Private Equity Funds-Under-Management
Semaphore is the leading global professional services provider of Private Equity funds-under-management. Currently Semaphore holds fiduciary obligations as General Partner for eight private equity funds and advises General and Limited Partners around the world.
Semaphore takes over troubled VC and PE funds at the invitation of Limited Partners as well as provides technology, operations, market due diligence and business advisory services to funds, corporations and institutions for their investments. Semaphore clients include Bank of America, Citicorp, HSBC, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, numerous public pension funds; dozens of Private Equity and Venture Capital partnerships; hundreds of corporate and academic institutional clients, government entities such as the London Metropolitan Police Service, the National Security Agency, and the UK intelligence agencies MI5 and MI6; as well as many national and international law firms.
Semaphore is committed to assisting Limited Partners and General Partners to rapidly develop solutions that meet their dynamic market and special business situations. The tested Semaphore Solution provides General Partners and Limited Partners independent assessment of current fund and portfolios through a defined due diligence process and tailored performance based operational metrics. These are coupled with active participation in the implementation process to achieve investment goals with multiple exit strategies.
Semaphore’s real-world practitioner resources work with Private Equity clients to define, develop and deploy operational strategies in performance based portfolio management, triage and liquidity event assistance in support of distressed funds. Through deployment of defined operating and portfolio management and implementation services, Semaphore affords visibility and insight into judgments regarding investment, operations, fund governance and management, use of proceeds and M&A.
Technology Due Diligence Services
The Semaphore Technology Diligence (TD) practice independently reviews and assesses an organization’s people, processes, strategy, markets and technology. This level of diligence identifies deficiencies in those areas and provides recommendations for remediation. The tried and proven methodology of Independent Verification and Validation (IVV) has been adapted to provide the necessary standards based approach to the analysis.
Semaphore has created the assessment capability to provide visibility to a host of IT technologies. Semaphore adds domain expertise to the state of the art and commercialization aspects of the specific Intellectual Property (IP) and/or technology. The practice focuses on providing investors, funders and institutions with the necessary information to make critical decisions.
This expert, independent, third party analysis is invaluable when looking to:
- Validate the state of the art of a technology
- Mitigate risk and/or take advantage of upside opportunities of the technology or system integration
- Provide inoculation from unforeseen technology pitfalls
- Evaluate Open Source software liability risks
- Ensure guidance for the development process for products or systems
- Influence more positive valuations of the IP and technology