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Private equity fundraising gets more crowded

Posted on 16 July 2012 by admin  |  Email |Print

The number of private equity funds seeking money from investors reached an all-time high in the second quarter, while those which completed fundraising hit a record low, according to data released by market research firm Preqin.
Tighter deal financing and an economic slowdown have made it more challenging for private equity fund managers to deliver outsized returns for investors, who have become more picky when it comes to tying up their money for an average of 10 years. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

In tough times, private equity saves jobs

Posted on 16 July 2012 by admin  |  Email |Print

According to a report by Moody’s Investors Service last week, workers would be wise to choose companies owned by private equity. Moody’s data shows that such companies are much less likely to be liquidated when the going gets tough. It turns out that private equity does more to save the jobs of workers at struggling companies than other types of owners do.
The Moody’s study reviewed more than a thousand situations going back to 1988 where companies defaulted on their debt. Two hundred involved companies that had undergone leveraged buyouts backed by private equity; the others had not. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

Islamic private equity investments in Malaysia to quadruple to US$3.1bln

Posted on 06 July 2012 by admin  |  Email |Print

Islamic private-equity investments are poised to quadruple in Malaysia to US$3.1bil (RM9.7bil) in five years on government incentives, according to the industry’s biggest fund manager.
CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd, which oversees RM1.7bil of funds that invest in unlisted companies, was handling more cash for state institutions and benefiting from tax exemptions on fees until 2016, Kuala Lumpur-based chief executive officer Badlisyah Abdul Ghani said in an interview. Syariah-compliant regulations and fund-raising options were developed enough to support growth in the market, which had about RM2.5bil in assets, he said. ……………………………………….Full Article: Source

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