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14 May 2013

US private equity industry slows after frantic close to 2012 $

Though private equity fundraising and exit volumes continue to trend upward when evaluated on an annual basis, US private equity showed a 42 per cent decrease from its fourth quarter level in the first quarter of 2013.

6 May 2013

First quarter hints at improved exit opportunity for Nordic private equity $

While there has been very little IPO activity in the Nordic region since onset of the financial recession, with the listing of Asetek in March, there is perhaps a chance the exit route will reopen in 2013.

1 May 2013

Alternative investors rush to fill gap in bank lending $

As banks continue to be only able to take on a fraction of Europe’s growing demand for loans, the way is being left open for alternative investors to fill the credit gap.

29 April 2013

Renewable energy investment declines in shifting marketplace $

Renewable energy investment saw a decline of 11 per cent last year against 2011 figures as European countries curtailed incentive schemes, with the global green space "undergoing geographic and technological shifts" as new markets emerge and renewable capacity grows.

27 April 2013

“Disconcerting weakness” highlighted in UK’s M&A market $

While M&A activity in the UK may seem healthy, a closer examination of the trends over the last two years reveals a disconcerting weakness, new research has suggested.

26 April 2013

Africa’s private equity industry accelerates on growth trajectory $

A viable and vibrant private equity market continues to emerge in Africa with many countries across the continent starting to see the benefits of government and economic reforms and increased FDI flows, and investors seek to capitalise on Africa’s strong economic growth rates.

24 April 2013

New Zealand’s mid market props up private equity industry $

New Zealand’s private equity and venture capital industry recorded a total investment value of NZ$111.4m ($94.4m) spread across 62 deals in 2012. The total was down NZ$442m ($374m) compared with the high of 2011 and slightly below average activity levels, the report showed.

22 April 2013

2013 starts well with improved liquidity and rise in leveraged loans $

The first quarter of 2013 started well in terms for the leverage finance market with improved liquidity and rise in leveraged loans, according to leveraged debt advisory firm Marlborough Partners.

19 April 2013

2013 already sets the tone with big buyouts $

Looking back to the start of the year, a number of big-ticket deals have already made it through the gate, particularly in the US, according to the Deal Compass from law firm Weil, a roundup of strategic going-public and US sponsor-backed going-private deals.

18 April 2013

Latin America’s investment climate continues upward trajectory $

The investment climate for private equity and venture capital in Latin America continued its upward trajectory with a new generation of start-up investing in recent years, and governments across the board continuing to promote programmes to support entrepreneurs and venture capital investors.

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