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9 July 2012

Private equity M&A off to slow start in 2012p

Accounting for ten per cent of worldwide M&A during the first half of 2012, private equity-backed activity decreased 19 per cent compared to 2011 levels.

4 July 2012

Europe’s economic woes spell gloom for financial services M&Ap

Europe's ongoing troubles and continued global deleveraging weighed on M&A activity in financial services in the first half of 2012.

3 July 2012

Private equity-backed deals, exits bounce back in Q2p

Private equity-backed deals and exits surged 37 and 65 per cent respectively during the second quarter of the year compared to Q1, fueled partly by an increase in large-cap activity, according to new research.

3 July 2012

VC-backed IPO market stalls despite Facebook boostp

stocks2_lrg Venture-backed IPO activity marked its strongest quarter on record, by dollars raised, bolstered by the record-breaking offering from Facebook in May.

2 July 2012

Dry powder behind rally for TMT venture activityp

The European venture market appears to be firming up, despite a seemingly worsening financial climate, according to the latest Monthly European TMT Bulletin from Go4Venture.

28 June 2012

Retail sector drives growth in private equity buyoutsp

The UK private equity buyout market saw a strong first half of 2012, with £8bn in buyouts - including £2bn from an active retail sector.

26 June 2012

Buyouts behind boom in industrial deal-makingp

The post-crisis recovery in economic growth saw a revival in industrials & chemicals deal-making, which peaked in 2011, with 2,692 deals accruing $354.7bn.

25 June 2012

Direct investing on the rise for limited partnersp

The dramatic rise in direct investing into private companies by LPs in the last few years looks set to continue to rise over the next three years, with over two thirds choosing to invest in this way and 42 per cent of investors planning to increase their activity, according to Coller Capital’s latest Global Private Equity Barometer.

22 June 2012

US rallies with dollar increase in June’s M&A activityp

As in Europe, US M&A declined in May, although there was a ray of light as its announced dollar volume showed improvement for the second straight month.

22 June 2012

North America’s endowments stick with private equityp

doorway_lrg Despite the ongoing market constrictions, North American endowments have steadily increased their investment in private equity in recent years, in recognition of the asset class’s unique return characteristics.

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