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17 November 2009

The meaning of risk, writes Acrostic CEO Ray Maxwellp

As a member of the Monty Python generation, when discussions on investments turns to risk I’m reminded of Eric Idle’s Galaxy Song written for the film The Meaning of Life where he informs us that life is fragile and that we exist on a lump of rock in an infinite universe.

6 November 2009

The alternative to an IPO: an increasingly attractive option for VC and PE portfolio companiesp

For the past two years the market for initial public offerings for promising private companies has been slow. The number of US IPOs in 2008 plunged from 234 in 2007 to just 43, the slowest year for IPOs since 1978. Venture-backed IPOs have fared far worse - according to Dow Jones VentureSource, US venture-backed IPOs dropped from 76 in 2007 to a mere seven in 2008, and 2009 is looking to be more like 2008 than 2007. These disturbing statistics make very clear that private companies and their investors, especially venture-backed companies, have been left without a critical exit strategy and these companies have been deprived access to the critical growth capital that the public markets can provide them.

4 November 2009

IPOs: a real exit opportunity? – a view from SJ Berwinp

A flurry of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) in the US in September (including eight in one week) has heightened speculation about the prospects for European listings in 2010. With the London market showing its best ever quarter, bankers have been making their pitch to many large private companies, writes Will Holder, a partner in SJ Berwin’s corporate department.

26 October 2009

Private equity: the staying power of long-term capital, by David Haarmeyerp

With refinancing activity in high gear, deal flow picking up and IPOs sprouting left and right, the reports of private equity’s demise appear to have been greatly exaggerated.

16 October 2009

Viewpoint: private equity benefit – accountability, by David Haarmeyerp

The US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's recent review of whether to allow private equity investment in failed banks provided an opportunity to highlight that buy-out firms can bring not only fresh capital, but accountability into banking. David Haarmeyer highlights the historical importance of capital and reputation at risk, two key building blocks of private equity, in aligning management, investor and director incentives to foster accountability; engendering trust; and driving wealth creation.

16 October 2009

Elly Livingstone of Pantheon Ventures talks secondariesp

Elly Livingstone, partner and head of global secondary funds at Pantheon Ventures, talked to AltAssets about how the secondaries market has changed in the last 12 months, the closing gap between valuations and vendor pricing expectations, and the new type of secondary investor coming into the market.

2 October 2009

Louis van Pletsen of Denham Capital talks private equity energy and commodities investmentsp

Louis van Pletsen is a partner with Denham Capital Management, a private equity firm with a specific focus on energy and commodities. Louis sat down with AltAssets to talk about energy and commodities as a worthy investment area, the importance of treating LPs well, the attractiveness of Africa and the role private equity can play in the growth of sustainable energy production.

22 September 2009

Phil Alfieri of IMG Aurion Infrastructure on what he is seeing in the infrastructure spacep

IMG Aurion Infrastructure is a recent venture between Infrastructure Management Group, a US-based financial advisory firm, and Canadian fund manager Aurion Capital Management.

IMG Aurion was recently formed to provide investors worldwide with infrastructure investment opportunities, infrastructure advisory expertise and strong governance to serve a growing need to access value-added, middle-market infrastructure investments. The firm’s mandate is to deploy niche infrastructure strategies with direct investor mandates or through commingled funds predominantly in North America.

Phil Alfieri, CEO and managing partner of the firm, spoke with AltAssets about what he is seeing in the market today.

9 September 2009

Peter Rip of Crosslink Capital on the opening window for venture-backed IPOsp

Peter Rip, general partner at venture firm Crosslink Capital, spoke with AltAssets to share his view of the market for venture-backed IPOs. He outlines his perspective as to whether we are seeing an opening of the window for such companies to list on the public markets, and also touches on interesting investment areas for venture capitalists and the opportunity that the current climate presents.

8 September 2009

Institutional investors still confident secondary market is set to take offp

The latest survey by Almeida Capital in association with AltAssets reveals that investor expectations of the secondary market remain high, writes Richard Sachar.

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