GP, LP, RFP, DDQ, PPM and AGM – just some of the acronyms you’ll come across as an ‘IR’ professional in private equity

GP, LP, RFP, DDQ, PPM and AGM – just some of the acronyms you’ll come across as an ‘IR’ professional in private equity

Written by PER’s Research Consultant Hafsah Bhatti

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If you’re considering a career in private equity or private markets, you’re probably thinking about a position in the investment team. This is particularly true if you’re coming from a traditional banking, corporate finance or strategy consulting background. You may not know that there is a technical and varied career opportunity available within private market funds outside of the deal team, which offers great choice and a new way to apply your technical, commercial and soft skills: investor relations.

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So you thought a CFO just looked after finance: think again!

So you thought a CFO just looked after finance: think again!

Written by PER’s Finance and Operations Consultant Stuart Paterson

…Legislation and cyber security are just two of the non-accounting matters exercising the minds of Private Equity Finance professionals this quarter.

It has been a busy quarter for most finance professionals. With their heads buried in year-end reports, Q1 is traditionally a busy period. Thankfully, they have still been able to make time for me and share some of the market trends that have been affecting them.

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Perspectives from PER on the BVCA Women in Private Equity and Venture Capital Breakfast

Perspectives from PER on the BVCA Women in Private Equity and Venture Capital Breakfast

The BVCA held their latest event in the Women in Private Equity and Venture Capital series, a breakfast at Dartmouth House in Mayfair. PER Consultants Georgia Mernagh and Hafsah Bhatti attended the event. The breakfast provided a much needed opportunity for professionals to network, seek advice and discuss the pressing issues surrounding gender diversity in private equity and venture capital.

The key speaker was Jan Rutherford, a partner from Scottish Equity Partners – a European focused venture capital fund. She joined as an associate over 13 years ago, starting her venture capital career several years earlier with the help of the Managing Director of PER, Gail McManus, when she joined Dresdner Kleinwort Capital. Her speech described her non-traditional career path into venture capital and was followed by a lively Q&A session.

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The Gender Conundrum

The Gender Conundrum

Written by PER’s Head of DACH Rupert Bell

The private equity industry at large is pushing a number of initiatives to achieve a greater proportion of women in investment teams. Monochrome firms lack diversity and this leads to weaker decision making, so beyond the purely ethical perspective, there is a commercial upside to this initiative.

Within Germany, Munich is now the most significant city as a base for buyout firms, and yet I struggle to think of more than half a dozen women here in investment teams, and two of these are yet to start in their new jobs. There has probably been more movement out of private equity by women than into it in the last 12 months.

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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.

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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 options and the terminology.

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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, the discussion involved a lively conversation on the trials and tribulations faced by founding partners when planning succession within their funds, and how the carried interest system can be an excellent incentive for some people, but also a handcuff for others.

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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 global remit, investing across Europe, the Americas and Asia.

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