Listen to Season 5 of the 'In Visible Capital' podcast

February 15, 2022
As the private markets evolve, their influence on the global economy intensifies. The number of active investors in this space has skyrocketed in recent years, with traditional approaches to private equity shifting to capitalize on new opportunities within growth equity, secondaries, GP stakes and more. Tune in to Season 5 of PitchBook's "In Visible Capital" podcast for conversations about the developing trends within private equity and the players who are shaping them.

This season is presented by Upwork.

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Season 5 Episodes and Transcripts

Ep. 1 - Seeking alpha while doing good

PitchBook's London Bureau Chief Andrew Woodman interviews Eric Taylor, founder and CEO of Trident, to discuss how asset managers often overlook the S and G of ESG. Taylor shares his thoughts on how private equity can use diversity and inclusion to drive better returns, what tech can be used to remove unconscious bias from investing and where the industry has room to improve. Plus, Anikka Villegas joins the show to share insights from her Pitchbook Analyst Note: ESG, Impact, and Greenwashing in PE and VC.

In the Upwork segment of "Innovations in Private Equity," Tim Sanders is joined by Blackstone CTO John Stecher to discuss how PE firms are leveraging cloud computing and digitization from deal sourcing to operations, highlighting how cloud-based solutions like tech clouds and talent clouds help PE firms and their portfolio companies go to market faster.

Ep. 2 - Investing in (and with) technology at Advent International
As a private equity industry stalwart, Advent International has invested in just about every industrial sector except tech—until recently, that is. As the East Coast firm builds up its tech practice, head of Advent Tech Bryan Taylor shares his thoughts on the firm's tech strategy, how it assembled its investing team and why recent turmoil in the market might affect buyout opportunities. Also, London Bureau Chief Andrew Woodman and senior analyst Dominick Mondesir join to discuss the European PE landscape, as well as findings from the 2021 European PE Breakdown.

In the Upwork segment of "Innovations in Private Equity," Tim Sanders is joined by Insight Partners Managing Director Hilary Gosher as she shares the impact of talent transformation on unlocking value and increasing speed to market.

Ep. 3 - The ABCs of ESG for PE Firms
Tom Eveson, Sustainalytics' director of sustainable finance solutions and ESG for the Americas, joins PitchBook lead analyst Hilary Wiek to share his thoughts on how PE firms can support their portfolio companies in managing ESG risk, nonobvious factors that contribute to assessing that risk, what capital pressures are mainstreaming ESG and more. Plus, Ryan Prete joins to discuss his recent reporting on how major players in private equity are making sustainable investments, find the recently updated Female Founders Dashboard, and subscribe to The Daily Pitch.

In the Upwork segment of "Innovations in Private Equity," Tim Sanders is joined by Jody Greenstone Miller of Business Talent Group. Jody reveals why PE firms are gravitating toward high-end freelance consultants and contractors to unlock value across portfolios. She also discusses the interim-executive opportunity for PE firms looking to upgrade or fix portfolio company C-Suites.

Ep. 4 - PE's public market play
After some of the largest private equity firms—including Blackstone, Apollo Global Management, KKR, The Carlyle Group and Ares—went public nearly a decade ago, a new wave of US and European PE firms is hitting the public markets.

In this episode of "In Visible Capital," private equity reporter Ryan Prete sits down with Wylie Fernyhough, PitchBook lead PE analyst, to discuss the performance of these publicly traded PE firms, how they have adapted to having public shareholders, the impact of current market volatility and more. Also, PitchBook PE analyst Jinny Choi shares key takeaways from her recent analyst note on the growing prominence of US PE mega-deals and exits.

In the Upwork segment of "Innovations in Private Equity," Tim Sanders is joined by Jon Finger, partner at McGuireWoods, an international law firm with expertise in private equity. Jon covers topics from M&A to ESG goals and which innovations in private equity are standing out right now.

Past Seasons

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