Menlo Park, CA—July 14, 2020— AST Private Company Solutions™ (AST PCS) today announced its latest strategic partnership with Standish Management, a leading fund administration provider to private equity with over $130+ billion under administration. Users of PCS’s Astrella™ capitalization (cap) table and ownership tracking platform will be able to integrate relevant ownership data from Astrella to Standish. Standish will use this data to support limited partner (LP) financial reporting and communications, capital calls and distributions and partnership accounting.
Astrella was built by AST PCS, the Silicon Valley-based business unit of ownership data management leader AST, as a new cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform to manage private company ownership data. The solution brings together private blockchain technology, artificial intelligence (AI) and predictive analytics and includes an API ecosystem readymade to allow seamless integration with established leaders like Standish, which now supports over 1800 funds in the U.S. and Europe.
Launched this spring, Astrella has developed a strong roster of premier technology and service partners covering a wide range of related private shareholder requirements, all with the objective of providing rapid data access, efficient workflow and the best possible end-to-end user experience and now includes clients from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands.
“In many ways Standish and AST PCS are kindred spirits, as our company grew out of a clear and growing need for the private equity market at a time of great change. Astrella is set to do the same today,” Standish Management CEO Bob Raynard says. “Today, LPs are more diverse, dispersed and invested in different private equity arrangements than ever before, and it is crucial they have effective technology enabling fund performance reporting and accounting. They don’t want to be calling CFOs at portfolio companies to receive out-of-date cap table data via email. They want the data available to them whenever they need it. Astrella will form the bridge between companies on its system and our clients, creating efficiencies and accuracy in reporting benefiting the entire private equity ecosystem.”
AST PCS President Carine Schneider adds, “Standish Management is truly a model for solving some of private equity’s trickiest administration challenges, and we are excited to announce this partnership with their firm. In many ways, our work building Astrella was meant for exactly this kind of relationship. Working closely with Bob and his team, including his service on our Advisory Council, has driven our team to build an innovative solution. We expect this to be a fruitful integration going forward.”
About Standish Management
Founded in 2007, Standish Management has grown from 100 fund entities under administration a decade ago to over 1,800 today, which report to over 30,000 limited partners. Operating from 14 locations across the United States, the firm provides both software solutions and advising across a range of requirements affecting private equity managers today, including fund performance reporting, tax, accounting and auditing, and regulatory matters and compliance. For more information, visit www.standishmanagement.com.
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About AST Private Company Solutions, Inc.
Founded in 2019, AST PCS is an affiliate of AST and is focused on serving private companies worldwide. Astrella, a cloud-based SaaS solution, allows private companies to manage their ownership data, including the cap table and employee equity plans, and to connect directly with related service providers to support efficient workflow and provide access to investors, advisors and employees. For more information, visit www.astrella.com.