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Could France Become Europe’s Innovation Hub?

Could France Become Europe’s Innovation Hub?

The French voted Emmanuel Macron for president earlier in May. The young and progressive Macron managed to excite the French and not least the financial sector. Macron’s background in finance and his passion for technology has led many to believe big things are about to happen in France’s fintech sector. Could the country become Europe’s innovation hub, especially as Britain [...]

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 [...]

Disrupting Foreign Exchange with Blockchain

Disrupting Foreign Exchange with Blockchain

Last week Lykke announced a competition to build a new and superfast foreign exchange and settlement platform based on blockchain. Its Swiss founder is Richard B. Olsen. He was a fintech founder long before that buzzword entered our vocabulary. In the eighites, he established a real time financial information system and in the nineties, a Forex trading platform startup that [...]

A Study Shows Companies Still Have Misconceptions Over Private Equity

A Study Shows Companies Still Have Misconceptions ...

  A new study has found companies don’t consider private equity buyouts as the preferred option for exiting the business. For analysts and private equity firm experts, the latest findings show how small and mid-sized companies are still unaware of the opportunities the industry can offer. Misconceptions over private equity continue muddying the waters.   The Survey’s Findings   The [...]

British SMEs Driving Private Equity Activity in the UK

British SMEs Driving Private Equity Activity in the ...

  The Greek debt crisis and the economic slowdown and stock market turmoil in China have hit businesses hard across the globe and the UK has been no different. But while the larger UK businesses have been at the forefront of the troubles, investor confidence towards the small and medium sized firms in the country remains strong.   Findings of [...]

Slashing Silicon’s Early Stage Burn Rate

Slashing Silicon’s Early Stage Burn Rate

Investment in semiconductor startups pales in comparison to Internet and software  ventures. One of the larger rounds this year went to Goleta, Calif.-based Transphorm, which  announced in July that it raised USD 70 million in a deal led by a KKR growth fund. In fact, there is a bit of a run on startups like Transphorm that aim to exploit Gallium [...]

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 [...]

Private Equity Takes Aim at Family Offices

Private Equity Takes Aim at Family Offices

The newly rich entrepreneurs in places like the Silicon Valley and China are attracting global private equity firms. Family offices and their advisers are reportedly in charge of $4 trillion; a lot of money for private equity firms to use.   Increase in Family Offices The number of family offices has increased rapidly in recent years. There are currently around [...]

Palatine Private Equity Buys A Cocktail Bar

Palatine Private Equity Buys A Cocktail Bar

Private equity firm Palatine has mixed up its portfolio with a management buyout of a cocktail bar The Alchemist. The bar chain is part of the Living Ventures Group and the most recent deal is Palatine’s second investment in the organisation. The Alchemist buyout was worth £13 million.   A Rising Star The Alchemist has quickly become an iconic venue [...]

Private Equity Firm Acquires 90% of Roberto Cavalli

Private Equity Firm Acquires 90% of Roberto Cavalli

The luxury fashion designer, Roberto Cavalli, has finally sealed a deal to sell a 90% stake in the business. Several private equity firms courted the company, but in the end, the company opted to go with a fellow Italian firm, Clessidra.   End of an Era The buyout deal sees the end of an era, with the self-styled “Leopard King” [...]

Private Equity Investment Increasing Globally, Dry Powder Still a Worry

Private Equity Investment Increasing Globally, Dry ...

Recent data on the first quarter performance of private equity investment in 2015 shows the industry remains strong. Global growth markets have seen a lot of growth and PE investors are spending a lot of capital for global entrepreneurs now. But at the same time, dry powder remains a key talking point, with private equity funds sitting on top of [...]

Private Equity Buys Cirque du Soleil

Private Equity Buys Cirque du Soleil

Private equity firms are known to go after deals in the traditional sectors like property, healthcare and technology, but Monday saw an exciting deal made in the circus industry. The founder of the world’s most known circus companies, Cirque du Soleil, announced he has sold a majority stake in the company to US private equity firm TPG.   Guy Laliberté, [...]

Mega Rounds Proliferate But Only For the Few

Mega Rounds Proliferate But Only For the Few

While dollar amounts of venture capital raised in 2014 increased significantly, based on data from several sources, the overall number of venture financings has not increased, says The Entrepreneurs Report from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Raising large amounts of money for private company growth may be easier than ever in the US market, but raising startup money may not [...]

Technology Hubs and Unicorn  Farms

Technology Hubs and Unicorn Farms

The cities of Berlin, London, Stockholm, and Amsterdam are constantly competing with each other to be the “startup hub” of Europe and a reasonable case can be made for any one of them. For example, this week the FT has a feature about Stockholm as the new unicorn “factory”, a place of birth for several billion dollar startups in Europe, [...]