‘Skin in the game’ becomes a challenge as fund sizes approach record highs

Mon, 18/02/2019 - 09:46

Triggered by both limited partner (LP) requirements for more ‘skin in the game’, and the rising demand for private equity funds pushing up fund sizes, GPs are struggling to free up funds for increasingly large personal commitments, according to the 2018-19 Investec GP Trends survey. »

M&A plagued by volatility and growing economic concerns

Wed, 13/02/2019 - 09:56

BDO’s mid-market M&A quarterly, Horizons, has revealed a two-year low in deal volumes in Q4 2018. In further analysis BDO flags a deviation from the usual M&A pattern, in which end of year deal volumes are typically higher than at the start of the year.  »

Healthtech M&A and IPO activity resilient in the face of global economic slowdown

Wed, 13/02/2019 - 09:42

The latest Healthtech M&A Market Report from international technology mergers and acquisitions adviser, Hampleton Partners, has revealed a final count of almost 100 deals in the healthtech sector in the second half of 2018. »

European annual PE deal volume at new record level

Tue, 12/02/2019 - 16:19

Overall European private equity deal volume reached an all-time annual record of 2,230 in 2018, according to Preliminary figures released in the Q4 2018 Private Equity Barometer, published by unquote in association with Aberdeen Standard Investments. »

Private equity CFO deal issuance ticks up

Tue, 12/02/2019 - 10:08

The market for private equity (PE) collateralised fund obligations (CFOs) continues to gain traction post-financial crisis, according to Fitch Ratings. Since the first post-financial crisis CFO deal came to market in 2014, five transactions with a face value of USD3.4 billion have been issued. »

Guernsey reaches highest-ever levels of private equity business

Wed, 06/02/2019 - 14:49

The value of private equity business in Guernsey reached its highest-ever level at the end of September 2018, according to the latest fund statistics from the Guernsey Financial Services Commission. »

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Outperformance by active fund managers plummets in 2018

Mon, 04/02/2019 - 11:02

Far fewer active fund managers outperformed their benchmarks in 2018, according to an analysis of 15 key equity and bond fund segments by Scope. In fact, under a quarter of active equity funds beat benchmarks in 2018 and just 16 per cent of bond funds outperformed. »

Over 90 per cent of private equity firms believe AI will disrupt their sector by 2024

Mon, 04/02/2019 - 10:41

According to new research from Intertrust, private equity firms are acutely aware of the impact digital innovation will have on their sector, particularly in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain. »

Female start-up founders missing out on billions in funding

Mon, 04/02/2019 - 10:39

Female start-up founders are missing out on billions of pounds of investment, according to the UK VC & Female Founders report, which reveals that for every GBP1 of venture capital (VC) investment in the UK, all-female founder teams get less than 1p. »

Private equity appetite for aircraft lessors takes off, says Fitch

Mon, 04/02/2019 - 09:43

Alternative investment managers have become increasingly active investors in the aircraft leasing industry as they seek to deploy capital into a growing sector that could provide attractive investment returns.   »

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