23 July 2020
IQ-EQ CFO e-Lab: Is the back office function moving forward?
IQ-EQ is pleased to introduce the second webinar in our CFO e-Lab series, which seeks to answer ‘Is the back office function moving forward?’
The session will examine how the role of the private fund CFO has evolved and how their position enables them to play a pivotal role in leveraging and managing data to drive financial performance and create value.
In this unique online masterclass, we will hear from:
- Shaun Collins – CFO for Europe and Asia at Apollo Global Management, one of the world’s top 10 private equity firms
- Barnaby Piggott – CEO of Holland Mountain, a leading European consulting firm that delivers operational improvements and maximises efficiency in the private equity, private debt, real estate and infrastructure sectors.
Following Shaun and Barnaby’s presentations, we will open the floor for an audience Q&A. The session will be split evenly between presentations (30 mins) and question time (30 mins).
About the CFO e-Lab series
The private equity, real estate and private debt sectors have all experienced record growth within the past year. Private equity assets under management (AUM) increased to $3.4 trillion in 2019, the value of global property AUM reached $3.6 trillion as of June 2019, while private debt, the youngest asset class in the private capital universe, saw its AUM reach a record high of $812 billion in the same timeframe. Notwithstanding the effects of COVID-19, appetite for investment in these alternative asset classes is here to stay.
As these sectors continue to mature and evolve, the role of the chief financial officer (CFO) is also changing. Private fund CFOs are increasingly being asked to act as a ‘central hub’, tasked with actively driving value and business performance, finding and deploying innovative solutions to achieve greater efficiency, while also helping guide overall strategic direction as forward-looking datakeepers.
In recognition of this demanding remit and the importance of information sharing, support and networking, IQ-EQ’s CFO e-Lab series is a special programme of masterclasses targeted specifically to chief financial officers (CFOs) in the private funds sector. Each masterclass will focus on a different sectoral ‘hot topic’ and be delivered by senior professionals who are experts within that specific area. Click here to find out more about the initiative.