March 2018 Issue

    Month: March
    Year: 2018

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    The value of your time

    Valuations are coming under increasing scrutiny, with a new certification and a new benchmark. Here's what alternative asset firms may have to do.

    Outsourcing valuation – why and how many?

    Michael Athanason, managing director and head of alternative investment valuations, and Federico Jost, managing director, alternative investment valuations of BRG Corporate Finance, analyze the trends driving the rise in portfolio valuation outsourcing.

    Making your mark on valuations

    Valuing a portfolio company in a way that’s fair, accurate and suits investors is easier than it was 10 years ago. pfm’s roundtable discuss the changes in the industry.

    Making firms work better

    CFOs are prioritizing operational efficiency, according to the fifth annual EY private equity survey.

    The state of regulation – timeline

    The constraints prompted by the global financial crisis could be on the chopping block. In Part II of this regulation special, pfm examines whether a rollback is likely, and what it would mean for the industry.

    Regulation retrospective: 10 years after the financial crisis

    The constraints prompted by the global financial crisis could be on the chopping block. In Part I of this regulation special, pfm analyzes the changes since the crash.

    Cybersecurity rises up ESG agenda

    As the reach of hackers extends, GPs are increasingly viewing strong cybersecurity as a critical pillar of responsible investing.

    ‘Volunteer to take on new responsibilities whenever you see them’

    April Evans, partner, chief financial officer and chief compliance officer of Monitor Clipper Partners, was given the pfm Leadership Award at the PEI CFOs and CCOs Forum in January. Ahead of the presentation, pfm discussed her outlook for the industry, how things have changed since she started out and how women can put themselves in the driving seat for a career in private funds management.

    Slow going for PE in US DC pensions

    The changes needed to include private equity in defined contribution retirement plans are drastic.

    The people business

    With CFOs identifying talent attrition as one of the biggest risks facing their firms today, investing in human capital management is a no-brainer.

    The rise of asset-based lending

    Asset-based fund finance has a number of benefits for private fund managers, but they must conduct thorough due diligence, write Shiraz Allidina, director, and Michael Peterson, managing director, at Citco Capital Solutions.

    CFOs and COOs Forum: Heard in the Hyatt

    We look at the hot topics from the industry’s premier gathering for private fund finance and operations execs in New York last week.

    Reasons to be cheerful

    Belief that the Trump administration will be positive for private fund managers has plummeted over the past 12 months, but there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic in 2018.