Topics: Venture Capital

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 [...]

EU Teaming Up with a Private Equity Firm to Invest in Sub-Saharan Africa

EU Teaming Up with a Private Equity Firm to Invest ...

According to recent reports, the European Union is about to get more involved with private equity investing. The organisation is teaming up with a private equity firm Aster Capital Partners, with the aim of investing around $60 million in energy companies across sub-Saharan Africa. The AFK Insider reported on the news on Sunday, stating the EU-backed Electricity Fund will be under [...]

African Private Equity Players Are Confident as Track Records Deepen

African Private Equity Players Are Confident as ...

Strong PE fundraising and brisk dealmaking in the extraction sector are the two big trends in African PE market in 2013, according to the latest survey by Deloitte. Confidence in PE in Africa is increasing. Kenya figures prominently by number of deals, as does South Africa, followed by Nigeria. Track records are deepening, growth is strong, risks are manageable and [...]

Where Will PE Funds Invest Their Cash Holdings?

Where Will PE Funds Invest Their Cash Holdings?

We recently looked at the level of private equity (PE) capital that had not been invested in 2013. Although reported figures from Thomson Reuters and the UK Financial Times have the “dry powder” at a value approaching $800billion, within the PE marketplace analysts and commentators are talking of a “real” figure being nearer to $1trillion.   While fundraising has picked [...]

Where to Find Outperformance

Where to Find Outperformance

The performance of indexes of VC and PE funds are the topic of a commentary published by Cambridge Associates LLC  this week. It caught our eye because the information was a bit counter-intuitive, specifically that developed regions outside the US, including Europe, earned “solid returns” over the past two quarters (it should be noted that non-US returns were aided by [...]