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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).

8 March 2011

Venture Capital Small Ball? $

Small ball [smawl bawl] –noun. In the sport of baseball, small-ball is an informal and colloquial term for an offensive strategy in which the batting team emphasizes placing runners on base and then advancing them into position to score a run in a deliberate, methodical way.

1 March 2011

Baird Capital’s Brett Tucker on the Chinese private equity market $

Brett Tucker, a partner at Baird Capital Partners Asia, talked to AltAssets about private equity investment in China: the regulatory environment, the homegrown competition, and getting past the idea that China is all about the export market.

Prior to joining Baird in 2003, Brett spent three years in Shanghai with Pacific Rim Resources, providing investment advisory and market entry strategy services to US and European multinational clients seeking to expand their business in Asia

28 February 2011

Montefiore’s Eric Bismuth on the French private equity market $

Eric Bismuth, CEO of French service-focused private equity firm Montefiore Investment, sat down with AltAssets to discuss the state of the French private equity market, the hazards of a uniform fund manager background, post-crisis de-averaging of performance, the choice expansion destinations for French companies.

14 February 2011

SEC Registration for Private Fund Managers – The Countdown Has Begun $

For private fund managers, the most significant aspect of the wide-ranging US Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is the requirement for all sizeable private fund managers, including non-US based firms that operate US funds or raise capital from US investors, to register as investment advisers with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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