Topics: Private Equity

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Blackstone Taking Fresh Approach to Emerging Markets

Amid the flurry of activity we have seen around emerging markets in recent weeks and months, specifically around private equity (PE) firms looking to either avoid investing or to exit their existing investments in these markets, Blackstone Group has unveiled a new venture to help support development in these locations, according to Financial News.   While emerging market investments have [...]

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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 [...]

South African PE Market is Revitalized

South African PE Market is Revitalized

The PE market in South Africa grew by 10.4% this year, according to the latest annual study by KPMG and the South African VC and PE Association. Analysts quoted in the study believe that this year marks the turnaround for the PE market in South Africa.   In the calendar year 2012, the local private equity industry added 10.4% to [...]

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Post Arab Spring Dealmaking in Egypt

Egypt is in private equity news this week as a Cairo-based PE firm Citadel Capital teams up with Qatar-based investors in a bid to supply ten percent of the domestic Egyptian market., according to Arabian Business news.   Citadel announced that the joint venture will be 51 percent owned by Qatari investors and investment bank QInvest. It would build and [...]

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Fundraising Stable, Dealmaking Down in Emerging ...

The latest statistics from the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) show that private equity fundraising is on track to match 2011 levels in the first half of 2012.   It is the larger more established fund managers that have been successful closing new funds, so-called mature platforms, including the largest pan-emerging markets fund raised to date, Capital International’s USD [...]

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More PE Capital Earmarked For Africa

Investment in Africa is on the upswing, according to a report on Reuters covering a recent PE industry conference on the topic. Elsewhere, we found some new data. A study released last month by Africa Assets and Deloitte, titled "The 2011 East Africa Private Equity Confidence Survey," revealed that East Africa is a focus for private equity investment in the near [...]

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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 [...]