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LP scrutiny of approaches to ESG is intensifying, with climate change a key concern. Here are seven takeaways from this year’s Responsible Investment report.
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Private equity fundraising for the year has kicked off with a bang with at least $41.9bn in final closes already, PEI data show.
Residual value in China funds
Funds in the region have retained a significant proportion of unrealised value due to a tricky exit environment, exacerbated by a predilection for minority investments.
Masayoshi Son SoftBank
The Japanese tech conglomerate has preemptively spent $1.7bn from new vehicles established to hold assets that are expected to be treated as the initial investments of Vision Fund 2.
Consumer businesses closed
Businesses such as McDonald’s China, which is owned by the Carlyle Group and CITIC Capital, have announced temporary closures in certain regions.
Coronavirus
The coronavirus epidemic could not have come at a worse time for domestic PE firms, some of which have already been struggling on the fundraising trail.
Others are aping the firm's strategy of holding minority position for a long time, said head of PE fund investments Benoit Valentin.
Executives from EQT, Permira, The Riverside Company and NewQuest Capital Partners share their experiences in this 6-minute podcast.
John Vaske is establishing the Singapore government-owned investor as a key player in the North American market.
Japan
The firm has closed Baring Asia Private Equity Fund VII on its $6.5bn hard-cap.
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