance, which would do away with skills and talent challenges the fund administration market is suffering from

Intertrust launches ESG data solution

The solution aims to help GPs meet ongoing, critical ESG demands by providing an integrated approach to collecting and analysing ESG data, while managing ESG risk in portfolios

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

LPs paying more for administrative costs

25% of LPs are being charged separately for expenses such as in-house legal, accounting and computer software

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

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.”

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

Synechron partners with Accelex

Partnership aims to accelerate unstructured data extraction and management

Allvue partners with Snowflake

The new data lake solution enables clients to warehouse and manage all of their data on one system

Preqin acquires Colmore

The acquisition enables both firms to serve their clients across the entire private market investment lifecycle, from fundraising to due diligence and portfolio monitoring

State Street acquires Mercatus

Acquisition connected to launch of front-to-back, full-suite investment management platform

The Drawdown Awards 2021: Finalists Announced

Thank you to everyone who entered, and a massive congratulations to all those that made the shortlist

Diligend and eVestment announce partnership

The agreement allows clients of both eVestment and Diligend to complete more of their due diligence process via one technology platform

PE needs to spend more on data management

State Street's report found 70% of alternative asset managers said they need to spend more money on data management to handle increased pressures and demands

Accelex secures $5m

The funding round was co-led by Illuminate Financial and AlbionVC, both of which will join the firm’s board of directors

WATCH: What do LPs do with all the data?

A recent webinar discussion explored the way in which data is being communicated, how technology is helping both GPs and LPs, and what LPs are doing with all the information

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."

LISTEN: Do we even need standardisation? Episode 2

The second instalment of a recent podcast discussion examined industry body reporting efforts, and asked if standardised reporting is still necessary?

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.”

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.”

LISTEN: Do we even need standardisation? Episode 1

A recent podcast discussion explored technological advances in data transmission, and asked if standardised reporting is still necessary?

Finding a digital edge: how to approach digital transformation

George Ralph of RFA breaks down approaches to digital transformation within private equity operations, and highlights the importance of an effective data strategy

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.”

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.”

Holland Mountain partners with Canoe

The partnership enables Holland Mountain’s newly-upgraded ATLAS data platform to connect with Canoe’s technology, for mutual clients

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.”

The Techwork

Private equity's digital transformation has undoubtedly been catalysed by events of the past year

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

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

The ins and outs of outsourcing: An evaluation guide for selecting the right vendor

InCloudCounsel CEO of co-founder Troy Pospisil says firms must "ask the tough-but-important questions about the service provider’s team, products, and business"

LemonTree and Reframe announce strategic partnership

The announcement follows two previous partnerships for LemonTree, with Steelbridge and Lionpoint

Colmore launches Stride

Stride automates and enhances the collection, extraction and analysis of unstructured data

Private Equity Service Provider Awards: Winners announced

Winners of the Private Equity Service Provider Awards revealed

The ESG tech wave

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

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

Former SS&C ALPs execs launch TrustServe

The new fund administrator aims to challenge the sector by taking advantage of new technology.

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

Admincontrol and Dealsuite enter partnership

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

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

LemonTree partners with SteelBridge

The partnership aims to private capital funds with an alternative to 'off the shelf' vendors for applications, data warehouses and waterfalls

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

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

The ID Register spins out of Apex

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

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

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

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

Comment: PE & ESG… It’s time to look at your technology providers

George Ralph, managing director of RFA believes service providers are next in line for communicating their ESG credentials

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