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Datasite: AI to Speed Up M&A

According to Datasite, over the next five years new technologies, including artificial intelligence, will transform the mergers and acquisitions process by decreasing the time it takes to perform due diligence to less than a month

New Head of PE Services at Grant Thornton

Grant Thornton has named Carlos Ferreira as its national managing partner for private equity beginning on August 1, 2020. Mr. Ferreira retains his position as the global co-leader for transaction advisory services at Grant Thornton.

Africa sees VC deals surge to reach record dollar total last year: AVCA data

African venture capital activity reached its highest dollar total on record last year thanks to a surge in dollars being invested in the continent's startups.

Investec spin-out launches recovery fund to save South African economy “in induced coma”

A new coronavirus economic recovery fund targeting South Africa has been launched by Ninety One, which has just demerged from Investec Bank, and Ethos Private Equity.

Francisco Closes On $10 Billion

Francisco Partners has held a final closing of three funds, two equity funds and one credit fund, with an aggregate $10 billion of capital. The three new funds are Francisco Partners VI LP with $7.45

Opinion: Private equity is on shaky ground and that’s a warning for stock investors

Privately held assets are highly leveraged and vulnerable, which could ripple across financial markets

Sponsors mull cost of turning to state support schemes

With leveraged companies largely shut out of central bank bond buying and price support schemes, sponsors are mulling government-backed lending schemes in several European countries, as they seek to show other creditors that they have

Venture firms seek stronger deal terms as leverage shifts back to investors

Investors aim to hedge risk and gain more control of startups as capital dries up

Credit Suisse’s investment bank profits hit by leveraged loan portfolio

The bank said Covid-19 weighed heavily on client activity

Government policies assume the Covid-19 emergency will be short lived

The collapsing stock markets have reduced the value of collateral, leaving borrowers more fragile and putting leveraged investors in great danger

Distressed debt investor Howard Marks is realistic about the world post coronavirus

Government bailouts for non-bank lenders and funds that supplied leveraged securitisations are unlikely in the current climate

AMB :- Other Voices: ESMA proposes formal limits to leverage potentially affecting alternative funds

Bill Prew, CEO of INDOS Financial, a UK-based independent fund depositary and oversight business, has flagged the following new regulatory proposals potentially impacting alternative investment funds: There was an int...Article Link

Other Voices: ESMA proposes formal limits to leverage potentially affecting alternative funds

Bill Prew, CEO of INDOS Financial, a UK-based independent fund depositary and oversight business, has flagged the following new regulatory proposals potentially impacting alternative investment funds: There was an interesting consultation publishe...Article Link

Levfin lurches wider but powers on

The leveraged loan market has taken a leg wider as coronavirus fears sweep the capital markets. But the primary markets are sucking up the larger discounts and fatter margins and forging ahead, with Polynt-Reichold, Genesis

Hedge funds predicted to increase level of shorting of UK stocks in 2020

Opalesque Industry Update - New research from ETF provider GraniteShares reveals 81% of institutional investors expect the use of leveraged investment strategies to increase over the next five years. Similarly, 58% predict the level of

Episode 34 – Pilot Growth

There’s a lot of excitement about the potential value of artificial intelligence. And we are hearing a great deal about exciting demos in a variety of sectors. However, we are also in a phase where

Episode 29 – Operators-as-a-Service

As private equity firms continue to look to technology as a way of creating growth, the market for operating partners that know technology is picking up. PE firms need pre-investment tech due diligence. During the

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