Over the course of 2015, the editorial team at Private Equity International has had the pleasure of talking to and reporting on many of you, and we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Some of our more in-depth conversations published in our Privately Speaking series this year included with Lyndon Lea of Lion Capital, who told us with passion about brand strategy; Better Capital’s Jon Moulton, who spoke on the ups and downs of investing, including the headline-grabbing failure of UK parcel delivery company City Link last Christmas; Andreas Beroutsos of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) on the fund’s bullish plans to deploy up to $8 billion annually into private equity and infrastructure through direct investments and funds; and Adveq’s Sven Lidén on the dangers of too much diversification, including co-investment, and the benefits of keeping it simple.
As you enjoy the festive season, we’ll be publishing a series of Outlook 2016 pieces based on interviews with industry leaders who told us about key trends they see in the year ahead.
Among them are Cinven’s Supraj Rajagopalan on the robust healthcare sector; Asia specialists on the rise of the Chinese mid-market; the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association on the pull of West Africa; SL Capital’s Graham Gunn on the ongoing attraction of the Nordics; Apax’s Marcelo Gigliani on value creation and importance of a digital business; and Investec’s Callum Bell on the current environment for borrowers.
And, you still have the opportunity to vote for the stars of 2015 in our Private Equity International Awards 2015. But not for long.