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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. »

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. »

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