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Q&A: Mark Billige, UK managing partner, Simon-Kucher

Mark Billige, the UK managing partner of Simon-Kucher, a consultancy specialising in top line growth, reveals how his firm has worked with portfolio companies to deliver double-digit earnings increases within weeks of taking on private equity ownership.

Q&A: Scott Ulnick, Tom Bottomley and Martina Bozadzhieva, DuckerFrontier

DuckerFrontier’s Scott Ulnick, Tom Bottomley and Martina Bozadzhieva discuss the changing due diligence needs of dealmakers in a competitive market and how to make decisions against an uncertain macroeconomic backdrop.

Location, impact and mega-growth mindset drive European venture

Real Deals looks at the three key themes influencing the industry's direction of travel.

Five areas gaining the most venture capital interest

Venture fundraising and deal activity soared in 2018. But where are managers deploying their swelling warchests? Real Deals runs the rule over five sectors where investor interest is at its hottest.

BEX Capital: No-fee model for NGOs could become industry mainstream

After BEX Capital’s record fund of funds secondaries fundraise, managing partners’ Benjamin Revillon and Erwin Roex explain the innovative X shares model and why this model could be used across the industry.

Maiden fundraiser aims to exploit untapped Nordic small-cap segment

Evolver partner Erik Flodin speaks to Real Deals about the challenges involved in raising a maiden fund and why the Nordic small-cap market presents a perfect opportunity.
Sherpa Capital

Sherpa Capital sees opportunity in the Spanish lower mid-market

Madrid-based Sherpa Capital made its name in special situations but has now secured €150m for its first growth capital fund.
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The key talking points from Real Deals Mid-Market 2018

Fund restructuring, succession, carry and gender equality were among the themes debated by private equity's leading dealmakers and investors at Mid-Market 2018.

Imbiba seeks to defy doom and gloom with debut leisure fund

Imbiba, which invests up to £5m in growing hospitality companies, secured its £50m debut fund thanks to a cornerstone commitment from the British Business Bank.
due diligence private equity

Understanding the changing dynamics of due diligence

Frustrated by “tick-box” exercises and unreliable vendor-led projects, private equity firms are demanding more of their due diligence providers.
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