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6 January 2014

Israel sees ‘dramatic’ boost in VC performancep

There was a dramatic increase in VC-backed exits, average deal size and average return-on-equity ratios in Israel, according to a new research report.

3 January 2014

Indian private equity investment plunges to lowest levels since 2009p

Private equity firms invested $7.5bn over 384 deals in India during the 12 months ending December 2013, the lowest levels witnessed in the last four years in both value and volume terms.

20 December 2013

Emerging economies maintain M&A market sharep

While the annual level of M&A activity in the so-called emerging markets has retracted somewhat from its peak in 2010, it remains high at 37 per cent of the volume of transactions announced worldwide.

18 December 2013

UK pension plans recover funding positionsp

UK pension scheme funding levels improved significantly during the second and third quarters of 2013, with more than 40 per cent of schemes surveyed seeing improved investment returns

13 December 2013

Investors set to benefit from strong private equity distributions in 2013p

2013 is on track to become the strongest year ever in terms of capital returned to LPs. Overall the balance between capital calls and distributions point to a "prolonged sellers’ market", fuelled by the liquidity in the financial system. Private equity firms are finding it easier to refinance, recapitalise and exit their funds’ portfolio companies than to deploy freshly raised funds in a disciplined way.

11 December 2013

Regulators struggle to find balance between growth and investment protectionp

Nearly half of financial services professionals globally don’t believe that any regulator has managed to strike the right balance between protecting investors and underpinning growth, according to a recent survey.

10 December 2013

Private equity deal value hikes in Novemberp

The value of global private equity investment during November leapt by 48 per cent month-on-month and was almost a fifth higher than at the same time a year ago, in spite of a decrease in volume, which indicates greater individual deal values.

9 December 2013

LPs set to grow private equity allocation, investment teamsp

Private equity has become more attractive as an asset class in the wake of the global financial crisis, with over a third of investors planning to increase their target allocation and many of the world’s largest investors are planning to grow the size of their private equity teams.

5 December 2013

Oil & gas investment opportunity matches up to evolving private equity modelp

As the broader private equity industry continues to mature and evolve, investors are finding the oil and gas industry fits well with this evolving model.

4 December 2013

Chinese investors seize European opportunities at “record pace”p

Chinese investors continue to seize opportunities in Europe at a record pace with $12.6bn invested in 2012 - a 21 per cent increase - confirming Europe’s lead destination for Chinese overseas direct investment.

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