March 2017 Issue

    PEI Awards 2016: Game changer of the year

    The private equity game changer award went to Robert Smith, the founder of Vista Equity Partners, which is about to close the largest-ever technology fund.

    PEI Awards 2016: EMEA winners

    The biggest deals and the most successful firms in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  

    PEI Awards 2016: Americas winners

    From Canada to South America, the biggest and best firms and deals.

    PEI Awards 2016: Asia-Pacific winners

    From large-cap firms to frontier dealmakers, the companies that stood out from the pack.

    Annual review 2016: Brexit on everyone's minds

    Britain’s referendum on EU membership dominated discussion in Europe this year.

    Annual review 2016: Why North America is still pulling in investors

    Despite high valuations and record amounts of dry powder, the US remains the ‘preferred destination’ to make solid returns.

    Annual review 2016: A tumultuous year for secondaries

    A second decline in annual deal volume in 2016 meant secondaries professionals were forced to innovate and widen their focus, write Adam Le and Annabelle Ju.

    Annual review 2016: Ambitious transactions in Asia

    North Asian private equity firms spent 2016 shopping abroad as Chinese outbound deals hit record levels.

    Annual review 2016: Nowhere to hide from the regulators

    In a year that started with the ‘Panama Papers’ the pace of regulatory change has accelerated.

    Annual review 2016: Ballot box shocks

    Two surprise electoral victories created uncertainty about the global outlook. By Graeme Kerr, Claire Wilson and Victoria Robson.

    CPPIB: One-stop shop

    CPPIB is positioning itself as a provider of more than just LP capital. PEI talks to the pension’s head of secondaries and co-investments, Michael Woolhouse, to find out more.

    Annual review 2016: Fundraising in emerging markets

    China and Turkey were the standout fundraisers in the emerging markets in 2016, but total levels dipped slightly from 2015, according to EMPEA data.  

    First Round: Gorillas will be missed

    It's time for team players, says Guy Hands.

    Europe roundtable: Keeping their eyes on the prize

    As the global political landscape shifts in unpredictable ways, our European mid-market roundtable participants are keeping a cool head and staying on the lookout for good deals.

    First Round: Back to the future?

    Does Stephen Schwarzman's big birthday bash mark a return to the brash days of 2007?

    First Round: Best foot forward

    First Round applauds Adveq's sponsorship of a prestigious ballet competition.

    KWM's rocky divorce

    It seemed a match made in heaven: European private equity focus from SJ Berwin with the Asian expertise of King & Wood Mallesons. How did it all go wrong?

    Club deals: paying it forward

    Advent International and Bain Capital have teamed up for the eighth time. Is the club deal back?

    Better with balance sheet capital

    Alternative asset managers with big ambitions have realised having balance sheet capital is profoundly useful.

    The Trump effect on private equity recruitment

    Trump’s immigration policy could affect current employees and future recruitment in private equity and venture capital.

    Relaxing the Fiduciary Rule?

    Scrapping the Fiduciary Rule could be all the encouragement firms need to launch funds targeting commitments from individual investors.

    Asian funds of funds can blaze a trail

    Funds of funds can pave the way for new strategies in an already diverse market.

    Separately managed accounts: bend me, shape me

    Separately managed accounts give investors and GPs the ability to respond to circumstances - and they are in high demand.

    Park Hill on securitisations

    Larry Thuet, managing director and co-founder of secondaries advisor Park Hill, tells us whether the market is changing and whether securitisations will increase.

    Rooting for Dodd-Frank's repeal

    Many in US private equity are desperately hoping for far-reaching regulatory relief under President Trump, but only mildly optimistic it will happen.

    Alan Greenspan on economics, Trump and more

    The former Federal Reserve chairman on some of the most pressing economic issues facing the world.

    Deal Mechanic: Rocla, the sleeping giant

    Altus Capital Partners expanded Rocla's freight capabilities to make it a leading rail infrastructure company.

    Data room: missing out on alpha

    The lack of private equity in defined contribution plans is the reason they are underperforming against defined benefit schemes.

    Where Are They Now? Huda Al-Lawati

    The former Abraaj Group MENA chief investment officer - and its first female partner - has become CIO at Savola Group, one of Saudi Arabia’s largest listed companies.

    Fund finance: subscription credit lines

    Whether through subscription lines of credit or preferred equity, general partners are actively increasing their use of corporate finance at the fund level.

    Behind closed doors: an LP perspective on financing

    PEI talks to an anonymous LP about the pros and cons of fund finance.

    The rise of cov-lite loans

    The last decade has seen big changes to the leveraged loan market, with borrowers gaining more freedom to act as they like.

    Deal finance: into the breach

    Financial sponsors are increasingly turning to private debt funds, a trend that will be encouraged if European regulators get their way.

    Data room: taking the credit

    GPs are reporting benign credit conditions and stiff competition for deals, says a survey by investment consultant Caplantic.

    Keynote interview: Debevoise and Plimpton on financing trends

    US law firm Debevoise & Plimpton’s London-based partners Alan Davies and Pierre Maugüé discuss transatlantic financing trends, including the long-awaited European leveraged lending guidance.

    Keynote interview: RBS International on private equity financing

    Funding against investor commitments can both reduce the bureaucratic burden and boost returns, says Peter Brown, head of funds at RBS International.