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Comment: Fund forecast

Mohith Sondhi of OakNorth Bank shares his top predictions as macroeconomic challenges intensify

The oxygen effect

Natalia Ramsden of SOFOS Associates details the cognitive improvements that can be achieved with hyperbaric oxygen therapy

Leading managers embrace a new standard in contract negotiation

Troy Pospisil, CEO and founder of Ontra, charts the adoption of legal tech by blue chip private equity firms

Comment: Make it hard for hackers

Drawbridge CEO Jason Elmer explores cybersecurity threats for PE firms and portfolio companies and explains why preventing easy access is key to mitigating breaches

Private equity and hedge funds’ cyber security demands converge

Tom Cole, managing director - UK & Europe, Abacus Group, charts private equity’s increasing needs for robust cyber security,

CTOs: Dealing with (unfair?) pressure

Alex Tyler and Ingolv Urnes of psKINETIC look at the challenges and successful coping strategies

Comment: Unlocking private markets’ ESG potential

Hemal Mehta, founder and CEO of AtomInvest discusses the importance of sophisticated tech when it comes to ESG data collection, analysis and reporting

“C-Suite and non-competes in the age of the tweet” – restrictive covenants and social media

Proskauer Rose’s Dorothy Murray and Nicola Bartholomew discuss the increasingly blurred lines when it comes to non-competes and personal social media accounts

Let’s talk about the data

Tim Friedman, founder of PE Stack, discusses all things data, including the adoption of alternative data sources and how to create a data plan

The DEI is cast

Riverside Europe's Dörte Höppner gets under the skin of private equity's diversity, equity and inclusion problem

State of mind

The final undiscovered competitive advantage in business, writes transformative coach, Thomas Woodland

Comment: The impact of new long-term vehicles with large liquid allocations

Ed Lee, partner at Proskauer, explores the advantages of adopting an evergreen model, as well as the challenges and questions they present

The performance missing link: intelligence

Natalia Ramsden of SOFOS Associates charts the rising trend among private equity professionals of boosting performance by adopting innovative medicines to increase intelligence

ATAD 3: How will private equity measure up?

Andrew Howard, Ropes & Gray tax partner, outlines his thoughts on the likely impacts on private equity of the ‘ATAD 3’ EC proposal, designed to prevent the misuse of shell entities for tax purposes

Your data: Time to take the steering wheel

Private capital firms cannot let off-the-shelf software solutions control data strategy, writes Ingolv Urnes of psKINETIC

Navigating new rules

Ropes & Gray partner, Eve Ellis, takes a look back at private equity fund regulations throughout 2021, and looks ahead to what's in store for 2022 and beyond

Comment: The year ESG went mainstream

Sofiya Bumagin, managing associate at Linklaters discusses how ESG is fast becoming a PE megatrend, and the challenges yet to be overcome

Comment: Alternative managers challenged to build virtual fort knoxes

The cash-in, cash-out nature of fund management requires sophisticated cyber controls, write Jeremy Slade and Don Jefferis of Hazeltree

Out of the deep freeze and into the sun

Fokke Lucas of 17Capital discusses the merits of single asset portfolio finance for companies impacted by the pandemic

The big picture

Riverside Europe COO Dörte Höppner, details why private equity should consider ESG regulations as a chance to positively contribute to the global effort against climate change

Comment: New tax regime for UK asset holding companies

Ropes & Gray partner Brenda Coleman and associate Tim Waters detail the latest development for the UK funds industry

The rise of the cross-border transaction

Reed Smith partners Stephen Mooney and Sam Webster detail the latest evolution in the way funds operate and structure deals

Finding the right home for your alternative fund

IQ-EQ's Justin Partington assesses the key elements of fund domicile selection

Taxation of partners: Changes expected

Alex Conway of Crowe UK details expected changes as to how partners will be taxed following the government’s current consultation

Why so serious?

Seriousness is the single greatest source of inefficiency and ineffectiveness in business, writes executive coach and performance consultant, Thomas Woodland

Get ready for the new investment firms prudential regime

PE houses must familiarise themselves with the new requirements and ensure their forecasting practices are up to standard, writes Karen Allan of Haysmacintyre

Comment: The first time

Khuram Bajwa of OneTen Associates discusses real life examples of hiring a CFO for the first time

Comment: Navigating through the storm: An evolution in fund finance

Leon Stephenson and Colin Baker of Reed Smith outline the various uses and advantages of NAV facilities

A guide to Germany’s new pre-marketing rules

New pre-marketing obligations for German AIFs come into force this August, with a distinctive German twist

Comment: The importance of being idle

Corona not only cleared the skies but also our minds, writes Riverside Europe COO, Dörte Höppner

Comment: ESG and fund finance

Michael Mbayi of Wildgen and Thomas Hallett of Barclays explore how funds can embrace ESG fund finance solutions

New horizons: Carbon pricing

Professor Gianfranco Gianfrate, Climate Finance Lead and Professor of Finance at the EDHEC-Risk Institute, says carbon pricing is happening and managers need to prepare

Comment: Managing privacy concerns surrounding FATCA and CRS compliance

Ed Harris, Louise Crawford and Adela Komorowska of Hogan Lovells examine the friction between enhanced transparency among tax authorities and the right to privacy

Comment: ESG fund financing trends

Sarah Lobbardi of Avardi Partners details the latest trends around ESG-linked fund finance

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

Comment: Everything you need to know about preferred equity waterfalls

Ben Yeoh from Goodwin provides a succinct overview of how preferred equity waterfalls work

Comment: Virtual due diligence: Best practices emerge

Investors are growing accustomed to remote due diligence amid the pandemic; Zac Williams of Monument Group outlines some simple guidelines to help GPs differentiate themselves

A guide to continuation funds

Jeffrey Bronheim, Daniel Mathias and James Mossetto of Cohen & Gresser detail key documentation considerations in where conflicts of interest may potentially arise, and why this trend is likely to continue

Comment: An opportunity to fly ahead of the curve

Mikaela Murekian, director and head of ESG at Greenbrook, asks if a new approach to air travel could help GPs in their response to increased ESG pressure from LPs

Protecting and enhancing value: Managing human rights risks across your portfolio

Sam Eastwood, James Ford, and Libby Reynolds of Mayer Brown predict greater focus on human rights due diligence processes

Column: Healthy competition

Riverside Europe COO Dörte Höppner, one of the judges for The Drawdown Awards, details the importance of good service and healthy competition when it comes to service providers

Deeper Perspective: The UK Funds Regime

Benjamin Lamping, founder of Reframe Capital asks: Are we at risk of missing a potential watershed moment for the UK funds industry, and a genuine post-Brexit opportunity?

Comment: Choosing the right auditor

Karen Allan of Haysmacintyre outlines why a move to a mid-tier auditor can reap multiple benefits

The Perfect Match: Finding the ideal fund finance solution partner

OakNorth's Mohith Sondhi details a recent subscription line facility placed with private equity firm Bluegem

Valuing a business in the Covid world

Owen Trotter, managing partner of Key Capital Partners, outlines his learnings on valuing companies in the current environment

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"

Private equity and the trade and cooperation agreement

Brexit has shifted from political to economic, causing widespread disruption for private equity, writes Denzil Davidson of Global Counsel

Comment: The future of ESG

Cliodhna Murphy and Mike Dickey of MUFG Investor Services explore the importance of tech to meet ESG goals

Comment: NAV facilities: Talk turns to action

While there has been lots of discussion around NAV facilities from buyout private equity managers, transaction numbers are lower than expected, writes Sarah Lobbardi of Avardi Partners

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

Comment: The unconscious biases that affect deal success

Iain Butler, partner at Royds Withy King showcases recent research undertaken in partnership with Professor Scott Moeller, director of the M&A Research Centre at The Business School (formerly Cass), City, University of London

Comment: Stepping back (rather than looking back)

Nicola Morgan of The North Star Partnership urges leaders to take a step back and consider the potential opportunities of re-invention and innovation brought about by the pandemic

Comment: Preparing for the second wave

Dörte Hoppner, COO of Riverside Europe, highlights the importance of people and talent management as we face more months of uncertainty

Comment: The ‘new office politics’

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

DAC6: what it means for LPs

Natalie Psaila, counsel in the London Tax Group at Hogan Lovells, details the circumstances in which the DAC6 rules are most likely to be relevant to investors in private equity funds

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

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

Comment: Culture drives results

Riverside COO Dörte Höppner believes culture is intrinsic to performance, and now is the time to talk about it

Comment: Cross-border marketing of funds

Richard Small, partner of Addleshaw Goddard, deciphers increasing complexities around crossborder marketing rules

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