The last 16 months have provided every aspect of society with an unprecedented challenge, yet Europe's venture capitalists are fuelling a red-hot market that looks to be anything but challenged.
Consultants see continued drive towards ‘alternative’ private debt, including regulatory capital and direct lending strategies
Private debt strategies continue to gain investor traction, as institutional allocators look to increasingly esoteric ‘alternative’ fixed- income- style products, according to interviews with global and boutique investment consultancies conducted by Private Equity Wire.
British Patient Capital has commented on the British Business Bank’s Small Business Equity Tracker which reveals the average pre-money valuation of a growth stage private company reached over GBP100 million.
By Chris Gauld, director, Equator – A positive repercussion of Covid-19 has been the massive uptick in the interest in healthy activities and healthy living. Exercise equipment sales in the UK have spiked 5,800 percent during the pandemic, while corporate wellbeing investments, ranging from free gym memberships through to mental health and general wellness services, are on the rise too.
By A Paris — From the appeal of no income tax, to the supportive business community and the weather and lifestyle it offers, Florida has continued on its upward trajectory as an attractive location for financial and technology firms.
Cybersecurity cannot be a onetime implementation exercise. It requires ongoing management, review and maintenance. And although there has been significant growth in private equity (PE) managers adopting cybersecurity software and solutions, there is still considerable progress to be made.
Planning ahead must form a building block of certainty for private equity firms looking to bolster their cybersecurity infrastructure. An attack or a potential breach is bound to take place, given the current market conditions and being well-prepared is the bedrock of their defence and response to such an event.
Cybersecurity is connected to every single part of a business. Having the right solution and working with experienced partners is critical. Private equity firms understand that having a robust set up in this regard is necessary to remain competitive. Those willing to learn and evolve faster are reaping the rewards in terms of harnessing the value of secure cloud-based business IT architecture.
In a yet a further sign of continuing maturity in private equity, its secondary market is being driven by GP-led deals, giving rise to a greater proliferation of single asset transactions. And as AlpInvest’s Neal Costello explains, this is presenting wider opportunities for liquidity providers.
By Simon Goldman (pictured), Investment Director, AlbionVC - This month’s Lord Hill review will do little to halt UK biotech companies’ exodus to public markets across the pond. The review seeks to ease the path to a London Stock Exchange listing and thus increase growing businesses’ access to UK capital markets. ‘