Private Equity – How to balance risks versus opportunities

Private Equity – How to balance risks versus opportunities This year’s Oxford Symposium (13-14 December) on Risk Management in Private Equity asks how investors can balance risks versus opportunities in order to maximize risk-adjusted returns – in other words, risk management as a value add. This article gives insights into the focus topics of the symposium and provides food for thought to investors on how to maximize risk-adjusted returns.     Mind the... [more]

Brexit – The great disorder under the Heavens?

Brexit – The great disorder under the Heavens? It looks that the financial industry bet the wrong way on the biggest market event since the 2008 financial crisis. The Brexit referendum’s outcome has already been called ‘the greatest Black Swan event of the millennium’ (personally, I believe that this unexpected result rather falls into the category of what we practitioners refer to in our daily work as ‘king... [more]

Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit

Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit   Private equity is estimated to be less than 2% of all assets managed internationally. It is – at least in theory – an inherently contrarian asset class. But being countercyclical and contrarian is difficult. For illustration, a few days ago I read an article that predicted the ‘denominator effect’ to return. The news was dated April 1st, so I... [more]

The Private Equity Risk Stalemate

The Private Equity Risk Stalemate Recently I had a longer debate with the founder of a software company who argued that there is no market for sophisticated solutions (like value-at-risk) for quantifying private equity risks. I respect this person’s experience and judgment and, sadly, I tend to agree. I use the word ‘sadly’ as risk management (in the sense of balancing threats versus opportunities) is... [more]

Three Things to Remember when Investing in Quants: an Interview with Michael Richter

Three Things to Remember when Investing in Quants: an Interview with Michael Richter High net worth individual investor and 40 year financial services veteran Michael Richter shares his insights about due diligence on quants. Three things to remember when investing in quants Operational due diligence - how does your manager segregate controls Half lives, hypotheses and what to look out for before you invest Ask these questions when getting into the black box The... [more]

Disrupting Foreign Exchange with Blockchain

Disrupting Foreign Exchange with Blockchain Last week Lykke announced a competition to build a new and superfast foreign exchange and settlement platform based on blockchain. Its Swiss founder is Richard B. Olsen. He was a fintech founder long before that buzzword entered our vocabulary. In the eighites, he established a real time financial information system and in the nineties, a Forex trading platform startup that... [more]

Preqin: Private Equity Tops Alternative Asset List

Preqin: Private Equity Tops Alternative Asset List

Institutional investors continue to look for alternative assets and they are increasingly keen to invest in a variety of asset classes, according go the latest report by Preqin. The number of investors committing to more that four asset classes has increased in a year. While investors are dissatisfied with some classes, private equity appetite remains strong.   Preqin’s H1 2017 [...]

Has Northern Trust Introduced a New Way of Administering Private Equity?

Has Northern Trust Introduced a New Way of ...

Technology innovation in the private equity industry is always welcomed news – especially when it makes lives easier for private equity funds and their investors. Northern Trust has teamed up with the technology giant IBM to deliver one such solution: a blockchain for the private equity market.   The system is currently only being used by a Switzerland-based asset manager, [...]

IPO Outlook Improved by Successful Block Trades

IPO Outlook Improved by Successful Block Trades

New listings might well be on the way in the months ahead. This newfound positive mood for initial public offerings (IPOs) is driven by banks selling large blocks of stock in the European market – and succeeding in the deals.   The Financial Times published a post on the positive start to the year’s IPO sector, especially in terms of [...]

Private Equity Firm 3G’s Big Takeover Plans Scrapped

Private Equity Firm 3G’s Big Takeover Plans ...

3G plans of a major takeover have ended, as the firm announces it won’t continue pursuing food giant Unilever. The Brazilian private equity firm had been part of Kraft Heinz Co’s plan to purchase the US food giant for an estimated $143 billion. But the surprise offer did not manage to excite the Unilever ownership. However, the breakdown of the [...]

Survey: Private Equity Fund Managers See a Sunnier 2017

Survey: Private Equity Fund Managers See a Sunnier ...

A study of private equity fund managers and their perspectives of the future show the industry could be facing a sunnier 2017. BDO’s Eight Annual Perspective Private Equity Study found fund managers optimistic about the year ahead. The trust for better days ahead comes after volatile 2016.   Private equity industry had a challenging year in 2016. PitchBook estimated the [...]

Asian Conglomerates Scouring for US Deals

Asian Conglomerates Scouring for US Deals

The economic power shift from the western world to Asia is evident even in the world of investment management. Asian conglomerates are flush with cash and they are looking to the US for fund deals. For hedge fund and private equity firms, the enhanced interest could mean it is time to do business and sell.   The most recent example [...]

SoftBank’s Unusual Entry to Private Equity

SoftBank’s Unusual Entry to Private Equity

The Japanese conglomerate SoftBank announced on Tuesday it’s buying Fortress Investment Group. The American private equity giant is an unusual purchase for the company, which has previously focused mainly on technology and telecommunications holdings.   Reuters reported the deal to be worth $3.3 billion. The deal will provide shareholders of the private equity firm $8.08 per share. This is a [...]

Co-op for sale – Private equity to the rescue?

Co-op for sale – Private equity to the rescue?

The Co-operative Bank has started its final effort to salvage its future, as it announced it is up for sale on Monday. The bank made the announcement after a warning on its capital reserves. Private equity firms have already announced interest, but other challengers remain in the way of a straight up sale.   The Financial Times reported that institutional [...]

China’s Private Equity Posts Another Strong Growth

China’s Private Equity Posts Another Strong Growth

China’s private equity sector has posted another strong month. The total assets under management increased from RMB750 billion (USD109 billion) to RMB10.98 trillion (USD1.58 trillion) in January. China’s official Xinhua news agency also reported the number of big PE firms reached 147. These are firms with assets of minimum RMB10 billion (USD1.4 billion).   Despite the strong growth in the [...]

Private Equity – How to balance risks versus opportunities

Private Equity – How to balance risks versus ...

This year’s Oxford Symposium (13-14 December) on Risk Management in Private Equity asks how investors can balance risks versus opportunities in order to maximize risk-adjusted returns – in other words, risk management as a value add. This article gives insights into the focus topics of the symposium and provides food for thought to investors on how to maximize risk-adjusted returns.     Mind the [...]

Brexit – The great disorder under the Heavens?

Brexit – The great disorder under the Heavens?

It looks that the financial industry bet the wrong way on the biggest market event since the 2008 financial crisis. The Brexit referendum’s outcome has already been called ‘the greatest Black Swan event of the millennium’ (personally, I believe that this unexpected result rather falls into the category of what we practitioners refer to in our daily work as ‘king [...]

Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit

Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit

  Private equity is estimated to be less than 2% of all assets managed internationally. It is – at least in theory – an inherently contrarian asset class. But being countercyclical and contrarian is difficult. For illustration, a few days ago I read an article that predicted the ‘denominator effect’ to return. The news was dated April 1st, so I [...]

The Private Equity Risk Stalemate

The Private Equity Risk Stalemate

Recently I had a longer debate with the founder of a software company who argued that there is no market for sophisticated solutions (like value-at-risk) for quantifying private equity risks. I respect this person’s experience and judgment and, sadly, I tend to agree. I use the word ‘sadly’ as risk management (in the sense of balancing threats versus opportunities) is [...]

Jung, dynamisch und vielleicht disruptiv

Jung, dynamisch und vielleicht disruptiv

DealMarket in Schaffhauser Zeitung January 22, 2016:   "Das Zürcher Unternehmen hat eine Onlineplattform entwickelt, auf der sogenanntes Fundraising betrieben werden kann. Wo also Jungunternehmer potenziellen Geldgebern ihre Ideen schmackhaft machen können. «Unsere Plattform funktioniert vom Prinzip her wie Homegate für Immobilien», sagt Geschäftsführer und Miteigentümer Urs Häusler. Einen Preis gewonnen   Damit verdient die Firma kein Geld, die Benutzung ist kostenlos. Geld einbringen tun dagegen die für professionelle Investmentfirmen massgeschneiderten Plattformen von [...]

Bedazzled? – The Lure of Co-Investing

Bedazzled? – The Lure of Co-Investing

9/10 December 2015 saw the second edition of the Oxford Symposium on Risk Management in Private Equity, organised by the Saïd Business School’s Private Equity Institute in cooperation with my company, LDS Partners. Nearly 70 academics and industry practitioners participated this time, an increase compared to last year and close to the lecture theatre’s maximum capacity. The Symposium was held [...]