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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.
For three decades, Investcorp has built a reputation connecting investors in the Gulf with opportunities in the developed world. Now, as it shoots for $50bn in AUM, it is carrying out its grandest plans yet.
Too many LPs are focusing on volatility as a key indicator of risk – a measure that is unsuited to liquid markets, according to consultancy Wellershoff and Partners.
Which firms raised the most capital over five years revealed, and what the changes mean for the secondaries market.
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Michael Slane, co-head of Investec's European Funds group, discusses the heightened need for FX hedging and how private funds can do it without breaking the bank.
Arc de Triomphe, Paris
Lexington Partners, Adams Street and StepStone were part of a consortium that acquired five assets off Eurazeo's balance sheet which were used to seed the €700m Eurazeo Capital IV buyout fund.
Glendower Capital Secondary Opportunities Fund IV has held a final close on $2.7bn, above its target of $2.5bn, leapfrogging two Chinese GPs to the top spot.
GP-led secondaries deals in energy – a sector fraught with risk – could provide the boost in returns some investors are looking for.
Manhattan, New York
The firm's Strategic Partners secondaries unit has raised $11.1bn for its latest programme in what is likely to be a huge year for the strategy.
Africa
The emerging markets firm has assumed management rights for global buyout fund APEF IV and Abraaj's third sub-Saharan Africa fund.
Kathleen Bacon has moved into a senior advisory position, with Carolina Espinal taking the helm of European primary partnerships.
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