Topics: Funds

PE Firm Finstar to Invest in Fintech

PE Firm Finstar to Invest in Fintech

Private equity firm Finstar Financial Group has announced a strong commitment to fintech. The Moscow-based firm is planning to invest $150 million in fintech startups in the next five years.   Targeting high growth SMEs   The private equity group is planning to target high growth SMEs and provide help to its portfolio companies in terms of R&D. Finstar has [...]

The Buoyant Fundraising Market in Europe Continues

The Buoyant Fundraising Market in Europe Continues

The European fundraising market is looking strong and aggressive. Its latest beneficiary has been Star Capital Partners. The private equity group announced this week it has raised €800 million in the upbeat market. But as fundraising has heated up, suitable assets are becoming harder to come by – turning fund’s attention away from the region.   Star Capital breaks the [...]

European PE Looking Beyond Europe

European PE Looking Beyond Europe

European private equity firms are setting their sight outside of Europe. The region’s groups invested around €22 billion during the second quarter in non-European assets. This is twice as much investment as the PE firms allocated to local assets.   Shifting focus   S&P Global Market Intelligence reported on the second quarter’s findings that show a strong indication of shifting [...]

Plynk Raises €25m and Plans to Expand Outside Ireland

Plynk Raises €25m and Plans to Expand Outside ...

Irish money messaging app Plynk has secured €25 million in its recent Series A round. The investment round was led by Swiss Privée Ltd, which is a private investment trust. The fintech firm’s next step is to launch the product in the UK and Europe.   The fundraising round   The €25 million investment round was led by the Swizz [...]

Mid-Market M&A Pricing In Europe Increasing

Mid-Market M&A Pricing In Europe Increasing

According to the Argos Mid-Market Index, the price for mid-market companies in Europe is on the increase. Mid-market M&A pricing rose by 1.2% in the first quarter of 2017. Private equity funds were paying increasingly high prices in these situations, states the index collected by Epsilon Research and Argos Soditic.   What does the index show?   According to the [...]

Growth Capital Ventures Attracts a £57.5m Investment Fund

Growth Capital Ventures Attracts a £57.5m ...

UK fintech firm Growth Capital Ventures has attracted a £57.5m investment fund. The investment fund comes after its recent £1.1m investment from private equity, which helped the northeastern firm to create over ten jobs in the region. The latest investment will go towards helping local small businesses access capital in order to grow.   Major investment fund to boost growth [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Private Equity Firm EQT Closes Its Biggest Fund to Date

Private Equity Firm EQT Closes Its Biggest Fund to ...

  Private equity firm EQT highlighted the increasing investor interest towards European funds, as it closed its seventh fund at record high. EQT managed to raise €6.75 billion with the new fund, which will focus on investing in Northern European businesses with a strong industrial approach.   The Fund   The fund is the Swedish firm’s seventh fund and the [...]

New UK Budget to Hit Private Equity Managers’ Pockets

New UK Budget to Hit Private Equity Managers’ ...

  The recent UK election changed the political landscape in the UK and resulted in the Chancellor of Exchequer outlining his second Budget of the year yesterday. The Budget is the first majority Conservative budget since 1996 and it outlined some changes that will have an impact on private equity firms operating in the country and could even push some [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Targeting Ukrainian Farms

Private Equity Targeting Ukrainian Farms

The Ukrainian crisis has long troubled the world’s market and private equity activity has slowed down, especially in Russia, as a result. But it looks like Ukrainian farms might emerge from the troubles as winners, as private equity firms are going after them as a lucrative investment opportunity. But the conflict continues to cast a shadow over the region, especially [...]