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27 August 2014

Investors eye change as cycle takes a turnp

eye Amidst concerns over an overheating investment environment, positives can be drawn from a private equity industry seeking improvements to how it does business.

27 August 2014

Investing at the sharp endp

coloured pencils With a focus on providing financial services to those in the US academic field, TIAA-CREF is well aware of the needs of asset classes such as private equity to deliver on its promises, says Marina Mavrakis, the group’s head of portfolio management for private markets.

22 August 2014

UK industrials, manufacturing rebound offers private equity opportunitiesp

welding-industrial_sq Private equity opportunities abound in the resurgent UK industrials and manufacturing sector, a bellwether for the wider economy. Gordon Hague, head of industrials at Lloyds Bank private equity arm LDC, explains where the smart dealmaking lies.

19 August 2014

Getting staff, management on side during divestments critical to successp

EY_Michel.Driessen.2013_high.res Why is it so important to get management and employees on board when divesting a business? Michel Driessen, who heads up professional services firm EY’s operational transaction services team, reveals all.

14 August 2014

Elephant in the roomp

elephant With many LPs preferring a ‘wait and see’ approach on a still-emerging African private equity scene, a recent spate of deals and some high-profile fundraisings suggest the region is fast becoming a serious investment destination.

8 August 2014

Private equity evolves in search of capitalp

evolution In many ways the financial crisis helped catalyse the evolution of the private equity industry, with structural innovations and new approaches continuing to be borne out.

4 August 2014

LDC’s six-point guide to operational improvement in private equityp

spanner wrench operations Operational improvement in private equity portfolio companies was catapulted back into fashion as leverage dropped in the wake of the financial crisis. Edward Hayter, investment director of LDC’s Value Enhancement Group, explains the areas which are crucial to a successful operations-focused strategy.

29 July 2014

CalSTRS CIO says US buyout industry’s image problem no barrier to bright futurep

bright sun tunnel Despite continued issues around the US private equity industry’s image problem, the future outlook for the industry looks very positive, CalSTRS CIO Christopher Ailman says. Having been chief investment officer of US public pension funds for the past 28 years, it was as CIO of the Washington State Investment Board in the 1990s that Christopher[...]

28 July 2014

Herding tendency in Chinese PE, VC has reached ‘mythic proportions’p

chinastatue_lrg Herd behaviour is a familiar enough phenomenon across the PE and VC world, but, the situation in China has reached mythic proportions. China First Capital explains the latest trends in the country.

24 July 2014

Private office finds match with private equityp

lord-north-mag_sml For the clients of London and Switzerland-based private investment office Lord North Street, private equity can take some getting used to before they are willing to commit their capital for a ten-year lock-up in an often misunderstood asset class.

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