alternative investments

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 [...]

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GE Capital Finds a Buyer for Private Equity Unit

  Reports on Thursday suggest General Electric has found a buyer for its private equity unit. According to the reports, French alternative asset manager Ardian is buying GE Capital Equity. The deal could be worth $500 million.   The News Break Out   News agencies started reporting the news on Thursday, with sites such as Bloomberg citing insider sources. According [...]

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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 [...]

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KKR Buys a Minority Stake in a UK Hedge Fund

  UK-based hedge fund, Marshall Wace, announced on Wednesday that the US private equity firm, KKR, has acquired a stake in the hedge fund. The private equity firm has taken a 24.9% stake in the London-based company, with the option to increase its stake in the future.   The Agreement   According to the official statement, the private equity firm [...]

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Preqin: Investor Confidence on Alternatives Remains ...

  Preqin published its Alternative Asset Outlook for the second half of 2015 with interesting results. It is clear that investor confidence on alternative assets and their ability to provide strong returns remains strong, but there are some interesting differences when it comes to different asset classes.   Private equity looks to be gaining more interest in the second half [...]

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Setter Capital: Latest Reports Looking into the ...

  Setter Capital, the independent advisory firm, published its findings on the most sought-after European large LBO managers in the second quarter. The list was topped by CVC Europe for the second year running. Furthermore, the Setter Capital report on global secondary activity during the first half of the year found private equity secondaries performing strongly, while total transactions in [...]

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Setter Capital: The Most Sought-After Manager ...

  Setter Capital, the independent advisory firm, has published its results for the most sough-after US- mid-market LBO managers for the second quarter of the year, with some interesting findings. The report found that majority of the US LBO funds on the secondary market were priced at an average of 97.3% of net asset value. This is around 8% higher [...]

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China’s IPO Freeze Open Doors to Private Equity

  China’s stock market has made big headlines in all the right as well as the wrong reasons. While the country is trying to solve the problems by freezing new company initial public offerings, private equity and other alternative financing options have moved in to provide equity for companies.   Private Equity Firms Step In   China’s share prices saw [...]

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Indian Private Equity Benefitting from Online Boom

  India’s economy is doing well, with the economy expected to grow the fastest this year. The new confidence boost in the country has also breathed in new life into the private equity sector. One of the biggest sectors driving the private equity rekindling is the e-commerce sector and the online boom in general.   Increase in Investments   We [...]

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Institutional Investors Looking to Private Equity

  The private equity sector has been able to attract plenty of attention in recent years. One of the most recent interests has come from institutional investors, who are increasingly attracted to the sector that can offer better returns to many other traditional asset classes. But as regulatory oversight into the industry is increasing in places like the US, can [...]

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US Late Night Host Launches a Private Equity Fund

  The private equity industry is on the rise, with plenty of new funds popping up around the world. Most often, the new funds are set up by people from the financial industry, often with a background in private equity. But could a late-night host be the new star of the industry?   The Partnership   The private equity fund [...]

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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 [...]

New PwC Report Predicts Private Equity to Grow to $7 Trillion by 2020

New PwC Report Predicts Private Equity to Grow to $7...

  The latest report by the global consulting firm PwC predicts private equity markets to grow in the next five years. According to the report, published on Monday, private equity assets will reach $7 trillion by 2020. The report also predicts growth on alternative assets as a whole, although global monetary policy and gross domestic product levels can still influence [...]

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Private Equity Provides Strong Backing for a New ...

Private equity firms have provided a strong backing for a new insurance group, showing the industry still has faith in the sector. But while the Fidelis Insurance Holdings group managed to gain $1.5 billion in funds from private equity firms and other investors, some in the private equity industry are saying the sector’s investment has been a “mixed bag” for [...]

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Survey Shows Institutional Investors Are Interested ...

Consultancy group PwC conducted a survey among institutional investors and made some interesting findings. A majority of institutional investors are interested in quantifying the value of responsible investments in private equity and see where PE managers stand when it comes to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Despite the interest, very few investors still choose to seek answers to these [...]