MENA managers moving away from LP-GP private equity model

By Kamran Anwar

At a recent session during the annual IFC global private equity conference, industry leaders, including SS&C GlobeOp, discussed the fate of the traditional LP-GP private equity model in MENA and the recent growth in technology and venture capitalism (VC) deals in the region.

Below are key highlights discussed during the session:

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Transparency: How to best serve your investors

By Kamran Anwar

According to Preqin, private equity now manages a record $2.49 trillion, and most of these inflows are institutional. Since private equity now manages a greater percentage share of investors’ portfolios, returns are impacted by performance now more than ever.

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6 key trends driving operational and technology decisions

By Eric Rocks

The global investment marketplace is constantly evolving and keeping up is a competitive necessity. To effectively manage your business growth, you must optimize your operations and anticipate market changes and new requirements. The financial industry has grown exponentially over the past 30 years, and better technology has enabled investment teams to manage this growth and its accompanying complexity effectively and efficiently.

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Impacts on managing private equity funds in an era of increased complexity

By Bocar Kante

The private equity fund industry has raised over $300B in committed capital every year for the last four years—and 2016 proved to be the best fundraising year since the financial crisis[1]. This may even cause Assets under Management (AuM) to double within the next five years[2] off the back of institutional inflows. As fiduciaries to institutional money, private equity is facing pressure to reform its operating model and raise standards. Continue reading

Survey: Private equity firms increasingly focused on operational efficiency, governance & transparency

By Joe Patellaro

While at the 2017 SuperReturn International conference in Berlin, we surveyed approximately 100 GPs, LPs and other professionals within private equity to learn more about private equity business operations. For more details on the survey results, see our infographic below or read our press release.

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Private wealth managers: It’s time to get on board with alternative assets

By Lee Burchell

Since the 2008 financial crisis, large institutions (e.g. pension schemes, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, and insurance companies) have been looking for reliable cash revenues and risk diversification beyond traditional funds. As a result, there has been an upswing in investment in alternative asset classes.

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The challenges of AIFMD

Giles Smart and Alastair Hewitt

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD) is a European Union directive that established a regulatory and supervisory framework over hedge funds, private equity funds, real estate funds, and other alternative investment fund managers (AIFMs). To fulfil the reporting requirements of the AIFMD, AIFMs must file an Annex IV report. This report is comprised of a multitude of questions and static data points, analysing a fund’s investment portfolios, exposures, leverage ratios, liquidity, and risk analysis.

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The Changing LP-GP Relationship

By Alex Tarantino

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Institutional investors are increasingly unhappy with high/opaque fees at private equity firms; some are taking their asset management in-house, while others are co-investing (i.e. LPs and GPs invest in companies alongside each other). Both approaches save money and provide superior returns and enhanced control over investment decisions.

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Irish funds industry at a glance: 2016 begins with poor performance

By: Colin Keane

Business meeting

So far, 2016 has proved mixed for the Irish funds industry. Total assets under management were down by 4% in Q1, with both UCITS funds and QIAIFs experiencing a fall. The number of funds themselves increased by a small margin, suggesting that average fund performance is worse than in 2015, when there were increases in both performance and number of funds. It seems the perceived pain of regulation has not prevented the formation of Irish funds, but the traditional alternatives space is struggling to bring positive returns. Continue reading