November 2014 Issue

    US energy leads the way

    The US boasted the largest project in the third quarter, helping it to the top of the country table and increasing the dominance of the energy sector

    Z Capital battles for Lehman property after successful bid

    The high-profile bankruptcy remains mired in legal controversy

    India PE climate set to improve

    The post-election optimism is holding strong in India — but confusion still reigns about the size of GP population, and LPs still want to see capital returned

    Co-investing in Asia: Better together?

    LPs are increasingly asking for co-investment, with GPs seemingly keen to oblige. But how real is the opportunity in Asia Pacific?

    Betting on the Middle East

    Are local firms better suited to the peculiarities of doing deals in the Middle East?

    Israel: Business as usual?

    Despite the volatile political situation, investors still seem to see substantial opportunities in Israel — particularly in growth capital

    App to date

    Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has launched an iPad app to provide LPs with easier access to their fund data

    How to deal with activist shareholders?

    What can private equity firms learn from Electra Partners’ tussle with investor Edward Bramson?

    Inside the GP: Best practices in valuation

    Having a clear and transparent valuation process is the best way to keep investors and regulators happy

    LP Radar: All about the returns

    Several US public pensions have come under fire lately for their alternative investments. But a look at the private equity returns generated by the best-performing systems makes it pretty obvious why their peers are still ramping up their allocations

    Nicholas Pye, Buyout Guy: A slip twixt cup and lip

    Bad news for our buyout guy as his espionage is set to become uncovered

    Inside the GP: Finding the right fit

    Four senior industry professionals tell Thomas Duffell how they like to assess job seekers   

    Inside the GP: Cost Sharing

    At a time when regulators are taking a much closer interest in fees and expenses, our exclusive industry-wide benchmarking survey reveals exactly how GPs are splitting costs with investors and portfolio companies

    Investor Base: Letters of intent

    A group of big LPs have been lobbying big corporates to appoint more women to their boards. GPs should take note

    Inside the GP: Operators, please

    The private equity recruitment market is as competitive as ever — but operating partners are currently at the top of many GPs’ wish-lists

    Nordic Roundtable: Pride of the North?

    Scandinavia remains one of the most popular markets in Europe, although the regulatory and political environment means it is not the easiest place for GPs to operate

    First Round: Tracker bar

    At a recent LP meeting, Carlyle Group used 'smart' name badges to track LPs' movements

    Privately Speaking: ECI's Sean Whelan

    This summer, ECI raised half a billion pounds for its new fund in just a few months. What is it that the firm’s global LP base sees in this apparently unassuming UK group?

    First Round: Pooled returns

    BlackRock hires former Olympic swimming medallist Stephan Caron

    First Round: Deep frieze

    First Round attends the Frieze Art Fair with Deutsche Bank

    Secondaries: An upward curve

    At a recent industry event, insiders predicted a bright future for the secondaries market