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The IQ-EQ Podcast covers a variety of topics and Series across our different business segments including Funds, Private Wealth and Corporate.
3 days ago
Current ‘hotspots’ for alternative fund managers
*Silverfleet’s Chairman, Neil MacDougall, talks about the current ‘hotspots’ for alternative fund managers amid COVID-19 disruption* In this episode, our Group Executive Chairman, Serge Krancenblum, sits down with Neil MacDougall, Chairman of both Silverfleet Capital and the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA), to discuss the opportunities and ‘hotspots’ available to alternative fund managers against the backdrop of COVID-19. While the pandemic has not spared the alternative assets sector, in all crises there are also opportunities. Neil shares his insights on the factors that have been driving the popularity of private equity and real estate. In particular, he talks about the ‘sweet spots’ that the private equity sector is well poised to take advantage of, especially in the light of accelerating digital trends, as well as the future of private equity and private credit following the likelihood of an increase in distressed debt in the current crisis. Neil joined Silverfleet Capital in 1989, and became the firm’s fourth Managing Partner in 2004, a position he held until 2019, when he became Chairman of the firm. Having led some of Silverfleet’s most successful investments, including Finnish Chemicals and Sterigenics, Neil currently chairs the Investment Committee for Fund II and the European Development Fund. Neil is also Chairman of the BVCA, and with more than 30 years’ experience of investing in the European mid-market, his views and opinions are frequently sought by the media and industry alike. Prior to joining Silverfleet, Neil was a management consultant at Bain & Co, which he joined having read Natural Sciences and Computer Science at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge University.
Jul 10, 2020
The future of office space
*BNP Paribas Real Estate’s Head of Research shares her insights on the future of office space in light of COVID-19* In this episode, IQ-EQ’s Tom Miller sits down with Stephanie McMahon, Head of Research for BNP Paribas Real Estate, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the short- and medium-term future of office space. Throughout the discussion, Stephanie provides insight into the effect of COVID-19 on existing trends such as co-working and hot desking, the increased focus on redevelopment and space modification, new pandemic-related considerations around office location and common spaces, the rise of smart buildings, the renewed importance of occupier due diligence in relation to business resilience, and what all of this means for offices as an investment asset. Stephanie has 19 years’ experience in real estate research, strategy and insights across all sub-sectors including commercial, residential and rural. She and her team at BNP Paribas Real Estate undertake strategic insight and market analysis for all UK real estate markets, with emphasis on structural rather than cyclical market shifts. Previously, Stephanie set up and led the research team at Strutt & Parker and before that was the strategic research lead for the Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) team in the UK. Stephanie sits on the Urban Land Institute (ULI) UK Residential Council, the Investment Property Forum (IPF) Research Committee and the British Property Federation (BPF) Compact Living Committee.
Jun 3, 2020
Helene Li & Sasja Beslik on sustainable finance
*IQ-EQ’s Jimmy Leong explores the rising significance of ESG investing with two leading voices in the sector* Following IQ-EQ’s appointment to administer the very first ESG-focused variable capital company (VCC) fund, GoImpact Singapore VCC, Jimmy Leong sat down with GoImpact’s founder Helene Li and investment consultant Sasja Beslik to discuss the surge in interest in ESG investing (particularly in light of COVID-19), the latest trends, opportunities and challenges in this space, and how GoImpact is driving forward the sustainable finance agenda in Asia. Helene Li is a seasoned finance industry executive and passionate advocate for sustainable finance. After more than 10 years leading on strategic planning and marketing for the Asia-Pacific region at global financial institutions such as J.P. Morgan, Lombard Odier and BNP Paribas, Helene co-founded GoImpact in January 2019 as an action-driven ecosystem to drive forward the sustainable development agenda in Asia. Having worked in the private wealth space for most of her career, she is committed to leveraging the financial power and heart of the ultra-wealthy to make a positive social and environmental impact. She has spearheaded and curated industry recognised next-gen family business programmes and been a regular contributor to impact and entrepreneurship research throughout her career, and is now a top-ranked sustainable finance influencer. Sasja Beslik, too, is a top-ranked influencer in this space. He is an international financial expert known for promoting sustainable finance across the world, having spent 10 years as head of responsible investments and sustainable finance for Nordea, the largest financial services group in Northern Europe. He joined sustainability-focused Swiss private bank J. Safra Sarasin in 2019, taking up the newly created role of Head of Sustainable Finance Development. He was named ‘Sustainability Leader of the Year by The New Economy magazine in 2017. In 2013, he received the Order of the Seraphim from the King of Sweden for outstanding contributions to Swedish environmental and sustainability theory.
May 28, 2020
Opportunities presented by the Singapore VCC
IQ-EQ is pleased to introduce the first in our new CFO e-Lab Series, focused on Singapore’s new variable capital company (VCC) regime, which launched in January 2020. The session explored: Is the Singapore VCC creating new opportunities for asset managers looking to unlock ASEAN markets? Feng Fumin, Deputy Director at MAS provided an overview of the Singapore funds landscape and share insight into the development and detail of the VCC framework. Mark Voumard, Founder of Gordian Capital shared his own experience with the VCC structure and discuss its practical advantages.
May 13, 2020
Karl Bradford on COVID-19 vs fund managers
*IQ-EQ’s Hugh Stacey discusses the impact of COVID-19 on fund managers with Foot Anstey’s Karl Bradford * Amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, our Head of Investor Solutions, Hugh Stacey, caught up with Karl Bradford, a legal director at Foot Anstey LLP in the UK, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on fund managers
May 13, 2020
The importance of technology in the current private equity landscape
IQ-EQ hosted an exclusive webinar, in collaboration with Real Deals, on Tuesday 28 April 2020. The topic of discussion was “The growing importance of technology in the current private equity landscape” with the panel moderated by Real Deals. IQ-EQ’s Justin Partington and Hugh Stacey were joined by Barnaby Piggott from Holland Mountain, Neil Mehta from DWS and Rajen Shah from 17 Capital.
1 hr 1 min
Apr 28, 2020
Flex and the City
IQ-EQ's *Serge Krancenblum* recently appeared on the Flex and the City podcast, hosted by FTC Global's *Rachel Treece*, to discuss his career journey, the importance of having both the IQ and the EQ and how having courage and conviction to take risks can lead to success for financial services firms.
Apr 9, 2020
Real estate webinar with Real Deals
IQ-EQ hosted an exclusive webinar, in collaboration with Real Deals, on Wednesday 18 March, in conjunction with the launch of our Real Estate white paper. The topic of discussion was “Are investments in real estate an effective hedging tool against the current global economic environment?”. IQ-EQ’s Stuart Pinnington was joined by Alastair Balfour, Partner at Metric Capital Partners, Ian Houston, Partner at St Bride’s Managers and Stephanie McMahon, Head of Research and Senior Director at BNP Paribas Real Estate.
1 hr 2 min