Global private equity and venture capital news and research


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.

29 July 2014

CalSTRS CIO says US buyout industry’s image problem no barrier to bright future $

bright sun tunnel Despite continued issues around the US private equity industry’s image problem, the future outlook for the industry looks very positive, CalSTRS CIO Christopher Ailman says. Having been chief investment officer of US public pension funds for the past 28 years, it was as CIO of the Washington State Investment Board in the 1990s that Christopher[...]

28 July 2014

Herding tendency in Chinese PE, VC has reached ‘mythic proportions’ $

chinastatue_lrg Herd behaviour is a familiar enough phenomenon across the PE and VC world, but, the situation in China has reached mythic proportions. China First Capital explains the latest trends in the country.

24 July 2014

Private office finds match with private equity $

lord-north-mag_sml For the clients of London and Switzerland-based private investment office Lord North Street, private equity can take some getting used to before they are willing to commit their capital for a ten-year lock-up in an often misunderstood asset class.

11 July 2014

Emerging markets still compelling despite LP wariness $

globe world digital The emerging markets story is still a compelling one despite many institutional investors questioning investment in the region, say private markets investment manager Partners Group.

4 July 2014

Asset managers seize opportunities as economy, financial positions improve $

grab money capital dollar M&A activity in the asset management industry is likely to pick up in the next 12 to 24 months according to a new report by global ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service.

4 July 2014

How private equity firms can avoid getting IPO egg on their faces $

Charles 1 Private equity firms need a Plan B amid choppy public markets to avoid getting IPO egg on their faces, according to EY's head of divestment advisory services Charles Honnywill.

2 July 2014

Understanding the nuances of secondary pricing in private equity $

question_170sq Most commentators contend generally that secondary pricing across all private equity strategies has risen in the last several years, but the important question remains: what exactly does one mean by ‘pricing’? Setter Capital reveals all.

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