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The future private capital CFO: Unleashing potential in the ESG era

More than three quarters of private capital CFOs are now embracing ESG – but the race is on to tackle ever-complex data and regulatory challenges.

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In 2022, ESG isn’t just a ‘buzzword’ – it’s fast becoming the ‘new normal’. But getting to grips with new ESG regulation – alongside hefty reporting pressures – is costly and complex.

When we surveyed CFOs at private capital funds last year, the majority anticipated daily, or even live reporting demands from investors. While demands for data remain high, this year CFOs are optimistic for the future – with many planning to diversify into new asset classes over the next 24 months. Above all, though, there is a real sense that ESG is now top of the agenda.

More than half of CFOs are now partway through their ESG integration processes – and more than a quarter say this process is complete. But obstacles remain around cost and resource constraints and the complexity of ESG data.

Technology can ease the burden here. Many respondents say they plan to complement in-house expertise with outsourced tech solutions, as they navigate these challenges.

Read on for more key insights from our research.

Key takeaways

96%

of CFOs say ESG is important to their LPs

51%

say they are partway through integrating ESG into their operations

29%

say this process is complete

77%

of LPs want live or daily updates on portfolio performance

56%

expect the same on ESG

61%

of CFOs say outsourced tech solutions will help them meet these demands

Our report insights

Demand grows for US private capital CFOs to provide live data on portfolio performance

US private capital faces growing pressure to provide more detailed real-time data on performance, cybersecurity and ESG. Such detailed information may become essential within two years.

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UK private capital market faces slew of regulation and demands for data

The UK private capital market faces twin challenges of increasing regulatory constraints and a surge in investor demands for more detailed fund data

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Private capital CFOs say timely, accurate data is becoming a must in Western Europe

Private capital CFOs in Western Europe face increasing demands for data from regulators and investors. Meanwhile their role is changing as they take more strategic decisions within their organisation

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China’s private capital funds seek outsourcing solutions as demand for data grows

As market complexities increase, CFOs of private capital funds in China are being asked for more data and reporting from their investors

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Key experts

Chitra Baskar

President, Fund Solutions

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David Sarfas

Country Head, Luxembourg

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Jonathan White

Global Head of Fund Sales

Antonello Argenziano

Product Director, Intertrust Group