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MJ Hudson’s WFH survey predicts permanent change

The preliminary findings reveal the ways in which new working conditions are impacting the industry, as well as an about-turn on remote working mind sets.

WGAM invests in Validus

WGAM believes Validus is well-positioned to respond to growing needs of managing operational risks

Colmore establishes ML and data team

Kamil Leoniuk and Lukasz Szczesiak to lead Colmore's new business unit focused on machine learning and data automation

ODD times

Later stage operational due diligence appears to be pushing through to legals, but more broadly, these exercises will likely be permanently impacted by the crisis

Join us: CTOs & digital networks

Part three of our mini series: this instalment highlights the lack of available forums for CTOs & digital professionals, and what they could look like if they did exist

iCapital Network buys Artivest

Artivest is a technology platform which provides HNWs access to private equity and hedge funds

Stirling Square appoints head of data science

Ahmed Khamassi joins the firm's newly created Innovation and Sustainability team

SS&C partners with FLX Distribution

The partnership enables asset managers to access fund services and distribution opportunities in one place

Addepar launches digital Marketplace

The platform connects HNW clients with private capital market funds

The demo is in the detail

Sitting back and watching software demos might seem like a good idea right now, but in reality they require a lot of prep and careful consideration

Upgrading tech talent

With more demands on PE firms to provide better quality data and reports, a number of GPs are upgrading their talent

Apex partners with Triple Point

Apex will use Triple Point's blockchain platform to connect its clients with buyers and sellers on the secondary market

Stop using Zoom, now

Following recent reports of Zoom's poor security, experts advise ditching the platform

Going back to your roots

Inefficient reporting methods continue to vex LPs. It’s time to go back to the source

Comment: Post C19, time for a re-brand?

Corporate photographer Douglas Fry believes private equity has an opportunity to change its image post-pandemic

Citco launches tech platform for GCs

The platform aims to harmonise admin of global entities

The operating committee

A number of large private equity houses are setting up operating committees in response to the major tasks now faced by non-deal team members

WFH best practice: Life in lockdown

Consultants 3LDC return with their next instalment, this time looking at the longer term impacts of remote working and how to adapt processes

Time to bring in the (remote) experts

With private equity firms moving to remote working set ups, now is the time to bring in experts adept at this way of working

IQ-EQ launches investor solutions offering

IQ-EQ has launched an investor solutions offering, a real-time reporting tool named Cosmos

WFH best practice: Emergency response phase

Nick Murphy from consultancy 3LDC outlines the do's and don'ts for the first phase of working from home

Apex launches digital banking platform

The solution processes and opens bank accounts without physical documents

iCapital Network raises $146m

Funding round led by Ping An saw BlackRock take a significant minority stake

SS&C acquires Captricity

Captricity is a machine learning solution that translates paper and handwritten documents into a digital format

C5’s Piennar on handling the pandemic

“We are seeing a surge in demand for cybersecurity services” - C5 Capital

MJ Hudson acquires Meyler

US-based Meyler specialises in marketing services and analytics for alternative assets

The new PE playbook

McKinsey urges sponsors and their portfolio companies to adjust quickly to the COVID-19 outbreak

The Profile: Stephen Richmond, CFO Abris Capital

Stephen Richmond tracks his journey from investment director to CFO, and the nuances of operating funds in central and eastern Europe

TiG acquires MMRIT

Deal marks second acquisition since receiving backing from BGF in July 2018

SimCorp upgrades reporting and management offering

The software provider has announced two new partnerships

ESG is key driving force of change

McKinsey & Company’s latest report said LP demand for higher quality information around ESG requires better tech, while social element of ESG highlights need for diverse teams

The Ocado of private equity

AtomInvest’s recent white-labelling of its software could be the much needed investor onboarding remedy the industry is seeking

Tomorrow’s CFO leads

They will be expected to take on a leadership role as it adapts to the numerous regulation and technology changes going forward

ICR launches ESG DD services for PE and VC

The analysis aims to help PE and VC firms identify and assess ESG issues during the investment due diligence process

Moonfare reaches €250m AUM

Moonfare’s digital platform allows qualified HNWIs to invest in PE vehicles

Allvue adds new leadership

Meanwhile COO Kevin MacDonald has stepped down

Q&A with Lauren Iaslovits, CEPRES board special advisor

Co-founder and former COO of SunGard Investran’s Lauren Iaslovits discusses why she left Investran and what brought her to her new role

State Street partners with iCapital Network

The partnership is a response to high net worth investors and family offices increasingly wanting access and exposure to alternative asset classes

Comment: Who built your marketing infrastructure?

For growing fund managers, a decent marketing framework is a must, but who takes responsibility for managing the build?

The view on Allvue Systems

The Drawdown speaks to newly-combined Allvue's CEO Rey Acosta to find out more about the deal and what it means

Lost in the clouds

The move to cloud computing comes with glorious benefits and efficiencies, but given the particular IT needs of private equity - mainly security - finding the right cloud set-up is proving tricky.

Q&A with Luke Dembosky, partner at Debevoise on cyber risk

Cyber security is one of the biggest risks facing PE, but in Europe, an area that needs far more attention. Luke Dembosky, partner at Debevoise shares his insights

Abry Partners backs Options

The investment will support Options' growth via M&A and advancement of its tech offering

Investran’s Iaslovits joins CEPRES as special advisor

She has also been a shareholder in the firm since autumn last year

Cheung joins Linnovate

She was previously country managing director for IQ-EQ

The Profile: Jason Howard, Headway Capital

Headway’s CFO Jason Howard looks back at the important lessons learned throughout his career, which now act as intrinsic guides for his current role, where meeting the needs of clients is key.

Take the risk

The cultural shift towards robust risk management is finding its way to private equity, and with it, the potential to unravel entrenched structures.

Sanne and Colmore tie-up on GP tech

The project is based on Colmore's Helios platform

The data journey waits for no one

Private equity’s data journey may only just be setting off, but like any expedition, packing the best equipment and selecting the right companions make reaching the final destination a lot more enjoyable

Key regulatory developments in 2019

Latest developments come from Proskauer's 2019 Annual Review and Outlook

Silverfleet’s Microgen merges with Touchstone in market-shifting software deal

Deal marks a return to fund administration sector for Silverfleet

The Profile: Jackson Heddy, Northzone

Jackson Heddy discusses the particular challenges of running a venture back office; including the complexity of data analysis for young companies and troublesome valuation methods

EastNets and Refinitiv tie-up for AML efficiencies

Partnership enables watchlist screening and AML detection in real-time

Harmonate launches data ops platform for funds

The offering responds to investor demand for more transparency

CEPRES develops platform offering

Users can process and securely exchange all investment data and content within one digital suite

BNP Paribas Securities Services buys stake in AssetMetrix

The partnership updates the firm's private capital offering with digital solutions

5 minutes with… Linnovate Partners

The Drawdown catches up with Linnovate’s new MD Redmond Lee to find out about the technology-focused fund administrator’s expansion into Europe

Time to bite back

For too long operational leaders have been yes men, it's high time they became key men

Drawbridge expands Connect platform

The firm launched Connect-R™, a continuous vulnerability management service platform

Citco expands Solovis partnership

Platform enables LPs to change how they collect and share data with key stakeholders