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11 October 2011

US fundraising slows, Europe gathers pace $

US private equity fundraising fell back in the third quarter, raising concern that fund-raising is starting to lose momentum. However, due to a strong start to the year, fundraising is still on pace to top the $95.9bn raised in 2010.

7 October 2011

Q3 infrastructure fundraising down $

In the third quarter infrastructure-focused private equity fundraising was down on the previous quarter, when seven funds reached a final close, having raised an aggregate $2.9bn, according to research.

4 October 2011

US start-ups favour overseas IPOs $

The liquidity markets for venture-backed start-ups tightened in the third quarter, according to Dow Jones VentureSource, as only ten US-based venture companies went public in the third quarter.

3 October 2011

Venture capital maintains activity $

Against the backdrop of a stuttering world economy, venture funding activity continued apace in August, according to the latest results from Go4Venture’s Monthly European Technology VC Bulletin.

26 September 2011

Infrastructure investment flows to emerging markets $

Half of infrastructure investment consultants believe that Asia will offer attractive investment opportunities during the next 12 months, according to new research.

21 September 2011

Despite booming buy-out market, pricing still an issue $

Although private equity deal flow has increased over the past year, it is very much a seller’s market, new research has suggested.

15 September 2011

Deal activity down for second consecutive month $

The volume of private equity deals was down for the second consecutive month in August, with 217 transactions recorded compared to 294 in July and 352 in June, according to the latest report from Zephyr and Bureau van Dijk

13 September 2011

Financial services private equity sees H1 boost $

The trend of private equity investing in financial services closely correlates to the story of the general private equity market over the past few years: while deal activity has not approached that of the boom time years of 2004-2007 (and likely won’t in the near future), it has rebounded significantly since the depths of the financial crisis, according to advisory group Freeman & Co.

2 September 2011

Strong M&A demand hit by valuation gap, report $

Despite some challenging market conditions, companies are still seeking growth, with a valuation gap growing increasingly evident as sellers seem to be in no hurry to make deals.

25 August 2011

Emerging markets private equity returns to pre-crisis levels $

Emerging markets saw significant gains in fundraising through June 2011, driven by continued increases in interest from the developed markets as well as greater participation from investors in the emerging markets themselves, according to the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA).

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