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Mainspring receives retail permissions

Mainspring Fund Services is pleased to announce the addition of retail permissions to its FCA authorised status. Mainspring offers custody and nominee services to managed portfolio structures and fund administration to venture capital and private equity managers. Mainspring’s custody and nominee service is primarily targeted at EIS, SEIS and IHT fund managers. Mainspring has several notable EIS fund manager clients that have seen substantial growth in the last 3 years, and supports emerging managers to start and build their funds. The decision to

Blockchain And Its Role In Your Fund

This article summarises Mainspring’s research findings for blockchain’s suitability as a replacement for traditional SQL based systems for fund management and administration. The full findings are available for download here. Blockchain has the potential to shape industry in profound ways, so much so its introduction has been likened to the invention of the Internet. To become more informed and determine the company’s position with respect to blockchain, earlier this year Mainspring undertook a practical proof-of-concept project as well

Mainspring Milton Keynes office open for business

Milton Keynes is more than just roundabouts and concrete cows, we are pleased to announce that we have opened Mainspring’s second office and it’s in Milton Keynes. It’s a notable milestone in any company’s growth and we’ve chosen Milton Keynes as a hub commuter location to expand the company’s fund accounting service. We have a small team in place and we are looking to grow.  If you’re a qualified fund accountant with experience in private equity or you’re starting out in your

What’s driving change for Private Equity reporting?

In today’s marketplace Private Equity reporting is subject to change as never before. Investors demand granular data at their fingertips. New GDPR requirements demand enhanced controls and transparency. To respond and succeed, fund managers need to achieve ever greater fund operation and investor reporting efficiency within a clearly defined technology strategy. GDPR The intention of GDPR, which came into place in May 2018, is to protect the rights of natural persons (EU citizens) in respect of their data. Whilst many funds may

Observations from a blockchain PoC research project in Private Equity Fund Administration

Earlier this year Mainspring undertook a 3-month proof-of-concept (PoC) to get hands-on with our research of blockchain technologies. As a Fund Administrator, Mainspring holds the books of record for a client’s fund, independent of the fund’s investment manager, undertaking the accounting and reporting of the fund’s performance.  In addition, Mainspring provides administration services for operating the fund which are largely event driven and typically follow a defined workflow process, such as: making a new investee company investment; effecting a drawdown of

Mainspring launches digital EIS Certificate solution

In 2016/17, 3,470 companies raised a total of £1.8 billion of funds under the EIS scheme and to date, a total of £18 billion of EIS funds have been raised since the start of the scheme*. This is an attractive investment pool for fund managers to target as they look to raise capital to support growth-stage businesses, however, it doesn’t come without its challenges. For fund managers operating in the EIS market, claiming EIS tax relief and dealing with investor queries

Private Equity LP Fund with HNW Co-Invest UK feeder

If you are considering creating a UK feeder fund for individuals to co-invest alongside the main fund, this may be a cost effective, simple solution. Mainspring has an award-winning nominee and custody platform which can be branded and structured as a discretionary or fully managed mandate.  Whether the main fund is domiciled in the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, Luxembourg or Cayman this dedicated feeder can be a co-investor for investors from any country into any primary asset. Use this dedicated FCA regulated UK

Dawn III – Mainspring appointed as Fund Administrator to Dawn Capital’s latest $235m European fund

Dawn Capital announced in April 2018 the closing of Dawn III, a fund focused on SaaS and FinTech companies in Europe and which closed at $235m (£165m). Investors include UK, European and US institutional investors and notably the European Investment Fund (EIF). Mainspring provides funds administration, accounting and investor reporting services for Dawn I and II and is delighted to announce the continued relationship with Dawn, with Mainspring providing full funds administration for the London partnership as well as consolidated investor

Setting up a new PE or Venture fund – Raising Capital

Now that you have prepared your plan and your materials, and have your permissions, structures and advisers in place, there is nothing to stop you reaching out to investors and hoovering up commitments to Excellent Fund I. You (or someone else in your team) may be an experienced capital raiser, however this is one area where many first time managers look for outside help. The challenge, of course, is that most first time funds are seen as a risky proposition by

Drawdown

There are two very different definitions of this term, which is used widely in investment and fund management: In the hedge fund and broader investment industry, the term refers to the decline, in percentage terms, between an investment’s previous peak and trough valuations; the greater the drawdown, the greater the fall in value In the world of private, closed ended funds, such as private equity, however, the term is broadly synonymous to a “(capital) call” – the process of drawing monies (capital