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New standards, Brexit and evolving responsibilities - what CFOs and COOs need to know

With SuperReturn CFO/COO fast approaching, we run you through the key discussions taking place at the conference and highlight what is top of mind for senior finance, operations, risk management and compliance professionals in private equity.

The changing face of private equity

It is important to acknowledge how the role of CFOs and COOs is changing – from purely being an expert practitioner to becoming a figure in their firm who can take a lead in personnel management and strategic decision making, especially if they become part of the partnership. Our expert panel of practitioners including representatives of Searchlight Capital Partners, BC Partners, DWS Private Equity and more take us through the journey as they see it and describe their experiences as they have taken on more and new responsibilities throughout their careers to become even more integral parts of their firms.

Talent management and progression is a topic for discussion beyond simply looking at the roles of CFOs and COOs. With HR functions increasingly becoming their responsibility too, we take a look at:

  • How the profile of those entering the private equity industry is evolving, especially for mid and back-office roles.
  • How can a new generation of entrants be retained in their roles, thus justifying the time and expense of training?
  • Will private equity be able to buck the trend of millennial workers moving jobs regularly?
  • What progression and incentive plans are being put in place to encourage long-term commitment?

We seek answers to these questions during a panel involving experienced operators from FSN Capital, 3i Group and more.

How private can private equity stay?

A recurring issue is standardisation and transparency across the board in private equity, and naturally these are front-of-mind for CFOs and COOs handling reporting and data management. How achievable or desirable is standardisation in an industry that many say outperforms due to differentiation and information imbalance? We attempt to unpick this question from the GP perspective – with input from representatives of Vision Capital and Finch Capital – and from the LP perspective where our panel of investors including MN, and Wilshire Private Markets lay out their future plans for their private equity portfolios and answer key questions including:

  • How are lines of credit affecting their benchmarking efforts?
  • Why are different investors asking for such a disparity of information?
  • Will private equity ever see standardisation?
  • Are investors aiming to manage more or less GP relationships now and why?

Secondly, transparency has probably never been a hotter issue than it is now for LPs. But how are GPs dealing with the sheer volume of data being managed and what solutions are being put in place to help them do this? With panels on blockchain in private equity, digital systems integration for GP data management, and an off the record session on Fundraising and LP/GP Relations held under the Chatham House Rule, we are covering all the angles with speakers from Golding Capital Partners, Ethos Private Equity and more. Additionally, hear the Central Bank of Ireland speak on how regulators are seeking to create a properly and effectively supervised private equity market.

The multi-faceted impact of Brexit

With Brexit on the horizon in March 2019, the potential ramifications are numerous and still, in many cases, largely unclear. Hear the views of speakers from Ares Management and Riverside Europe Partners on how fundraising and cross-border investments might be affected, and how proactive fund managers are trying to insulate themselves from shocks.

On the regulation and compliance front, the issues are equally complex. Hear from the French regulator AMF on how regulatory bodies are collaborating to move towards a common supervisory culture in the future, and hear from our expert private equity compliance practitioners including representatives of DPI, Pantheon, Waterland Private Equity and more throughout the Regulation & Compliance Summit.

The 5th annual SuperReturn CFO/COO conference this September is shaping up to be the most pertinent and impactful edition yet, and we cannot wait to see you in Amsterdam to celebrate five years of bringing the community together to learn from each other and make new connections.

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