Topics: Private Equity Research and Trends

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 [...]

Private Equity Investment Up by 64% in India

Private Equity Investment Up by 64% in India

Private equity investment in India is booming, according to the latest report by Grant Thornton. The report shows PE investment jumped by 64% in value terms in May. The region attracted $663 million worth of private equity investment during the month, driven by big-ticket investments.   Deal value improving, but deal numbers declining   While the deal value increased in [...]

Brexit – The great disorder under the Heavens?

Brexit – The great disorder under the Heavens?

It looks that the financial industry bet the wrong way on the biggest market event since the 2008 financial crisis. The Brexit referendum’s outcome has already been called ‘the greatest Black Swan event of the millennium’ (personally, I believe that this unexpected result rather falls into the category of what we practitioners refer to in our daily work as ‘king [...]

Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit

Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit

  Private equity is estimated to be less than 2% of all assets managed internationally. It is – at least in theory – an inherently contrarian asset class. But being countercyclical and contrarian is difficult. For illustration, a few days ago I read an article that predicted the ‘denominator effect’ to return. The news was dated April 1st, so I [...]

Bedazzled? – The Lure of Co-Investing

Bedazzled? – The Lure of Co-Investing

9/10 December 2015 saw the second edition of the Oxford Symposium on Risk Management in Private Equity, organised by the Saïd Business School’s Private Equity Institute in cooperation with my company, LDS Partners. Nearly 70 academics and industry practitioners participated this time, an increase compared to last year and close to the lecture theatre’s maximum capacity. The Symposium was held [...]

Internet Startups, Cloning and Geo-Arbitrage

Internet Startups, Cloning and Geo-Arbitrage

The Economist published a feature story on a trend that is as old as the dotcom bubble. It used to be called the Red Herring effect, then the Tech Crunch effect, now it is being called "geo-arbitrage"  or "tropicalisation".   The article says that the term refers to the practice of backing start-ups that take an established business model and [...]