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16 November 2012

US private equity flat despite public markets outperformancep

Returns for US-based private equity and venture capital funds were essentially flat for second quarter of 2012 - however, private equity and venture capital funds outperformed US public equity markets during the period.

9 November 2012

Private equity still an active player in flat technology M&A marketp

While previously bolstered by a series of mega-deals in excess of $10bn, technology deal value declined in the third quarter of 2012, while volume remained flat. However, private equity continues to be an active player in the technology market, with more than three deals in excess of $1bn announced during the quarter.

8 November 2012

Private equity investors turn on to US manufacturing sectorp

A significant portion of US private equity firms plan to invest in the manufacturing sector over next 12 months, driven by the rebound in the US auto industry and optimism in the housing sector, a new report has suggested.

17 October 2012

Low growth sees market wait and see for M&Ap

Despite having large cash stock piles and adequate access to capital, executives are waiting for a sustained recovery before engaging in M&A – they are more reluctant to make a move in this economic environment of low or stagnant growth

3 October 2012

VC-backed IPO volume flat for Q3p

Venture-backed IPOs raised $1.1bn from tenofferings during the third quarter of 2012, experiencing a slight decline in volume from the second quarter but more than doubling activity seen during the third quarter of 2011.

1 October 2012

Institutions shun smaller private equity firms despite market outperformancep

Diverse and minority-owned private equity firms have produced superior investment returns over a sustained period benchmarked against the general private equity industry, new report has found, but still find themselves widely ignored by institutional investors.

25 September 2012

US institutional investors say alternative investments are “essential”p

Three in four US institutional investors have changed their approach to risk management over the past five years and now consider the use of alternative investments essential to diversify portfolio risk, according to a new study.

5 September 2012

US healthcare institutions take endowment route, up commitment to alternativesp

US nonprofit healthcare organisations’ growing allocation to alternatives is an ongoing trend, seeking total return through asset class diversification, the acceptance of lower portfolio liquidity and a long-term time horizon, a new report has suggested.

22 August 2012

Québec’s private equity activity hits 5-year highp

Buyout and private equity transactions in Québec companies have reached their highest level since the 2007 peak in the last cycle, with a total of 57 transactions in the first half of 2012, more than two-thirds the number conducted in all of 2011.

20 July 2012

Double-digit increase for VC dollars, dealsp

US venture capitalists invested $7bn in 898 deals in the second quarter of 2012. Quarterly venture investment activity climbed 17 per cent in terms of dollars and 11 per cent in the number of deals.

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