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Private Equity Investment in India Totals $2.8 Billion in Q

Private Equity Investment in India Totals $2.8 ...

India is among the emerging markets where private equity investment is growing rapidly. The most recent figures for the first quarter in 2015 show the country attracted a total of $2.8 billion worth of private equity investments, which is a 15% increase over last year.   The First Quarter Results The PricewaterHouseCoopers (PwC) India published its findings in its quarterly [...]

CVC Perfume & Cosmetic Retailer from a Fellow Private Equity Firm 

CVC Perfume & Cosmetic Retailer from a Fellow ...

Private equity firm CVC Capital Partners announced its purchase of the perfume and cosmetics retailer Douglas. The German retailer had recently announced its plans for an initial public offering, but CVC Capital Partners managed to snatch the company by improving its offer.   From One Private Equity Firm to Another CVC Capital Partners will buy the retailer from its fellow [...]

Experts: Private Equity Has More Growth Potential in the Middle East 

Experts: Private Equity Has More Growth Potential in...

Experts believe appetite for private equity remains strong in the Middle East and North Africa and believe the private equity industry in the region is ripe for further growth. But analysts also told in the recent debate that the region’s private equity industry still has some room for improvement in terms of financial reporting and transparency.   The ICAEW Debate [...]

US Regulator Gives Another Warning for the Private Equity Industry  

US Regulator Gives Another Warning for the Private ...

US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has given a fresh warning to the private equity industry. SEC told the industry must continue improving, especially in the field of manage fees, or expect more fines and enforcement actions.   The Warning SEC’s acting director at the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, Marc Wyatt, told in a conference that private equity [...]

Survey Shows Institutional Investors Are Interested in Quantifying PE Managers ESG Stances

Survey Shows Institutional Investors Are Interested ...

Consultancy group PwC conducted a survey among institutional investors and made some interesting findings. A majority of institutional investors are interested in quantifying the value of responsible investments in private equity and see where PE managers stand when it comes to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Despite the interest, very few investors still choose to seek answers to these [...]

Billion Dollar Startups

Billion Dollar Startups

New data from CB Insights shows that recently funded billion dollar startups may have priced themselves out of the market. Last year, 6 VC-backed companies had been acquired for over USD 1 billion via M&A by May, totaling USD 30.9B. This year, there has been just one “unicorn” exit. The analysts at CB Insights say the M&A market could pick [...]

Cleantech Funds Shift Focus

Cleantech Funds Shift Focus

Fundraising for cleantech vehicles has been falling in recent years, according to Preqin. Funds including a preference for cleantech and focused on North America have fallen from accounting for 42% of capital raised in 2013 to just 18% in 2014. The US has lost ground to China in this segment. The majority of capital in this sector was redirected to [...]

Top-tier PE Investors See Challenges Ahead

Top-tier PE Investors See Challenges Ahead

Hamilton Lane, the fund advisory, says in a recent research note  that while the outlook is positive for exits, investment activity is not generating as much optimism. Only 10% of PE’s top tier investors believe deals undertaken in the next year will generate above average returns, and 43% actually believe they will be below average. More than half of the [...]

Farming as the Next Big Thing?

Farming as the Next Big Thing?

Likening investment in farmland to buying gold, institutional investors and hedge funds, even private equity, are eyeing agricultural land in the hopes of generating returns. It is hard to imagine that farming can generate the kind of returns PE normally requires, but CNBC is running a report with that idea as a headline. Aggregation and Internet mediation underlie some of [...]

Finding PE Gems in the Overheated Healthcare Sector

Finding PE Gems in the Overheated Healthcare Sector

Bain has published a global healthcare report uncovering some of the areas where private equity investors might find deals. As reported earlier this month, PE is being squeezed out of the hot healthcare sector as M&A activity by strategic investors climbs to unprecedented levels. Bain unearthed a group of global top performers, which it described as large but narrowly focused [...]

Quote of the Week: Cool Factor Driven M&A

Quote of the Week: Cool Factor Driven M&A

“I don’t know if they teach this to budding investment bankers at Harvard Business School, but often in the Valley and around the world companies are acquired not for lowering costs, increasing revenues, product, or geographical reach, but to increase ‘coolness’…   Who said it: Rob McIntosh, head of corporate development at Autodesk   In Context: In the chapter on [...]

Private Equity Takes Aim at Family Offices

Private Equity Takes Aim at Family Offices

The newly rich entrepreneurs in places like the Silicon Valley and China are attracting global private equity firms. Family offices and their advisers are reportedly in charge of $4 trillion; a lot of money for private equity firms to use.   Increase in Family Offices The number of family offices has increased rapidly in recent years. There are currently around [...]

Lloyds’ Private Equity Arm to Inject More Money into Mid-Market Companies

Lloyds’ Private Equity Arm to Inject More Money ...

Lloyds Banking Group’s private equity arm has promised to boost investment in British medium-sized businesses. LDC has announced plans that would see the firm invest around £1.2 billion in the mid-market sector in the next three years. Is the sector “the forgotten army” of the British Economy?   The Plans LDC, which used to be called Lloyds Development Capital, has [...]

Private Equity Firms Looking at Fresh Food Company Bakkavor

Private Equity Firms Looking at Fresh Food Company ...

Reports over the weekend suggest some of Europe’s top private equity firms are circling over the fresh food giant Bakkavor. The UK supplier of fresh prepared foods has previously announced it is looking to sell a set of shares in its business and the deal might be an interesting opportunity for private equity firms.   The Reports Sky News reported [...]

PE Holding Period Easing

PE Holding Period Easing

Typical private equity holding periods range on average globally between three and five years until exit. An upward trend in holding periods has been the case since the financial crisis, but the latest exit data analyzed by Preqin shows a reduction in the average holding period, which it says may indicate a significant milestone has been reached. It may lead [...]