17 May 2018

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Private equity deal activity hits 10-year high; buyout-backed IPOs beat the market

Top of the charts

Synova Capital’s debut fund is the best-performing European buyout vehicle in its vintage. We speak to founders David Menton and Philip Shapiro about their firm’s rapid rise

Q&A: Claudia Zeisberger

INSEAD professor Claudia Zeisberger discusses her private equity book; Octopus’s Grant Paul-Florence on lower mid-market dealmaking   

Taking your time

As competition for deals hots up, GPs need to make sure that vendors are treating them properly; the problems with the 100-day plan

Buyer beware

GPs and advisers discuss how due diligence has evolved and the way technology is reshaping how investors evaluate deal targets

Growing up

As Ipes turns 20 chief executive Chris Merry discusses how the business has grown and why buyout firms just love to back fund administrators

Deals in brief

A look at all the deals from the last few weeks

People

Investcorp names Hazem Ben-Gacem as co-CEO; Julian Masters is Bowmark’s new managing partner

Vulture

Rock ‘n roll at EQT in Spain; there is only one Mobeus; a GP merger made in heaven