Private equity

September 2017  |  SPECIAL REPORT: PRIVATE EQUITY

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September 2017 Issue


In recent times, the private equity environment has been as energetic as ever – an asset class that continues to see a high velocity of transactions, healthy fundraising, as well as high value exits and returns to investors. That said, there are a range of challenges that PE players need to keep an eye on, including increasing regulatory scrutiny and potential disruption caused by continued geopolitical uncertainty. Going forward, the outlook for PE looks positive; there is a distinct sense of optimism that bodes well for fresh opportunities and deal flow, despite global pressures. However, with record amounts of dry powder on hand, fund managers will need to work hard to deploy capital in ways that generate expected returns.

FORUM: Opportunities and risks in frontier market private equity

Jake Cusack, chair of EMPEA’s Frontier Markets Council and a managing partner at CrossBoundary, moderates a discussion with fellow EMPEA members on opportunities and risks in frontier market private equity between Hurley Doddy at Emerging Capital Partners (ECP), Leith M. Masri at Foursan Group, and Thomas C. Barry at Zephyr Management, L.P.

Emerging market private equity assets surpass $500bn

Preqin The private equity industry – consisting of buyout, growth, venture capital and closely related fund types – has historically been focused on the developed markets of North America and Europe. These regions house the largest investors, fund managers...

Going over waterfalls in a better barrel

Augentius At Niagara Falls, a tradition developed among intrepid daredevils in the early 1900s which saw them go over the waterfalls in a wooden barrel. People became celebrities for doing so (and living to tell the tale), and the act has become...

The growing need for automation and technology in private equity

ACA Even with all the technology available in today’s world, many private equity (PE) firms still maintain vital data using manual processes. Specifically, they input information by hand in spreadsheets, documents and other forms of media. These physical...

Achieving private equity exits in today’s market

Cipio Partners It is hardly surprising that European technology investment has grown tremendously over the past few years, given the fresh wave of innovative start-ups coming on the scene each month. As a consequence, Europe is now home to a...

Secondary buyouts dominate PE exits

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP The current private equity (PE) market is active as ever. Most recently, this has been highlighted by the envisaged €5.4bn takeover of German pharmaceutical company Stada by Cinven and Bain Capital. While attractive targets remain scarce these...

SEC expands confidential submission programme

Proskauer Rose LLP The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will allow all issuers to confidentially submit draft registration statements with the SEC in connection with their initial public offerings (IPOs). The programme represents the first major policy...


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