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SME research highlights traditional banking inefficiencies

Mon, 16/01/2017 - 10:31

Nearly half (47 per cent) of small and medium-sized business (SME) owners claim the business advice they received in the last year from their mainstream bank had a negative impact on their business operations. »

Record number of finance transactions in German LBO market in 2016

Fri, 13/01/2017 - 10:27

2016 was a new post-Lehman record year for the German mid-cap LBO market, according to the latest MidCapMonitor survey by Altium, which lists 77 transactions for the year, representing a further 10 per cent rise on 2015. »

Majority of GPs use or would consider capital call facilities

Tue, 10/01/2017 - 10:19

The use of structured external financing continues to rise, driven by greater awareness across private equity firms on the strategic use of these purpose-driven facilities, according to research by Investec Fund Finance. »

Offshore PE to remain strong in 2017, says survey

Fri, 06/01/2017 - 09:41

Well over half (60 per cent) of limited partners (LPs) globally plan to increase or maintain the amount of capital they have invested in PE funds in offshore locations in the next five years, according to research commissioned by offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes. »

Tom Carr, Preqin

Asian market drives record investment in unlisted infrastructure assets

Fri, 06/01/2017 - 07:28

Global infrastructure projects attracted an all-time high of USD413 billion of investment in 2016, propelled by aggregate transaction value of USD131 billion in Asia, according to data released by Preqin. »

Emrging markets

Sovereign wealth funds move to private markets and emerging markets

Thu, 22/12/2016 - 15:46

Two new white papers from State Street Corporation and the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF) reveal changes in asset allocation among sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) over the past three to five years. »

UK SME appetite for equity finance grows at the expense of bank debt

Wed, 14/12/2016 - 10:19

Small business appetite for long term equity-based finance has increased significantly in the last 12 months during which time demand for traditional bank debt has continued to fall. »

John Hailer, Natixis

Institutional investors turning to active management in 2017, says Natixis

Wed, 14/12/2016 - 09:30

World political and economic events could push the level of market volatility higher in 2017, with institutional investors turning to active management and alternative assets to manage risk and boost returns as a result, according to a study by Natixis Global Asset Management. »

Jim Suglia, KPMG

Increased investor demands spur optimism for women in alternatives, says KPMG report

Mon, 12/12/2016 - 08:57

Increasing interest from investors to allocate more capital into women owned and managed funds, coupled with public support from industry leaders, is spurring optimism for women in alternative investments, according to KPMG. »

US set for a more robust deal-making environment in 2017

Thu, 08/12/2016 - 07:19

The number of mid-sized US companies already engaged in or open to buying and selling has risen sharply since last year, setting the stage for a very active 2017 merger market, according to the sixth annual Citizens Commercial Banking Middle Market M&A Outlook. »

Phil Case, PwC

Private equity players making business case for responsible investment

Thu, 01/12/2016 - 09:57

As sustainability issues force their way higher up the corporate agenda, private equity houses (general partners) are now responding to demand from investors (limited partners) for a bigger focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. »

Alternative investment managers take cautious approach to deal structures, says Fitch

Wed, 30/11/2016 - 07:58

Diversified alternative investment managers (IMs) appear to be taking a cautious approach to the transaction structures of new business originations, as elevated valuation multiples led to a decline in buyouts in 2016, according to Fitch Ratings. »

Middle market companies actively pursuing growth strategies, says CIT

Wed, 30/11/2016 - 07:57

Mid-market executives are more confident about future growth and are actively pursuing multi-faceted growth strategies in the coming year, according to Jeff Kilrea, group head and managing director, CIT Sponsor Finance. »

Michael Collins, Invest Europe

Policymakers must remove barriers to private investment in European infrastructure, says Invest Europe

Mon, 28/11/2016 - 14:09

Policymakers must remove the barriers to investment faced by private infrastructure funds in order to help achieve the EUR2 trillion of vital European infrastructure investment needed by 2020, according to a report by Invest Europe. »

Sven Kasper, State Street

MiFID II is top concern for asset managers, says State Street research

Mon, 21/11/2016 - 10:23

Nearly three quarters (73 per cent) of asset managers are concerned about the challenges presented by MiFID II, research by State Street Corporation shows. »

Alt managers may slow PE deal activity despite record capital on hand, says Fitch

Fri, 18/11/2016 - 09:19

Diversified alternative investment managers (IMs) are unlikely to see soaring private equity deal activity in 2017 even with record available dry powder, as they take a more cautious approach to new transactions amid elevated market valuations. »

Tom Carr, Preqin

Renewable energy infrastructure market grows in 2016, says Preqin

Fri, 18/11/2016 - 09:01

Renewable energy-focused infrastructure funds have been an increasingly important part of the unlisted infrastructure market and the sector has expanded rapidly in recent years, according to data released by Preqin. »

2016 likely to be a record year for M&A announcements

Thu, 17/11/2016 - 13:32

Despite the uncertainty created by the UK’s Brexit vote, the Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region is showing the strongest growth globally in early-stage merger and acquisition (M&A) activity at 13 per cent compared to the same period last year. »

J Timothy Reilly, SS&C

Asset managers to boost allocations to alts, loans, equities and mutual funds, says SS&C survey

Fri, 04/11/2016 - 13:56

More than a third of asset managers plan on increasing investments in commercial loans, alternatives, derivatives, equities and mutual funds over the next 12-month period, according to a survey by SS&C Technologies. »

Daniel Schmidt, CEPRES

Unlisted infrastructure can act as a hedge for corporate bonds, says CEPRES

Wed, 02/11/2016 - 11:08

Private unlisted infrastructure can act as a hedge for corporate bonds, while significantly outperforming on returns, according to a report by CEPRES. »

Philip Smith, Allen & Overy

Banks play central role as facilitators in Europe’s growing alternative finance market

Wed, 02/11/2016 - 00:01

The continued involvement of traditional lenders in the alternative finance space is contributing to the development of a pan-European private placement market. »

M&A activity among small IFA firms set to soar, says Investec

Tue, 01/11/2016 - 14:14

M&A activity among small IFA firms is set to increase over the next two years, according to over half (55 per cent) of advisers polled by Investec Wealth & Investment. »

Philip Masterson, SEI

SEI examines future of private equity as an institutional and individual asset class

Tue, 01/11/2016 - 13:19

Private equity has gone from a niche asset class two decades ago to one that is much more likely to be found in individual and institutional portfolios today, according to a new report – The Future of Private Equity – SEI’s Investment Manager Services division. »

VC more impactful than angel investments for tech start-ups

Mon, 31/10/2016 - 09:59

Technology entrepreneurs who get funding from venture capitalists go public sooner and have more impactful innovation than those who partner with angel investors, according to research from the University at Buffalo School of Management. »

MPI’s endowment research shows highest performers in 2016

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 14:40

Research and analytics firm MPI has published an assessment of Ivy League endowments’ 2016 FY Performance. The firm writes that asset allocation remains the largest determining factor in endowment performance. »

President Trump would be bad for M&A, say dealmakers

Fri, 21/10/2016 - 11:13

The outcome of the US presidential election represents a significant threat to merger and acquisition (M&A) activity over the next six months, according to a survey of over 1,600 global dealmakers by Intralinks. »

Asian investors set to transform European technology industry, says Magister Advisors

Tue, 18/10/2016 - 11:37

Asian investors could have a transformative effect on the European technology industry, according to analysis by Magister Advisors. »

Stéphane Rambosson, DHR International

Proportion of female hedge fund and private equity partners on the increase

Tue, 18/10/2016 - 10:45

One in eight (12 per cent) partners at hedge funds, private equity firms and other investment partnerships are now women, up from one in 10 (10 per cent) last year and the year before, according to DHR International. »

Institutional investors and family offices continue allocating to alts in 2016

Institutional investors and family offices continue allocating to alts in 2016

Fri, 14/10/2016 - 09:34

Ninety two per cent of institutional investors and family offices have allocated to two or more funds in 2016 while 73 per cent of investors reported a net increase in their investments to alternative investment strategies since 2015. »

Albion Growth Report finds SMEs optimistic

Wed, 12/10/2016 - 10:06

Albion Ventures’ fourth Albion Growth Report finds that nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of small businesses with over five employees plan to grow dramatically or moderately over the next two years and only 5 per cent think they will shrink or wind down.  »

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