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Bain: Global private equity report 2010

June 22, 2010 Leave a comment

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Front cover of Bain report

Will Bain&Co's report prove accurate?

Bain & Company: “Global private equity report 2010” Bain briefs Publications.

I’ll provide some commentary when I get a chance to read it thoroughly. At first glance it looks very nicely laid out and is quite inviting for the reader, even if the corporate black and red is a little reminiscent of a casino table.

Leafing through it brings to mind the hilarious knockabout farce that was BCG and IESE’s 2008 offering The Advantage of Persistence: How the Best Private Equity Firms “Beat the Fade”, which you can read here.

It’s full of chioce tidbits that will leave you with aching sides and coffee on your monitor screen. AND it was co-authored by Heiko Meerkat.

But for those of you with a shorter attention span, how abut a quick look back to what McKinsey had to say about the buyout boom in 2007:

The recent tightening of credit markets has complicated the financing of some buyout deals and may dampen the flow of investor money into private equity firms. Skeptics on both sides of the Atlantic have been quick to proclaim that the private equity boom is over. But don’t expect private equity to suddenly fade to the background, as did the leveraged buyout boom of the 1980s. Even if growth slows in the short term, pension funds and other institutional investors will remain interested in private equity. McKinsey projects the industry’s assets under management may double by 2012, to $1.4 trillion.

Wow. AND “wow” again.

Waste not, want not

March 8, 2010 Leave a comment
Biifa waste bins Electricinca, Flickr

How solid is it /
Selling gas to get liquid? /
Don’t get in a state!

Biffa is supposedly trying to transform into a company that turns waste into energy, so why sell a division that does just that? Maybe LPs need distributions…not that distributing money to LPs is necessarily a bad thing, of course!

The story at AltAssets

Of course, landfill gas collection is only a viable business as long as there are landfills producing gas. Given that landfills are increasingly unpopular with government and the general public and that collection of gas is only really viable for 20 years or so from each site, this is a pretty smart way to return some cash to invetors with out too adversely affecting the resale price of the business.

New group for PE and VC-backed managers

March 29, 2009 Leave a comment

Private Equity and Ventue Capital Backed Managers Group

The fundraising and fund investment group I started on LinkedIn two weeks ago now has over 450 members – a special welcome to the 450th member Hal Morimoto. Hal is a great guy and knows more about the investment habits of LPs in Japan than is probably healthy.

Considering the amount of traffic that I know has been passing between members in direct messages, away from the open discussion forum, I wondered if there wasn’t another group not properly served by the plethora of, nominally, at least, private equity and venture capital groups on LinkedIn.

IE Consulting and Incisive Media are owned by Apax Partners and I have now set up a group for:

  • Managers of currently or previously Private Equity and Venture Capital backed businesses
  • Managers and senior industry professionals that would like to work at a PE or VC backed business (either their own – as a buyout – or at someone else’s -a Management Buy-In)
  • Professionals that can facilitate this (specialist PE/VC management recruiters, sell-side advisory groups)

The idea is not to create some kind of deal flow network (in fact, no GPs (PE or VC) will be admitted); I think individuals looking to broker or invest in opportunities in Kazakh hairdressing or GPS technologies in Surinam are more than adequately served by LinkedIn groups already…
Rather, I want to provide a safe place (remember: no GPs!) where managers can share experiences and help each other make the most of the opportunities afforded, whilst avoiding the potential pitfalls.

I hope we will cover relationships and communications (with financial sponsors, staff and customers), how to best access and take advantage of the resources and assistance available from your financial sponsor and much more.

Anyway, I hope to see you in the group!