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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.

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Private equity giant loses yet more millions, all perspective (or is that just the financial press?)

It’s all very well trying to see the positive in a bleak environment, but identifying a loss of close to $100m as good news seems a little “unusual”, to say the least.

When you think you see the light at the end of the tunnel, it’s as well to quickly make sure that you haven’t just been imprisoned for all eternity inside a giant torch…

Oh well done, fellas! /
We thought you’d lose more money. /
Let the good times roll /

European Fundraising Review

March 30, 2009 Leave a comment

In case you weren’t already aware, my good friends over at Unquote are about to launch the European Fundraising Review, to which my team has been contributing.
Quite apart from the excellent data and analysis you’ll find therein, the foreword by John Campbell at advisory group Campbell Lutyens is, as always, a joy to read.
No dogs or ships this time, but a well-considered piece, to be sure. More details soon!