So much for a Vision

SoftBank’s almost $100bn-sized Vision Fund was set to pave the way for new innovations and turn tech investing into alchemy. “If I am going to do a fund it has to be big enough to disrupt the whole technology world”, promised Son Masayoshi. So much for a vision. Despite prominent investments in Uber and ByteDance,Continue reading “So much for a Vision”

The over-night SPAC miracle

As of October 2nd, 2020, there were 2.824 billionaires in the world. The number now lies at 2.825. The reason for that change? A Carnegie Mellon engineer graduate.  While growing up, Thomas Healy developed a strong interest in racing cars, bolstered by his fervent admiration for the complex racecar shipping process and for the balletContinue reading “The over-night SPAC miracle”

“ESG rating – an arduous endeavour. Why ESG metrics still fail to provide a (single) source of truth”

The expression money talks is particularly relevant for ESG. The confirmation about ESG being a solid value driver made ESG turn to center stage. Yet, although ESG is highly regarded and discussed, it remains difficult to establish what it corresponds to exactly within each company. When assessing companies and their competitors, ESG considerations are oftenContinue reading ““ESG rating – an arduous endeavour. Why ESG metrics still fail to provide a (single) source of truth””

The Risks Ahead for Financial Markets

“Sell in May and go away”: the typical finance adage didn’t work well this time, with stocks around the world rising over the summer, driven by major economies reopening around the world after the covid-19 lockdown. Investors kept buying the rebound as earnings from the first quarter were better than expected. Moreover, Covid-19 cases wereContinue reading “The Risks Ahead for Financial Markets”

European Private Equity Landscape

European private equity in 2019 could not be described as anything other than a successful year for the industry. Post-financial crisis records were broken, and the industry overtook 2018 by 16% in terms of deal count, amounting to 2,151 deals at a combined deal value of €260bn. Our European Private Equity Landscape Map gives anContinue reading “European Private Equity Landscape”

The Leading European Private Equity Funds

Our European Private Equity Top 5 Map illustrates the 5 largest funds in 6 respective European regions, along with the largest US funds dedicated for European investments. We have focused on reporting the latest private equity buyout fund size, not taking total AUM into account. Funds are placed where their main investment focus is insteadContinue reading “The Leading European Private Equity Funds”

Does ESG Shine In The Dark?

Mixed signals have been given throughout the COVID19 crisis; Larry Fink insists on the fact that ESG is a top priority yet 52% of investors in the USA deem that it is unnecessary to fully pursue ESG related objectives during such unprecedented and arduous times. All of this leads us to question where ESG standsContinue reading “Does ESG Shine In The Dark?”

Will Private Equity Seize the Upside in a Downturn?

Post-GFC (Global Financial Crisis) analyses suggest that the Private Equity (PE) sector missed the best buying opportunity due to overly cautious decisions of GPs and LPs. For the PE model, the GFC was a first real test of their reactive strategies and the questions that arose were whether the firms will succeed at refinancing theirContinue reading “Will Private Equity Seize the Upside in a Downturn?”

THE FINAL BASEL III FRAMEWORK

Banks’ regulations are a key element to understand banks behaviour and their influence on the markets. This paper aims to go through the evolution of the Basel Accords, with a focus on banks’ capital requirements. From Basel I to Basel IV The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), founded in 1974, is the global standardContinue reading “THE FINAL BASEL III FRAMEWORK”

The impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the M&A Deal Activity

Impact of the virus on the number and conclusion of M&A dealsSince the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic keeps up its omnipresence in the global news, the M&A market is now plummeting after several years of booming M&A activity. Indeed, this unprecedented crisis caused severe ravages in the stock market and hence drastically impacted corporate shareContinue reading “The impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the M&A Deal Activity”