Private Equity & Venture Capital

private equity as alternative asset

Private equity is one of the alternative asset classes offering diversification from bonds and stocks. It has traditionally been centred on leveraged buyouts – where the buyer funds the purchase price through borrowing, using the target company’s assets as collateral. However tougher economic conditions and tighter regulatory frameworks have restrained leveraged financial engineering and investors have consequently had to settle for lower returns in many situations.

Venture capital investing, which is non-leveraged private equity investment in a business usually at a seed, early or formative stage (though can also be at a later stage), has seen a high level of growth over the past 15 years or so. Where the investments are made at an early stage in the company’s life cycle, the business models are often unproven and venture capitalists are consequently seeking substantial growth projections.  MORE….

private equity growth

Private equity funds are seeking to secure a record $635 billion in investor capital as demand for the asset class goes through the roof, new research from Preqin suggests. Globally, 1,908 private equity funds are in market in Q2 2017, seeking a combined $635 billion, up from 1,834 vehicles that

private equity study

Private equity fund managers are optimistic about the industry’s performance in 2017 as they look to shake off the volatility of last year, according to a new report from BDO. Its global poll of 200 fund managers found 71 per cent now think the investment landscape is “favourable”, compared to

New research has found that managers overseeing the investments of the world's super wealthy have been turning away from hedge funds and instead focusing on private equity and private debt investments. According to UBS and Campden Research survey, which questioned 242 family offices – which manage money for super-rich family

clinton trump hedge fund donations

Hedge fund executives and private equity groups are at the top of the list when it comes to donated funds to the US presidential election season. As of last month, the candidates in this year's presidential race have raised $1.1 billion in total, figures from the Federal Election Commission that

The global adviser to pension schemes, Willis Towers Watson (WTW), has said that private equity managers are making use of financing tricks in order to boost their performance fees. The firm, along with many globally-focused academics, have accused private equity companies across the world of employing the 'financial engineering technique'

private equity

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been urged to stand firm on the warnings it issued to the private equity industry regarding treatment of clients in 2014. Two years ago, the SEC made use of new powers granted as a result of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act and

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