The 'US Best Practice 2019' special report comprises 11 separate articles listed below, these can be read individually or as a sequence.
It was a privilege to host Private Equity Wire’s inaugural awards event in New York recently. And what a great event it turned out to be, despite the thunderstorm that hit right at the commencement of proceedings! Still, this did little to dampen the mood in the room.
ACA Aponix: Best Cyber Security Provider – One of the greatest challenges facing cyber-security and technology risk is how privacy regulation is being addressed in the United States. As a result, ACA Aponix, the cybersecurity and risk division of ACA Compliance Group, is focusing on privacy regulation and readiness for 2020.
UMB Bank: Best Custodian – High-touch service is key in the private equity arena due to the manual nature of preparing investment documentation and the expertise required to do so accurately. To develop the specialised skillset required to service these clients UMB Bank has been investing in building and developing a team with deep product expertise.
Jensen Partners: Best Recruitment Company for Investor Relations & Asset Raising – Due to its intense, long-standing focus on data, Jensen Partners has a one-of-a-kind model when it comes to executive search. By combining both quantitative and qualitative data-centric approaches, Jensen Partners is able to generate a wealth of information that can be used to assist the firm’s clients with raising capital by identifying and securing the ideal human capital.
Constellation Advisers: Best Regulatory & Compliance Adviser – An innovative a client service approach is being introduced to reduce the direct service costs by the manager and help private equity funds at all stages of growth meet demand for the expanding needs of their business. Constellation Advisers is currently rolling out this unique approach to its client base to enthusiastic feedback.
Solovis: Best Data Management Solutions Provider – The private equity industry has witnessed a shift to more manager-of-manager and investments in fund structures, all while asset owners and allocators are increasing the percentage of their portfolios invested in alternatives. In view of this, Solovis identified the need for a portfolio management technology platform to help institutional investors with the inherent challenges they face in managing these complex multi-asset class portfolios.
CohnReznick: Best Fund Accounting Firm – Capital markets participants are more likely to invest wisely, create value, and achieve alpha when they have access to critical market intelligence and technical expertise. Through its Financial Sponsors & Financial Services practice, CohnReznick provides a range of advisory, assurance, and tax services that help its capital markets clients create value by optimising performance and successfully managing risk.
Centaur Fund Services: Best Fund Administrator <USD30 billion AUM – Regulatory pressures and more complex investment strategies are driving a greater number of PE funds to outsource their administration operations. Centaur is well positioned to meet these growing demands having built the global reach to fulfil the needs for cross-domicile services.
SS&C Advent: Best Portfolio Management Software Provider – The private equity industry has continued to explode with more mainstream and institutional investors while evolving their investment coverage to include more complex asset types such as private and distressed debt. SS&C Advent has continued to follow this market trend by addressing investor demand for full look through reporting as well as providing ILPA compliant options.
Prosek Partners: Best PR Company – Private equity managers and their portfolio companies are a target for disruption. They have to do a good job communicating to all their constituencies what they are doing to be good operators and to adjust to changing rules and social mores.
SS&C GlobeOp: Best Fund Administrator >USD30 billion AUM – Partnering with clients and having an open dialogue with industry participants gives large, independent, administration and technology companies, such as SS&C, a strategic advantage.