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20 December 2013

Benelux private equity punches above its weightp

Private equity in Benelux has benefitted from the region’s strong historical economic performance and outlook, which has attracted funds and investor attention, especially in the Netherlands. At the same time, the region has historically produced many private equity opportunities as well.

19 December 2013

Risks mount as direct investments grow in popularityp

Since the financial crisis there has been increased interest among private equity investors for investing directly alongside their fund managers in underlying portfolio companies. While it is easy to understand why – the promise of better returns is only the most obvious among a host of reasons – direct investments can be risky.

17 December 2013

Supply of managed accounts grows to meet investor demandp

In the continuingly difficult fundraising environment, more and more European managers are adding flexible structures to their offering to supplement – or even, in some cases, to replace – traditional commingled funds

16 December 2013

Indian M&A decreases against rise in private equity investmentp

While India's M&A activity declined year-on-year in a cautious investment period, its private equity activity saw a marked increase.

5 December 2013

Pension funds learn the benefits of alternative assetsp

Pension funds are growing their exposure to alternative assets following the financial crisis, and have taken on board the need for a more sophisticated approach to investment risk

22 November 2013

Private equity taps into defined contribution pension plansp

US pension plan sponsors with an existing private equity or alternative assets exposure through an existing defined benefit plan will be familiar with the benefits that private equity can potentially bring to defined contribution pension plans.

18 November 2013

Large investors show growing interest in bypassing fundsp

Would it not be cool if everybody could profitably invest in private equity without needing the help of intermediaries like private equity funds?

18 November 2013

Opening the doors to general solicitation could herald new era for private equityp

Changes to the SEC’s rules over fundraising could herald widespread changes to how private equity firms interact with their investors. Those preferring to ignore these developments could find themselves out of touch as the industry moves on without them

4 November 2013

Lack of understanding continues to hamper private equity industryp

While buyout firms have done a lot to prepare themselves for the new industry landscape, there is a lot more to be done before the winners and losers are determined and what the wider industry will look like as a result.

4 November 2013

Europe sees “modest upwards trajectory” for buyoutsp

The uptick in buyout volume could be the start of a sign that buyers’ and vendors’ pricing expectations are becoming more aligned, especially in the mid to small-cap sector in Europe, according to a new report.

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