Topics: Funds

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 [...]

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   [...]

The Buoyant Fundraising Market in Europe Continues

The Buoyant Fundraising Market in Europe Continues

The European fundraising market is looking strong and aggressive. Its latest beneficiary has been Star Capital Partners. The private equity group announced this week it has raised €800 million in the upbeat market. But as fundraising has heated up, suitable assets are becoming harder to come by – turning fund’s attention away from the region.   Star Capital breaks the [...]

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 [...]

Famous University to Unload Over $2bn of Funds

Famous University to Unload Over $2bn of Funds

One of the world’s most famous universities, Harvard University, is close to selling its private equity holdings. The university is also planning to unload some of its venture capital and real estate funds at the same time. According to the reports, the assets the university is looking to unload are worth well over $2 billion.   Plans are emerging about [...]

Apollo Global Management Creates the Largest Buyout Fund

Apollo Global Management Creates the Largest Buyout ...

Private equity is not going anywhere. The latest proof is about to be revealed soon, according to reporting by CNBC. Sources close to Apollo Global Management are suggesting the private equity firm is about to close its latest buyout fund. The fund is set to become the largest in the history of buyout funds.   Breaking records   The previous [...]

Private Equity Struggling to Raise Funds in the Middle East

Private Equity Struggling to Raise Funds in the ...

Private equity and venture capital funds are not performing strongly in the Middle East, according to the latest reporting. MENA Private Equity Association published its annual report, which shows a 41% drop in private equity and venture capital funds last year. In terms of the region’s winner, UAE attracted the most interest from private equity funds.   The report’s findings [...]

Plynk Raises €25m and Plans to Expand Outside Ireland

Plynk Raises €25m and Plans to Expand Outside ...

Irish money messaging app Plynk has secured €25 million in its recent Series A round. The investment round was led by Swiss Privée Ltd, which is a private investment trust. The fintech firm’s next step is to launch the product in the UK and Europe.   The fundraising round   The €25 million investment round was led by the Swizz [...]

Mid-Market M&A Pricing In Europe Increasing

Mid-Market M&A Pricing In Europe Increasing

According to the Argos Mid-Market Index, the price for mid-market companies in Europe is on the increase. Mid-market M&A pricing rose by 1.2% in the first quarter of 2017. Private equity funds were paying increasingly high prices in these situations, states the index collected by Epsilon Research and Argos Soditic.   What does the index show?   According to the [...]

Growth Capital Ventures Attracts a £57.5m Investment Fund

Growth Capital Ventures Attracts a £57.5m ...

UK fintech firm Growth Capital Ventures has attracted a £57.5m investment fund. The investment fund comes after its recent £1.1m investment from private equity, which helped the northeastern firm to create over ten jobs in the region. The latest investment will go towards helping local small businesses access capital in order to grow.   Major investment fund to boost growth [...]

Private Equity Hungry for Tech Deals

Private Equity Hungry for Tech Deals

Private equity has not always been in love with the technology sector. A few decades ago, tech deals were considered a poor bet for private equity firms. Ideas were not thought to outweigh physical assets as an investment opportunity.   But things have changed – technology is a hot investment opportunity for firms, with many of them looking hungrily for [...]

Private Equity Fundraising Remains Strong

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 [...]

Asian Private Equity Market Facing Uncertainty

Asian Private Equity Market Facing Uncertainty

The private equity market in Asia-Pacific (APAC) has been growing steadily, but the ‘buy low, sell high’ era might be about to end. According to Bain & Company’s latest reporting on private equity performance in the region, the industry could be facing higher uncertainty and APAC would need to continue its resilient march to identify new sources of value to [...]

Private Equity Cuddles Up with a Toymaker

Private Equity Cuddles Up with a Toymaker

A private equity-led group has bought one of the biggest independent toymakers on the market. Private equity firm Privet Capital announced its buyout of Vivid Toy Group. The UK-based toymaker is behind big toys such as Moshi Monsters and Care Bears.   The story of the toymaker   Vivid Toy Group started in 1993 by making toys under licence to [...]

Does Private Equity Have a Dry Powder Problem?

Does Private Equity Have a Dry Powder Problem?

Private equity is constantly looking to break records. Last December, the record-breaking figure on everybody’s lips was $820 billion. According to Preqin, this was the amount of dry powder private equity firms had available for investments. Does it show the industry to have a problem?   Deals aren’t getting any cheaper   Although private equity funds stood on top of [...]