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Streamlining the investment lifecycle with Drooms and DealMarket

Streamlining the investment lifecycle with Drooms ...

As you might be aware, DealMarket has joined forces with another next generation tech firm, Drooms. The pioneer on the virtual data room market acquired DealMarket at the start of the year. So, what does the partnership mean for investors here at DealMarket? The short answer is: enhanced investment lifecycle processes with the help of two smart tools.   Drooms [...]

Private Equity and Risk Management – Nitty Gritty or Big Picture?

Private Equity and Risk Management – Nitty Gritty ...

The role of the risk manager overseeing quoted assets is difficult to transfer to private equity. For illiquid assets risk management can add the most value before investing starts, i.e., designing and communicating the investment strategy. Risk management in private equity needs to deal with the big picture, the portfolio, and should not get lost in details.   As I [...]

Swiss Digital Finance Conference 2017

Swiss Digital Finance Conference 2017

CEO Urs Haeusler will be discussing the Fintech ecosystem in Switzerland. When: 23 March 2017 / 8:45 am - 5:30 pm Where: Campus Zug-Rotkreuz / Lucern University of Applied Sciences and Arts Join the conference now!

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 [...]

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 [...]

Switzerland – an important FinTech Hub in the near Future?

Switzerland – an important FinTech Hub in the ...

New Study by Roland Berger and Swiss Finance Startups Switzerland must seize the FinTech opportunity now! Download the Swiss FinTech Study here ·      The rapid worldwide development of startups in the FinTech industry will lead to significant shifts in the global financial industry. ·      Innovations in the FinTech area lead to a fragmentation of the value chain and thus drive [...]

5 Cures for Portfolio Troubles

5 Cures for Portfolio Troubles

The troubles pension funds and other institutional investors are having with their private equity (PE) portfolios have been making headlines, and regulators are reacting with more oversight. There is talk of diminished PE returns and a broken PE business model. Nevertheless, some industry experts still see potential in private equity, albeit with a healthy dose of applied knowledge and understanding [...]

Hunting Green Unicorns and Other Ways to Make Capital Deliver Super Returns

Hunting Green Unicorns and Other Ways to Make ...

A new breed of investor is pursuing a "triple bottom line" strategy, including in their due diligence an analysis of the social, environmental and governance  risks and impacts of investments. As result, there are new opportunities for investing in transportation networks, alternative energy infrastructure, textiles and even farmlands. The motivation is to make money on the deals but also to [...]

Billions to the Crowd Taps Appetite for Alt Asset Investing

Billions to the Crowd Taps Appetite for Alt Asset ...

The quick growth and growing confidence in lending platforms and equity crowdfunding is attracting more capital from professional and institutional investors. Milestones announced this summer illustrate these two trends. Zopa, the UK-based pioneer in peer to peer lending, announced on its blog that it hit the milestone of GBP 1 billion in loans.   Elsewhere, Citywire reports that P2P Global [...]

German PE Conference

German PE Conference

27 November 2015 - Frankfurt am Main, Germany More info & registration: German PE Conference     

Investor Video: Fund of Funds Investor, Michael van Biema of van Biema Value Partners, on Due Diligence and Advice for Hedge Fund Managers

Investor Video: Fund of Funds Investor, Michael van ...

In partnership with $ Bytes we're featuring a series of video interviews with top global investors. This time we're excited to present Michael van Biema,  the founder and managing principal of van Biema Value Partners,  a SEC-registered investment adviser established in 2004, specializing in creating portfolios of small, deep value-oriented hedge funds around the globe.   Four questions that Michael asks [...]

AVCJ India Forum

AVCJ India Forum

1-2 December 2015 – Taj Lands End, Mumbai More info & Registration:  AVCJ India Forum