Never mind the US Securities and Exchange Commission enquiry; LPs should have all the protection they need via their own due diligence procedures, writes Christopher Witkowsky
David Currie, chief executive of private equity at SL Capital Partners, talks to PEI about areas where fund of funds managers can still add tangible value.
Waterford Wedgwood, the famous china and crystal company, almost went out of existence in 2009. Three years later it seems to be thriving under its new owner, New York-based turnaround firm KPS. James Taylor talks to the principals involved
First Round had always got the impression that private equity’s long-standing involvement with Jimmy Choo, the all-conquering designer shoes and accessories empire, had been a rather successful affair. Last year it was sold to German group Labelux for £500 million – nearly three times as much as its most recent private equity owner, Towerbrook Capital Partners, paid for it in 2007.
Private equity can’t afford to ignore the ongoing controversy around carried interest and taxation
First Round: Kourtney and Kim take PE 2012-03-02 Having once had the misfortune to see reality TV show ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’, First Round finds it difficult to believe that Kim, Kourtney and Khloe add much value to anything, much less a private equity portfolio. However, Th
First Round enjoys the sort of champagne receptions that private equity firms seem to be fond of throwing. But generally, you don’t expect to find placement agents and sausage-makers rubbing shoulders while talking about turning unemployed urban youths into budding horticulturists.
A few months ago, if you’d asked US rapper Ja Rule for his views on limited partners, he’d probably have thought you were asking about that time he recorded a couple of songs with Jennifer Lopez.
A Capital Dynamics study suggests that a diversified portfolio of co-investments substantially reduces risk, relative to primary funds, without decreasing the potential for extraordinary returns. By David Smith, Andrew Beaton, Ivan Herger and Maria Prieto
Panellists at a recent Harvard Business School private equity conference revealed how the negativity that once existed around secondary transactions has gone away, and the strategy has become essential for GPs.
In volatile markets, currency hedging can make a big difference to returns – and also help on the fundraising trail, write Philip Bowkley and Andrew Brock
Nigel Doughty, the co-chairman and co-founder of UK-based private equity firm Doughty Hanson, passed away unexpectedly in February at the age of 54
‘Specialist fund of funds’ may sound like a contradiction in terms – but lurking in the shadows of the the global multi-manager platforms are a lesser known group of players executing niche strategies.
In a world where fundraising is harder, clients are more demanding and regulation is more intrusive, scale is becoming increasingly important for funds of funds, writes Helen Power
Abraaj Capital’s inexorable rise accelerated in February with the acquisition of emerging markets specialist Aureos Capital, writes Oliver Smiddy.
What happens when you launch a private equity firm dedicated to investing in financial services at a time when asset valuations are so madly inflated you can’t find anything to buy? You adjust your strategy and build start-ups. But then what do you do when Lehman Brothers blows up and turns an already challenging predicament into something altogether more dangerous? Throw in the towel? In his first ever interview, AnaCap Financial Partners founder Joe Giannamore, a former internet entrepreneur and horse riding professional, explains to Philip Borel how and why his firm has managed to get through it all
Domestic regulatory changes and Eurozone troubles are among the issues causing Turkey’s burgeoning private equity industry to re-evaluate the status quo. PEI spoke to four local professionals about these and other challenges – and asked whether they are likely to constrain this exciting market’s potential for growth
PEI’s compensation survey provides an intriguing snapshot of the salary packages industry professionals currently command