Key Milestones

Listed below are some of the key milestones for 4vco since its launch:


January 2012

2012 PESS Directory launched

The 2012 Directory includes profiles of 40 of the leading private equity software and service providers. 

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November 2011

PESS News and PESS Directory websites launched

Under the PESS portal new websites have ben created for PESS News and the PESS Directory

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July 2010

PESS Directory 2nd Edition launched

The 2nd Edition of the Private Equity Software and Service Supplier (PESS) Directory was launched in July containing up to date profiles of 40 suppliers to the private equity marketplace.  


June 2010

PESS 2010 event - record turnout

4vco's annual Private Equity Software and Service Supplier event in London on 29th June attracted over 150 delegates from almost 100 private equity organsiations for day of presentations and an Exhibition Hall of 20 suppliers.  Num,bers were 35% up on the 2009 event.  More details


March 2010

New website goes live with PESS Directory

4vco launches its redesigned website together with the brand new PESS Directory, containing up to date profiles of 35 software and service suppliers, each with a proven focus upon private equity.

August 2009

4vco reaches 75 clients

4vco further cements its position as the number one consultancy to private equity operations, with the signing of client number 75.

June 2009

PESS 2009 - 4vco Private Equity Software Showcase - London

On 25 June 4vco hosted a showcase of private equity software and service providers at the Renaissance  Holborn in London.  The event was attended by 116 delegates from 73 private equity organisations.  The main hall housed 16 vendor booths and 12 of these delivered presentations throughout the day in the 2 presentation suites.  See event details and feedback.


September 2008

4vco Private Equity Systems Networking Day

18 of 4vco’s clients from across Europe joined the 4vco team for a day's sailing off the UK's south coast on three 45-foot yachts. The day provided an excellent opportunity to network in a relaxing and fun environment. 

December 2007

4vco reaches 50 clients

In a hectic but exciting 16 months, 4vco doubles its client count to 50.

October 2007

4vco moves to new offices

Due to expansion, 4vco moves to larger offices in Langdale House, Marshalsea Road.

September 2007

4vco Private Equity Software Showcase - London

On 18-19th September 4vco hosted a showcase of five of the major private equity software vendors. The event was attended by nearly 50 delegates from 30 private equity houses across the UK and Europe. Attendees had the opportunity to view the different software, discuss related topics with vendors and network with each other. See event details and feedback.

January 2007

PE Systems Workshop - Scandinavia

In January 4vco hosted a private equity systems workshop in Stockholm and welcomed attendees from 10 private equity houses. 4vco’s director, Tony Piper, presented a full day of interactive workshops covering the full life cycle of system selection, preparation and implementation.

August 2006

4vco reaches 25 private equity clients

With several years of dedicated private equity experience, 4vco’s credentials are established and the client count is accelerating.

August 2005

Systems Healthcheck Service launched

Following successful piloting at three clients, 4vco formally launched its Systems Healthcheck service. This service is aimed at clients that have already implemented their private equity solutions and provides best-practice systems management advice to ensure that clients continue to derive optimum benefits from their investment.


January 2005

Walkthrough Service launched

4vco launches a new service, "Walkthrough - An Introduction to PE Technology". This gives clients a broad view of the current PE software marketplace. It draws upon 4vco's own experiences in the field plus the feedback of 45 fund managers captured during the 2004 Technology Survey.

December 2004

Private Equity Technology Survey report

The 4vco Private Equity Technology Survey was completed by 45 private equity managers and provided an in-depth analysis of the whole project life cycle from objective setting through selection and implementation and into support. The 80-page final report was published to participants only and received very positive feedback.

November 2004

New Offices

4vco takes up permanent office space in Maidstone Mews, near London Bridge.

October 2003

4vco Newsletter launched

The first 4vco newsletter was launched, bringing news, articles and vendor profiles to private equity professionals across the globe.

September 2003

EVCA Presentation

Tony Piper, 4vco’s director, is invited by the EVCA to present to delegates on its bi-annual Finance and Administration course.  Tony presents on selection and implementation of fund administration software.

June 2001

First foray into private equity

Tony Piper, 4vco’s director, starts an engagement with a large private equity house in London.  This led directly to the formation of 4vco and the subsequent focus upon private equity operations.