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24 April 2014

Benelux private equity industry looks to growing deal volume $

Optimism about the private equity, venture capital and leveraged finance sector in the Benelux in 2014 has increased “significantly" compared to 2013, according to a new report.

17 April 2014

US venture fundraising sees Q1 boost $

US venture capital fundraising doubled in amount in Q1 2014, over that raised from the previous quarter, with $9.6bn raised.

16 April 2014

Corporate pension plans improve funding levels $

Strong global equity market performance and higher liability discount rates have helped pension assets of the defined benefit plans of S&P 500 Index companies stage an improved aggregate funding ratio and a reduced funding shortfall.

15 April 2014

Private equity’s monthly deal value posts eight-month high $

The value of global private equity investment doubled in March from the previous month to reach its highest level since last summer.

10 April 2014

Energy, mining & utilities deal activity drops in Q1 $

Global M&A targeting the energy, mining & utilities sector during Q1 2014 hit the lowest Q1 since 2006 with only $87.5bn-worth of transactions, an 18.9 per cent slump from Q1 2013

9 April 2014

Private equity firms set to be the most active buyers in insurance sector $

Despite the tepid M&A volume in the insurance sector since the financial crisis, dealmakers are optimistic that there will be an uptick in activity over the next 12 months, with private equity firms expected to be among the most active buyers.

1 April 2014

London leads the way for European commercial real estate investment $

London continued to attract the attention of Middle Eastern investors as investment increased from 7.5 per cent of total investment in 2012 to 17 per cent in 2013.

1 April 2014

Co-investment opens door to additional risk as well as potential returns, study warns $

Co-investment programmes have a substantial risk of generating poor returns, even with a reasonably sized co-investment portfolio, according to a new study.

31 March 2014

UK leads the way for European buyouts

The UK is the clear leader in the European private equity buyout market, accounting for 40 per cent of all buyout value in Q1 2014, according to new data.

31 March 2014

Debt markets show keen appetite for bolt-on deals $

The keen appetite of both the European high yield and senior debt markets helped to support large add-ons by private equity-backed companies in the final quarter of 2013

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