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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.”

Agile fund management

The major advantage of setting up something fresh is having a clean slate with the ability to adopt the latest learnings and technologies. This is exactly what fund administrator Highvern did when it set up its processes and ways of working

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.”

Holland Mountain upgrades data platform

ATLAS aggregates data from any source and provides business users and senior executives with centralised access to real-time data

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

MUFG IS launches ESG reporting tool

The reporting tool initially uses RepRisk data and MUFG IS plans to add further data sources

Allvue partners with Got Your Back

The partnership provides fund accounting solutions for Got Your Back's alternative fund management clients

Hermance launches digital investment platform

The platform connects HNWs and institutional investors with private markets funds via low minimum ticket sizes

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

Valutico explores ESG valuations

Valutico has received a €200,000 innovation grant from the Vienna Business Agency to support the project

Advisory / Consultancy: Operations & Technology award winner: Holland Mountain

CEO Barnaby Piggott talks about why clients value the firm's independence

InCloudCounsel launches Insight

Insight aims to allow fund managers to manage LP obligations to across all funds in one centralised platform

Rising Star of the Year award winner: Dawid Sawicki, Kennet Partners

The financial controller discusses winning the Rising Star award, stepping up to FC during the finance team's transition period and various processes, systems and the CFO forum he's implemented

IQ-EQ selects Allvue for private debt & credit

The debt desk will employ FIS software for accounting and transfer agency services, DX as the 24/7 online client portal, as well as IQ-EQ’s proprietary reporting system, IQ-EQ Cosmos

Foreign exchange services award winner: Alpha FX

Alpha FX's dedication to the alternatives space means the team focuses on problem solving above all else

Moonfare partners with Fidelity International

The partnership aims to provide institutional and wholesale clients with access to private market strategies

Allvue updates performance & portfolio monitoring solution

The platform provides an overview of accurate investment performance down to asset level

Technology: Accounting & Reporting award winner: AtomInvest

“Our philosophy is to look at what the best people are doing, not only in the alternatives space but across all markets." - AtomInvest founder and CEO Hemal Mehta

Technology: Innovation award winner: Scissero

CEO Mathias Strasser discusses why GANs technology is a promising research area for the firm

CFO of the Year award winner: Steve Darrington, Phoenix Equity Partners

Partner & CFO at Phoenix discusses winning a Drawdown award, setting up processes from the very beginning as well as how he's ensured ESG continues to be at the heart of the firm

Technology: Portfolio Monitoring award winner: Mercatus

Mercatus CEO Haresh Patel attributes their success to the way in which the platform has naturally developed to incorporate ESG monitoring

Long Ridge backs Drawbridge

Cyber security provider Drawbridge currently counts 300 alternative asset manager clients

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

Technology: Cyber Security award winner: ACA Aponix

Partner Mike Pappacena explains why the firm is moving into ESG

GCV launches new end-to-end SaaS

Quva was developed by GCV’s venture builder division G-Labs

And the winner is…

Entrants to The Drawdown's Awards were asked to demonstrate business growth, innovation and client satisfaction. While the winners were rewarded based on these metrics, what's clear from speaking to all of the successful groups is they all shared three additional commonalities

TiG acquires ThirdSpace

The deal was backed by BGF, with financing provided by Santander’s Growth Capital team.

SS&C’s Anwar joins Arrow Capital

Kamran Anwar has joined to lead the firm’s new clients and capital formation group

Consero buys BridgeView CFO Solutions

The deal expands Consero’s suite of solutions to include HR and payroll services for its existing client base

Social behaviour

While GPs use social media to give an insight into their firms, LPs now use it as part of their ODD. But where are they looking, and what for?

Morgan Stanley’s Wasinger joins Allvue as CFO

Wasinger will oversee all areas of corporate finance to help from the firm’s revenue and market share

InCloudCounsel opens Singapore office

The firm has hired Jon Crandall as managing director for APAC to lead the office

PE and private debt behind on adopting tech

Broadridge's latest report found only 9% of PE and private debt respondents identified as leaders when it came to using AI, blockchain, the cloud and digital

Standish partners with Redwood Valuation

The partnership enables Redwood to offer Standish clients a wide array of valuation services in a streamlined, high quality and cost effective manner

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"

iCapital and CAIA Association launch AltsEdge

AltsEdge is an education system which aims to help financial advisors understand alts investment strategies

LemonTree and Reframe announce strategic partnership

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

StepStone becomes The ID Register alliance partner

StepStone Group has been a client of the platform since 2016

5 minutes with… Guy Battle, Social Value Portal

As ESG’s visibility continues to increase, finding ways to measure and report efforts remains tricky. Social Value Portal’s CEO Guy Battle explains how their framework attributes monetary values to social impact

Palico launches video-based fundraising

Palicalls enables LPs and GPs to book video meetings via a fully integrated dashboard that collates all relevant fundraising materials, communications and information into one space

Fidelity’s Black joins Allvue as COO

James Black takes over from former COO Erik DiGiacomo who has now left the firm

eFront integrates RepRisk ESG data

RepRisk’s dataset enables eFront clients to proactively identify ESG risk exposure in private investments

STRAIT partners with PFA

The partnership will develop STRAITView, a manager-facing dashboard solution that will sit on PFA Solutions’ FirmVew platform

Remote working impeding training

EY’s latest CFO survey found 76% of respondents believe the biggest risk to their firms caused by WFH is an inability to train employees quickly

CEPRES partners with KOP Consultancy

The partnership responds to service provider demand to cater to their clients' increasing need for information to support better decision making and to manage risk more effectively

Spending power: Getting a handle on legal expenses

A recent webinar discussion looked under the bonnet of legal spending

Silverfleet’s MacDougall joins Apperio as NED

MacDougall has joined to help drive the firm's growth and geographical expansion

Under attack

With continued remote and hybrid working conditions, all team members need to be more vigilant than ever when it comes to cyber security

Allvue partners with TrustServe

Allvue will integrate its platform into TrustServe, enabling it to service all closed-ended funds across PE, VC, FoF, RE and family offices

SimCorp and Colmore partner on data service

The partnership integrates Colmore’s INSIGHT (data management) and FAIR (fees) services with SimCorp’s alternatives investment manager offering

iCapital buys AI Insight

AI Insight provides financial advisors investment research, training, qualification and compliance support for a variety of alternative investments

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

Cobalt adds cap tables to portfolio monitoring platform

The function allows custom metrics to be edited in-application, downloaded, pulled into various reports and exported

LemonTree partners with Lionpoint Group

The partnership aims to deliver complex data and accounting solutions to the private markets sector

iLevel’s Yiannakis joins Holland Mountain

Yiannakis will oversee the firm’s commercial activity and expand the reach of its private capital data platform

Allvue launches LP solution

Allvue’s LP solution claims to support investors’ ability to manage and analyse their alternative investments more efficiently

Arbour hires CTO

According to founder James Newsome, Stefan Kirsch was hired for his vision and passion for technology