February 2003 Issue

    Month: February
    Year: 2003

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    Fund Activa Capital Fund FCPR Firm Activa Capital Amount Raised €90m Fund Type Buyout Amount Targeted €150m Status First closing Investors Hermes Investment Management, Geographical Focus France AG2R, Finnish Local Government Sectoral Focus Business services, food & drink, Pensions Institution, Partners Group, media, retailing, and manufacturing Proventure and Scottish Widows sectors Fund Lead Equities I […]

    Lucrative relationships

    For Western fundraisers with the right connections the Middle East has been an attractive destination for the past 25 years. Political uncertainty notwithstanding, private equity's prospects in the region remain strong, writes Natasha Berg.

    Big risks stay off the menu

    Leveraged financiers are bracing themselves for another challenging year. Senior lenders remain focused on fundamentals and the recovery of the high yield market is taking time, with buyers and sellers quarrelling over structural issues. Robin Burnett takes the pulse of the European leveraged debt market.

    Time to deliver

    Limited partners' search for liquidity in private equity has provided structured product specialists with their best opportunity yet to prove they can change the face of the asset class. Expectations are running high, but what's needed next is evidence that private equity securitisation really works. Now is the time for the industry to deliver the deals. Philip Borel reports.

    Darwinian times for fundraisers

    Fundraising in 2003 will remain every bit as tough as it was last year, especially for first-time funds. Investors are taking extra care with their money, but compelling propositions will still attract investment, across the spectrum of private equity and even venture strategies. Nicholas Lockley reports.

    Loan sum blues

    The loan market is changing shape not only thanks to the perennial forces of supply and demand but also because the banks are increasingly marking their loan books to market. The Deal Mechanic has a look under the bonnet of what some used to regard as the raciest part of the market: the leveraged loan.

    Always bet on black

    Since 1985, Stephen Schwarzman has guided his New York financial services powerhouse, The Blackstone Group, from success to success. His secret? Hard work, smart hires, fanatical attention to detail, and knowing when to turn off the charm and start busting heads. He talks to David Snow.

    Funny money

    In-kind distributions remain a popular way for GPs to send value back to their investors. But LPs should be aware of the pitfalls and red flags inherent to this distribution method, writes Simon Sheppard.

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