NEWS & VIEWS

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Surveys

18 January 2012

Confident outlook for M&A in 2012 despite economic concernsp

boardroom2_lrg While there remain many concerns for the health of the overall economy, the majority of M&A practitioners express a growing confidence for M&A as a viable avenue to execute on growth in 2012.

15 December 2011

Cross-border M&A shifting focus towards emerging markets

Cross-border M&A deals involving companies in emerging markets will outpace activity in the developed markets over the next 12 months, according to a new global mergermarket survey of senior M&A professionals commissioned by data outfit IntraLinks.

12 December 2011

‘Zombie’ funds burden half of LP portfolios

success-failure_sq Half of limited partners are said to have stakes in ‘zombie’ funds in their portfolios, where ailing private equity managers with no prospect of earning carried interest are motivated to keep funds going for their management fees alone, according to Coller Capital’s latest Global Private Equity Barometer.

5 December 2011

LP-GP relationships remain strained in tough market

As European private equity heads into one of the most decisive years in its history for fundraising, new research suggests that the relationship between LPs and GPs remains as challenging as ever.

7 October 2011

Listed private equity gears up for 2012p

During the post-Lehman financial crisis, realisation activity dropped to an unprecedented level. As a result, many funds of funds reduced or stopped making new investments to ensure that they had sufficient financing to cover their existing commitments.

4 October 2011

Private equity fundraising slows in third quarterp

In the third quarter of 2011, 97 private equity funds reached a final close, raising an aggregate $44.8bn, significantly down on those seen in recent quarters, according to new research.

5 September 2011

Investors demand greater transparency from fund managersp

With sluggish returns projected for many asset classes, institutional investors are turning to private equity as a source of alpha but expect greater transparency, reporting and risk management from managers according to a new survey from financial services group SEI and Greenwich Associates.

30 August 2011

UK investment volume should increase, according to surveyp

The majority of private equity investors do not expect the number of new buy-outs to decline in the coming months as they are having no difficulty funding new deals, according to a new survey from adviser Grant Thornton.

19 August 2011

Infrastructure investors question 2/20 fee structurep

Despite growing pressure from investors, just under two thirds of infrastructure funds still charge management fees of two per cent, raising questions as to whether or not interests between fund managers and investors are properly aligned.

15 July 2011

IPO markets make strong recovery in 2011p

Global IPO fundraising activity rose by 39 per cent in the second quarter compared to the first quarter of 2011 and increased by 38 per cent compared to the second quarter of 2010.

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