Wednesday, January 18, 2017

In conversation with Donn Cox and John Hess of Pavilion

In June Canadian alternative investment adviser Pavilion Financial Corporation acquired UK-based Altius Holdings, creating a global player with $130bn capital under advisement. Pavilion’s Donn...

Brewdog’s crowdfunding gimmick makes private equity look cautious

Real Deals has kept an eye on the crowdfunding trend for some time now and often pondered the threat it poses to private equity....

Lack of a Brexit plan is the barrier to UK investment that Permira man...

Avid Real Deals readers will be aware that Theresa May has appointed Sir Damon Buffini, formerly of Permira, to chair a review of barriers to...

GPs should be grateful that Bowmark and Five Arrows have proven doubters wrong with...

There is nothing quite a delicious as proving your doubters wrong. Bowmark Capital and Five Arrows Principal Investments did just that this week after...

Protectionism will not stymie Chinese dealmaking

Hogan Lovell's Andrew McGinty explains why China's need to diversify its asset base will see more deal flow in 2017.

Uncertainties kept IPOs dormant in 2016 – but conditions are ripe for a reawakening

At the end of a year of almost unparalleled uncertainty, IPO activity is down and PE’s share of the total has shrunk, too. EY analysis suggests several reasons that explain the drop and also why PE exits are expected to bounce back in 2017.

The private equity guru who’s also an instructor in a punishing fitness regime

PwC retail guru Kien Tan has been a Vulture favourite in recent weeks (regular readers will recall his comments on tattoos), but this old bird just couldn’t resist featuring him again after discovering that among his many talents is expertise in the BodyAttack fitness system.

Make toys, not war

As a bird of prey, the Vulture enjoys being carried away by his most primal instincts hunting for freebies in financial events. The old bird came across a surprise from the US Bank at the recent Real Deals UK Mid-Market Debt conference.

All I want for Christmas…

It looks as if 2016 will prove to be another bumper year for the asset class. What more could GPs possibly ask for?

Distressed debt is officially harder than a Rubik’s Cube

The Vulture recently dropped into a conference on the subject of distressed Spanish debt. It was a fascinating affair without doubt, but this old bird was a bit puzzled by some of the more complex issues addressed such as pre-insolvency tools, tariff deficits and bond structures. Thankfully, within the sponsor’s goody bag was some very appropriate light relief – a branded Rubik’s Cube.
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