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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.

20 June 2012

Opinions divided over fate of US IPOs in 2012p

question_170sq There remains little agreement among capital markets executives at leading investment banks when asked to forecast US IPOs during the remainder of 2012, with opinions divided as to whether the number will remain flat, or experience either positive or negative growth.

15 June 2012

Secondaries provide key components of value creationp

As banks are selling non-core assets in order to meet capital requirements and institutional investors are increasingly using the secondary market as a tool for active portfolio management, the secondary market is expected to generate a large amount of investment opportunities throughout the remainder of 2012.

14 June 2012

Cleantech investment value down, volume upp

The value of private equity investment in the cleantech sector continues the decline started in January, sliding seven per cent from $300m last month to $280m, the lowest since September 2011.

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