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3 March 2014

Secondary pricing on the rise as buyers get to workp

After the slowdown of the first part of 2013, a marked increase in secondary pricing proved to be the distinctive trend of the second half of the year,

3 March 2014

Operational improvement to the fore as bolt-on deals buildp

A review of private equity activity in 2013 has revealed a significant change in buying activity - for the first time ever, add-on acquisitions exceeded platform buy-outs.

27 February 2014

Time for co-investments is nowp

The most frequently cited reasons given for pursuing co-investments is to lower effective fees and shorten the J-curve. Although both are important, the dominant reason should be to enhance returns through deal selection, according to a new white paper.

25 February 2014

LPs flock to co-investments despite unimpressive returnsp

Private equity direct investments undertaken by institutional investors have to date failed to impress, according to recent research.

24 February 2014

Sri Lankan investors look to alternative investments as stock markets weakenp

The weaker relationship between Sri Lanka’s stock market and the real economy means that investors who are keen to profit from the expected growth of the economy need to increase their exposure to other asset classes such as private equity

18 February 2014

LPs find co-investment poses as many risks as rewardsp

While co-investment is here to stay and some LPs have found it to be additive to their private equity portfolio performance, executing a programme can present significant challenges, not least around adverse selection and aligning incentives.

15 February 2014

Fresh capital helps reshape European VC industryp

The European venture capital industry has recently been able to point to some big-money IPOs and begin the process of returning money back to its LPs; meanwhile a new breed of investors are helping to shore up its capital base.

11 February 2014

Strong brand a “critical differentiator” for private equity firmsp

For fundraising, deal sourcing and attracting employees, a recognised private equity brand makes it easier for firms to succeed in a competitive market, according to a new report, with GPs increasingly coming to recognise how important it is to actively manage their reputation.

6 February 2014

Poor year for Israeli private equity as deal activity slumpsp

In all, 2013 was a relatively poor one for Israeli private equity activity in terms of both the number of deals and the volume of investments, with a a 39 per cent decrease in invested capital.

3 February 2014

Credit funds rush to fill financing black holep

Institutional investors are increasingly reshuffling their portfolios to make room for alternative lending funds, as new managers emerge to replace banks in the traditional financing space and fixed income strategies continue to disappoint.

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