Data Management & Analytics

This week’s Private Equity Wire podcast featured Paul Hastings’ Anu Balasubramanian, London-based partner and vice chair of the international law firm’s global Private Equity practice. Recognised as a leading private equity lawyer by a number of publications, Balasubramanian has over 20 years of experience leading complex leveraged buyouts, corporate M&A and portfolio advice across sectors including technology, software, retail and services, and her most recent clients include Abry Partners, Oakley Capital, Francisco Partners and Whipro.

The conversation centred around topics such as: can SPACs still be called a ‘trend’? Will US/European cross border M&A deal making continue its upward trajectory, and what does the future look like for US economic recovery? How will the US recovery impact European PE in turn?

In the latest addition to PEWire’s ‘New Normal’ Q&A series, we spoke with Dave Tayeh, head of private equity, North America, at Investcorp. Tayeh is a member of Investcorp’s Operating Committee and serves on its Investment Committee and the Financial and Risk Management Committee. In this interview Tayeh shares his views on the current deal environment, the role of the private equity industry in the recovery as well as its timeline, how the low interest rates are affecting company valuations at the moment, and how the large amounts of dry powder might be used in the years to come.

PEWire also published a report on Monday that delves into the changes across the PE industry as firms aim to harness value-add through the use of sophisticated data analysis, because as data and reporting requirements continue to ramp up, private equity managers are embracing the power of tech and making use of its analytical tools.

In other news, Thoma Bravo agreed to acquire Proofpoint for USD12.3 billion in cash, in a deal that has been approved by the Nasdaq-listed company’s board. Meanwhile, Carlyle is targeting USD22 billion for its eight fund, which focuses on retail, health care, aerospace and defense, as reported by Bloomberg earlier this week. Bain Capital closed a Japan-focused USD1 billion maiden fund, while Neuberger Berman closed its first impact fund at nearly USD280 million.

Karin Wasteson
Editor, Private Equity Wire


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