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1 October 2012

Romney’s run turns spotlight on US private equity $

stars_stripes_170sq Mitt Romney’s bid for the US presidency has seen private equity develop into an unexpected electoral battleground, with scrutiny over his Bain Capital background forcing the industry to address some uncomfortable home truths

17 September 2012

India’s private equity scene hots up $

chilli_spice_hot_170sq The unique growth trajectory of India’s maturing private equity industry can still polarise opinion, and LPs still differ as to the best way to tackle the region’s fast-moving investment landscape.

11 September 2012

Wider gloom masks reality of European opportunity $

Not correctly weighing up the likely danger of loss versus the potential for gain means many private equity investors are missing out on European opportunities.

10 September 2012

Global industry poses back office challenge for private equity funds $

The increasingly global nature of the private equity sector has led general partners to consider the adoption of a more international investment strategy, but with this comes the added challenge of managing an ever more complex back office.

31 August 2012

Wall of debt proves an empty threat $

With the speculative grade corporate credit market in the US performing “exceptionally well”, current conditions are a far cry from those forecast by analysts who warned of a financial doomsday due to the record volume of speculative grade credit set to mature between 2012 and 2014.

28 August 2012

Institutional investors question approach to venture capital $

kauffman_mulcahy_170sq While the recent struggles of the venture capital industry will come as no surprise, the Kauffman Foundation's recent report called for a complete rethink as to institutional investor involvement in the asset class.

27 August 2012

Asset management boutiques and UCITS III in Germany – from market entry to manager selection $

For years now, highly specialised, independent asset managers have been gaining in profile for the decision-makers in investments in corporations, foundations, pension institutions and insurance companies. One reason for this development lies in the above-average results achieved by these specialised providers.

23 August 2012

Why modern portfolio theories are dying $

The problem with today's diversification strategies deployed by institutional investors is that horizontal diversification is chock-full of embedded bottom-heavy diversification, and at least ten levels deep in venture, writes Georges van Hoegaerden of The Venture Company.

16 August 2012

UK lower mid-market weathers eurozone storm $

The gradual recovery in deal flow in private equity’s UK lower mid-market continued during the second quarter of 2012, as the eurozone crises’ impact on confidence and the availability of leveraged debt continued to dampen the wider continental buyout market.

16 August 2012

Downturn signals “death” of social media IPO $

death_sq The market reaction to the Facebook IPO spells the end for listings of social media businesses, according to M&A advisory group Magister Advisors.

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