IQ-EQ is pleased to announce its new CFO e-Lab series, a specially designed programme of interactive webinars based on the evolving needs of the private fund CFO.
The CFO e-Labs will be a unique series of topical online masterclasses provided by carefully selected industry experts, covering both technical and practical industry perspectives and delivering strategic, actionable insights that attendees can take away and apply to their own organisation.
This initiative has been developed against the backdrop of record growth across the private equity, real estate and private debt sectors over 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 developing this new webinar series, we recognise not only the demanding remit of the modern private fund CFO, but also the renewed importance of connecting with, supporting and learning from one another amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Each webinar will focus on a different ‘hot topic’ within the alternative funds sector and the series will kick off on 19 May 2020 with a focus on Singapore’s new variable capital company (VCC) regime. This webinar will feature insights from a senior representative of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, as well as the founder of a Singapore-based private equity manager who has been quick to gain significant experience in setting up VCC funds, including the first ESG-focused VCC fund.
Subsequent masterclass topics, set to roll out over the coming months, will include the application of environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics to enhance a portfolio company’s value, the importance of emotional intelligence in private equity dealings, and how emerging technological solutions can help CFOs respond to evolving business needs.
Each webinar will also be made available after the event via our new IQ-EQ Podcast platform (coming soon), so make sure you stay tuned for further updates.