The Accelerated Growth Edition  

Recent global economic outlooks have turned optimistic, backed by positive policy support and progress made on vaccine roll-out trends globally. Markets worldwide are on an upward move, and we see record levels of M&A and SPAC investments. Capital markets and private equity have gathered tremendous optimism and confidence as well.

Among the global trends, the war for talent and demand for our services have never been higher. Even with the positive sentiments and growth momentum, we still find some of our existing and prospective customers are unsure how data, research, analytics and reporting for the front office can play a pivotal role in accelerating business growth and driving innovation.

Gyanendra N Pati, Director, Global Head of Marketing

  In focus  
The rise of SPACs: Private equity’s new frontier   SPACs were hot in 2020 and are hotter now!
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The special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) space is triggered not only by quantity but also by quality; hence, recent changes may support confidence in and continuity of this mechanism. Undoubtedly, it may become an additional exit route for private-equity firms.

  SPACs have become a notable trend in the IPO world amid the pandemic. What is driving the increase in SPACs? What are the challenges they pose? What does the future hold for them?

  Explore how we can support you on the SPAC sponsor journey, from IPO to de-SPAC, amid unprecedented macroeconomic conditions.  

  Exclusive and Original Insights from Acuity  
  We feature six of our recent trending articles below.  
LatAm corporate bonds: Strong expectations for 2021 after a stellar 2020   LIBOR benchmark fallback provisions
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Find how increased issuance activity in LatAm debt markets, coupled with widening yields, presents attractive investment opportunities for foreign participants seeking higher returns.

  Since LIBOR is calculated from rates given by panel banks, if these panel banks do not give the rates, it would be impossible to calculate LIBOR. With LIBOR, financial market participants have gotten used to a term structure that may not be available for overnight rates such as the SOFR.

Internal carbon pricing: An emerging approach to building sustainable investment portfolios   Greenwashing: the hurdle for green lenders
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Find more on how internal carbon pricing—coupled with other tools such as ESG ratings and industry analysis—can prove to be a useful measure in providing direction, helping investors and financiers weed out investments that do not fare well on environmental parameters and build more carbon-neutral portfolios in the long run.

  Actions and initiatives to mitigate climate change triggered an alarm on greenwashing. Find out how problems are likely to arise with the new trends; greenwashing is one of them.

Trade allocation: Asset managers’ need for a robust compliance function   Scaling your real-time AML detection rules
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The trade allocation compliance function is getting more visibility, as supervisory bodies have intensified their attempts to combat misconduct by firms in trade allocation practices. Read on to know more on the significance of compliance in trade allocation.

  If your AML -detection platform flags a potentially fraudulent transaction only way after the event has occurred, it is probably not serving its purpose very well, is it? How do we design a platform that can be scaled for AML pattern detection in real time?

  Trending solutions and digital applications  
  We continue to enhance our Business Excellence and Automation Tools (BEAT) applications and managed solutions suite to help your analysts and operational teams significantly improve turnaround times, accuracy and quality.  
FolioSure: Portfolio monitoring for private equity and venture capital   TombstoneHub: Automated credentials builder for investment bank   BEAT AdInspect: Marketing compliance review tool
A fully customisable advanced managed solution for PE/VC portfolio monitoring. Achieve 30-40% cost savings and 50% shorter turnaround time for portfolio monitoring and LP reporting.

  TombstoneHub streamlines and automates the creation of fully formatted tombstones or credential slides for investment bankers.

  Our tool enables financial services firms to minimise risk, reduce costs, and increase efficiencies for their compliance review process.

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  In the news  
Bloomberg: More evidence of how frothy SPACs can be   Global Finance: No more normal: Q&A with CEO Robert King   American Banker: Early CRE payoffs drive Bank OZK into new specialties
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- Robert King, Chief Executive Officer, Acuity Knowledge Partners


  Podcast with Acuity’s head of Compliance  


Acuity Knowledge Partners (Acuity), formerly part of Moody’s Corporation, is a leading provider of bespoke research, analytics, staffing and technology solutions to the financial services sector.

Headquartered in London, Acuity Knowledge Partners has nearly two decades of experience in servicing over 350 clients by deploying its 3,200+ specialist workforce of analysts and delivery experts across its global delivery network. We provide our clients with unique assistance to innovate, implement transformation programmes, increase operational efficiency, and manage costs and improve their top lines. These services are supported by our proprietary suite of Business Excellence and Automation Tools (BEAT) that offer domain-specific contextual technology. Acuity Knowledge Partners is backed by Equistone Partners Europe, a leading private equity organisation that backs specialist growth businesses and management teams.


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