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Data Science for Private Equity

At H.W Anderson we have combined our expertise in Private Equity and Data Science to help our clients to create value for their business and incorporate data into investment decisions. Private Equity is in the developing stage of adopting Data Science.  It is becoming more common for investment analyst roles to have a preference for candidates with programming skills, such as Python. At H.W Anderson we have tapped both the Data Science and Private Equity talent pools to successfully deliver top talent through retained searches. Data Science for Private Equity is a rapidly growing area that allows us to blend our knowledge and skills to assist our clients in adapting to the market. 

Data Science Coverage

Functional Scope

Private Equity firms can utilise data to gain a competitive advantage in the market. Data Science for Private Equity can involve using artificial intelligence, natural language processing and machine learning to discover insights that would otherwise have gone unnoticed. Incorporating Data Science into Private Equity can provide a more granular perspective for investors. 


  • Investment Forecasts: Investment firms can transform their historical track record into actionable insights that can be used to predict investment outcomes. Converting data and analytics can assist Private Equity firms to identify new opportunities and minimise the risk of an investment.
  • Perform Due Diligence: The due diligence phase offers Private Equity firms to combine traditional evaluation methods with anomaly detection algorithms. This technique establishes positive outlier opportunities for firms and identifies any irregularities. Data Science for Private Equity firms detects where and how asset managers should shift their focus.
  • Competitive Advantage: Data Science unlocks a vast range of potential growth opportunities for Private Equity firms. By conducting more complex and sophisticated analysis, firms can benefit from deeper insights at a rapid speed, setting them aside from competitors. Data Science can paint a more accurate picture of a firm’s growth prospects relative to competitors and the market.

Global Strategic Relationships

Our Clients

As executive recruiters in the Data Science and Private Equity industries, we have carried out retained searches and team lift outs across the globe. At H.W. Anderson, we have a track record across the key financial hubs of London, New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. As Data Science for Private Equity is a growing industry, we have the expertise to assist clients with international expansion into the US, European and Asian markets. 


Broad Scope

Prior to this new wave of innovation, Data Science for Private Equity was not considered feasible due to the lack of easily accessible data and software. Along with the absence of Data Scientists and Analysts in the investment decision making process. Private Equity firms can incorporate Data Science through the following ways:


AI can interpret large amounts of data. Large volumes of data sets allows AI to create more accurate algorithms. These algorithms can guide asset managers to make strategic decisions and build stronger portfolios. AI grants investment managers an edge against competitors that are taking a more traditional approach.


NLP is becoming more and more popular among investment firms. NLP reduces manual time spent combing through data and news in the market. Through the use of sentiment analysis, firms can analyse news and changes in the market in real time as a result of adopting NLP.


Machine learning, a subset of Artificial Intelligence, can identify patterns and predictions by using algorithms to analyse data. Machine learning can generate a comprehensive view of a firm’s market position, capabilities and investment opportunities. Machine learning also allows Private Equity firms to evaluate a deal and make a decision before its competitors.


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Our People

Within the hyper-competitive and tight-knit trading and investment community our growth as a firm since inception has been exponential and truly organic. Every specialist HW Anderson consultant has been trained in-house and from-scratch. This ensures our methodology is original and consistent and that our culture is unique. Thanks to this growth we are positioned as a leader in Trans-Atlantic front office search. With three established offices, in the USA, UK and EU, our talented team is uniquely positioned to deliver meaningful value for our clients into the future.

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