Let’s talk about Private Equity Solutions!

by Simon Tang

It’s usually been the case that investors who didn’t know much about private equity, or didn’t have the resources to do the work, but wanted to invest in the asset class, would outsource their “PE bucket” to a 3rd party consultant or asset manager. This rather passive approach is obviously the easiest solution but it isn’t an efficiently scalable model because the fees charged to the investors ultimately eat away at their actual net returns. Or, some LPs would use a hybrid solution where they do the quantitative due diligence in-house but outsource the qualitative work, or some even do all of the due diligence work on their own and prepare the full investment report, but then buy a consultant’s report on the same investment opportunity to use as verification. And for those investors who actually do some amount of in-house work on private equity due diligence, they are then faced with the traditional process challenges that we’ve discussed before in a separate article

All of the above is just for the due diligence phase of private equity investing; then there’s also the asset allocation planning and portfolio construction before identifying individual opportunities for due diligence and ultimately making a commitment, plus the post-commitment portfolio monitoring and tracking, and portfolio modelling and forecasting where the outputs provide the feedback into the asset allocation planning stage which then closes the private equity investment cycle.  Outsource all or any of these important aspects of private equity investing to various external consultants and service provides, and once again your bills will rack up quickly, which again eat into your net returns.

CEPRES is the Private Equity Solution.

Private Equity Throwback, Or Not – Remember back in the 80’s and early 90’s when trading equities consisted of pen and paper, a telephone, and a broker? Then the IT revolution started in the mid to late 90’s and that changed everything, forever. Innovative technology revolutionised the equities asset class and there’s been no turning back. The same thing is happening now for private equity and CEPRES is at the front leading the way.

Integrated Technology – Based Platform

CEPRES is an integrated technology-based platform that provides easy, efficient (both cost & time), and scalable solutions that help LPs navigate around the private equity investment cycle without having to break a sweat or outsource their PE bucket. So it’s like the 90’s again: we provide you with the innovative tech tools to empower you to take on the asset class. Yes, it’s what VCs would call “disruptive”, but this is the way forward into the future and there’s no avoiding it. The old private equity process has been left behind in the dark for too long, resulting in the inefficient use of resources and lower returns.

CEPRES Technology allows you to regain control of your Private Equity Investment Process.

Combining CEPRES solutions such as the award-winning PE.Analyzer, the risk-return modelling software PE.Forecast and the proprietary private markets indices CepreX, together with 100 years of combined in-house private equity investment expertise of the management team, CEPRES is catapulting the asset class into the 21st century and delivering a comprehensive suite of solutions to LPs. We have built client relationships with the industry’s leading institutional LPs that includes pensions, endowments, insurances, asset managers, sovereign wealth funds and family offices from around the world, who have used CEPRES private equity solutions for their investment management.

However, since the CEPRES private equity solution is innovative and unique, there are still occasionally some misconceptions about who we are: CEPRES is an IT software or FinTech company, or CEPRES is a provider of private equity fund and deal level benchmarking data, or CEPRES is an advisory consultant with investment expertise, or CEPRES is an analytics company. But in fact, we are all of the above. CEPRES is using a holistic approach to solving the private equity investment management problem.

The Pudding 

It’s true what they say, proof is in the pudding. As a testament of our vision, the quality of our solutions, and our contribution to the private equity industry, over 1,000 clients have given us their trust and the CEPRES market universe has now exceeded $21 trillion in asset value.

Aside from LPs and GPs, we have also built strategic partnerships with accredited industry organisations including the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) and the American Investment Council (AIC), which themselves represent hundreds of leading and influential LPs and GPs, respectively. CEPRES is embedded in the private equity community as a source of market intelligence and thought leadership.

Then there are the CEPRES products and solutions which also speak for themselves. In recognition of our superior private equity solutions, CEPRES won the prestigious “Best Portfolio Management Software Provider” award which is based on over 1,200 votes from readers of an industry media leader, Private Equity Wire.

Lastly, there is the private equity industry as a whole: CEPRES is frequently invited by conference organizers as a valued guest speaker to present the latest findings on market developments, GP and LP behaviour, and innovations and techniques related to the private equity investment management process.

Now that’s validation.

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Simon Tang, CEPRES

 

Simon Tang

Partner, CEPRES

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