Global private equity and venture capital news and research


27 March 2014

‘Optimism abounds’ for private equity in 2014 $

Having proven it can react and even thrive in difficult market conditions, private equity continues to navigate 2014 with increased confidence. Optimism abounds regarding investment prospects, exit alternatives and follow-on capital opportunities, according to EY.

10 March 2014

Australia seeks to drive increased foreign investment $

Australia needs to send a message to the rest of the world that its economy is open for business and is taking deliberate steps to attract foreign investment, according to the country's private equity industry body.

5 March 2014

Private equity braces for uptick in deal activity and ‘ferocious’ competition $

Private equity investment activity and deal volume look likely to pick-up, with 2013's fundraising success helping to swell the stock of investable capital.

3 March 2014

Secondary pricing on the rise as buyers get to work $

After the slowdown of the first part of 2013, a marked increase in secondary pricing proved to be the distinctive trend of the second half of the year,

3 March 2014

Operational improvement to the fore as bolt-on deals build $

A review of private equity activity in 2013 has revealed a significant change in buying activity - for the first time ever, add-on acquisitions exceeded platform buy-outs.

27 February 2014

Time for co-investments is now $

The most frequently cited reasons given for pursuing co-investments is to lower effective fees and shorten the J-curve. Although both are important, the dominant reason should be to enhance returns through deal selection, according to a new white paper.

25 February 2014

LPs flock to co-investments despite unimpressive returns $

Private equity direct investments undertaken by institutional investors have to date failed to impress, according to recent research.

24 February 2014

Sri Lankan investors look to alternative investments as stock markets weaken $

The weaker relationship between Sri Lanka’s stock market and the real economy means that investors who are keen to profit from the expected growth of the economy need to increase their exposure to other asset classes such as private equity

18 February 2014

LPs find co-investment poses as many risks as rewards $

While co-investment is here to stay and some LPs have found it to be additive to their private equity portfolio performance, executing a programme can present significant challenges, not least around adverse selection and aligning incentives.

15 February 2014

Fresh capital helps reshape European VC industry $

The European venture capital industry has recently been able to point to some big-money IPOs and begin the process of returning money back to its LPs; meanwhile a new breed of investors are helping to shore up its capital base.

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