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VC industry scores ‘exceptional year’ for returns amid negligible Covid-19 impact

The venture capital industry scored an "exceptional" year for performance in 2020 as the effects of the global coronavirus crisis failed to bite into returns from the asset class, new research shows.

Canadian private equity, venture capital deals slump in Q3 as Covid uncertainty continues

Canadian private equity activity in 2020 has slumped below its four-year average thanks to a weak third quarter which lacked big deals, new research shows.

Discover the sectors surviving Covid-19’s private equity buy-and-build slump

Private equity buy-and-build activity has suffered a heavy blow through the coronavirus pandemic, with activity dropping to a five-year low according to new data from Silverfleet Capital.

Venture capital investment stays strong through Covid chaos despite ongoing deal numbers slump

Global venture capital investment remains strong despite dealmaking numbers dropping for the sixth consecutive quarter, new research shows, with a trio of $1bn-plus deals from across the globe helping buoy the industry's figures.

Biotech sector sees huge year-on-year private equity, venture capital investment activity jump as Covid recovery continues

Private equity and venture capital investment in the biotech sector has scored its busiest month of the past 12 as markets continue their recovery from March's coronavirus shock.

Covid forcing newer private equity firms out of fundraising while veteran operators raise huge amounts

European private equity fundraising activity has come roaring back in the third quarter thanks to a slew of big fund closes - but the coronavirus pandemic is forcing many less-established GPs out of the capital

US VC exits surge to huge quarterly total despite Covid uncertainty, fundraising on track for record year, new research shows

US venture capital exit activity has hit its second-highest value ever recorded despite global volatility in recent months due to the coronavirus crisis, new research shows.

Private equity returns fall to six-year low as buyout firms fail to escape coronavirus chaos

Private equity returns suffered a severe drop in the first half of the year as the long-time booming asset class failed to escape the chaos of the coronavirus crisis, new research shows.

US-China relations at worst since 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre, Carlyle’s Rubenstein says

Carlyle co-founder David Rubenstein has said US-China relations are at their worst since the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests that ended in the deaths of hundreds of protestors.

VC performance ‘unscathed’ by Covid-19 in Q1 as industry consolidates exceptional 2019 – eFront

Venture capital performance remained 'unscathed' in the first quarter of 2020 despite the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, as the industry consolidated what had been an exceptional 2019, new research shows.

CPPIB reveals over $590m of new private equity commitments as overall returns remain truncated

The $431bn-managing Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is the latest major institutional investor to see its quarterly returns stutter amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Brookfield hauls in $23bn in best-ever fundraising quarter, including $12bn for mammoth private debt fund

Brookfield Asset Management has raised $23bn in its best-ever quarter for fundraising as capital continues to pour in to its huge distressed debt vehicle.

Booming secondaries fundraising market starting to spread its geographic reach – Preqin

Secondaries private equity fund managers have traditionally had a heavy focus on the North America market - but new fundraises are seeing the sector begin to spread its reach, the latest data from Preqin shows.

KKR seals record fundraising quarter amid push to profit from coronavirus opportunity

Global private equity giant KKR raised a record $16.4bn last quarter amid a powerful push to cash in on investment opportunities thrown up by the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

Europe’s VC firms defy Covid-19 woes with deal surge – with one region even on track to beat record 2019 total

Europe's venture capital industry has staged a remarkable fightback against the coronavirus-induced market slump by posting one of the largest dealmaking totals on record in Q2.

LPs turn to debt, mezzanine infrastructure funds amid coronavirus flight to safety

Limited partners are increasingly turning to debt and mezzanine infrastructure funds as they hunt for relatively safe havens for their investments amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Scale of Covid damage to European PE becomes clear – but LPs are backing one surprise subsector to shine

The scale at which the European private equity industry has been besieged by the coronavirus crisis is becoming increasingly clear thanks to new data from PitchBook, with fundraising, dealmaking and exit activity all falling to

European private equity slumps to worst half-year since global financial crash amid coronavirus volatility

The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed European private equity deal volume in the first half of 2020 to its lowest level since the global financial crisis, despite a strong initial start to the year, new research

Private equity professionals brace for fund term extensions amid coronavirus fallout

Private equity professionals are bracing themselves for a swathe of term extensions for existing funds amid the fallout from the ongoing coronavirus crisis, new research shows.

LPs give thumbs up to video pitches for fundraising, praise GP engagement via ‘Covid calls’

The vast majority of private equity LPs are seeing proactive engagement from GPs on the impact of the coronavirus crisis on their portfolios, new research shows.

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