As private equity continues to draw capital, investors are keenly interested in measuring the asset class' performance history and are calling for self-regulated reporting standards among private equity firms. In France, direct funds and fund of funds manager AXA Private Equity is the first to be awarded GIPS (Global Investment Performance Standards) certification. Instrumental to AXA's adoption of the GIPS reporting standards has been Marie-Lys Halloppé, head of the firm's administration and finance department. Since joining the AXA group in 1982, Halloppé has led the firm's financial communications, portfolio valuations and private equity performance audit functions. Private Equity Manager recently spoke with Marie-Lys Halloppé about AXA's adoption of GIPS and the expected impact of adhering to these standards on the firm's activities.