Cannabis Real Estate Draws Investors As Prices Surge

The hot topic at the Institutional Cannabis & Capital Conference in San Jose this week was real estate. While institutional investors are unlikely to invest directly in cannabis production or sale given federal illegality and are somewhat averse to investing in companies operating to support the industry, it was clear that owning real estate and […]

Private Equity Predictions in 2018

Private Equity Fundraising Hits a New Record With some $621 billion raised for private equity funds last year, 2017 finally surpassed the longstanding fundraising record of 2008, when $557 billion, was raised across all Private Equity strategies and regions, according to the estimates of Triago, the fund advisory firm. This year should set a new […]

Family Offices Globally Increase Private Equity Exposure

Family Offices and wealth managers are turning to private equity to boost their returns in the low interest rate environment. New figures from private equity fund marketplace Palico show that family offices accounted for 8% of the $4 trillion in private equity assets under management globally in August – double the sector’s share five years […]

Global private equity funds raise record $453 billion in 2017

The private equity funds industry globally raised a record $453 billion from investors in 2017, leaving it with more than $1 trillion to pour into companies and new business ventures, data from industry tracker Preqin. The figures underscore the extent to which large institutional investors, as well as family offices, are placing a growing portion […]

Placement Agents in Private Real Estate Funds

The use of placement agents for private real estate fundraising has been steadily rising for the last two years, with the proportion of funds closed that utilized the services of a placement agent increasing from 37% in 2015 to 41% in 2016. This is still significantly below levels seen in 2015 when the majority (58%) […]

Venture Capital Fundraising in 2018

Outlook Remains Upbeat Venture capital (VC) outlook remains upbeat despite mixed 1H 2017 exit trends. In our conversations with private tech investors, a common theme emerged: The supply of money is at an all-time high. The record-high fundraising activity of the past 18 months has been driving the growing amount of dry powder. The upshot […]

Raising Capital for Real Estate Funds – 2017

Fundraising for real estate funds continued to lose momentum in the first quarter of 2017. In total, 48 funds held a final close in Q1, raising a collective $18.5 billion – this represents a 37 percent and 48 percent drop, respectively, compared to the same period in 2016. If fundraising continues at this pace, the […]

Venture Capital Funds in 2017

Venture Capital Funds in the United States, raised a whopping $40.6 billion in 2016. It was the largest year for VC fundraising since 2000 when the venture industry raked in a jaw dropping $101.4 billion. Less money overall will be raised by venture funds this year than in 2016 Ok, I admit this one is […]

Private Funds vs Direct Investments

Private Funds vs Direct Investments is the question. In the world of alternative investments, there has been a recent surge in popularity for direct deals or direct investments into specific companies. Frictions around manager fees and alleged lackluster performance have left investors considering the overall benefits of investing directly into private companies to augment their […]

Private Equity and Venture Capital Report 2016/2017

Private capital assets under management (AUM) now stand at $4.2 trillion as of June 2015 (latest data available) and the AUM of the core private equity strategies encompassing buyout, venture capital and other closely related strategies has expanded to $2.4 trillion of this total. This growth has been fuelled by another strong year for fundraising, […]