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Comment: The ‘new office politics’

IC Intelligence chief strategist Dr Desné Masie, says the worst isn't over for real estate funds

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

iCapital makes new hires and tech team acquisition

The appointments and acquisition enable the firm to expand into Europe and Asia

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

Cobalt forms another partnership

The partnership is the third for Cobalt in recent months, as the company has been ramping up its commercial activities

Comment: Can public subsidy and private equity co-exist?

Covid-19 has thrown the industry into an unwanted spotlight - and now the taxman cometh

5 minutes with… Thomas Eskebaek, Titanbay

The firm’s CEO discusses how Titanbay is helping smaller LPs to access funds, how funds are selected for the platform as well as how its portfolio monitoring tool works

Blackstone to open Miami tech HQ

The Miami office aims to support Blackstone’s tech team’s immediate need for more talent, The Drawdown understands

WATCH: No place like home: finding the right fund domicile

Predictability, reliability and quality are key components, according to our expert panel

5 minutes with… Nicholas d’Adhemar, Apperio

The CEO and founder discusses why he created the platform, the ways in which Apperio assists PE CFOs/COOs and what’s next in terms of expansion

Held to account: why is it so hard for PE to open bank accounts

GPs are waiting up to nine months to open SPV accounts, and its easy to see why

CEPRES partners with Bain & Company

The partnership launches a digital product offering PE investment teams market intelligence to make better-informed investment decisions

LPs lack tools to manage complex strategies

Many investors don’t have the right tools to efficiently manage increasingly complex strategies according to Milestone Group's latest report

Citco launches data integration and reporting platform

The cloud-based platform enables users to run data extracts from various sources within Citco

LemonTree creates advisory board

Mahmoud Warriah is advisor for accounting and Toby Norfolk-Thompson is advisor for banking and tax

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

KPMG Luxembourg names new sector leads

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

AcordIQ launches carried interest tech module

The 'What-If' scenario analytics module provides systematic predictability and insights through the life cycle of the fund

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

Eze Castle buys Alphaserve

The acquisition broadens Eze Castle’s product offering and strengthens its ability to serve its clients across the US, the UK and Asia with innovative and robust technology

Executive Nexus partners with Teamscope and DealCloud

The trio aim to provide accurate insights on people and teams in a usable format to drive better business decisions

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

LemonTree launches new alt asset solution

The platform aims to help the complex back and middle office technologies

Exclusive: InCloudCounsel opens in Hong Kong

Founder and CEO Troy Pospisil said expansion was driven by responding to global clients' needs

Culture shock

Culture's intrinsic link to behaviour means private equity must think carefully about how it navigates the crisis

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

Harmonate partners with 4Pines Fund Services

The partnership enables the firms to deliver data operations services to PE funds

HC Global Fund Services adopts Astrella

Companies on Astrella platform will have cap table management plus valuation offering with bespoke fund admin services

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

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

JFSC to develop shared KYC tool

The shared tool enables users to verify customers’ identities

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

Mercatus releases PDF data extraction tool

PDF Parser is an AI and ML solution for uploading PDFs to improve data quality

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.

Temenos launches AI tool for fund admins

The firm claims it is the first to launch a software of this kind

Mercatus releases new data interface

The interface allows investors to configure, clone and share integration formulas related to performance, operating, incidents and ESG reports, as well as contracts and other agreements

Anduin Transactions partners with Aduro Advisors

The partnership integrates Anduin’s digital fund subscription platform into Aduro’s FundPanel

JP Morgan AM partners with Hazeltree

Clients can use Hazeltree’s tech to manage multi-bank relationships across all fund structures while accessing JP Morgan’s liquidity

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

LISTEN: RFA’s George Ralph on data management pt2

This second instalment discusses data warehousing, the infrastructure that sits around it, data governance, data ingestion, data analytics and how these components impact cybersecurity

Online investment platform Titanbay launches

It provides medium-sized institutional and professional private investors to access private equity and alternatives funds

Standish adopts Astrella

Standish Management will use Astrella's data to support LP reporting and communications, capital calls and distributions as well as partnership accounting

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

Cobalt partners with Lionpoint

The partnership will assist PE firms wanting to integrate tech into their investment processes

LP expert Graye joins forces with qashqade

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

eVestment partners with Assette for data integration project

The partnership aims to improve asset managers' data integration into client and sales communications

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

Apperio expands into US

The legal technology provider is initially targeting corporate enterprises with $5m or greater legal spend and PE firms

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

Cobalt partners with A&M Valuation Services

The partnership responds to ever-growing internal and external demands around portfolio data and reports

Talking tech: FSN’s Conradi on tech culture

Part two of our two-part series explores how Conradi is handling the firm’s digital transformation, challenges around tech working culture and his plans for the next year