About us

The Drawdown provides vital insight and analysis for mid and back office private equity professionals.

 

As the industry matures, private equity firms are under increasing pressure to prove their ability to generate outsized returns on a repeatable basis. While successful track records are a key component in attracting fund commitments, of equal importance is proving how internal systems and processes ensure continued performance and mitigate risk. Furthermore, as the industry comes under increased and more stringent regulation, private equity firms require new and expert resources in order to ensure compliance.

 

Against this backdrop, the COO and CFO roles are rapidly evolving to define alpha-generating systems and processes, and curate optimal organisational structures. Furthermore, the Investor Relations function is continually expanding in order to properly communicate internal procedures and structures, while also meeting increased demands for greater transparency from investors and the wider public alike.

 

The Drawdown addresses and explores new demands facing the industry, as well as wider issues, to improve the effectiveness of private equity, and to maintain the industry’s leading status by encouraging responsible, socially aware behaviours.

 

Our commitments:

-To maintain the highest editorial standards of thorough research and verification, underpinned by a knowledgeable and well-connected team.

-To continually interact with a strong and close community of practitioners spanning the industry as a means of fostering collaboration and information sharing.

-To host impactful events facilitating the deepening of community relationships and sharing of ideas and knowledge, information and experience.

-To provide relevant and timely reporting of need-to-know industry developments.

-To supply advantageous insight to improve our audience’s effectiveness and performance.

-To maintain a deep understanding of our audience’s needs.

-Finally, to promote the humanness of private equity. While quality content and effective, relevant insight will be at the core of our work, we believe there is also room for humour and light-heartedness.

 

Authors

Alice Murray, Editor
a.murray@the-drawdown.com

Alice joined Pageant Media in 2017 to launch the Private Equity division and is Editor of The Drawdown.

She previously headed up communications and marketing at a UK early-stage venture capital firm, where she managed investor reporting and marketing activities. Prior to that, Alice was Editor of European private equity publication unquote” where she directed all content and events including The British Private Equity Awards.

Alice began her career at London-based publishing house Caspian Media, where she was a reporter for private equity-focused publication Real Deals. She then went on to join Argus Media, where she was Acting Editor of Argus FMB Ammonia.

 

Mikkel C. Stern-Peltz, Deputy Editor
m.stern-peltz@the-drawdown.com

Mikkel has covered the private equity and venture capital industry since 2014, working the Nordic and CEE beats – in addition to writing about the broader European industry – for private equity publication unquote” as a reporter, senior reporter and news editor.

Born in Denmark, he holds a master’s degree in Financial Journalism from City University London and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from London College of Communication. Mikkel’s work has been published in British newspapers The Daily Telegraph, The Independent and the Evening Standard.

Mikkel can be found on LinkedIn and on Twitter @msternpeltz

 

 

José Rojo, Senior Reporter
j.rojo@the-drawdown.com

Spanish-born José spent his first year in London covering the latest on European private equity and venture capital for publication unquote”. After a stint at title ENDS Europe to follow EU politics on energy, pollution and transport, he is now back to the industry and will focus on ESG and responsible investment.

A Journalism graduate from Madrid’s Complutense University, José is fluent in four languages and has written in the past for Spanish news agency Europa Press or outlets such as Público and InfoActualidad. He has also done communications work for NGOs and paid academic research for the University of Helsinki.

José can be reached on LinkedIn and on Twitter @jrojomartin