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   [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Three Things to Remember when Investing in Quants: an Interview with Michael Richter

Three Things to Remember when Investing in Quants: ...

High net worth individual investor and 40 year financial services veteran Michael Richter shares his insights about due diligence on quants. Three things to remember when investing in quants Operational due diligence - how does your manager segregate controls Half lives, hypotheses and what to look out for before you invest Ask these questions when getting into the black box The [...]

KKR Buys a Minority Stake in a UK Hedge Fund

KKR Buys a Minority Stake in a UK Hedge Fund

  UK-based hedge fund, Marshall Wace, announced on Wednesday that the US private equity firm, KKR, has acquired a stake in the hedge fund. The private equity firm has taken a 24.9% stake in the London-based company, with the option to increase its stake in the future.   The Agreement   According to the official statement, the private equity firm [...]

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   [...]

Booming Stock Market Has Helped China’s Private Equity Industry

Booming Stock Market Has Helped China’s Private ...

China’s private equity industry has matured quickly in the past few years. With the Chinese stock market surging in recent months, private equity and hedge funds have also started to emerge in an impressive rate. The increase in private equity is changing the country’s investment scene.   Growing Fund Numbers   According to the figures from the Chinese securities regulator, [...]

Private Equity Provides Strong Backing for a New Insurance Group

Private Equity Provides Strong Backing for a New ...

Private equity firms have provided a strong backing for a new insurance group, showing the industry still has faith in the sector. But while the Fidelis Insurance Holdings group managed to gain $1.5 billion in funds from private equity firms and other investors, some in the private equity industry are saying the sector’s investment has been a “mixed bag” for [...]

Lloyds’ Private Equity Arm to Inject More Money into Mid-Market Companies

Lloyds’ Private Equity Arm to Inject More Money ...

Lloyds Banking Group’s private equity arm has promised to boost investment in British medium-sized businesses. LDC has announced plans that would see the firm invest around £1.2 billion in the mid-market sector in the next three years. Is the sector “the forgotten army” of the British Economy?   The Plans LDC, which used to be called Lloyds Development Capital, has [...]

Private Equity Firm KKR Announces Profits And Prospect of a New Fund

Private Equity Firm KKR Announces Profits And ...

KKR was yet another private equity firm that managed to achieve better than expected results during the first quarter. Although the firm did suffer some damage because of its energy-related assets, it still managed to increase its quarterly profits by 29%. The firm also announced on Thursday that it is considering a new North American fund.   The First Quarter [...]

Private Equity Funds Behind Univision Set for $1 Billion IPO

Private Equity Funds Behind Univision Set for $1 ...

One of the fastest growing major broadcasters in the US is poised to launch its initial public offering (IPO) later this year, according to reports. The Spanish-language broadcaster Univision is backed by big private equity firms, including TPG Capital and Madison Dearborn Partners.   Reuters broke the news exclusively on late Tuesday evening. According to its report, the IPO could [...]