Global private equity and venture capital news and research


21 April 2015

Direct lending funds emerge as best bet for risk/rewards returns $

treasure-chest-and-silver-dollars-1018791-m Direct lending funds have providing LPs with returns of almost 11.5 per cent in the ten years to 2012 despite a low risk profile, new data suggests.

7 March 2013

European mezzanine promises yield in difficult markets $

In an environment characterised by uncertainty, weak GDP growth and record low interest rates, European mezzanine investments can offer investors attractive floating base rates that address their need for yield, while protecting them from an inflationary interest rate environment.

15 June 2007

Outlook on debt markets $

In March of this year, members of the Wharton Private Equity Club coordinated a roundtable discussion between four influential lenders to talk about the currently robust debt markets, trends in the sub-debt markets, mezzanine, the impact of hedge funds, and ways firms can differentiate themselves from the competition, among other topics.

25 July 2006

Private equity versus mezzanine: tax structuring cross-border investments $

Cross-border private equity investments contain a variety of tax elements that complicate the structuring of those transactions. They also offer several opportunities to optimise the investors' and target's tax position after acquisition.

13 July 2005

Filling the gap $

Asian mezzanine financing is demonstrating its value to private equity investors, as four of the five transactions that received this form of financing reported positive returns. The winds that come with a maturing buyout market have arrived in Asia, says the Asia Private Equity Review.

17 June 2004

Business Development Companies and the new public market in mezzanine funds $

Several high-profile private equity firms have entered the public fund arena this year by sponsoring publicly offered funds focused on making mezzanine investments. Kenneth Berman, Colette Haider and Michael Whidden of Debevoise & Plimpton, address the question of what makes the BDC an attractive vehicle for mezzanine investment firms.

2 February 2004

Institutional investor profile: Graham Sturrock, head of investments and mezzanine $

Bank of Scotland is a relative newcomer to private equity fund investing, although it has made direct investments for a number of years. It set up a fund of funds to invest from its own balance sheet three years ago.

4 December 2003

The future of mezzanine $

Mezzanine has become an increasingly popular area of private equity for investors over the last few years. But just how far can the market grow? And how will the rising levels of capital flowing into the market affect returns? Amy Carroll reports.

28 March 2003

Mezzanine and high yield etc etc $

The mezzanine market is booming. Both mezzanine funds and the amount of money being allocated to mezzanine financing are increasing. But how does mezzanine debt compare to the high yield bond market? When is it best to use mezzanine rather than a high yield bond? Stephen Mostyn-Williams of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft takes a look at some of the comparables.

24 February 2003

Mezzanine Funds: Selected Tax Structuring Considerations $

The number of mezzanine funds and the amount of committed mezzanine capital have increased significantly in recent years. A growing number of sponsors are also involved in forming these funds and structuring their investments. Debevoise & Plimpton takes a look at some of the tax issues to be aware of in this burgeoning corner of private equity.

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