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12 August 2011

Real assets key in challenging market $

Despite rebounding investment and buoyant exit activity, private equity volumes should decline and entry prices should be priced at lower levels, in line with still-fragile economic conditions, according to Partners Group.

9 August 2011

July’s deal value up, boosted by blockbuster transactions $

The value of global private equity deals jumped by more than a third in July 2011 to $27.97bn from $20.74bn in June, continuing to form a series a peaks and troughs.

14 June 2011

In smooth waters – Nordea’s economic outlook $

Here at the onset of 2011 there is extra reason to pop the champagne corks, as the global economy came out of 2010 in even better shape than expected. The quite clear signs of a slowdown during the summer soon evaporated and were replaced by renewed progress. This was achieved partly as a result of the pragmatic and growth-oriented economic policy in both the US and the Euro area, but also partly because the underlying strength in the Far East and other Emerging Markets economies proved sufficiently robust to withstand monetary policy tightening.

14 June 2011

Weathering the storm – Nordea’s economic outlook $

The headline of our January issue of Economic Outlook was “In smooth waters” – illustrating that the global economic upswing was well on its way to becoming self-sustaining. Now, a few months later, the picture is still positive, but uncertainties are more pronounced than previously.

3 May 2011

The Future of Long-term Investing – a report by the World Economic Forum $

The recent financial and economic crisis has shaken the foundation of the global financial architecture and raised challenging questions about the future global economy. One of the key questions is whether short-term objectives and considerations have increasingly outweighed a focus on long-term growth and wealth creation.

26 April 2011

ILPA Private Equity Principles, Version 2.0 $

To help enhance the private equity asset class globally, the ILPA has now released an updated version of the Private Equity Principles. Principles 2.0 reflects feedback and input collected from GPs and LPs throughout 2010 and provides increased focus, clarity and practicality.

19 April 2011

Skandia’s monthly economic report – April 2011 $

Economic data continued to suggest that the global economy is growing at a rapid rate. Despite modest falls in Purchasing Manager Indices (PMIs) in some countries in March, they remain close to the highest level of the past few decades.

21 December 2010

A guide to secondary transactions by Saints Capital $

The sale of private company shares on the secondary market is becoming increasingly prevalent as the timeline to reach a liquidity event has lengthened over the last decade. In order to proactively manage secondary transactions, the boards, management teams, and investors of these companies need to be aware of the relevant issues, challenges and considerations. Unlike public markets, where information disclosure rules are well established, rights and privileges of existing investors are limited and securities laws are well defined, the world of secondary share sales in private companies is much less understood.

5 October 2010

Private equity insights from Ernst & Young $

The first half of 2010 was characterized by volatile global equities markets, mixed messages about the state of the global economy and sweeping regulatory changes that are likely to have a profound impact on the world’s financial system. Against this backdrop, private equity firms have stepped up their activity, deploying capital at an increasing rate, successfully exiting investments and strengthening the positions of their portfolio companies.

30 September 2010

Capital Dynamics: Perspectives – integrating clean energy infrastructure $

Demand for responsible investment opportunities is rising. Investors are increasingly adopting the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI) and seeking to integrate Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors into their investment selection processes. With growing concerns around possible climate change, energy security and escalating costs of fossil fuels, investors are turning toward direct clean energy investment opportunities. Given annual investment in renewable power supply in the US and Europe eclipsed that from conventional sources (coal, gas and nuclear) for the first time ever in 2008, clean energy is fast becoming a mainstream asset class. However, many are struggling to understand how these investments can best be integrated with new or existing portfolios.

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