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”

How the theory of the ESG-efficient frontier will impact ESG-investing in the future

This week, the FT published an article about how BlackRock is highlighting the changing role of sustainable investments. They claim that “investors have been warned of the need to prepare for a potentially drastic repricing of assets as huge sums of money flowing into sustainable investment products threaten to upend traditional pricing models”. According toContinue reading “How the theory of the ESG-efficient frontier will impact ESG-investing in the future”

Markets reaction over Covid-19 outbreak – Insight on pandemic and corona bonds

The world economy is falling into recession as the virus outbreak involves more countries, but as the IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath points out, this is not like a normal recession. This health system crisis and the drastic governments’ actions as the self-isolation and forced quarantine are strongly affecting the global real economy. These actionsContinue reading “Markets reaction over Covid-19 outbreak – Insight on pandemic and corona bonds”

Leveraged Buy-Outs: Why do some of them fail?

In 2007, at the peak of the real estate bubble, Blackstone Group invested $6.5bn equity in Hilton Worldwide. Soon after the transaction, the economy plummeted, and it seemed as the group could not have chosen worse time, especially when Lehman Brothers and Bear Stearns – Blackstone’s partners – fell apart. The story took a significantContinue reading “Leveraged Buy-Outs: Why do some of them fail?”

The birth of a true Apple Watch competitor

Google has struck a $2.1bn deal to buy fitness-tracking pioneer Fitbit, in order to team up to take on Apple’s fast-growing wearable-tech business. Google announced the acquisition in November 2019, and the deal is expected to go through in early 2020 following the Fitbit shareholders’ approval of the third of January. Could this mean we’llContinue reading “The birth of a true Apple Watch competitor”