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23rd June 2020

New study reveals rise of ESG among GPs

An overwhelming majority (88%) of private equity investors plan to step up their efforts to manage and measure ESG performance in their portfolio companies 

19th June 2020

Investors retreat to cash savings amidst COVID-19, new research reveals

HYCM has commissioned an independent survey of more than 900 UK-based investors (all with investments in excess of £10,000) to find out how they are investing amidst the coronavirus:

17th June 2020

Increase in carve-outs Covid-19 says Intertrust

A new survey by Intertrust1, a global leader in providing tech-enabled fund and corporate solutions, reveals how COVID-19 has impacted the decision making behind carve-outs.

During a recent webinar, addressing how best to create value through carve-outs, a third (33%) of industry professionals said they intended to start looking for acquisition opportunities while 11% planned on initiating a strategic review of potential carve-out opportunities.

16th June 2020

Low capital calls set to insulate LBO funds from downturn says eFront report

eFront, the leading financial software and solutions provider dedicated to Alternative Investments, has published its latest research on LBO and VC performance during crises: “Private Markets in Downturns: 3 Observations”. 

12th June 2020

Women in private equity don't want to start PE firms, reports Investec

No women in private equity report that they see starting their own firm as part of their future ambitions, according to Investec’s 10th edition of their global GP Trends Report.

Down from just 2.3 per cent of women who claimed they would like to start their own firm in 2018, 0 per cent of female respondents for the 2019 survey said that if they left their current firm, they would start their own. This is compared to nearly 15 per cent of male general partners.

4th June 2020

Glimmer of hope as UK economy starts to emerge from the ashes

The number of businesses with a positive outlook for the next 12 months exceeds the number with a negative outlook for the first time, 

1st June 2020

Lenders fund £27.5bn of coronavirus business support

Lenders have approved £27.5bn of emergency finance to businesses during the coronavirus crisis with most coming from the bounce back loans scheme, government figures show, according to a report by Peer2Peer Finance News. Treasury data as of 24 May showed more than 650,000 businesses have accessed coronavirus-linked finance schemes. The coronavirus business interruption loans scheme (CBILS), which launched in April offering loans worth up to £5m, has provided £8.1bn of finance to 43,045 businesses out of 84,607 applications. This is an approval rate of 50.8 per cent.

1st June 2020

R&D in the Oxford-Cambridge arc provides hope for science & tech

Delving into how the Oxford-Cambridge Arc is performing during the current climate, Sue Foxley, Research Director at Bidwells shares insight into how R&D collaboration in the arc offers hope after the crisis is over.

29th May 2020

UK start-ups record strongest ever opening quarter for fundraising

The value of venture capital raised by UK companies rose to its highest first quarter total on record according to research from Refinitiv. UK companies raised £2.1bn from 137 deals in the first three months of 2020 – up from the £1.9bn in Q1 2019 from 135 deals. This represents a 13% rise in value and a 1% rise in volume year on year. Deal value was also slightly down from the last three months of 2019 which saw £2.4bn raised from 132 deals.

29th May 2020

London takes over as global fintech hub

Fintech investment in the UK has exploded by 500% in the last three years, compared to 170% for the USA and 133% for Europe according to a new report released this week from global recruiter Robert Walters and market analysis experts Vacancy Soft – Fintech: Challenger to Competitor.

27th May 2020

Banks ramp up tech recruitment in response to COVID-19

New tech roles in banks has increased by a staggering +46% in the last three years – making traditional banks the most prominent recruiter for tech professionals.

26th May 2020

Strong start to 2020 for European VC says KPMG Venture Pulse Report

European VC-backed companies raised $8.8B across 923 deals in the first quarter of 2020 according to the latest KPMG Venture Pulse Report.

Investment in Europe got off to an excellent start in 2020 even with the exit of the UK from the European Union and the sudden uncertainty created by the rapid spread of COVID-19 in February and March. The expanding startup ecosystem across Europe, low interest rates, and a strong base of maturing startups helped drive the continued VC investment.

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