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5 October 2012

Private equity buyouts take smaller piece of M&A piep

Eurozone unsettlement contributed to a 44.3 per cent drop in European buyouts in the third quarter, as private equity accounted for a 13.1 per cent share of global M&A activity.

4 October 2012

Infrastructure fundraising slows in Q3 2012, interim closings hold hopep

Although just six private equity infrastructure funds held a final closing in Q3 2012, raising $2.7bn in investor capital, a considerable $14bn was raised by those funds holding an interim close during the quarter.

3 October 2012

Summer deals show Europe’s tech investors remain activep

August proved to be an “unusually busy month” for both financing and M&A in Europe’s technology, media and telecommunication (TMT) space.

3 October 2012

VC-backed IPO volume flat for Q3p

Venture-backed IPOs raised $1.1bn from tenofferings during the third quarter of 2012, experiencing a slight decline in volume from the second quarter but more than doubling activity seen during the third quarter of 2011.

1 October 2012

Institutions shun smaller private equity firms despite market outperformancep

Diverse and minority-owned private equity firms have produced superior investment returns over a sustained period benchmarked against the general private equity industry, new report has found, but still find themselves widely ignored by institutional investors.

26 September 2012

Asian institutional investors ‘lose faith’ in traditional investment approachesp

Conventional financial models and investment theories often failed in the wake of the global financial crisis. Now, more than two-thirds of Asian institutional investors believe they need to replace traditional diversification and portfolio construction techniques with new approaches.

26 September 2012

Private equity and venture capital outside the US lag public equitiesp

Despite the support of a relatively stronger euro, private equity and venture capital funds outside of the US were largely outperformed by their public counterparts.

25 September 2012

US institutional investors say alternative investments are “essential”p

Three in four US institutional investors have changed their approach to risk management over the past five years and now consider the use of alternative investments essential to diversify portfolio risk, according to a new study.

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.

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