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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.

24 October 2011

Private equity in India: a PIPE dream?p

The last six years have seen a surge in private investment in public equity in India. While growth capital still dominates the market, private equity firms looking to invest in more mature acquisitions are turning to listed companies for undervalued opportunities, resulting in a sharp rise of PIPE transactions in the country.

20 October 2011

Financing market slowing German deal-flow, say investorsp

Following the recovery in the spring, private equity investors' access to acquisition loans has now worsened significantly, research has found.

11 October 2011

Benchmarking the benchmarksp

As the private equity industry starts to explore uncharted territory, Jeremy Hocter at Pevara looks at the critical role played by benchmarking and asks whether current thinking is up to the task or if a new approach is required.

7 October 2011

How Steve Jobs proved venture capital wrongp

Apart from teaching the technology world how to enter and own certain markets Steve Jobs demonstrated that in an industry built to engineer groundbreaking technology innovation, its financial arbitrage (venture capital) was wrong. Dead wrong, writes Georges van Hoegaerden.

5 October 2011

Buy-out deals,exits down in Q3p

Six hundred and seventy buy-out deals worth an aggregate $60.6bn were completed during the third quarter of 2011, a 23 per cent decrease in value from the previous quarter’s 254 deals valued at $78.7bn, according to a recent report.

3 October 2011

Private equity “an engine of economic growth”p

Despite recent criticisms, private equity remains a driving force behind global economic growth, according to Tony James, president of prolific buy-out firm Blackstone. He said, “In tumultuous times, many companies run into trouble. Because of the stock market’s short-term focus, the aggressive nature of hedge funds and other institutional investors today, and the high turnover[...]

3 October 2011

Institutional investor support vital to M&Ap

Cross-border M&A deals, which are backed by investors with portfolios in the target market, post higher returns in the long-run compared to those which are not, according to new data from the M&A Research Centre at Cass Business School and Credit Suisse which looked at 40 large-sized cross-border M&A deals completed between 2002 and 2009.[...]

27 September 2011

South America proves popular for buy & buildp

South America stands out due to the number and size of add-on deals for private-equity backed companies in the second quarter of 2011, according to new research.

21 September 2011

Spanish PE activity highest since 2007p

The Spanish private equity sector is seeing high levels of investment, despite the current economic situation, according to new research.

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