April 2013 Issue

    A lower bar

    A new feeder fund will provide access to Carlyle Group funds for a minimum investment of just $50,000

    Nicholas Pye: Rallying the troops

    The big news at Big Shop this month was a surprise visit from Our Lord And Master, John T. Leviathan.

    Why won’t Apollo explain?

    Al Villalobos has finally been indicted by the DoJ over the pay-to-play scandal – yet Apollo still refuses to explain why it continued to use his services.

    Deal Mechanic: CBPE & Rosemont Pharmaceuticals

    In six years CBPE helped Rosemont Pharmaceuticals overhaul its manufacturing process, product line and management team –  doubling EBITDA in the process.

    On the record: Philippe Robert of OceanBridge

    New firm, OceanBridge, launches in London. But instead of raising a standard blind pool fund, it will operate on a deal-by-deal basis.

    First Round: Who are you? Ooh, ooh

    First Round bows to nobody in its admiration for US procedural TV drama...

    First Round: The Dirty (Dishes) Dozen

    The great and good of UK private equity descended on the V&A for the valedictory fundraising dinner of the Private Equity Foundation.

    Briefing: Rediscovering Japan

    Long shunned as uninspiring, Japan is getting a second look from global firms and LPs.

    First Round: Guess who’s back?

    Dear Reader, First Round knows just what you’re thinking...

    Briefing: France's winners and losers

    After a politically and economically dramatic year France is settling down and its private equity industry is seeing signs of life.

    Fundraising Special: A placement agent writes…

    If a placement agent could be completely frank with their client ahead of a fundraising round, what would they say?

    Fundraising Special: A risky business

    Private equity groups hope for a better year for fundraising in 2013, as global investors seek out better returns from their investments

    Ashish Dhawan: the case for venture philanthropy

    The concept of venture philanthropy is still new in Asia – but one leading private equity professional believes it will catch on.

    Other side of the table

    Vista Equity Partners is filling its investor relations department with former limited partners, writes Graham Winfrey

    Friends in high places

    Democratic Representative Jim Himes on why he thinks private equity firms aren’t important enough for mandatory SEC registration.

    Privately Speaking: Sonali De Rycker of Accel Ventures

    European venture has disappointed investors for a decade. But many believe the prospects for the market have never been better.