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17 April 2012

Bank regulators tackle leveraged lending $

The recent joint guidance on leveraged lending activities looks set to lead to increased regulatory scrutiny on the availability and terms of financing to private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

16 April 2012

Communications sector to outpace wider US economy $

The US communications industry looks set to grow at an accelerated 5.6 per cent in 2012, outpacing wider GDP growth of 4.4 per cent.

12 April 2012

Established US VCs enjoy fundraising success in 2012 $

A familiar selection of high profile US venture firms made fundraising look easy in the first quarter, helping to push fundraising for the sector to $7bn across 47 funds in the first quarter.

5 April 2012

US venture-backed IPOs enjoy strongest quarter for 5 years $

US venture-backed IPO activity marked its strongest opening quarter - by number of issues and dollars raised- since the first quarter of 2007. Bolstered by increased stability in the broader US stock market indices, 19 venture-backed companies went public during this period, raising $1.5bn.

23 March 2012

US internet, digital media, software seed valuations on the up $

Valuations of US seed financings in internet, digital media and software companies grew year on year, illustrating the greater diversity of funding sources for seed investment.

2 March 2012

Valuations on the up for 2011 venture financings $

dollars10_sq Aggregate dollars raised for venture capital reached more than $6bn in 2011, while all series of financings saw an increase in average pre-money valuation over the prior year, new research has found.

17 February 2012

Size matters in US private equity mid market $

door2_lrg Private equity investors in the US mid-market are paying significantly higher multiples to acquire larger companies, while the premium investors place on above-average financial performance is diminishing, new research has found.

6 February 2012

US VC-backed exit activity falls in 2011 $

In 2011 fewer exits by US venture-backed companies netted more capital as the median price paid for an acquisition and the median amount raised during an IPO spiked.

3 February 2012

US venture investors maintain focus on cleantech and renewables $

Despite a leveling-out of venture activity in US cleantech and renewable energy, the sector has shown resilience in the face of a challenging financial period, showing significant improvement over 2009’s results.

31 January 2012

E&M sector to throw up M&A opportunities in 2012 $

poker-chips_lrg With an abundance of uncommitted capital in the private equity space, large corporate cash reserves and strong valuations for content owners, new market entrants to the US entertainment and media sector and the imminent legalisation of online gaming are set to trigger significant merger & acquisition activity in 2012.

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