The Expert

Column: Youth appeal

The Riverside Company's chief sustainability officer Dörte Höppner examines the crucial role of sustainable investing for younger investors

Comment: Court controversy

Matthew Pincus, international counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton, warns that a recent court decision increases risk for non-US funds active in the US

Comment: PE must act now on climate

John Rastrick, founder and CEO of Flotilla outlines the three things PE should be doing post-COP28

Comment: Pain relief from PTR

Jacqueline Petts, partner at Greyhound Capital, says the new Preferential Treatment Rules make the case for AI even more compelling

Networking for introverts

Cressida Hamilton, executive coach at Chryse Coaching, has some advice for those who wince at the thought of corporate small talk

Comment: New year, new toolkit

Griff Norville of Hamilton Lane examines how private markets are embracing the next generation of tech

In Conversation: Solving the liquidity gap in fund finance

Highlights from a recent roundtable discussing the biggest challenges GPs are facing when trying to secure fund financing

Comment: The building blocks

Karma Samdup and Vicki Odette, partners at Haynes & Boone, explore the core elements needed when building a successful PE firm

Comment: Pitfalls and potential

PwC's Toby Venables and David O’Brien explore how to unlock the value of GenAI in private markets operations

Q&A: Outsourcing utopia

Tim Harvey of Citco Fund Services (USA inc), explains how it is vital to build a real partnership with your fund admin

Comment: Rules of AI traction

Matt Guy, associate director at Federated Hermes GPE, details the foundations needed to ensure successful implementation of GenAI in private markets

Comment: Brand building materials

Olivia Barry of Prosek Partners explains how social media and branding have become increasingly important to private market fundraising

Column: Tech-tonic talent

Natalia Ramsden of Sofos Associates argues that AI-led transformations of business will require a seismic shift towards critical thinking

Comment: Time for a new model

Fintech has the potential to revolutionise climate risk assessment in asset management during the next three years, writes Sergei Grechkin, chief risk officer at UFG Capital

Comment: Appeals to better nature

William Yonge, a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, analyses the recommendations of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures and how GPs can respond

Comment: Who’s afraid of the US tax system?

James Debate, corporate senior tax manager at USTAXFS, explains how European PE firms can unpick the US tax system to win over US pension fund investors

Comment: Pillar Two ex post

Asset managers need to carefully consider the implications of Luxembourg’s proposed implementation of the OECD’s Pillar Two rules, argue Bastien Voisin, Yann Ricard and Olha Polishchuk of Goodwin

Column: A contribution ill defined

The advantages of greater volumes of UK pension money being allocated to alternatives are obvious, says Zetland Capital partner Malcolm Goddard, if an attitude of inertia can be overcome

Comment: Family resemblance

Ilias Georgopoulos, global head of private and institutional asset owners at IQ-EQ, highlights how the strategies of sovereign wealth funds are increasingly similar to those of family offices

Comment: Burden of proof

Amelia Stawpert and Alex Jones of Hogan Lovells analyse the impact of the ECCTA on UK limited partnerships

Raising the Liechtenstein flag

LGT’s Julien Ward and Bjoern Kogler explain the unique advantages of domiciling in Liechtenstein

Comment: Outsmarting the slowdown

Scott Ramsey of MUFG Investor Services explores how finance and ops leaders are laying the groundwork for growth

Column: Everyone an ESG expert? Forget about it

Natalia Ramsden of Sofos Associates considers digital dementia, ESG and the value of prioritising critical thinking

Comment: Beware non-EU entities bearing gifts

Dechert partners Michael Okkonen and Clemens York examine the impact of the Foreign Subsidies Regulation on private equity transactions

Column: Seeking diversity in adversity

Dörte Höppner of The Riverside Company argues that an economic downturn is the ideal time for PE firms to diversify their talent pools

In conversation: The real cost of ESG

With a spate of new rules hitting the industry, alongside increasing LP demands, how much does it actually cost to be ESG compliant and how can these efforts be more than just a cost centre?

Comment: Ensuring insurers and pension funds invest in PE

Eric de Montgolfier, CEO of Invest Europe, says amendments voted on in July offer a unique opportunity to address the shortcomings of Solvency II

Column: ChatGPT: Enhancement or hindrance?

Natalia Ramsden of Sofos Associates considers the ways AI applications such as ChatGPT could both boost and diminish human cognition

Comment: Comply or get off the pension pots

Mayer Brown lawyers examine how defined benefit occupational pension schemes add an additional layer of complexity when a PE firm acquires a distressed business.

Comment: Financing for the future

Proskauer’s Cameron Roper and Paul Tannenbaum explain why it is vital to get the structure and financing right for secondaries

Column: The valuation conundrum

Malcolm Goddard, COO of Zetland Capital, questions whether the industry built up to assess PE valuations is fit for purpose

Comment: A generative approach

Beyond AI's mainstream buzz, increasing applications for private equity are becoming impossible to ignore, according to Lantern’s Tom Richardson

Comment: Mulling cyber risks

Abacus Group CTO Paul Ponzeka examines how to manage third-party security risks without compromising on competitive edge

Column: Searching for harmony

The Riverside Company's Dörte Höppner assesses the competing ESG standards impacting PE and how they could be more in tune with each other

Comment: Avoiding the tripwires

Pinsent Masons partner Mark Shaw details how to avoid regulatory issues when distributing non-EU funds within the EU

Comment: Baby don’t harm me

Patricia Volhard (partner) and John Young (international counsel) at Debevoise & Plimpton say the concept of ‘do no significant harm' in the SFDR is becoming clearer

Comment: Cutting through conflicts in GP-led transactions

Travers Smith’s Victoria Bramall and James Ravden outline five strategies to mitigate conflicts in GP-led deals

Column: You are worth it

Executive coach Cressida Hamilton, of Chryse Coaching, provides advice to COOs on how to demonstrate their value

Comment: Decision delegation

Hamish Paget-Brown, associate at ECI Partners , explores the potential of AI to lead decision making in the private equity market.

Comment: Preparing for regulatory changes in 2023

Ros Clark, regulatory risk assistant director, NatWest Trustee & Depositary Services details the upcoming regulatory changes financial services firms need to prepare for in 2023.

Comment: Future-proofing operational models key to supporting global GP ambitions

Elliot Refson, head of funds at Jersey Finance, says the jurisdiction’s JPF and LLC structures provide stability in a turbulent environment

Column: Walking on eggshells

Zetland Capital COO Malcolm Goddard explores the possible implications of ATAD III, also known as the Unshelling Directive, on holding companies

Column: A mindfully bigger brain

Natalia Ramsden of Sofos Associates discusses the benefits of meditation as the golden ticket to brain hacking

The conversation: Are you prepared? Liquidity strategies in a turbulent market

The Drawdown hosted a webinar to discuss how managers can respond to liquidity and risk management challenges that have been thrown into sharp focus in recent weeks

Comment: Transforming the alternative investment industry

Alter Domus's chief commercial officer Alex Traub discusses the fund administrator's digital transformation

Comment: Welcome to the altverse

Rafay, Farooqui, founder and CEO of +SUBSCRIBE, outlines the need for a novel private markets' digital tech stack to replace fragmented, manual and paper-based workflows of the past

Comment: Empowering the middle office

Patrycja Dos Santos, middle office specialist at AssetMetrix, shares her thoughts on the need for a full middle office services platform and current trends towards tech-enabled solutions

Comment: DORA - a paradigm shift

Robert D Maddox and Tristan Lockwood at Debevoise & Plimpton assess new continuity requirements and suggest organisational and technical changes will be needed to comply

Comment: Antitrust in me

Merger enforcers turn up the heat on private equity: what can you do to stay cool?

Comment: Why the DPI performance metric is so important to investors today

ECI’s Jeremy Lytle urges private equity firms to use appropriate performance metrics as macroeconomic turbulence attracts greater investor scrutiny

Column: The power of reflection

As the year draws to a close, Nikki Swan - founder of Mindful Swan, explores the benefits of self-reflection and the ways in which it can support achieving goals

The great talent depression

Natalia Ramsden of Sofos Associates believes private equity firms can be doing much more to better understand, and therefore attract fresh talent

Comment: Known or knowable? It depends

Nic Müller, CEO of Avega Capital Management, looks at a recent clarification to the IPEV guidelines, and hopes greater harmonisation is coming

Column: You are what you eat

Natalia Ramsden of Sofos Associates highlights the importance of nutrition when it comes to performance

Comment: The dangers of an uncertain legacy

History bears witness to the destructive potential of unplanned succession, but private equity and VC funds aren't planning for it, especially in Europe. Diana Meyel, managing partner at Cipio Partners, considers the dangers and strategies surrounding a strangely unexamined issue

Looking back to look forward

By looking back at how and where the international funds industry has evolved, we can better understand how the sector might develop in the future, argues Elliot Refson, head of funds at Jersey Finance

Comment: Negotiating GP stakes deals in uncertain times

Lawyers from Cleary Gottlieb say careful negotiation of key terms will be more important than ever

Comment: Co-sourcing

Kimberly Kale, head of operations for the PE Back Office at Allvue Systems explains how GPs can have their data and their fund administrators too, without complicating their data flows

Comment: We need to talk about valuations, or face a credibility crisis

Robert Quartly-Janeiro, IR consultant and former LSE Visiting Fellow urges GPs to face the music

Column: Tricky maths

Dörte Höppner, chief sustainability officer at the Riverside Company, explores the complexities of collecting ESG data