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31 July 2018 Rupert Bell, Director of DACH

Is the push for gender diversity being thwarted by an enemy within?

Private equity firms that really want to embrace change need a culture of openness and a robust training programme

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18 April 2017 Rupert Bell, Director of DACH

Family offices and the changing world of private equity in April's Family Office Magazine

Private equity has been a well-established part of most asset allocations for decades. As investments are at the upper end of the risk spectrum, it is usually, therefore, a relatively modest proportion of total assets for most families.

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28 March 2017 Rupert Bell, Director of DACH

The Gender Conundrum

The private equity industry at large is pushing a number of initiatives to achieve a greater proportion of women in investment teams. Monochrome firms lack diversity and this leads to weaker decision making, so beyond the purely ethical perspective, there is a commercial upside to this initiative.

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14 December 2016 Rupert Bell, Director of DACH

Private equity is no longer just an 'alternative asset', it is mainstream

The private equity industry has expanded significantly in recent years as new capital has flowed into the market, arguably because big LP’s don’t really know where else to deploy it. Private equity is no longer just an ‘alternative asset’, it is very much the mainstream. There is no end to this on the short term horizon.

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20 October 2016 Rupert Bell, Director of DACH

Senior hires are a tricky business

Senior hiring for private equity firms is a tricky business. There is arguably far more downside than upside, from disrupting the existing culture, and demotivating mid-level and junior colleagues, to the financial and PR costs of breaking a contract if the integration doesn’t work.

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6 July 2016 Rupert Bell, Director of DACH

New Funds: It's not just about the money, it's about the people

One of the most striking features of the private equity market over the last couple of years has been the number of new entrants.

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