Alternative Data for Private Equity 

For many Private Equity (PE) funds there are strong push factors driving the move to alternative data. Historically low-interest rates are pushing more investors to consider PE as a viable investment. To stand out PE firms need to show that their data and technology approach can generate superior returns. 

Through a curation of readings, webinars, conversations and third party sources, FDP Charterholder Aaron Filbeck, CAIA Director of Global Content is developing a continuously evolving learning journey for leaders, team members, stakeholders and investors alike. 


Implementing a Data Strategy in Private Markets 

In this first section of the alternative data series, we discuss how private equity firms are behind public equity firms when it comes to the adoption of alternative data, and we propose some practical steps for private equity funds looking to build a strategy for working with alternative data. 

  • Ronan Crosson, CFA of Eagle Alpha and Aaron Filbeck, CFA, CAIA, CIPM, FDP of CAIA Association discuss the steps towards integrating alternative data sets into private equity analysis. In this short video, they discuss issues such as culture from the top of organizations, building a robust team, and just getting started.
  • Blog: Implementing a Data Strategy in Private Markets 


Data Sourcing for Private Equity Funds

We explore the topic of sourcing in private markets, discussing some of the challenges and suggesting some practical solutions. 

A major challenge for PE funds when sourcing alternative data is that there are simply fewer datasets available that apply to private markets when compared to public markets. This is particularly the case when you look outside of developed markets. The trend is improving as the private equity appetite for alternative data increases, but the opportunity set is certainly smaller. 

Blog: Data Sourcing for Private Equity Funds


Alternative Data for PE – Deal Origination & Due Diligence

Wednesday, August 11, 2021, 10:00 am Time zone: EDT

Description: This webcast focuses on how alternative data can help private equity firms with deal origination and due diligence. Expert speakers from data aggregator Eagle Alpha and data consultancy OneFourZero will demonstrate practical examples of how alternative data can be applied to solve common problems when sourcing new deals and due delicencing target companies.

Link to the recording coming soon!


Alternative Data for PE – Post Acquisition Value Creation

Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 10:00 am Time zone: EDT

Description: This webcast focuses on how alternative data can help private equity firms with post acquisition value creation. Expert speakers from data aggregator Eagle Alpha and data-driven PE fund Growth Curve Capital will demonstrate practical examples of how alternative data can be applied to increase the value of portfolio companies.

Panelists: Ronan Crosson, CFA, Director, Data Strategy & Analytics, Tim Kiely, Lead Data Scientist, the Private Equity firm American Securities, and moderated by Monel Amin, Founder and CEO, DiligenceVault. 

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Eagle Alpha Discusses Alternative Data for Investment Strategies

Date: September 2, 2020

Description: Ronan Crosson (data strategy) and Thomas Combes (data science) of Eagle Alpha will review what is Alt Data and share market trends and adoption. They will discuss ROI on alt data and show use cases for the most popular datasets for both discretionary funds and quants funds. While highlighting the importance of getting the processes right they will touch upon the end-to-end process: Discovery, Prioritization, Evaluation, Procurement & Integration. The session will also include a deep dive on quality testing for alternative datasets.

Panelists:  Ronan Crosson, Director, Data Strategy & Analytics, Eagle Alpha; Thomas Combes, Head of Data Science, Eagle Alpha and Keith Black, Ph.D, CAIA, CFA, FDP, Managing Director, Content Development, CAIA Association.

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