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Rod James

Rod James is a reporter with Secondaries Investor and also contributes to sister title PrivateEquityInternational.com. He is based in the London office. Prior to PEI, his roles included a stint as a freelancer covering fintech and transaction banking, CEEMEA capital markets reporter with EMEA Finance magazine, and editor of the Latin American political and economic risk team at IHS Global Insight.
Four of the 10 largest PE funds raised last year were for secondaries. Will the strategy come to dominate fundraising or has it had its day in the sun?
Record volumes, new entrants and GP-led deals with a little more 'hair on them' are among trends to look out for this year, according to industry leaders.
remote working
Private equity embraced remote working this year, though its long-term impact on the industry gives some a cause for concern.
Retail investors
In June the US Department of Labor gave the green light for the incorporation of private equity into 401(k) plans. Don’t expect a rush of capital just yet.
Life ring
The onset of the coronavirus presented a vital question to private equity managers – should they accept state support or not?
Nearly one-third of LPs also plan to remedy liquidity shortfalls by selling assets or taking on new credit facilities, according to the latest Coller Barometer.
Demand among buyers and LPs’ desire to manage their portfolios in the wake of covid-19 point to healthy transaction secondaries volumes in the year ahead.
Yuan-denominated funds have raised magnitudes more than dollar-denominated funds, though a lack of buyers has hindered the growth of a secondaries market.
Foreign direct investment into emerging markets is forecast to drop by up to $700bn this year, leaving development finance institutions to arrest the fall.
New York
The firm has blown past its $7bn target to hold the final close on Vintage VIII, which is already 20% committed.

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