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, […]

Venture Builders – Changing the Start Up Model

Venture Builders are changing the Start Up Model. If you haven’t yet heard of venture-builders — also called tech studios, startup factories, or venture production studios — let me introduce them to you: They’re organizations that build companies using their own ideas and resources. Unlike incubators and accelerators, venture builders don’t take any applications, nor […]

PE Fundraising in 2016 – Strong

PE Fundraising, for the first quarter of 2016 has shown early signs of a strong fundraising year for the private equity industry. At $100.91 billion collected from the close of 150 vehicles, total capital gathered in Q1 2016 is $680 million more than in the first quarter of the previous year, and a further $38.19 […]

The Basics of Art Investment Funds:

Fine art is known to have little intrinsic value beyond its cultural significance and aesthetically pleasing nature, yet it seems to be an increasingly attractive alternative to traditional investment assets. The CEO of Blackrock, Larry Fink, recently remarked that one of the “two greatest stores of wealth internationally today is contemporary art,…” adding that, all […]

Buyout Cycle Slowly Winds Down 2016

Middle-market PE Buyout Cycle continued to decline in step with the broader PE marketplace midway through 2016. $180 billion was invested across 925 completed transactions in 1H 2016, equating to an 8.5% decline in total deal value compared to the second half 2015, and a drop of more than 14% when looking at total volume […]

Predictions for Private Equity in 2016

Considering the record $523 billion distributed by fund managers to investors over the past calendar year – nearly 10 percent above the previous high of $477 billion set in 2014 – private equity has never been healthier. These four predictions forecast sustained appeal and continued growth for private equity, but they also enumerate challenging issues […]

Private Equity Fundraising in 2015

Fundraising efforts picked up in the third quarter of year 2015, with over $48 billion of capital raising across 76 funds. Thus far through the year, the majority of capital raised has found itself in mega funds. Around $65 billion, or 46% of all capital raised, is in vehicles sized between $1 billion and $5 […]