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17 April 2012

Bank regulators tackle leveraged lendingp

The recent joint guidance on leveraged lending activities looks set to lead to increased regulatory scrutiny on the availability and terms of financing to private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

16 April 2012

Communications sector to outpace wider US economyp

The US communications industry looks set to grow at an accelerated 5.6 per cent in 2012, outpacing wider GDP growth of 4.4 per cent.

12 April 2012

Established US VCs enjoy fundraising success in 2012p

A familiar selection of high profile US venture firms made fundraising look easy in the first quarter, helping to push fundraising for the sector to $7bn across 47 funds in the first quarter.

11 April 2012

US fundraising grows in Q1, European capital raised up 82 per centp

In the first quarter of the year, US and European private equity funds held more closings and raised more capital than in the same period last year, even if more than half the capital raised in each region went to a small contingent of firms.

10 April 2012

Venture capital industry heads overseas, targets Asiap

telescope_170sq Venture capital investment trends will make a major shift by 2015 as investors seek opportunities beyond their home borders, increasing their focus on Asia.

5 April 2012

US venture-backed IPOs enjoy strongest quarter for 5 yearsp

US venture-backed IPO activity marked its strongest opening quarter - by number of issues and dollars raised- since the first quarter of 2007. Bolstered by increased stability in the broader US stock market indices, 19 venture-backed companies went public during this period, raising $1.5bn.

3 April 2012

European venture industry rallies for 2012p

While many limited partners may have turned their backs on the European venture sector, the region’s technology innovation conversely seems to be gathering pace.

2 April 2012

European buyout market falters in Q1 2012, UK bucks trendp

The value of European private equity buyouts decreased at the start of 2012, with 139 deals totalling €13bn completing this quarter. The UK has returned to dominance, however, accounting for nearly half of the total number and combined value of deals in Europe this quarter.

28 March 2012

Portfolio construction has some way to develop for infrastructure asset classp

road-night_sq Infrastructure is still a nascent asset class with many investors drawn to it through its perceived attractive characteristics, however for many early investors, the asset class has not delivered the promised consistent and non-cyclical returns.

26 March 2012

UK budget aims to boost enterprise, seed stage growthp

While not offering too much that will impact the UK's private investment sector, the recent budget has set its sights on promoting enterprise and encouraging seed investment and entrepreneurship.

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