FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT

Private equity secondaries investing

April 7, 2022

Private equity secondaries investing
Private equity is an important source of capital for startups, young companies, firms in financial distress and companies that are seeking growth or buyout capital. As opposed to many other investment styles, private equity is an inherently activist asset class whereby the fund managers often exert significant influence over the underlying investments. Thus, investors in the asset class not only benefit from gaining exposure to otherwise inaccessible, unquoted/privately owned companies, but also from the skill-sets that fund managers bring to bear to improve a company’s long-term value.

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Mr. Cooper

Mr. Cooper is the consumer brand for the mortgage servicing and originations operation of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NSM). Based in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Cooper is one of the largest home loan servicers in the country focused on delivering a variety of servicing and lending products and technologies to make the home loan process more rewarding and less worrisome.

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The business value of ServiceNow for retail banks

whitePaper | December 12, 2021

Banks typically approach transformation in part by reengineering their own internal business, IT, and operational processes either in ad hoc ways tied to direct response to some tactical problem or over longer time frames based on carefully planned out strategic planning. Recently, however, this transformational process has taken on a new urgency, and certain projects that were targeted to take a year or two have needed to be accelerated to meet our rapidly changing banking environment. Even the need to respond to today’s tactical challenges needs to be viewed through the long lens of transformation. As banks begin their process of recovery, projects that provide immediate return on investment (ROI) and help develop resilient operations, improve customer experiences, or improve compliance through improved service management will become critical to how quickly banks can recover from periods of economic disruptions, now and in the future.

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CORPORATE BANKING MARKET SCAPE – BEYOND 2020

whitePaper | February 10, 2020

With corporate treasurers already adopting open banking in a strategic move to create further value in their organizations, it is now time for financial institutions (FIs) to both align their future product and servicing roadmaps to those of their clients, as well as begin to embrace the opportunities that present themselves in the open digital ecosystem.

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NEO-PRIVATE BANK & FINANCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE 3.0

whitePaper | April 25, 2022

Cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies are the underpinnings of a new financial infrastructure, similar to how the internet was the underpinning of a new information infrastructure. In this paper we present Ledgity, the Neo-Private Bank & Financial infrastructure dedicated to financial advisors and their clients, paving the way for a greater adoption of crypto asset investments and blockchain technology. Beyond the digitization of investors’ experience, we make it easy for financial advisors and their clients to widen their investment scope. For the first time crypto assets and tokenized financial products are easily accessible to traditional finance. Ledgity is the first digital wealth management infrastructure that harnesses the benefit of blockchain technology for the representation and the exchange of assets. Crypto asset investments opportunities and asset tokenization are offered to all, at a finger touch, on our fully integrated platform.

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Decentralized Finance (DeFi): Foundations, Applications, Potentials, and Challenges

whitePaper | July 15, 2022

Since the inception of Bitcoin in 2008, financial markets have seen a sharp increase in market capitalization for various blockchain-based assets in recent years. Yet, Bitcoin still represents the most popular cryptocurrency, with a market capitalization amounting to approximately USD 370 billion as of mid 2022. The recent phenomenon of blockchain-based applications such as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and the emergence of decentralized finance (DeFi) have also contributed to the mushrooming of digital assets. In particular, DeFi has experienced tremendous momentum, with cryptocurrency investments locked to the Ethereum blockchain exceeding USD 100 billion by the end of 2021. DeFi has witnessed a rapid increase in market value in 2021, accompanied by a growing user base and the emergence of new, innovative use cases. Against this backdrop, we believe that exploring and developing a comprehensive understanding of DeFi marks a worthwhile endeavor.

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Accelerating Digital Payments in Latin America and the Caribbean

whitePaper | May 20, 2022

They shape how people spend and save and many of their daily interactions. With the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the value of digital payments for individuals and businesses became even more apparent. In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) digital payments emerged as the preferred method of purchase: e-commerce grew 18% in 2020.

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How Digitization is Driving Bank M&A and Improving Performance

whitePaper | October 21, 2021

During the pandemic banks had to experiment and take risks that under normal circumstances they would never have considered in order to keep operations up and running, such as rapidly deploying a range of digital tools. To the surprise of many, employees and customers enthusiastically embraced these digital offerings, accelerating technology maturity and adoption by several years. Banks suddenly had hard evidence that digitizing operations could bring enormous efficiency and scale advantages while actually serving customers with greater personalization. These insights, in addition to capitalization changes, are contributing to a new wave of M&A activity in the U.S. as banks look to scale up quickly as the economy emerges from the pandemic. There were more than 50 deals in the first four months of 2021 with a total value of almost $25 billion, up from $6.5 billion in the same period in 2020, according to an S&P Global report.

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Spotlight

Mr. Cooper

Mr. Cooper is the consumer brand for the mortgage servicing and originations operation of Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NSM). Based in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Cooper is one of the largest home loan servicers in the country focused on delivering a variety of servicing and lending products and technologies to make the home loan process more rewarding and less worrisome.

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