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30 April 2014

Private equity-backed IPOs see first quarter boomp

Private equity-backed IPO proceeds increased dramatically across all regions in the first quarter of 2014 versus the same period last year, with EMEA leading the way for growth

29 April 2014

Israeli VC investment remains ‘exceptionally high’ in Q1p

In the first quarter of 2014, 160 Israeli technology companies attracted $673m. Although the amount was 16 per cent below the $801m raised in Q4 2013, it is still “exceptionally high” and exceeded only by the record amount in the previous quarter.

29 April 2014

Private equity performance ‘better than previously thought’p

"It now seems that the private-equity industry decisively outperforms public equities with respect to risk-adjusted returns, which may prompt return-starved institutional investors to allocate even more capital to the asset class," a recent report has said.

29 April 2014

Buyouts expected to pick up in 2014 as family businesses come to sellp

The largest segment of the European corporate landscape, family businesses, are again looking to private equity as an attractive exit option, according to a new report.

24 April 2014

Benelux private equity industry looks to growing deal volumep

Optimism about the private equity, venture capital and leveraged finance sector in the Benelux in 2014 has increased “significantly" compared to 2013, according to a new report.

17 April 2014

US venture fundraising sees Q1 boostp

US venture capital fundraising doubled in amount in Q1 2014, over that raised from the previous quarter, with $9.6bn raised.

16 April 2014

Corporate pension plans improve funding levelsp

Strong global equity market performance and higher liability discount rates have helped pension assets of the defined benefit plans of S&P 500 Index companies stage an improved aggregate funding ratio and a reduced funding shortfall.

15 April 2014

Private equity’s monthly deal value posts eight-month highp

The value of global private equity investment doubled in March from the previous month to reach its highest level since last summer.

10 April 2014

Energy, mining & utilities deal activity drops in Q1p

Global M&A targeting the energy, mining & utilities sector during Q1 2014 hit the lowest Q1 since 2006 with only $87.5bn-worth of transactions, an 18.9 per cent slump from Q1 2013

9 April 2014

Private equity firms set to be the most active buyers in insurance sectorp

Despite the tepid M&A volume in the insurance sector since the financial crisis, dealmakers are optimistic that there will be an uptick in activity over the next 12 months, with private equity firms expected to be among the most active buyers.

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