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21 September 2012

Financial services deals prove big but scarce in 2012p

Despite fewer private equity transactions in the financial services sector for the first half of 2012, average deal size saw a considerable uptick against the same period for last year.

19 September 2012

BRIC countries lead the way for emerging markets private equityp

While investors continue to be attracted by the returns and diversification opportunities in emerging markets, they are beginning to realise that growth sectors such as services, IT and healthcare are less accessible through public market equities than private market opportunities.

19 September 2012

Confidence grows in MENA private equity as region seeks stabilityp

With the political situation in the Middle East starting to settle down, GPs are now more optimistic about finding the right opportunities in the market and there is a general consensus that investment activity is expected to increase over the next 12 months

13 September 2012

Carlyle’s DuPont transaction drives August deal valuep

The value of private equity investment during August reached $33.74bn, the highest it has been since November 2010. Value in the month under review was up 13 per cent on July when $29.78bn was recorded, and 69 per cent higher compared with same period in 2011.

12 September 2012

Global real estate investment could hit $180bn by 2020p

Annual investment volumes in retail real estate could hit $180bn globally by 2020 due to increasing cross-border activity, following growth of around 50 percent on the projected volumes for 2012 - which could hit $125bn of activity.

7 September 2012

Green private equity investment weakens month-on-monthp

The volume and value of private equity and venture capital investments in cleantech companies fell in August with 16 transactions worth a combined $213m recorded, compared with 20 deals worth $832m in July, a 74 per cent drop month-on-month in monetary terms.

5 September 2012

US healthcare institutions take endowment route, up commitment to alternativesp

US nonprofit healthcare organisations’ growing allocation to alternatives is an ongoing trend, seeking total return through asset class diversification, the acceptance of lower portfolio liquidity and a long-term time horizon, a new report has suggested.

3 September 2012

VCs rediscover appetite for early stage TMT investmentsp

July 2012 was another good month for venture and growth equity in the technology, media and telecommunication sector, with a higher number of smaller transactions indicating a renewed level of activity at the early stage.

30 August 2012

Africa’s under-penetrated private equity industry ready to roarp

While Africa has been largely overshadowed as an emerging markets private equity destination by BRIC markets, investors have begun to seek compelling opportunities for investment in frontier markets, where significantly lower entry prices are on offer.

30 August 2012

Technology, Asia buck trend of global M&A declinep

Despite declining global deal volumes and valuations in the first half of 2012, a recent resurgence in technology and Asian M&A valuations is giving global shareholders and dealmakers hope.

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