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1 March 2011

Growth will boost valuations – an outlook from SEB $

This winter the private equity (PE) market has continued to normalise. The pace of transactions has increased, the financing market is operating again and “business as usual” prevails. But naturally not everything is as usual.

22 February 2011

AIFMD Essentials, by the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association $

Private equity and venture capital is now a regulated industry at EU level, and it is the right moment for all practitioners to begin developing their understanding of what that entails. The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive is new legislation, creating a harmonised set of rules for fund marketing and the management of private equity, venture capital and other alternative investment funds in Europe.

15 February 2011

Angel investment decision-making as a learning process $

This paper extends the literature on the investment decision-making of business angels. Using insights from entrepreneurial learning theory, particularly the use of heuristics and the nature of learning from meagre experience, we explore whether angels learn from experience, how they learn and what they learn.

17 November 2010

Sharing deal insight: European financial services M&A news and views from PwC $

Acquisition values rose sharply in the third quarter of 2010 as the impetus for M&A continues to accelerate. While restructuring is still a strong theme, the upsurge in cross-border deals confirms that growth is firmly back on the agenda. More than half of the value and six of theten biggest deals in the quarter involved foreign buyers.

2 November 2010

Feeling the pulse of private equity $

Private equity investments are characterized by two types of cash flows: once the investment manager of a fund has identified an investment opportunity, capital will be called from investors. Typically, after three to six years investors are rewarded with a distribution after the company has successfully been exited. An obvious question is the dependence of these cash flows on the prevailing economic climate.

26 October 2010

The Triago Quarterly – October 2010 $

Private equity continues to struggle with fallout from the financial crisis. General partners and limited partners are looking for common ground to better assure interest alignment. A range of new and prospective regulations are forcing investors and fund managers to re-evaluate how they invest. And overall, limited partners are allocation constrained. These factors are reshuffling the cards in our industry.

5 October 2010

Dechert’s private equity update $

Private equity sponsors seeking to acquire interests in public and listed companies in Europe must look closely at the requirements of takeover laws in the various member states of the European Union to determine at what level of ownership a requirement to make a “mandatory offer” for a company will be required.

21 September 2010

The NVCA Yearbook 2010 $

The National Venture Capital Association 2010 Yearbook provides a summary of all of venture capital activity in the United States.This ranges from investments into portfolio companies to capital managed by general partners to fundraising from limited partners to valuations of companies receiving venture capital investments to exits of the investments by either IPOs or mergers and acquisitions.

7 September 2010

Globalisation of alternative investments: the global economic impact of private equity $

The recent financial crisis has resulted in a heightened interest on the part of policy-makers to understand the impact of both traditional financial institutions, such as banks and insurance companies, and alternative investment asset classes, such as private equity and venture capital, on the global economy.

31 August 2010

On the suitability of the calibration of private equity risk in the Solvency II standard formula $

The drawing-up of the Solvency II prudential rules has become a major concern for the private equity industry. The capital requirements for private equity risk could turn out to be, from 2012, sufficiently binding to lead many European insurers to reduce appreciably their asset allocation to non-listed stocks. As an example, in the French market, in 2007, the total investments in private equity represented €22bn in the balance sheet of insurance companies (FFSA 2008). Insurance companies finance 21 per cent of the funds raised (AFIC); thus becoming the leading national investors in non-listed stocks.

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