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8 July 2012

Frontier markets reach critical mass $

Now that frontier markets have reached the critical size required to attract global investors there is an increasing need to determine the role these markets should play within investment portfolios.

6 July 2012

LPs seek order in the chaos of China private equity $

China continues to ask testing questions of limited partners eager to latch on to a compelling growth story, with fund selection in an often frenzied market posing a daunting prospect.

20 June 2012

Green investment story gathers pace $

Investors have taken a while to buy into environmental funds – but recent deals show the sector is becoming mainstream.

18 June 2012

Does anyone want to invest in venture? $

Are LPs in danger of missing out on the next wave of returns by being too cautious over the risks of investing in early-stage businesses?

13 June 2012

Co-investment key to developing LP relations $

pantheon_mccrary_170sq With the ability to improve returns, without the attached fees or carried interest, it is no surprise that co-investments are fast becoming a widely accepted part of the LP-GP relationship, says Dennis McCrary, head of co-investments at global private equity house Pantheon.

11 June 2012

PE firms capitalise on demand for energy services businesses $

With the increasing pressure on businesses to cut costs, unpredictable and limited supply and the sensitivities surrounding overall energy consumption, private equity firms are capitalising on current corporate demand for energy services companies.

7 June 2012

Mid-market counters European downturn $

Despite overseas investors viewing Europe with trepidation, homegrown LPs are finding much to like about the robust growth prospects of the region’s mid-market.

1 June 2012

Market struggles to match demand for secondaries opportunity $

Regulatory changes and the impact of the financial crisis on certain perennial private equity investors have led to a widespread view that there is much more potential for the secondaries market than has so far been realised.

31 May 2012

Europe’s venture industry wary over regulation $

Europe could miss an opportunity to boost SME financing and growth if new regulation goes ahead, according to private equity industry body EVCA.

30 May 2012

Venture capital: the ‘sex and violence’ portfolio $

blood_hand_170sq Contrary to the views of many limited partners, venture capital offers an essential part to any private equity portfolio, according to Geoff Love, head of venture capital at UK foundation the Wellcome Trust.

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