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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 [...]

Swiss Fintech Gets an Investment from a Large Bank

Swiss Fintech Gets an Investment from a Large Bank

Another major bank has understood the value in investing in fintech, this time in Switzerland. Swiss-based private bank Julius Baer announced its investment in Nectar on Tuesday. The investment is the second big name to invest in the wealth management provider.   The latest investment in Nectar   The details of the new investment remain unknown. Nectar made the announcement [...]

Private Equity – How to balance risks versus opportunities

Private Equity – How to balance risks versus ...

This year’s Oxford Symposium (13-14 December) on Risk Management in Private Equity asks how investors can balance risks versus opportunities in order to maximize risk-adjusted returns – in other words, risk management as a value add. This article gives insights into the focus topics of the symposium and provides food for thought to investors on how to maximize risk-adjusted returns.     Mind the [...]

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 [...]

The Private Equity Risk Stalemate

The Private Equity Risk Stalemate

Recently I had a longer debate with the founder of a software company who argued that there is no market for sophisticated solutions (like value-at-risk) for quantifying private equity risks. I respect this person’s experience and judgment and, sadly, I tend to agree. I use the word ‘sadly’ as risk management (in the sense of balancing threats versus opportunities) is [...]

Jung, dynamisch und vielleicht disruptiv

Jung, dynamisch und vielleicht disruptiv

DealMarket in Schaffhauser Zeitung January 22, 2016:   "Das Zürcher Unternehmen hat eine Onlineplattform entwickelt, auf der sogenanntes Fundraising betrieben werden kann. Wo also Jungunternehmer potenziellen Geldgebern ihre Ideen schmackhaft machen können. «Unsere Plattform funktioniert vom Prinzip her wie Homegate für Immobilien», sagt Geschäftsführer und Miteigentümer Urs Häusler. Einen Preis gewonnen   Damit verdient die Firma kein Geld, die Benutzung ist kostenlos. Geld einbringen tun dagegen die für professionelle Investmentfirmen massgeschneiderten Plattformen von [...]

Switzerland – an important FinTech Hub in the near Future?

Switzerland – an important FinTech Hub in the ...

New Study by Roland Berger and Swiss Finance Startups Switzerland must seize the FinTech opportunity now! Download the Swiss FinTech Study here ·      The rapid worldwide development of startups in the FinTech industry will lead to significant shifts in the global financial industry. ·      Innovations in the FinTech area lead to a fragmentation of the value chain and thus drive [...]

IPOs Remain Strong Thanks to Private Equity

IPOs Remain Strong Thanks to Private Equity

  The market turmoil over the summer has certainly received not just a number of big headlines, but also investors’ attention. The Chinese stock market suffered the deepest one-day drop of all times and the Dow Jones Industrial Average also plummeted by nearly as much as 1,000 points during the third quarter.   While the volatile market conditions have certainly [...]

Chinese Billionaire After Terra Firma’s Odeon

Chinese Billionaire After Terra Firma’s Odeon

  Private equity firm Terra Firma is looking for a buyer for the Odeon cinema chain. Sunday’s papers reported that its likely buyer might come from China. The historic cinema chain has caught the attention of Wang Jianli, the Chinese business tycoon.   Terra Firma’s Role in Charge of Odeon Terra Firma acquired the cinema chain in 2004. At the [...]

Private Equity Fundraising Remains Strong in Asia

Private Equity Fundraising Remains Strong in Asia

  All the eyes are currently fixated in China, as Asia’s largest economy continues to show worrying signs. Private equity investors around the region and the rest of the world are also paying close attention to the problems, as well as the opportunities China’s current economic slowdown could present. While the country’s economy is troubling many investors, fundraising activity in [...]

Private Equity Firm Grabs an Australian Copper Mine

Private Equity Firm Grabs an Australian Copper Mine

  A joint venture, led by the private equity firm EMR Capital, has secured a deal to buy an Australian copper mine. EMR Capital is teaming up with Lighthouse Minerals in a deal worth $10.75 million. It is a relief for the mine and its owners Aditya Birla Minerals, which have struggled under the current slump in commodity prices.   [...]

Big Private Equity Firms – Not Enough Action Over Fees?

Big Private Equity Firms – Not Enough Action Over ...

  The $3.5 trillion private equity industry is facing one of its biggest challenges, as the fee structure of firms is coming under scrutiny. The call for more transparency has become increasingly heated, with new research showing firms have so far been slow to change. As pressure continues to build, many wonder whether the big private equity firms have done [...]

Everstone Capital Advisors Raises $730 Million with Third Fund

Everstone Capital Advisors Raises $730 Million with ...

  The Singapore-based private equity firm announced on Tuesday the closure of its third fund. Everstone Capital Advisors, which is the private equity arm of the Everstone Group, said it has raised $730 million with the fund, which aims to focus on investments in India and Southeast Asia.   The Fund   According to the official statement, the Everstone Capital [...]

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 [...]

CHAMP Private Equity Makes a Six-Fold Return

CHAMP Private Equity Makes a Six-Fold Return

Private equity firm CHAMP Private Equity can pop out the champagne, as the firm just recorded a near six-fold return from its investment. The firm made the profit on the sale of Accolade Wines share in Matthew Clark, UK’s biggest drinks distributor to pubs.   The Deal   Accolade Wines sold its 50% stake in Matthew Clark to Conviviality Retail. [...]