Cybersecurity fundraising activity is on track for another record year, according to ICON Corporate Finance’s April 2021 cybersecurity sector report, which reveals that sector valuations have hit historic highs over the past 12 months.
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Private equity-backed and family-owned businesses falling short on diversity at board level, says New Street
Private equity-backed and family-owned businesses are significantly behind listed companies in gender diversity at board level, with women making up just 13 per cent and 10 per cent of boards respectively at these businesses versus 34 per cent at FTSE 350 companies, says New Street Consulting Group, the leadership and people solutions consultancy.
England’s North West is a prime destination for private equity and venture capital investment, and therefore a ‘key player’ in the UK’s growth-led recovery, a new report has found.
After a collapse in cross-border dealmaking in the first half of 2020 in the wake of the pandemic, foreign investment into the UK has risen considerably in recent months, according to the latest UK M&A data from Mergermarket.
Private equity and venture capital professionals predict huge growth in eVTOL market, says Horizon Aircraft
New research with senior private equity and venture capital professionals reveals 71 per cent expect there to be more than 160,000 commercial air taxis operating around the world by 2050. Some 17 per cent anticipate there will be over 200,000.
The number of M&A deals for professional services firms rose from 76 in 2019 to 89 in 2020 – including 19 acquisitions backed private equity funds – with the appetite of PE houses for deals in the sector growing, says Mayer Brown, the global law firm.
Initially sideswiped by Covid-19 in early 2020, private credit markets began to bounce back by year’s end, leaving dealmakers optimistic that private credit might fully rebound in 2021.
Alternative investment allocators likely to increase allocations to less liquid strategies and embrace new managers, says Seward & Kissel survey
While the “fear gauge” that tracks market volatility has remained at elevated levels since the onset of the pandemic, those who allocate alternative investment dollars for large investors are showing no signs of skittishness, according to the Alternative Investment Allocator Survey conducted by leading law firm Seward & Kissel.
The latest CEPRES report on Infrastructure closely examines both the evolution of infrastructure strategies in private markets and historical returns across economic cycles and during periods of market disruption, providing in-depth analysis vital for anyone interested in making North American or European infrastructure part of their portfolio.
Steady rise in deal volume indicative of investor confidence in Africa’s economic resilience, says AVCA
The African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCA) has released of its 2020 Annual African Private Equity Data Tracker report, which provides data and analysis on private equity (PE) fundraising, deals and exits in Africa in 2020, as well as an overview of PE activity on the continent from 2015 to 2020.