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27 August 2009

Corinna Mitchell of law firm Dechert on covenant breaches and lenders granting waiversp

The global recession continues to take its toll and businesses are feeling the pinch.

Corinna Mitchell, a partner at international law firm Dechert, talked to AltAssets about her recent observations in this testing environment.

26 August 2009

Vikkram Singh, formerly with ILPA, on benchmarking the PE industry and issues LPs are facingp

AltAssets recently spoke with Vikkram Singh who, until recently, was the director of research with The Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA). Here he speaks on benchmarking the private equity industry, the shifting relationship between GPs and LPs, issues affecting limited partners today, and the value of placement agents.

19 August 2009

Former NVCA chairman Dixon Doll speaks on the 4-Pillar Plan to restore liquidity in the US VC industryp

Dixon Doll, co-founder and general partner of international venture capital firm DCM and former chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, was instrumental in creating an initiative to restore liquidity in the US venture capital industry. The 4-Pillar Plan was devised by Doll in collaboration with the NVCA board and members to address the bleak environment that is being experienced by the industry since the financial downturn manifested itself across the US and globally. AltAssets spoke with Doll about the 4-Pillar Plan, how it came to fruition, its purpose and the NVCA’s long-term goals.

6 August 2009

David de Weese of Paul Capital talks secondariesp

David de Weese, a partner with private equity house Paul Capital who also leads the firm’s global secondary transaction sourcing activities, shared his time with AltAssets. In this interview David touches on how the secondaries market has evolved, picking up private equity from banks as they re-up and move away from the asset class, and the obstacles in the way of becoming a specialist secondaries buyer.

3 August 2009

Daniel Green of Greenpark Capital talks secondariesp

Daniel Green, investment director with London-based mid-market secondaries player Greenpark Capital, sat down with AltAssets to talk about the secondaries market, how it has grown, the effect of new buyers coming into the market and the value that intermediaries can add.

22 July 2009

It’s only an iceberg – Ray Maxwell, CEO of Acrostic, lends his thoughts on LBOsp

I was alerted to an article in the Financial Times dated 6 July 2009 entitled “Private equity deals are ‘not riskier’, study finds”. Research carried out by the Credit Management Research Centre at Leeds University Business School and the Centre for Buy-out Research at Nottingham University commented that “private equity deals done after 2003 were no more likely to fail than other companies, after adjusting for leverage and other factors”.

16 July 2009

Venture capital’s role in the UK’s economic recoveryp

With the onset of the credit crunch, the tide went out on our debt hungry economy. Devoid of the currents of leverage and securitisation, the limitations of the economy's manufacturing and exporting base, and its reliance on the City of London, were laid bare. Regardless of how quickly the high water of debt finance is re-established, never has the need to invest real equity into the real economy been more visible – not to bail out outdated industries but, more importantly for our long-term prosperity, to create entirely new ones.

14 July 2009

Protecting Germany? – SJ Berwin’s Tilman Siebert sizes up Germany’s tightened rules on outside investmentsp

Following a long and intense debate, new rules came into force at the end of May which, in theory at least, could impose severe restrictions on investors into Germany from outside Europe. Previously, the German government had power to prevent investment in the defence and cryptography sectors from investors outside the European Union. But an amendment to Germany's Foreign Trade Act (FTA) means that the law now goes much further, allowing the government to prohibit investment in German companies irrespective of industry sector where it is thought that the investment would "endanger the public security and order of the German state", writes Tilman Siebert, a partner in SJ Berwin’s Munich office.

1 July 2009

Brazilian Private Equity Takes Centre Stage, according to Steve Rubensp

Brazilian financial markets have been in the spotlight this year and the enthusiasm is equally strong in the country’s private equity and venture capital markets, writes Steve Rubens, an investment adviser, attorney and private equity commentator. Here Rubens breaks down the attractiveness of private equity in Brazil and why investors are flocking to the country to put their money there.

26 June 2009

Encouraging company rescue, according to SJ Berwin’s Mike Woollard and Jeremy Goldringp

Policy makers have often wondered whether European countries should adopt US style insolvency procedures and, in particular, give "super-priority" to those willing to lend to a financially distressed company. It is frequently argued that this "debtor in possession" (DIP) financing improves the chances of rescuing a financially distressed company by giving it access to finance that it could not otherwise get, write Mike Woollard and Jeremy Goldring, partners at SJ Berwin.

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