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ESG: For good measure

It is important to focus on the material environmental, social and governance factors but disclosures must also be appropriate to maximise value, says sustainability consultant ERM.

The challenge of credit

Private equity firms face some complex legal and compliance issues if they want to expand into credit funds, write Jason Brown, Jessica O’Mary and Catherine Skulan of Ropes & Gray

Fund forecast: Healthy for emerging managers

Thinking of starting a private equity or venture capital fund? Now is the time to get into the alternative investment game. While launching a first or even a second fund can be exciting, yet challenging at the same time, the recent swell in would-be managers is proof that the fund forecast is healthy. Improving market […]

Finding the right balance in an LPA

Sponsors indulge in two very different fantasies when forming a successor fund. The first is to clone their predecessor Limited Partnership Agreement, change the date and the Roman numeral and be done with it. The second is to revise every longstanding, suboptimal provision and finally be governed under documents that say what they wished. Neither […]

Why BEPS matters

Big changes to the taxation of cross-border investment activity by private equity funds are coming into view.

Valuation under the microscope

The last 12 months may end up in the history books as a watershed moment for fair value reporting, says David Larsen of Duff & Phelps

Crowe Horwath: Guarding every gate

The discussion about cyberattacks used to center on if they would happen; now we talk about when and how often. Attackers are increasingly sophisticated, well-funded and nimble; as a result they are breaching networks and data around the world. Even if a firm feels confident in its controls, its portfolio of companies may be at […]

Seizing the moment

For managers about to launch a new vehicle, now is a perfect time to review their Limited Partnership Agreement, says Joseph Smith of Schulte Roth & Zabel

In the midst of a sea change

Today’s fund administrators are a far cry from yesterday’s accounting firm spin-offs, offering services from back office outsourcing through to risk management and performance attribution

Some very taxing issues for PE funds

Whether it is President Trump’s reforms, changes to partnership audit and fee waiver rules or the fallout from the Grecian Mining court case, GPs and funds face some big changes to the US tax regime in 2018, says Jerry Musi, a partner specializing in private equity fund tax issues at accounting and advisory firm RSM