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Interest rates to rise over next 12 months, say lending institutions

Wed, 29/03/2017 - 09:04

A rise in interest rates, lower pricing and credit quality remaining the same are some of the predictions made by respondents to the inaugural market survey carried out by Proskauer’s private credit group. »

Growth in French private equity accelerates in 2016

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 13:34

French private equity market participants raised EUR14.7 billion in global commitments during 2016, up 51 per cent relative to 2015, according to a report from the Association Française des Investisseurs pour la Croissance (AFIC) and Grant Thornton. »

Hard Brexit won’t impact cross-border M&A activity with UK targets

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 14:01

Dealmakers are confident that Britain’s decision to leave the single market and head for a “Hard Brexit” won’t impact cross-border M&A activity with UK targets, according to a study carried out by Intralinks. »

Craig Bridgewater, KPMG

KPMG survey reveals the impact of technology

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 14:00

To investigate the extent to which technology is disrupting the financial services sector, KPMG recently partnered with the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and the Managed Funds Association (MFA) to determine how managers are responding.  »

European M&A robust in 2016 and continuing to provide opportunities in 2017, says CMS

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 13:53

The European merger and acquisition (M&A) climate in 2016 was similar in value and volume to 2014, a good year, but not as frothy as 2015, according to the CMS European M&A Study 2017 from law firm CMS. »

UK tech M&A riding high, says Livingstone

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 10:23

Inbound merger and acquisition (M&A) investment into UK computer software companies has increased by 70 per cent over a two-year period, according to a report launched by Livingstone, an international mid-market M&A and debt advisory firm. »

Chinese money to heat up M&A in next 12 months, says report

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 13:23

Private equity firms globally anticipate a surge in interest from Chinese buyers for acquisitions in healthcare, tech and infrastructure, according to research conducted by MVision Private Equity Advisers in conjunction with the London Business School. »

Paul Smith, CFA Institute

Investment professionals increasingly concerned about negative impact of geopolitical risks, says survey

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 10:08

Concern about the impact of geopolitical risk in the investment profession has grown since the UK’s decision to leave the European Union in July 2016, according to a poll of almost 1,500 investment professionals from around the world by the CFA Institute. »

Kathryn Saklatvala, bfinance

Competition for private debt deals never higher

Mon, 13/03/2017 - 10:08

Competition for private debt deals has never been higher with a record amount of dry powder in 2016 despite reduced fundraising, according to a report by bfinance. »

Tech entrepreneurs to grow despite Brexit and skilled staff shortages, says Albion Ventures

Mon, 13/03/2017 - 09:56

Two thirds (65 per cent) of small and medium-sized tech and telecom firms plan to grow dramatically or moderately over the next two years, according to a report launched by venture capital investor Albion Ventures. »

PE firms booming but no time to be complacent, says BCG

Tue, 07/03/2017 - 13:05

Private equity (PE) firms are benefiting from nearly ideal market conditions, yet the tide is changing and they should take this opportunity to think about their competitive edge and differentiation. »

Rob Murphy, Edison

Risk of PE investment is lower than perceived by investors, says Edison

Thu, 02/03/2017 - 12:58

The private equity (PE) sector displays a similar risk-reward profile to major equity indices, US real estate investment trusts (REITS) as well as other equity classes over the longer term, according to Edison’s latest report on listed private equity (LPE). »

Dry powder hits new record high as private equity continues to outperform

Mon, 27/02/2017 - 10:04

Global markets experienced a rollercoaster 2016 as the outcomes of the UK's Brexit referendum and the US presidential election rocked investors, but the global private equity (PE) industry proved its resilience, turning in healthy results for the year. »

Amy Bensted, Preqin

Hedge fund investors seeking to reduce their exposure, says Preqin

Fri, 24/02/2017 - 08:47

The hedge fund industry may witness further investor redemptions in 2017 with twice as many investors intending to reduce rather than increase their exposure to hedge funds through the year. »

Secondary market unsure about 2017 after 2016 contraction

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 09:35

Secondary deal volumes in 2016 were slightly lower than 2015, at USD37-40 billion, a result of a slow first half of the year caused by volatile public equity markets, low energy prices and macroeconomic concerns. »

Andrew Moylan, Preqin

Investors diversify alternative assets exposure

Thu, 23/02/2017 - 08:40

Institutional investors are looking for exposure to an ever-widening range of alternative asset classes, with half now holding allocations to three or more, according to Preqin’s H1 2017 Investor Outlook: Alternative Assets. »

US fintech funding and deal volume drop significantly in 2016

Tue, 21/02/2017 - 12:46

Total funding for US fintech companies and deal activity dropped significantly in 2016, down to USD12.8 billion from USD27 billion in 2015, a result of political and regulatory uncertainty, a decline in megadeals and investor caution. »

PE investors buck post-Brexit vote slow down

Mon, 20/02/2017 - 08:26

The total number of private equity deals in 2016 was up 18 per cent on 2015, with the majority of the transactions completing in the second half of the year, post the Brexit vote, according to research conducted by Clearwater International. »

Q2 2017 UK M&A set to decline as global activity remains strong

Thu, 16/02/2017 - 14:39

The UK Government’s intention to trigger the Article 50 process of leaving the European Union (EU) by the end of March has seen a 2 per cent decline in early-stage M&A activity in the UK in Q4 2016, compared to the same period one year prior.  »

Scott Hendon, BDO

Private equity fund managers expect a better 2017 after volatile 2016, says BDO study

Thu, 16/02/2017 - 10:03

Last year proved to be a challenging year for the private equity (PE) industry as market instability and political uncertainty took hold worldwide. But 2017 has ushered in a more optimistic outlook, according to BDO’s Eighth Annual PErspective Private Equity Study. »

Steve Balet, FTI Consulting

Shareholder activism on the increase in 2016, says FTI Consulting

Wed, 15/02/2017 - 14:14

FTI Consulting has published an update to its interactive Global Shareholder Activism Map, which shows that shareholder activism gained momentum and geographic breadth in 2016.  »

Crowdfunding outperforms PE in 2016, says Beauhurst

Fri, 10/02/2017 - 09:33

Crowdfunding outperformed private equity with investment into non-listed high growth companies in the UK in 2016, according to a report from research agency Beauhurst. »

Rich Carson, Cambridge Associates

Traditional performance benchmarks to fall short as PE evolves, says CA

Fri, 10/02/2017 - 09:03

Fund-level benchmarks, which institutional investors have relied on for decades to evaluate private equity managers and opportunities, no longer provide a complete picture, according to investment firm Cambridge Associates (CA). »

Luke Davis, IW Capital

Nearly three quarters of UK investors lack faith in Theresa May

Thu, 09/02/2017 - 10:34

Nearly half of UK investors are positive about Brexit, although two fifths are fearful of Trump and 73 per cent lack faith in Prime Minister Theresa May, according to research carried out by IW Capital. »

Stephen Findlay, BondMason

Peer-to-peer lending benefits from ‘flight to quality’

Wed, 08/02/2017 - 12:57

Peer-to-peer (P2P) lending is beginning to see a flight to quality as the growth rate of the industry slows and weaker platforms exit the market, according to direct lending specialist BondMason. »

Edwin Conway, BlackRock

Institutional investors to put cash to work in 2017, says BlackRock survey

Fri, 03/02/2017 - 14:13

Large institutional investors are set to put cash to work in 2017, a BlackRock survey has found, with one in four (25 per cent) intending to decrease their cash allocations during the year, twice as many as those who plan to increase cash holdings (13 per cent). »

Microbusiness optimism trails larger SMEs

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 11:16

The fourth Albion Growth Report, based on interviews with 1,000 SMEs, finds that less than half (45 per cent) of microbusiness owners with fewer than five employees expect their company to grow over the next two years compared to almost three-quarters (73 per cent) of larger scale SMEs. »

Robert Schach, Debtwire

European restructurings predicted to hit next peak in 2017

Tue, 31/01/2017 - 14:09

The volume of European restructurings is expected to hit its next peak in 2017, according to a survey by Debtwire in conjunction with independent investment bank Greenhill and law firm Orrick. »

John Phinney, Convergence

Alternatives industry remained strong in 2016

Mon, 30/01/2017 - 08:26

The alternatives industry grew solidly in 2016 across all segments and factors tracked by Convergence. »

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. »


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