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26 September 2014

Increased valuations boosting private equity, venture capital portfolios $

money-wallet-291317-m Private equity and venture capital portfolios alike have benefited from the recent run-up in valuations. Pitchbook’s latest report takes a closer look at the subject.

17 September 2014

New technologies key to rapid buy-and-build EBITDA growth $

Dave Bowen Technology implementation is a key part of getting rapid results in a private equity buy-and-build strategy according to MM4 Technology Solutions CEO Dave Bowen.

8 September 2014

Pension funds seek to make their voices heard $

Voice microphone talk GPs need to be better aware of the particular challenges and requirements facing pension funds when seeking to add this investor group as limited partners

27 August 2014

Investors eye change as cycle takes a turn $

eye Amidst concerns over an overheating investment environment, positives can be drawn from a private equity industry seeking improvements to how it does business.

27 August 2014

Investing at the sharp end $

coloured pencils With a focus on providing financial services to those in the US academic field, TIAA-CREF is well aware of the needs of asset classes such as private equity to deliver on its promises, says Marina Mavrakis, the group’s head of portfolio management for private markets.

22 August 2014

UK industrials, manufacturing rebound offers private equity opportunities $

welding-industrial_sq Private equity opportunities abound in the resurgent UK industrials and manufacturing sector, a bellwether for the wider economy. Gordon Hague, investment director at Lloyds Bank private equity arm LDC, explains where the smart dealmaking lies.

19 August 2014

Getting staff, management on side during divestments critical to success $

EY_Michel.Driessen.2013_high.res Why is it so important to get management and employees on board when divesting a business? Michel Driessen, who heads up professional services firm EY’s operational transaction services team, reveals all.

14 August 2014

Elephant in the room $

elephant With many LPs preferring a ‘wait and see’ approach on a still-emerging African private equity scene, a recent spate of deals and some high-profile fundraisings suggest the region is fast becoming a serious investment destination.

8 August 2014

Private equity evolves in search of capital $

evolution In many ways the financial crisis helped catalyse the evolution of the private equity industry, with structural innovations and new approaches continuing to be borne out.

4 August 2014

LDC’s six-point guide to operational improvement in private equity $

spanner wrench operations Operational improvement in private equity portfolio companies was catapulted back into fashion as leverage dropped in the wake of the financial crisis. Edward Hayter, investment director of LDC’s Value Enhancement Group, explains the areas which are crucial to a successful operations-focused strategy.

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