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Profile: Rebecca Roberts, Conviction VC

Co-founder and COO of Conviction VC, Rebecca Roberts, comments on the importance of understanding the needs of her team when building a successful enterprise

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

EQT added to Dow Jones Sustainability Index

EQT has been selected for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, following its results in the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment

Discrimination of ethnic minorities remains high

Ineffective HR policies and lack of representation are driving forces, says Reboot

EQT partners with Nobel Prize Outreach

The partnership hopes to inspire global audiences on societal challenges

Bargaining power

Norgay’s Mary Gay Townsend is pleased to see women negotiating compensation in private equity

Column: You are what you eat

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

IPEM 2022: “We have to fight the fight”

FRANCE INVEST's Claire Chabrier discusses PE's role in tackling climate change and social inequalities

Column: Reality check

You are the creator of your own reality, writes Thomas Woodland, The Private Equity Coach

TDA 2022: HR & Talent Professional of the Year: Mandi Akali, Capital Dynamics

Akali discusses her proudest achievements and increased push on D&I which impressed the judges

Role call: occupational psychologist

With more importance placed on the minds of PE practitioners in order for them to perform at their very best, should GPs consider hiring an occupational psychologist?

Gen Z call for PE to boost ESG credentials

Private equity firms should better highlight their ESG credentials if they want to secure the next generation of top talent within a fiercely competitive candidate market, new research finds.

HFC: Employing fund management expertise to make a difference

Marshall Wace partner Jon May explains how Help for Children (HFC) applies the fund management expertise of its team members to make a real difference in preventing child abuse.

Profile: Laurent Marvy, PAI Partners

The head of HR discusses the key differences of HR & talent across the globe, PAI’s HR set up and advice for firms wanting to maintain culture in a hybrid environment

Column: A song of ice and fire

SOFOS Associates’ Natalia Ramsden continues her series of detailing various techniques and treatments for enhancing cognitive performance - this time looking at hot and cold therapies

Column: The illusion of two paradigms and its impact on performance

Depending on whether you’re in the outside-in or the inside-out paradigm, your behaviour will vary significantly. But only one of them is real and understanding this leads to considerable outperformance, writes executive coach Thomas Woodland

The oxygen effect

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

CTOs: Dealing with (unfair?) pressure

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

The DEI is cast

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

Team recharge

Following two years of continued disruption to routines and ways of working, private equity professionals are facing an ongoing feeling of fatigue. As we move into hybrid models, what are firms across the globe doing to re-energise their employees?

PE & VC firms failing to meet industry EDI standards

Equality Group’s latest D&I index ranked Advent International in first place for the second year in a row, with a top score of 65%

State of mind

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

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

5 minutes with… Stephen Millard, Included VC

“If organisations do not have high permission, high trust or are not open and conscious to allowing their employees to be their true selves, nothing will change.”

LPs: PE needs stricter oversight and regulation

According to Edelman, 74% of LPs believe there needs to be stricter oversight and regulation of PE

Cyber psychology

With cyber attacks increasing, the matter can no longer be an IT problem. It's time for private equity to see cyber threats as a major business risk, and with that, human behaviour needs to be front and centre.

UK male managing partners earn €200k more than female counterparts

UK male managing partners earn €774.30k on average, while UK female managing partners earn €545.83k

Two-thirds of ethnic minority financial services employees experience discrimination

“There is more work for all of us, and the problems and challenges that remain will only be solved if we address them collectively. This must have everyone’s attention.” -- Joerg Ambrosius

Profile: Hina Ahmad, Capital Dynamics

The COO discusses moving from the legal and compliance team to her current role, how the team has leveraged technology to keep up with rapid growth, as well as plans for evolving the firm's pandemic sub-committees

IPEM 2021: Lessons learned from Covid

Philippe Poletti, CEO of Ardian France talks about how the firm managed the Covid crisis, and why sustainability is now at the core of every business strategy

The evolution of HR

Attracting talent in an increasingly competitive landscape, nurturing and developing teams, navigating the post-Covid landscape - today's HR and talent practitioners have plenty on their plates

FCA, PRA & BoE outline D&I initiatives

“Regulators and industry need to work together to increase diversity at senior levels and ensure the UK’s financial services firms are best equipped to serve the economy”

PE career satisfaction remains strong

Majority of GPs are either more or equally satisfied in their jobs as they were 12 months ago

A guide to improving gender diversity

What can PE houses do to better their employee ratios? Sasha Graham of Equality Group provides her top insights

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

2020 in review: D&I firmly on the agenda

A look back at our diversity & inclusion highlights in PE during 2020

Class of 2020

A cross-section of industry practitioners share their greatest lessons of this year

ILPA launches diversity initiative

Following the launch of its ‘Diversity in Action’ initiative, ILPA has announced the founding signatories; 46 GPs and LPs.

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

Culture shock: ESG, compliance and LPs

We caught up with representatives from PE houses across Europe to find out how ESG, compliance and investors have impacted culture

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

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

Private equity’s return to work

Taylor Wessing partners Emma Danks and Helen Farr outline the key litigation risks of returning to the office

Comment: Culture drives results

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

Culture shock: Recruitment and D&I

We asked representatives from PE houses across Europe how recruitment and D&I has impacted culture

Culture shock

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

Culture shock: Covid-19 and WFH

We asked representatives from PE houses across Europe how Covid-19 and working from home has impacted culture

Investcorp creates D&I champion role

Jordana Semaan acts as the diversity representative at the HR council as well as actively promoting all aspects of equality and diversity across the global business

PE won’t make full office return until 2021

PER found 23% of respondents expect to make a complete return to the office between July and August while 37% are planning a full return between September and December

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.

Join us: HR networks

Part two of our mini series on networks in PE: this instalment explores HR networks and finds they've been especially supportive during the crisis

WFH Survey

Tell us about your work from home experiences

How fund admins are supporting staff wellbeing amid WFH

Here are some examples of how fund admins are supporting their employees' wellbeing during this time

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

Tech is key to solving work-life imbalance

An eVestment study into private capital work-life balance points to dangerous stress levels and higher risk of burnout

The new PE playbook

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

A balanced breakfast

Highlights from our recent Breakfast Briefing event, which explored the work/life balance within private equity