Brand matters. But not for the reason you think it does… Part II

Where things tend to go wrong can almost always be categorized in one of two ways – a misalignment of expectations, or the failure to deliver on that promise. As discussed in Part I, brand refers to the firm’s “DNA” and values. Brand goes to your reputation and the expectations that people have when interacting…

Private markets: sustainability for institutional portfolios

With the global COVID-19 pandemic in its second year now and with the immense uncertainty that institutional investors still face, investment strategy reviews should be high on the agenda (if not already completed!). With the extreme market volatility experienced in the last year and sharpened focus on ESG, investors have been given a wake-up call…

GP-led secondaries: Everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask

Secondaries have been a hot topic in private equity in recent years. The first secondaries fund in history raised a mere $6 million in capital back in 1981. Forty years later, the biggest secondaries fund of all, managed by Ardian, has $19 billion in capital. In 2020 alone, secondaries funds raised $100 billion. Four of…

The end of the line: key considerations when ending a limited partnership

Unless a private fund is organised as a permanent capital vehicle, a limited partnership has a limited lifespan that will, one fine day, come to an end. And while the event of termination is less likely to enjoy the acclaim and publicity accorded to fund closings, the termination scenarios represent an important stage in the…

The best way to determine “fit” within an LP’s portfolio

Not sure who made-up the term, “fit,” as it relates to the investment business, but it’s one of my favorites. There may be other interpretations, but to me the word encompasses two things that are incredibly elusive to investment managers when they attempt to describe their funds and investment strategy – relevancy and “value proposition.”…

SFDR – the new ESG regulation in the European Union

Over recent years the EU made a significant political decision to establish a package of Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) initiatives and legislation to move Europe toward several Sustainability goals. Within the package of initiatives is the sustainability related disclosure in the financial services sector Regulation (“SFDR”). This requires financial actors to consider two main…

Fundraising for venture managers: The missing piece of the puzzle

Recently traditional ways of communicating have gone through a radical transformation, and the importance of connecting and sharing information is more vital than ever. With the lack of physical interaction, we need to find new ways to adapt and connect with our clients and wider networks. Every venture firm should be using a CRM system…

ESG factors gaining ground in pension fund investing

If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us anything, it is the importance of the community in which we live and work. We see this importance upheld through organic ESG improvements. There have been many uplifting stories in social media about acts of goodwill, not just by individuals, but by companies who have responded to the…

Back to school for venture investing? VC in the post-Covid environment

The resurgence of Covid-19 across Europe continues to make headlines, but as summer draws to a close and with schools reopening, the UK is doing its best to get back to normal. For those covering the VCT market, it seems like just the other day when RNS feeds were reporting the publication of revised NAVs,…

What can secondaries do for LPs and GPs?

Secondaries can help with LPs and GPs that are going to need ways to confront and resolve the particular challenges imposed on them by the coronavirus-induced economic crisis: As has been widely reported, many portfolio companies are severely impacted and in desperate need of cash. Private equity-backed companies do have access to the parent fund’s…

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