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The focus on ESG is growing, yet few lower mid-market private equity fund managers have made it a priority, say John Poff, David Walden and Bonnie Howard of MiddleGround Capital.
Industrial automation
The arrival of the pandemic has spurred digital transformation, accelerating trends already in motion, says Tariq Osman, partner and co-founder at Argand Partners.
The pandemic presents significant fundraising challenges for emerging managers; service providers with a strong history of working with those managers will be best positioned to help them navigate the crisis, explains Jeff Gendel, principal at Gen II Fund Services.
Even with traditional secondaries at a standstill, preferred equity could prosper in the pandemic, write Evercore’s Nigel Dawn and Dale Addeo
Changing markets present opportunities for those with the experience and resources to find creative solutions, write Landmark Partners’ Barry Miller, Geoffrey Mullen and Avi Turetsky
After an initial secondaries slowdown, the market could recover with a vengeance, say Akin Gump partners Mary Lavelle and Trey Muldrow.
Automation can minimize mistakes and optimize carry, while still leaving GPs in control of this vital calculation, say Riyaz Gadiwalla, Rebecca Symonds and Scott Pearson of EWM Global.
Private assets automation is still in its earliest stages. But change is on the way, says the product executive responsible for the alternative fund services business at Brown Brothers Harriman, Chris McChesney.
Given the scrutiny around fees and expenses these days, GPs are careful in allocating travel and related expenses, but recording such costs and recovering these costs can be a complex process, says Noel Furniss of TripsWare.
Software and tech-enabled companies offer real rewards, provided GPs adequately vet both the technology and its market during due diligence, says A.J. Watson of Thinktiv

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