Friday, February 24, 2017

Regional review 2016: The song remains the same in DACH

Are Germany's gates finally opening to foreign investors?

The top private equity stories of 2016

In a year dominated by geopolitical upheaval, private equity witnessed its own turbulence in 2016 with hostile takeovers, empire building and the mega-exit of one very interesting portfolio company.

Fundraising in 2016: From strength to strength

After another bumper year private equity fundraising is showing no sign of slowing down.

Secondaries in 2016: the freight train rolls on

Even though deal value softened in 2016, secondaries investors enjoyed another strong year thanks to record war chests and narrow discounts.

Private equity gets back to nature with a spate of outdoor leisure deals

Private equity is not an asset class to miss out on a trend. In the last month alone, deals involving outdoor leisure retailers have included YFM Equity Partners’ sale of Go Outdoors – which generated a 40x return – EQT’s divestment of Internetstores to trade, and Omnes Capital and Growth Capital Partners’ investments in Ducatillon and AMG respectively.

IK hails record fundraising year, closing both small- and mid-cap funds

IK Investment Partners has certainly found reason to celebrate. Having closed its debut small-cap fund in March and its eighth mid-cap fund just last month, both at the hard cap, this has been a record-breaking year for the firm. Between the two closes, IK raised a little over €2.1bn – surpassing the previous high of €2.1bn committed to its 2000 vintage fund.

SI Capital receives €10m from Fond-ICO Global for new green fund

Spanish State-owned fund of funds Fond-ICO Global has committed €10m to the new vehicle of Barcelona-headquartered SI Capital.

The rise of a green giant in European private equity

French private equity firm Demeter Partners and venture capital house Emertec Gestion have merged to create the largest environmental player in European private equity.

Why Mediterra’s Logo Yazilim exit is a Turkish delight

The partial exit of a business services software company to the public markets would probably be unremarkable in most countries. Yet by selling down its stake in Logo Yazilim on the Borsa Istanbul (BIST), Mediterra has achieved a number of firsts.

Black Friday and retail private equity-backed businesses

The phenomenon of Black Friday is giving private equity firms in the retail sector food for thought.
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