private equity trends

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 [...]

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 [...]

5 Cures for Portfolio Troubles

5 Cures for Portfolio Troubles

The troubles pension funds and other institutional investors are having with their private equity (PE) portfolios have been making headlines, and regulators are reacting with more oversight. There is talk of diminished PE returns and a broken PE business model. Nevertheless, some industry experts still see potential in private equity, albeit with a healthy dose of applied knowledge and understanding [...]

Preqin: Private Equity Funds Slow to Change Fee Structure

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 [...]

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 [...]

EVCA: Fundraising and Investment Activity Strengthened in CEE in 2014

EVCA: Fundraising and Investment Activity ...

  The European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) released its report on the investment, divestment and fundraising activity in the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region last year at the end of last week. The report shows that 2014 was a robust year for the region, while some differences in private equity and venture capital investment remained in [...]

Preqin: Investor Confidence on Alternatives Remains Strong

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 [...]

Abraaj Group’s $1.4bn Funds Shows Strength in African Private Equity

Abraaj Group’s $1.4bn Funds Shows Strength in ...

  Abraaj Group announced big news at the start of the week, as it closed its latest private equity fund. The North Africa focused fund managed to raise $375 million in investments. Together with its previous sub-Saharan focused fund, closed in April, Abraaj Group is set to invest nearly $1.4 billion more in the continent.   The Newest Fund   [...]

Indian Venture Capital & Private Equity Investors Make Record Gains

Indian Venture Capital & Private Equity ...

  Indian private equity industry is currently causing headlines for all the right reasons. A new study by Venture Intelligence shows private equity and venture capital investors were able to realise over $6 billion via share sales during the first seven months of 2015. Indian private equity could well be on its way for a record year.   The Reports [...]

Setter Capital: Latest Reports Looking into the Current Secondary Market

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 [...]

Private Equity Players Putting Their Trust in India

Private Equity Players Putting Their Trust in India

  Private equity players’ love for India seems to be growing stronger. According to a new study, private equity funds are increasing their bets on India and remain confident over the country’s growth outlook.   Findings of the Study   The Associated Chambers of Commerce & Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) looked at the Indian private equity industry during the first [...]

2015 Private Equity Round Table

2015 Private Equity Round Table

In this year's  Private Equity Roundtable, Corporate LiveWire spoke with six experts from around the world to discuss recent Private Equity developments in their jurisdiction: Alexandre Prost-Gargoz, Nathan Cahill, Simon Burns, Joachim Habetha, Christopher Elvin and DealMarket CEO, Urs Haeusler. Highlighted topics include: the differences between public and private market composition; the increase in cross border opportunities; and the impact of regulatory changes such as the Alternative Investment Fund Managers [...]

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 [...]

KKR Deal Offers Lessons in Risky Lending

KKR Deal Offers Lessons in Risky Lending

  Private equity investments always come with a risk, but some deals, and indeed industries, are far more risky than others. KKR’s last year investment in an energy sector company, Preferred Sands, started out as a win-win deal, but it has now turned sour for the private equity firm.   The Deal   Last year, KKR bought Preferred Sands in [...]

Could Private Equity be Ready to Cash in?

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 [...]