Topics: Private Equity

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 [...]

Private Equity Looking for Opportunities in Brazil

Private Equity Looking for Opportunities in Brazil

  Brazil is set to host the Olympic games next year with interest and excitement building on the streets of Rio. But at the same time, the Brazilian economy is faced with some massive challenges. Brazilian asset prices are plummeting, but analysts are calling for value investors to seek opportunities in the sector and perhaps help the economy get back [...]

The Private Equity Job Market Is Hot In 2015

The Private Equity Job Market Is Hot In 2015

Trade press headlines from Hong Kong to London are  talking about a ‘War for Talent’ in private equity. In the past seven days, more than 440 jobs in private equity and venture capital were added to eFinancialCareers, which seems like a lot. It does not include the hundreds of open positions posted lately on LinkedIn or the websites of buyout [...]

How Currency Volatility Impacts Private Equity Firms

How Currency Volatility Impacts Private Equity Firms

The past few weeks have seen plenty of speculation that China might be about to devalue the yuan. Although private equity firms don’t typically need to worry about currency fluctuation and volatility, the prospect of devaluation could potentially cut of profit margins for many of the worlds PE funds. So how serious is the impact of currency volatility and what [...]

$5.6 Billion Private Equity Vehicle to Shake Up the Mining Industry

$5.6 Billion Private Equity Vehicle to Shake Up the ...

One of the mining industry’s most famous faces is looking to make a comeback with a bang. On Thursday, the ex-Xstrata boss, Mick Davis, announced his private equity vehicle has raised $5.6 billion and the fund is looking for lucrative deals in the industry.   Mick Davis is looking to partner with his old team and make some large-scale investments [...]

Why Brazil is a PE Dream Market

Why Brazil is a PE Dream Market

Brazil might be in the headlines because it’s hosting the World Cup, but it is in the private equity media news for different reasons. Brazil has become the darling of Latin America’s private equity market, despite slowing in Brazil fundraising last year. When asked to explain why in a Bloomberg TV broadcast, Cate Ambrose, President of Latin American Venture Capital [...]

BRIC’s Losing Share as PE Investors Look Elsewhere

BRIC’s Losing Share as PE Investors Look Elsewhere

The popularity of the BRIC countries within the private equity (PE) marketplace in recent years has been well documented. Brazil, Russia, India and China have enjoyed well over a decade of having the status of one of the countries to invest in if you’re looking for high returns.   However, with each of these four countries facing its own individual [...]

Hamilton Lane Bucks Trend with Brazil Fund

Hamilton Lane Bucks Trend with Brazil Fund

While private equity (PE) managers and investors seek opportunities outside of emerging markets and try to exit the investments they do have in these locations, Philadelphia headquartered Hamilton Lane is continuing its investment love affair with Brazil that originally began in 1997.   Private Equity News has reported on the closure of Hamilton Lane’s latest fund, dubbed a “fund of [...]

Investors Deserting Brazil for Alternative Latin Opportunities

Investors Deserting Brazil for Alternative Latin ...

While interest in the private equity (PE) markets of the BRIC nations has been strong in recent years, these countries are starting to see splits in how opportunities there are viewed. Russia and India continues to attract investment owing to the opportunities that still exist there.   While China’s economy is viewed as strong, many investors are turning away from [...]

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 [...]

Russian PE Weak Compared to Rest of BRIC Markets

Russian PE Weak Compared to Rest of BRIC Markets

More than USD 36.5 billion in private equity has been invested in emerging and developing markets over the past decade, and within the four major BRIC countries, it is China, India and Brazil that account for two thirds of its cross-border deals (64%) and financial commitments (63%), according to new research by international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.   Over [...]

Investments on the Rise in Latin America

Investments on the Rise in Latin America

Dealbook reports that PE and VC firms committed USD 7.9 billion last year to invest in Latin America, up by 21 percent over the previous year, according to the Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. The number of investments in 2012 grew to 237, which is a 37 percent increase over 2011. Consumer and retail are the hot [...]

LatAm PE Investment Dips

LatAm PE Investment Dips

Private equity and venture capital investment in Latin America was down by 60% (to USD 1.79 billion) in the first half of 2012, according to Reuters. The region has seen an up and down trend in recent years. It was up from USD 1 billion in 2005 to USD 7.5 billion in 2007, then down to about USD 3 billion [...]

Fundraising Stable, Dealmaking Down in Emerging Markets

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 [...]

The BRICs : A Magnet For PE Capital

The BRICs : A Magnet For PE Capital

Capital flow to the so-called emerging BRICs has been growing since the mid-2000s, driven by the strong performance of the asset class and the increasing appetite of institutional investors for alternative investments in emerging markets, according to a new whitepaper from Siguler Guff titled, Private Equity Opportunities in the BRICs and Beyond.   The paper reveals that investment opportunities in [...]