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12 December 2011

Global deal value halves year-on-year

It looks set to be a poor year for private quity with the overall value of private equity deals in November 2011 dipping 12 per cent to $18.26bn from $20.81bn in October to provide the second lowest result of the year to date.

7 December 2011

Institutional investors in the dark over private equity return expectations

reality dream_sq There is a mismatch between long-term actual and expected returns for private equity strategies, according to a global survey of institutional investors by financial research outfit bfinance.

1 December 2011

Venture capital struggles for niche amidst financial unrest

news_cashbox_lrg Although October is still ahead of the equivalent month last year, this is by a small margin: in short, the softening of the environment that was highlighted in September is continuing in October.

30 November 2011

Media-focused venture activity set for ramp-up

news_touchmedia.lrg_ Media and entertainment-focused venture capital is set to gain ground over the next five years, with industry revenue is expected to jump 8.5 per cent per year to $1.4bn by 2016, new research has found.

29 November 2011

Private equity still strong, despite market challenges

Despite widespread pessimism over the global economic outlook, almost a quarter of private equity investors believe private equity has become more attractive in light of recent volatility in financial markets.

17 November 2011

Recovery underway in European infrastructure

Over the past decade, Europe has been the dominant region for infrastructure deal activity. Although deal activity has steadily declined from the levels reached prior to the global financial crisis, there are signs that a recovery is underway,

8 November 2011

Private equity remains robust against listed decline

news_dollars2_lrg Net asset values across all categories of private equity funds fell three to five percent on average in the three months through September. In contrast, many listed comparables for private equity portfolio companies registered double-digit losses over the same period, in line with major market indexes.

7 November 2011

Sector expertise drives alpha for private equity fund managers, report

The level of excess returns from private equity investments compared with those in stock markets is largely dependent on the fund manager, who are often the main driver of private equity's alpha, a new report has found.

3 November 2011

Homegrown investors drive Israeli deal activityp

In the third quarter of 2011 Israeli private equity saw a boost with 13 Israeli private equity deals attracting $803m, 26 per cent above $637m invested in 17 deals in the previous quarter, and 62 per cent up from $495m invested in 16 deals in Q3/2010.

26 October 2011

Venture capital ‘more effective’ than state-backed investmentp

Independent venture capital is more effective than government or corporate-backed investment, according to a recent study of 800 venture-backed companies in Europe.

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