Topics: Private Equity

Fintech Firm Pushes the Banking Boundaries

Fintech Firm Pushes the Banking Boundaries

A mobile-only financial institution has taken a move towards acquiring a bank charter in the US. The fintech firm called Varo Money has filed a formal application and hopes to become a national bank. This private equity backed fintech firm is yet another firm to push the banking boundaries – while the authorities are trying to keep up with the [...]

Private Equity Giant to Buy WebMD

Private Equity Giant to Buy WebMD

One of the world’s biggest and the most known private equity firms is buying an online health publisher WebMD Health Corp. The parties announced the deal on Monday evening, stating the deal would be worth around $2.8 billion.   The financials of the deal   Private equity giant KKR will pay $66.50 per share, which is a premium of 20.5% [...]

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 [...]

Cirque du Soleil Leaps into an Acquisition

Cirque du Soleil Leaps into an Acquisition

Cirque du Soleil has broadened its horizon and moved beyond just being a circus arts company. The Canadian company, together with its private equity owner TPG, announced an acquisition of Blue Man Productions. The group is expected to have other targets in its bold acquisition list, as it wants to expand its grip as a global entertainment group.   The [...]

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 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 [...]

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 [...]

Report: Returns Tighten for Private Equity

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 [...]

The European Commission to Reboot its CMU Plan

The European Commission to Reboot its CMU Plan

The European Commission has revealed it would be rebooting its Capital Markets Union (CMU) plan. The Commission hopes it will strengthen Europe’s financial systems at a time when Brexit is looming over the continent.   The CMU was originally adopted in 2015 with the aim of helping businesses access investment across European border. There were 33 measures in the original [...]

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 [...]

Indian Fintech Startup Raises $5.3m

Indian Fintech Startup Raises $5.3m

Fintech startup PaySense has raised $5.3m in a Series A round, adding to its impressive fundraising efforts. The latest round was led by Jungle Ventures and it also featured Naspers Group and Nexus Venture Partners. The investment round is a clear example of the strength and attractions of the Indian fintech sector.   PaySense’s strong fundraising efforts continue   The [...]