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15 December 2011

Private equity promises greater secondary liquidityp

Although the European sovereign debt crisis will leave lasting effects on the hedge fund secondary market, the outlook for private equity secondaries is more stable, according to Lars Lindqvist, founder and CEO of specialist alternatives broker Cattegatt Capital.

8 December 2011

SMEs could provide economic driver to European growthp

euros_lrg On 7 December 2011, the European Commission launched its long awaited initiative to facilitate venture capital fundraising across the EU which could then be used to invest in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

7 December 2011

Succession issues rear their head for general partnersp

While general partners regularly complain of the reduce commitments of institutional investors, notably due to the new solvency ratios and the different American and European regulations, the real challenge that the asset class will face is the management of succession at the helm of general partners.

5 December 2011

Time is right for buy and buildp

blocks5_sq Today’s business environment offers excellent conditions to consider buy and build strategies. Pockets of the economy look ripe for consolidation, valuations for sub-scale businesses are at realistic levels and despite the continued economic uncertainty, management teams are now very selectively looking at how to capitalise on possible growth opportunities.

30 November 2011

Europe’s private equity industry greets EU financing programmesp

Europe’s private equity industry body EVCA has welcomed the announcement from the European Commission outlining financing facilities for innovation and SMEs under the Horizon 2020 programme and the Programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and SMEs (COSME).

21 November 2011

UK remains most attractive market for private equityp

The UK has retained its position as the most competitive location for private equity firms, according to new research by Investec Fund Finance.

11 November 2011

SRI themes growing at exponential ratep

Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) as an industry is one that is growing and evolving exponentially. As it becomes a higher priority on political agendas around the world, and with the current fiscal climate, profit is affected ever increasingly by externalities.

7 November 2011

ATO rulings meet with opposition from Australian private equity industryp

Private equity firms in Australia must identify their investors in order to benefit from tax treaties abroad, according to one of two new rulings set out by the Australian Tax Office (ATO) that have met widespread opposition from the buy-out sector.

28 October 2011

Alternative assets target sustainabilityp

Sustainable and responsible investing (SRI) themes are becoming increasingly entrenched in alternative asset classes, according to new research.

25 October 2011

Growing demand for alternative credit amongst Australasian investorsp

There has been a gradual shift in the size and composition of debt portfolios of Australian and New Zealand institutional and sophisticated investors. Portfolios previously comprising domestic and overseas sovereign debt and investment grade credit are increasingly including more complex products and strategies.

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