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Knowledge Bank

16 January 2002

My pension fund is about to start investing in private equity with a relatively small allocation. How can we be sure that we gain adequate exposure? $

From Geoff Singleton, Hymans Robertson. The strategic argument for investing in private equity is relatively straightforward. Provided a scheme can take a long-term perspective and can accommodate the relative illiquidity of the asset class, our analysis suggests that potentially a modest allocation to private equity is effective in both enhancing returns and reducing overall portfolio risk.

15 January 2002

Making a smooth exit when deals go sour $

Private equity returns are heavily dependent on achieving the best possible exit price. But what happens when a company fails? Janine Canham and Wen Leung at Cameron McKenna look at the options available as the market continues to change.

15 January 2002

Pension fund and insurance companies’ investment in venture capital $

Pension funds and insurance companies are big players that could contribute significantly to venture capital investment in the UK. In this extract from his report Unlocking Growth, Patrick Burgess outlines how certain regulatory changes could increase the impact that these institutions have on the UK economy.

15 January 2002

European public-to-private activity $

The number of public-to-private transactions in Europe will to increase in 2002, according to this report from Hawkpoint Partners. The report is based on a survey into future expectations for public-to-private deals in Europe among 250 key decision-makers in the UK, France and Germany.

15 January 2002

The banking market for leveraged buy-outs: continued uncertainty $

The economic slowdown and the events of 11 September have made debt lenders much more cautious as they wait to see what the full impact on the economy will be. This Ernst & Young survey presents the current thinking of the market's leading lenders.

15 January 2002

Alternative investment strategies post-MFR $

For trustees and pension fund managers to make informed decisions about private equity investments, they need access to in-depth research and comprehensive information. In this presentation, Dr Ann Robinson, former director general of the NAPF and non-executive director at Almeida Capital, discusses how this might be achieved.

15 January 2002

Canada’s VC industry in 2001 $

Several factors caused venture capital activity in Canada to slow in the first nine months of 2001. Here Macdonald & Associates analyses VC investment activity up to Q3 and the state of the industry following 11 September.

15 January 2002

Latest KPMG MBO statistics $

Activity at the larger end of the management buy-out market slowed dramatically in the fourth quarter of 2001 with 22 deals worth £1.4bn – the lowest number of transactions since 1995. The prospects for the year ahead however look more promising, according to the latest figures from KPMG Corporate Finance.

15 January 2002

The number of public-to-private transactions in Europe will to increase in 2002, according to this report from Hawkpoint Partners. The report is based on a survey into future expectations for public-to-private deals in Europe among 250 key decision-m $

The number of public-to-private transactions in Europe will to increase in 2002, according to this report from Hawkpoint Partners. The report is based on a survey into future expectations for public-to-private deals in Europe among 250 key decision-makers in the UK, France and Germany.

15 January 2002

Alternative investing by tax exempt organisations 2001 $

European institutional investors plan to increase their allocation to private equity over the next few years, according to the latest edition of the Goldman Sachs/Frank Russell report on alternative investment. The survey found that European investors expected their strategic allocation to reach 4.3 per cent by 2003 up from the present level of around 3.6 per cent. Total assets committed to private equity by the survey's respondents increased to $246bn in 2001 from $169bn in 1999.

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