May 2012 Issue

    The patient approach

    Many have already given up on Japan as a viable private equity market. But Mark Chiba, chairman of the Longreach Group, argues that the tough climate presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity. Amanda Janis stops by Longreach’s Hong Kong office to find out why

    Bucking the trend

    With its healthy mid-market, stable banking system and natural resources sector, Canada continues to be an attractive destination for foreign and domestic investors, writes Graham Winfrey

    CVC signals intent with twin hires

    CVC boosts its senior ranks with two heavyweight recruits – debt banker Stephen Hickey, formerly of Goldman Sachs, and former PAI senior partner Bertrand Meunier. Oliver Smiddy reports

    More sound and fury

    The new US JOBS Act could make it easier for GPs to attract new investors – or it could change very little. Sam Sutton reports

    Oaktree seeks fresh roots

    The distressed debt specialist’s public float highlights the uncertain future for private equity firms selling shares on the public market

    An LP-free zone?

    As it recovers from decades of civil war, Sri Lanka is attracting some private equity interest – but managers are still finding it hard to convince LPs, writes Clare Burrows

    Opinion: Of prurient interest

    Listing a private equity franchise can enrich the founders. That alone doesn’t make it wrong

    Hire purpose

    First Round shares a morning commute with one LBO player's personal black cab.

    ON THE RECORD: Philip Newborough of Bridges Ventures

    Bridges Ventures has just celebrated 10 years at the forefront of social investing. Managing partner Philip Newborough explains to PEI why positive social impacts and good financial returns needn’t be mutually exclusive

    The PEI 300: 2012

    The world’s only like-for-like ranking of private equity direct investment programmes highlights how capital flows are changing.

    The enemy within?

    The prospect of the first Socialist president for 24 years, coupled with continuing uncertainty over the fate of the euro, has led to a marked slowdown in French private equity, writes Oliver Smiddy.

    Rooting out skeletons

    Thanks to SEC registration filings, some past disciplinary actions have emerged publicly for the first time. That’s good for LPs and the industry as a whole, writes Christopher Witkowsky.

    Deal Mechanic: Network grail

    Warburg Pincus and Cinven created Dutch cable company Ziggo from three regional players in 2007. In March it became the biggest European IPO for nine months. James Taylor reports.

    Nicholas Pye, Buyout Guy: Very limited partners

    Nicholas Pye explores the fundraising circuit.