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Shift to Alternative Assets Gathers Pace

Shift to Alternative Assets Gathers Pace

Institutional investors are turning into alternative assets. The worldwide trend of opting for investments such as property, infrastructure, private equity and hedge funds has been gathering pace since last year. The shift to alternative assets has also driven up valuations of these illiquid assets – concern over returns is starting to mount up.   Alternative assets under management increasing   [...]

European PE Looking Beyond Europe

European PE Looking Beyond Europe

European private equity firms are setting their sight outside of Europe. The region’s groups invested around €22 billion during the second quarter in non-European assets. This is twice as much investment as the PE firms allocated to local assets.   Shifting focus   S&P Global Market Intelligence reported on the second quarter’s findings that show a strong indication of shifting [...]

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Report: Returns Tighten for Private Equity

The latest Global Private Equity Barometer shows private equity returns to have decreased from last year. Coller Capital’s reporting also shows private equity investors believe fintech opportunities will continue to increase in the future. However, investors don’t seem impressed by blockchain technology.   Returns are diminishing   According to the report, 62% of surveyed private equity investors earned a net [...]

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Private Equity Fundraising Remains Strong

Private equity is continuing its strong performance in terms of fundraising. The latest data shows that despite deal-making slowing down, fundraising activity is breaking records – the future is set open for big deals.   North American funds making gains   Preqin’s latest research into the first quarter has highlighted strong fundraising efforts, especially by North America-focused funds. These funds [...]

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Preqin: PE Buyout Deal Activity Slows in Q1

Private equity deals have not witnessed as strong a start to 2017 as many would have hoped. The latest data highlights decrease in buyout deal activity, adding fuel to concerns deal-making in the industry is slowing down.   What to expect from Q1?   ValueWalk reports deal volume to stand at 970 transactions in the first quarter of 2017. The [...]

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Booming Private Equity Buyout Levels in the UK

The start of the year has witnessed record levels of private equity buyouts of UK companies. The deal value and number suggest investors are opting for putting their money work, even though the markets might face turmoil in the coming months.   Record level deal numbers   In the first two months of the year, 30 global private equity buyouts [...]

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Preqin: Private Equity Tops Alternative Asset List

Institutional investors continue to look for alternative assets and they are increasingly keen to invest in a variety of asset classes, according go the latest report by Preqin. The number of investors committing to more that four asset classes has increased in a year. While investors are dissatisfied with some classes, private equity appetite remains strong.   Preqin’s H1 2017 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Preqin: Private Equity Funds Slow to Change Fee ...

  Private equity industry has been under pressure in recent years. One of the key focus points has been the fee structure the firms use, but Preqin’s latest research shows firms have been slow to change. Most private equity firms still hang on to the old charging systems.   The Traditional Fee Structure   According to Preqin’s 2015 Private Equity [...]

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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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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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Gender Dilemma: Using Perks to Get More Women to ...

  This September is the 20th anniversary of a speech made by former US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton. In the speech, Clinton made the famous remark, “Women’s rights are human rights”. Since the speech, focus on gender equality has increased, especially in the workplace. Yet, some industries, like private equity, continue to have problems in attracting women.   Private [...]

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Could Private Equity be Ready to Cash in?

  Private equity industry has seen its fair share of both bad and good exits, with holding times telling a lot about the investments’ success. But the financial crisis of 2008 caused plenty of headaches for many firms and funds’ holding times have seen an increase. But could a string of big initial public offerings of the summer from pre-crisis [...]

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Preqin: Number of Zombie Private Equity Funds ...

  Preqin’s latest research shows that private equity’s so-called zombie funds are on the rise in investor portfolios. While venture capital funds are still the biggest group of zombie, the number of zombie buyout funds have also increased from 2014.   Zombie funds, which are funds that have retained all or some of their assets beyond the original holding period, [...]