The Private Equity CFO, The Ultimate Jack (or Jill) of all Trades!

The Private Equity CFO, The Ultimate Jack (or Jill) of all Trades!

Written by PER’s Finance and Operations Consultant Stuart Paterson The finance departments within private equity funds are often very lean operations and the number one seat is held by the CFO. But, how do you get that seat?  And, what does your day look like? To answer both questions, it probably makes sense to work backwards.

Find your way to a stimulating, long-term private equity career in the growing Fund of Funds and Co-Investments Market!

Find your way to a stimulating, long-term private equity career in the growing Fund of Funds and Co-Investments Market!

Written by PER Consultant: Richard Jones If you’ve ever considered a career in private equity, chances are you’ve thought about a role within a direct investment firm (GP) where you’re taking ownership of businesses and working with them directly post acquisition. It is, after all, the most widely understood part of the market. However, the private equity landscape is so much broader and more varied so it can be a bit of a maze if you aren’t familiar with the…

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 “What influence can Napoleon the pig have had on Private Equity?”

 “What influence can Napoleon the pig have had on Private Equity?”

… John Cockburn, Consultant at PER sums up the sentiments of the panel Taking centre stage at the Real Deals Mid-Market PE event for the second panel session of the day were Jeremy Hand of Lyceum Capital, Hamish Mair of BMO Global Asset Management and Andrew Hartley; alongside Gail McManus, Managing Director of PER. The topic: “Animal Farm – when some partners are more equal than others: Best practice in incentivisation, retention and succession”. Chaired by Nicholas Neveling of Real Deals,…

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Ever wondered what the real attractions are to an investment role in the Middle East?

Ever wondered what the real attractions are to an investment role in the Middle East?

Written by PER Senior Consultant: Oliver Gilkes If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to move to the Middle East, here is a quick guide to the region and some reasons why people we have placed there rate it so highly. The principal investments market in the Middle East is broad with sovereign wealth funds, independent principal investment and private equity firms and family offices. Some of these invest in the MENA region whilst others have a more…

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New Year, New Career

New Year, New Career

Written by PER’s Head of Research: Sharon Chammah It’s that time of year when we are all determined to start afresh, beat last year’s targets, get fit and try that new Peruvian fusion pop up restaurant round the corner. For some of us who are about to get that hard earned bonus, it is also a good time to think about new career prospects. We are pleased to say in 2016 – PER placed about 180 professionals from Analyst to Partner level…

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Private equity is no longer just an ‘alternative asset’, it is very much the mainstream.

Private equity is no longer just an ‘alternative asset’, it is very much the mainstream.

Written by PER’s Head of DACH: Rupert Bell The private equity industry has expanded significantly in recent years as new capital has flowed into the market, arguably because big LP’s don’t really know where else to deploy it. Private equity is no longer just an ‘alternative asset’, it is very much the mainstream. There is no end to this on the short term horizon.

Private Equity in Asia is building momentum leading to a healthy hiring market!

Private Equity in Asia is building momentum leading to a healthy hiring market!

Written by PER’s Head of Asia: Linn Cheng We’ve had an interesting and varied year. Considering the political changes in the world, we have not seen this having a significant impact on the Asian private equity market, in actual fact on the contrary, Asia seems to be building momentum with strong fundraising and capital deployment, consequently leading to a healthy hiring market. Interestingly, the bulge bracket investment banks have been struggling this year. Lay-offs throughout the year and bankers being made…

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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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