The private funds industry may have become increasingly regulated and institutionalized, but the one constant is the importance of relationships. There’s no doubt having the right connections, or being able to create them, remains critical to success.

In this month’s investor relations special we look at how to keep limited partners happy from a number of different
angles. We asked two first-time fund managers who recently closed their vehicles above target how they convinced investors to take a chance on them (p. 24). We also discuss the changing nature of the sales pitch with industry insiders (p.28).

Technology also has its part to play. As demand for data swells, GPs are increasingly turning to reporting software
to keep investors happy. We look at the benefits, and the drawbacks, to embracing these solutions (p. 36).

Elsewhere, we zone in on administration. The role of the chief financial officer has been evolving for a long time and now some are even getting involved in deals. Juggling an ever-increasing workload has resulted in more CFOs turning to third-party service providers to complete some of their less core duties. We caught up with a CFO and a few fund administrators to find out how the dynamic between the two has changed over the past couple of years (p. 12).

Sticking with that theme, we look at how fund administrators themselves are adapting to their changing workload. The demands of today’s back office bear little resemblance to those of the pre-crisis days. The complexity of running a private equity firm and its funds has increased exponentially. We spoke with a number of service providers to find out how they were dealing with changing client demands (p. 18).

Cybersecurity has been on regulators’ radars for a few years, but with less than a year to go until firms must comply with one of the most far-reaching pieces of legislation to date, the General Data Protection Regulation, there’s never been a better time for firms to get their houses in order. More than half of delegates at a recent Thomson Reuters event in London said they were only 25 percent ready for the regulation’s entry into force. Lawyers
highlighted the importance of starting immediately, so find out what your firm can do to get ready for compliance with the legislation (p. 16).

Also this month, we look at the new UK limited partnership rules that came into effect at the beginning of April. They were designed to bring the country’s law in line with that of other European jurisdictions, but with Brexit on the horizon and the possibility the UK will lose its marketing passport, will the changes be enough to encourage fund managers to set up in the country (p. 8)?

We also assess the impact the Financial Choice Act could have on private fund compliance (p. 10) and how Jay Clayton’s appointment as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission could change the future direction of the agency (p. 11).