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27 July 2011

The Volcker rule cometh . . . for private equity $

Many of Dodd-Frank’s provisions will significantly impact the financial sector over the next decade, but one section in particular carries the potential to drastically alter the longstanding relationship between financial institutions and private equity funds: section 619, commonly known as the Volcker Rule, which bans certain private fund activities.

22 July 2011

Asset-based lending can cement its position in the post-recessionary buy-out market $

European buyout levels have remained resilient so far in 2011 and there are signs that, despite escalating macro economic concerns, a spate of recent fundraisings could inject renewed vigour into the resurgent, if fragile, private equity market, writes Martin Cooper, director, and head of large and major corporate, Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance.

21 July 2011

Fred Destin of Atlas Ventures on life science and technology venture investment $

Fred Destin, partner at Boston technology and life-science focused venture capital firm Atlas Ventures, sat down with AltAssets to discuss the firm’s approach to investment, the potential of the real-time data sector, and scoring a 20 times return on the sale of portfolio company Isilon

20 July 2011

Smart grid: The perfect venture capital theme $

The smart grid has high expectations to live up to. It is hyped as the answer to the energy and climate crisis since it will integrate renewable power sources and manage energy much more efficiently, write Pierre Egot and Robert Gallenberg of European venture capital firm Gimv.

19 July 2011

UK government proposes new venture incentive $

Stimulating investment in Europe's small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) is very much on the agenda of Europe's policy-makers, writes Simon Witney of SJ Berwin. Only a few weeks ago, the European Commission launched a discussion paper on its proposals to create a "single market" for European venture funds, aiming to give them access to a "passport", allowing them to raise money from professional investors right across the EU without subjecting them to significant additional regulatory burdens.

5 July 2011

Investing in venture capital: limited partner or fund of funds? $

Investor confidence in venture capital is at an all time high, writes Igor Sill, founder of the Geneva Group. The unusually strong IPO market and its pent-up pipeline is due in part over the tremendous success of venture capital-backed business networking site Linkedin’s recent public market debut. Its shares skyrocketed to a high of $92.99 per share from its opening of $45, establishing a market value of $8.9bn virtually overnight.

21 June 2011

Why is the evidence on private equity performance so confusing? $

Private equity industry associations announce aggregate performance every quarter. Typically these returns are largely above those of public equity markets over long horizons. Investor reports, such as that of Yale university endowment, are often cited as providing consistent evidence. These numbers are widely disseminated and commented on by the press and have probably played a role in the strong increase in allocation to private equity over the last decade.

14 June 2011

What is subprime venture capital? $

A couple of years back we first coined the phrase “subprime Venture Capital”, and many of our blogs since have followed, describing its foolishness and demise. LPs have recently become more interested in the definition of “subprime VC”, jazzed up by the temporal resurgence of IPOs (remember: IPOs are just another promise of value), juxtaposed with reduced access to an even smaller group of venture capital firms that seems to benefit from them. The pool of confidence for LPs, driven by negative 10-year average VC returns has gotten smaller and smaller.

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.

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