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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Happy holidays and welcome to the second issue of Private Equity Strategies. This month we open with a continued discussion of where private equity in the US is headed. In the last issue, we discussed the industry's search for its public identity in the wake of the US' first private equity candidate, Mitt Romney.  Now we look at new survey data from global accounting firm Grant Thornton as well as a survey from global private equity firm Coller Capital both of which show stiff competition for North American private equity firms on their home turf and abroad. 

A contributed article from private equity attorneys at Dechert examines new developments in acquisition finance, including notable court rulings.

Regs Watch offers updates on a full scope of new guidelines, recent court cases and 2013 outlooks that include continued discussions on dividends, tax rates and carried interest as the US and global governments dig in on implementing new revenue increases and regulations.

Movers and Shakers highlights the chemical industry as a bright spot for private equity investments in 2013. The companies represented in the diverse chemicals sector are grabbing the attention of private equity firms the world over as they seek companies well positioned for growth.

In our Dealmaker Q&A we will speak with Valiance, a British private equity firm that has recently partnered with SLC Land Co. Brazil's largest publically traded agriculture firm in a 50/50 deal to acquire several large farming operations in an effort to dramatically increase the country's agricultural output through the support of private equity.

We'll continue our exploration of Brazil and Latin America in our Data Snapshot, which provides detail on investment in the region over 2012 and looking forward into 2013.

In Tools of the Trade we talk with Stuart Keeler of eFront, a London-based company that works with GPs on reporting. Keeler is joining many GP's in calling for a unified reporting standard in private equity, similar to the SWIFT system in banking.  We will also take a quick look at a new, free environmental assessment tool launched by the Environmental Defense Fund designed to help private equity firms manage their environmental impact.

Finally, we offer brief updates on recent transactions and people moves in Quick Hits.  Our events calendar will look at the events happening in the remainder of this year and leading off 2013. I do hope all of you enjoy the holiday season! Please send any updates or feedback on this publication to me at - I'd love to hear from you.

Bailey McCann

This article was published in Opalesque's Private Equity Strategies our monthly research update on the global private equity landscape including all sectors and market caps.
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