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31 May 2011

SMEs at the heart of Europe’s economic recovery, according to SJ Berwin’s Simon Witney and James Bromley $

Small to medium-sized companies (SMEs) might be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed by the attention they attracted last month. For the venture capital and private equity sector, though, this attention is welcome - because on the whole it reinforces a European-wide policy of seeking to stimulate growth in privately held businesses.

26 May 2011

Two significant regulations for leveraged buy-out firms in China $

RMB fund specialists Michael Wu and Judy Deng, attorneys at law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, examine two key documents issued by Chinese regulators, and their implications for leveraged buy-out firms in China.

17 May 2011

Witches Brew? $

On the floor in my den, under a stack of half-finished books, I recently unearthed an article I had pulled out of Scientific American in July of 2009, titled, "The Science of Bubbles & Busts" by Gary Stix. I was motivated in my search by all the talk of a bubble swirling around the social networking business model in our Silicon Valley cauldron. Most knowledgeable market commentators with memories of 1999-2000 are dismissing any bubble out of hand.

6 May 2011

Institutional Investor Profile: Henry Potter, Senior Banker, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development $

Henry Potter on Central Europe, the Balkan states and why the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has been very active in Russia recently. Potter joined the bank some ten years ago. He is now one of a team of three senior people who run EBRD's funds programme.

27 April 2011

The Ones to Watch: promising investment sectors for the next twelve months $

Daniel Sasaki, MD of the London arm of LDC, looks at the year ahead in private equity and outlines which sectors he believes are likely to outperform and offer the best returns.

12 April 2011

Private Equity Firms Must Invest In Their Own Businesses, by Simon Havers $

Private equity professionals are very adept at looking at a business and turning their nose up at it. But, can they take a fresh look at their own business and challenge the underlying assumptions for how they compete to create value for their underlying investments and, ultimately, for their investors?

8 April 2011

A discussion on the J-Curve in private equity $

First-time investors in private equity funds are often introduced to the J-Curve effect. This is the circumstance when early interim valuations of a private equity portfolio decline relative to the capital the investor has contributed. This can create considerable angst. LPs become very concerned that they have somehow lost value over the time they have funded capital calls. Why does this sometimes happen? How should limited partners look at this? And, how can the J-Curve be reduced?

6 April 2011

Parcels passed – an examination of secondary buy-outs $

Secondary buy-outs, or the sale of companies by one private equity firm to another, have become an increasingly prominent feature of the industry, accounting for almost half of all deals in some sectors. But is this really in the interests of investors?

29 March 2011

Case study: Investing responsibly in Asia – the governance turnaround of a Chinese portfolio company $

The reality of ESG integration in Asian private equity markets

In the context of the booming Asian private equity markets, the integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors is rarely at the forefront of priorities for GPs and their investee companies. This is particularly true of local country funds where it is not uncommon, when broaching the issue, to hear GPs responding: “What is ESG?” Larger, pan-Asian buyout funds do, however, have a higher level of awareness and their standards are often equal to those GPs based in developed markets.

22 March 2011

Infrastructure Investing, by Jay A. Yoder, CFA, Partner and Head of Real Assets at Altius Associates $


Infrastructure refers to several types of facilities with an important role in the functioning of developed economies. These include major subsectors such as transportation (toll roads, bridges, airports, seaports), regulated utilities (water, electric, waste), communications (cell towers), social infrastructure (hospitals, schools, prisons), and energy (pipelines, storage facilities, independent power plants).

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