30 senior private equity professionals debated the issues around promoting and retaining females at PER’s breakfast briefing

30 senior private equity professionals debated the issues around promoting and retaining females at PER’s breakfast briefing

… John Cockburn, Associate at PER sums up the sentiments of the room PER was delighted to welcome 30 senior Private Equity professionals to their breakfast seminar to discuss the important topic of “Retaining and Promoting Females in Private Equity”. Managing director of PER, Gail McManus, introduced the guest speaker – Jeryl Andrew – the new CEO of Level 20. Jeryl has been an investor with Abingworth, Vencap and Advent Ventures and so knows first-hand the difficulties that women face…

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There is a larger percentage of female astronauts than female venture capitalists – time for VC to do some blue sky thinking around diversity maybe?

There is a larger percentage of female astronauts than female venture capitalists – time for VC to do some blue sky thinking around diversity maybe?

Written by PER Consultant Alex Horkan Venture Capital in London is booming, heck Venture Capital is booming full stop. As an industry, the private markets have become remarkably good at funding and scaling companies with a sometimes un-nerving speed and the money is rolling in. According to Pitchbook’s PE & VC Fundraising & Capital Overhang Report, 2015 was the most successful year in almost a decade for Venture Capital funding with over $35.5billion being raised in the US alone. The…

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Senior Hires are a tricky business

Senior Hires are a tricky business

Written by PER’s Head of DACH: Rupert Bell Senior hiring for private equity firms is a tricky business. There is arguably far more downside than upside, from disrupting the existing culture, and demotivating mid-level and junior colleagues, to the financial and PR costs of breaking a contract if the integration doesn’t work. On the other hand, demand remains high: institutional investors have broadly doubled their allocations to private equity and this capital can only be deployed properly by seasoned investors….

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The Importance of Online Skills Testing In the Selection Process

The Importance of Online Skills Testing In the Selection Process

Testing can be testing: improve your CHANCE of success with our six top tips Online skills tests are becoming increasingly common in private equity recruitment processes.  There can be a temptation to fit these in when you get a few minutes without realising  the weight that might be put on the results.  A below the bar performance can rule you out almost before you have begun.  Improve your CHANCE, of success with our six tips to sail through this stage…

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Investor relations goes technical

Investor relations goes technical

You may have thought investor relations was only about communications: well it is much more than that. Today’s investor relations professional can understand and interpret the numbers as well as any deal doer. And they need to be able to, as the investors themselves have become increasingly demanding for information about performance and returns.

2016 Salary Survey: Data Sneak Preview

2016 Salary Survey: Data Sneak Preview

Our Salary Survey publication is getting closer. We have just had a sneak preview and we have some super data. We are more than sure our contributors are going to be pleased with the level of detail across multiple fund types and sizes. We’ve also got some special insights into gender split across all roles and levels this year. There are no real surprises in what the data shows, but it really brings home the issues. Judge for yourself!  

Back To School – Ensuring Staff Retention on their return from Holiday

Back To School – Ensuring Staff Retention on their return from Holiday

September always feels to me the like start of the school year. And many people get back into the office invigorated after their summer break. A couple of weeks on the beach is a great way to relax and destress – it’s also a great opportunity to reassess career choices. The number of applications to our online job advertisements surge in September. Applications can be up by 30% at this time of year.

Calling all ACA’s – Private Equity Needs You!

Calling all ACA’s – Private Equity Needs You!

If you’ve spent the past three years head down on your professional qualification whilst juggling the ever increasing workload in your day job, September has come as a welcome relief. It’s one of those rare times in your professional career when you have a bit of time to reflect on your career and where you’re looking to take it.

What’s the difference between a great fund accountant and gold dust?

What’s the difference between a great fund accountant and gold dust?

Gold dust is easier to find and less costly to lose!   Hiring at junior levels and growing your own is the best long-term strategy for your finance team. If you want a junior then attracting a good one from the big four or the specialist administrators is probably your best bet. You should be able to entice them with a winning combination of slightly higher compensation and the private equity appeal of becoming client rather than service provider.  …

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