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25 August 2011

Absolute returns of venture capital as the alternative asset classp

The volatility of the stock and bond markets are causing institutional investors to rethink their portfolio diversification strategies in order to achieve consistent returns with lower volatility over time, writes Igor Sill of Silicon Valley-based Geneva Venture Partners.

22 August 2011

Industry calls for support for Indian private equityp

Indian private equity and venture capital investment totalling $9.5bn has created a considerable impact on the nation’s economy, and should be encouraged to support further growth, according to a new report from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

18 August 2011

Family offices: Launching a new frontier for private equity investmentp

Arguably, US-based family offices, such as those set up by the Rockefellers, were amongst the first private equity investors. But with the onset of mega global private equity funds and slower realisation timeframes, the investment landscape and ‘access codes’ have seriously altered; leaving the big question: What next for family offices and private equity?

15 August 2011

Fundraising remains a challenge for private equity firmsp

Fundraising remains a continued challenge for private equity managers,  according to financial services firm Throgmorton. However, patience is  growing on the LP side, according to Roger Ganpatsingh, a director at  the firm. “If you go back a couple of years the general trend was related to the amount of money that managers were sitting on,[...]

9 August 2011

Profile: Dörte Höppner, European Private Equity and Venture Capital Associationp

The private equity industry must actively engage with policy-makers to better communicate its activities and to ensure future regulation does not harm its development, according to Dörte Höppner, the recently appointed secretary general of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA).

1 August 2011

Managing the route towards exitp

According to Grant Thornton's Private Equity Barometer, 85 per cent of private equity executives expect to exit more than a quarter of their domestic portfolio companies in the next twelve months, with the overriding majority of exits expected to be via trade sales or secondaries, writes Jana Klimecki, director of specialist leadership consultancy Tyler Mangan.

27 July 2011

The Volcker rule cometh . . . for private equityp

Many of Dodd-Frank’s provisions will significantly impact the financial sector over the next decade, but one section in particular carries the potential to drastically alter the longstanding relationship between financial institutions and private equity funds: section 619, commonly known as the Volcker Rule, which bans certain private fund activities.

22 July 2011

Asset-based lending can cement its position in the post-recessionary buy-out marketp

European buyout levels have remained resilient so far in 2011 and there are signs that, despite escalating macro economic concerns, a spate of recent fundraisings could inject renewed vigour into the resurgent, if fragile, private equity market, writes Martin Cooper, director, and head of large and major corporate, Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance.

21 July 2011

Fred Destin of Atlas Ventures on life science and technology venture investmentp

Fred Destin, partner at Boston technology and life-science focused venture capital firm Atlas Ventures, sat down with AltAssets to discuss the firm’s approach to investment, the potential of the real-time data sector, and scoring a 20 times return on the sale of portfolio company Isilon

20 July 2011

Smart grid: The perfect venture capital themep

The smart grid has high expectations to live up to. It is hyped as the answer to the energy and climate crisis since it will integrate renewable power sources and manage energy much more efficiently, write Pierre Egot and Robert Gallenberg of European venture capital firm Gimv.

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