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Can Fintech Conquer the B2B Sector?

Can Fintech Conquer the B2B Sector?

When it comes to investing in the financial sector, venture capital and private equity have long been less keen on interesting in B2B companies. But McKinsey & Co’s latest research suggest things might be changing and investors are now targeting financing solution for both buyers and suppliers, together with automated account management tools. Can fintech conquer the B2B sector?   [...]

SoftBank Closing In on a US Startup

SoftBank Closing In on a US Startup

SoftBank is close to finalising another deal, according to CNBC. This time the Japanese conglomerate has set its eyes on a US startup WeWork. The office-sharing startup is expected to be worth over $3 billion and it would be yet another step for SoftBank to expand beyond the technology and telecoms sector.   According to CNBC reports, the deal is [...]

IPO Outlook Improved by Successful Block Trades

IPO Outlook Improved by Successful Block Trades

New listings might well be on the way in the months ahead. This newfound positive mood for initial public offerings (IPOs) is driven by banks selling large blocks of stock in the European market – and succeeding in the deals.   The Financial Times published a post on the positive start to the year’s IPO sector, especially in terms of [...]

Co-op for sale – Private equity to the rescue?

Co-op for sale – Private equity to the rescue?

The Co-operative Bank has started its final effort to salvage its future, as it announced it is up for sale on Monday. The bank made the announcement after a warning on its capital reserves. Private equity firms have already announced interest, but other challengers remain in the way of a straight up sale.   The Financial Times reported that institutional [...]

Record-breaking – From Seed to Market Dominance, Dealmaking Reaches New Highs

Record-breaking – From Seed to Market ...

The superlatives are flying this week as analysts and companies describe the latest rush of deal activity and news. Here is a roundup of just five of the biggest, the largest, most audacious and record-breaking totals.   Biggest Year on Record for US M&A Market … and Highest Volume Year to Date Ever   A record number (45) of deals [...]

Private Equity to Test Investor Appetite in Australia

Private Equity to Test Investor Appetite in ...

  The volatile stock market has resulted in a muted investor appetite, but private equity-backed companies have remained a bit more upbeat. While initial public offerings have not been the chosen route for many firms, especially in Australia, the mood might be about to change.   Private equity firm, Pacific Equity Partners (PEP), has launched its IPO of Link Group, [...]

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 [...]

Bain Looking for £1bn Flotation for UK Brick Company

Bain Looking for £1bn Flotation for UK Brick ...

  Private equity firm Bain is set to help the UK brick company, Ibstock, list on the stock exchange. Ibstock is among the UK’s oldest and largest brick companies and the initial public offering is expected to raise around £1 billion. The IPO comes just less than a year after the company was taken private by the private equity firm. [...]

Cinven to Sell ‘Zombie’ Life Assurer

Cinven to Sell ‘Zombie’ Life Assurer

  Private equity firm Cinven could be about to sell the life insurance group, Guardian Financial Services, to another UK insurer. Reports on Thursday confirmed Phoenix is exploring to possibility of an acquisition – the deal could potentially exceed £1 billion.   Cinven’s Decision to Sell   The private equity firm bought Guardian Financial Services in 2011 from the Dutch [...]

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 [...]

Are US IPOs at an Inflection Point?

Are US IPOs at an Inflection Point?

  The initial public offerings in the US have been reaching great levels in recent years. But newly published research suggests, the market might be about to turn. This could mean private equity firms won’t have as many lucrative exit opportunities during the second half of the year and the start of next year.   Renaissance Capital’s Research   According [...]

Australian Private Equity Industry Set for a Debate

Australian Private Equity Industry Set for a Debate

  The Australian private equity industry is faced with plenty of turmoil. Private equity funds have plenty of capital to deploy, but the competitive market is making it hard to find enough profitable acquisitions. On top of this, the fee structure is under scrutiny in Australia, just like it is elsewhere in the world. The above topics are surely one [...]

Petco’s Private Equity Owners Turn to Dual-Track Process

Petco’s Private Equity Owners Turn to Dual-Track ...

  One of the terms that currently keeps popping up in private equity news is dual-track process. Many private equity firms are looking at initial public offering (IPO) at the same time as talking with potential bidders in order to exit their investments. The latest firms to do so are TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners, as they are [...]

One of Private Equity’s Longest-Held Investments Finally Sold

One of Private Equity’s Longest-Held Investments ...

  There has been plenty of talk lately over the increased holding times in private equity. Some good news came about on Wednesday, as one the industry’s longest-held investment was finally sold when Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) bought SunGard.   The Financial Details of the Deal   FIS announced on Wednesday that it’d buy SunGard Data Systems from its [...]

Bridgepoint Looking to Boost Pret-a-Manger’s Profits Pre-IPO

Bridgepoint Looking to Boost Pret-a-Manger’s ...

  The British sandwich and coffee chain, Pret-a-Manger might be looking to list next year. The private equity owners of the chain are hoping to improve the company’s fortunes before listing and are even considering a US-listing, according to latest reports.   The Listing Rumours   Pret-a-Manger or Pret, as the company is nicknamed, is considering a 2016 initial public [...]