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17 January 2014

Internet leads the pack as US venture capital grows in 2013p

Venture capitalists invested $29.4bn in 3,995 deals in 2013, an increase of seven percent in dollars and a four per cent increase in deals over the prior year,

16 January 2014

Mega deals drive up private equity value 18% for 2013p

The value of global private equity investment rose for the fourth consecutive period in 2013 to a six-year high, though two mega deals of over $20bn helped mask a third successive yearly drop in dealmaking.

14 January 2014

Green investments slips back despite final quarter pushp

The volume and value of investment in global cleantech companies fell back in 2013 to 265 deals worth an aggregate $8.353bn.

13 January 2014

European pension funds show strong appetite for real estatep

While European pension funds are displaying a strong appetite for real estate they retain a strong focus on risk management and were “very selective” in terms of where and how they invest, a new report has said.

8 January 2014

Alternative investment strategies ‘deliver on their promise’p

Alternative strategies allocations have grown over the past 20 years and are proving increasingly effective in enhancing returns and reducing risk in institutional investors portfolios, according to a new white paper.

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.

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