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31 August 2010

Roadmap for an IPO: A guide to going public by PwC $

Going public is a monumental decision for any company. It forever changes how a company goes about doing business. A public company has access to more, and often deeper, sources of capital than a private company. The actual process of going public can be time-consuming and presents certain unique challenges that a company should be prepared to undertake.

30 April 2010

Private equity demystified, an explanatory guide $

This report seeks to contribute to the debate about the private equity industry by bringing clarity to how the industry works and by providing a summary of the findings of approximately 100 peer-reviewed academic papers which have examined aspects of the private equity industry over the past 25 years.

23 February 2010

Preparing for the portfolio company IPO, by Fried Frank $

With the reopening of the capital markets to equity IPOs over the past several months, there have been an increasing number of IPO filings for private-equity backed issuers. Portfolio companies considering an IPO need to address a number of organisational and governance issues in connection with preparing for a potential IPO.

8 February 2010

Islamic private equity funds, a Dechert report $

Private equity is a well developed asset class in the Western world that has also enjoyed tremendous success in the Middle East in recent years and funds investing in a Shari’ah-compliant manner are increasingly looking beyond the Islamic world to explore global investment opportunities, gaining greater visibility across the world. This DechertOnPoint outlines what demands the managers of Islamic private equity funds, investing outside the Middle East region, have to deal with and what rules are to be observed to invest the collected money in an acceptable Shari’ah-compliant manner.

12 November 2009

Start-ups, spin-outs and first time funds – a fundraising toolkit, by Simmons & Simmons $

This toolkit has been provided by law firm Simmons & Simmons as an overview of the legal process and legal issues involved in raising a first time private fund and establishing a fund management business.

16 October 2009

Impact of the proposed AIFM Directive across Europe – a report by Charles River Associates $

Charles River Associates was asked by the Financial Services Authority to conduct an assessment of the impact of the proposed Alternative Investment Fund Manager Directive (AIFMD) on investors, financial markets and enterprise across the European Union. The AIFMD describes an alternative investment fund as any collective investment undertaking, including investment compartments thereof, whose object is the collective investment in assets and which does not require authorisation under the UCITS Directive.

22 September 2009

International Private Equity and Venture Capital Valuation Guidelines $

Private equity managers may be required to carry out periodic valuations of investments as part of the reporting process to investors in the funds they manage. The objective of these Guidelines is to set out best practice where private equity Investments are reported at “fair value”, with a view to promoting best practice and hence helping investors in private equity funds make better economic decisions.

9 September 2009

Institutional Limited Partners Association – Private Equity Principles $

Historically, the private equity partnership structure has been effective in aligning the interests of investors (the “limited partners”) with those individuals managing the money (the “general partner”). By sharing a substantial portion of profits with the general partner and requiring the general partner to have a meaningful equity interest in their own funds, a business culture was created where most private equity firms were able to maintain a single-minded determination to maximise returns on the underlying investments. The principles contained herein are a means to restore and strengthen the basic “alignment of interests” value proposition in private equity.

8 September 2009

Has private equity contributed to the global economic crisis? $

Many critics of private equity claim that this form of investment activity increases the vulnerability of the economy to crisis situations in general and even blame the recent private equity wave for having caused the current downturn. Indeed, there are a number of possible mechanisms through which increased levels of private equity may influence the stability of the international financial system.

1 September 2009

2009 US private equity watch: an industry in flux $

Like many other industries, private equity retreated as tight credit and a lack of confidence in the US markets accelerated during the second half of 2008. The retreat began in the summer of 2007 following the collapse of Bear Stearns’ two hedge funds and the initial recognition that complex financial instruments designed to mitigate risks in mortgage and high yield loan markets might be having the opposite effect.

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