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31st January 2019

Milltrust highlights the potential of the UK’s university spinouts

Milltrust International, the award-winning investment group, has highlighted the commercial potential of spinout companies from the UK’s leading universities at its Science & Technology Day in London.

22nd January 2019

Opportunity is ripe for private equity to prosper, but margin concerns remain says EY

Private equity chief financial officers (CFOs) reported another year of unprecedented growth of their firms but are still struggling to overcome operational issues that are dramatically eroding their margins, according to the EY 2019 Global Private Equity Survey, How do you see the opportunity in your obstacles?

The sixth annual survey of 103 private equity (PE) CFOs finds that despite great strides in launching new products and investing in technological solutions, expenses continue to grow as fast as assets. The survey also found that while CFOs begin to prioritize the cost-effective and competitive advantage of outsourcing to boost their bottom lines, they are acutely aware of the talent necessary to grow their firms.

“CFOs face different paths for altering their operational infrastructure and achieving sustainable growth,” said Denise Davidson, Associate Partner, Wealth and Asset Management, EY. “Determining the right balance of technology, talent and outsourcing is not a one-size-fits-all approach. While CFOs are divided on which path is the best fit for their aspirational goals, one thing is certain: they must act quickly to achieve a competitive edge.”

22nd January 2019

Edison Investment Research outlook for 2019

Alastair George, Chief Investment Strategist at Edison Investment Research discusses his outlook for 2019 in the attached strategy note.

21st January 2019

Tech sector growth weakest for three years says KPMG Tech Monitor

KPMG UK Tech Monitor Index

Political uncertainty and global trade frictions have dented client confidence, but buoyant staff hiring and capital spending plans are still in place for 2019, according to a new quarterly survey of UK technology sector companies by KPMG.

18th January 2019

50% of PE firms say tech innovation offers biggest value in financial services

Intertrust, a global leader in providing expert administrative services to clients operating and investing in the international business environment, interviewed private equity professionals across Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia to identify the value-add delivered by new technologies now and in the future.

  • Over half (53%) of respondents to the survey believe financial services creates the most potential for value creation through technological innovation, ahead of healthcare (18%), consumer (8%), energy (8%), industrials (8%) and TMT (5%).
  • More than half (51%) identified the biggest technology risk when assessing target companies as cybersecurity or data breaches

17th January 2019

Beauhurst Report: Accelerating the UK

Accelerators are a vital part of the UK’s early-stage company ecosystem, going from strength-to-strength in the last few years. Beauhurst has analysed this network of programmes, and the companies that have been through them, to identify trends and future movements in the accelerator ecosystem. 

15th January 2019

Business formations recover to reach new high in 2018 says CFE research

he latest Companies House data, as analysed by the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE), shows that business formations recovered from a drop in 2017 to reach a record 663,272 in 2018.


“It is encouraging to see formation numbers recover and hit a new high,” says Matt Smith, director of the Centre for Entrepreneurs. “These figures demonstrate the resilience and confidence of entrepreneurs across the country, confirmed by a 5.7% increase of business registrations and the strengthening of London as Europe’s leading startup hub.”

15th January 2019

European venture capital’s “new normal”

eFront, the leading financial software and solutions provider dedicated to Alternative Investments, has published its latest Quarterly Private Equity Performance report, showing that venture capital funds globally currently offer a highly attractive risk-return profile, with Western European funds significantly outperforming the historical average.

Key findings

  • Performance, risk and holding periods of global venture capital funds have both fallen over the last two quarters, hinting at a wave of new investments.
  • Risk-adjusted performance, however, has improved markedly, with risk levels returning to pre-2013 levels and returns remaining above 1.4x.
  • Western European venture capital funds are setting a “new normal” for returns, with performance consistently higher than the historical average and convergence with US performance on the horizon. Performance is led by the extremely strong 2009 and 2010 vintage years, while 2011-15 funds are also performing well.
  • The picture of US venture funds is increasingly contrasted, with vintage years 2009 and 2011 underperforming, while 2010, 2012 and 2015 significantly outperform.
  • The average number of years companies are held in portfolios dropped sharply in 2018.

11th January 2019

Robert Half reveals top 10 roles for 2019

Analysts, accountants and digital marketing specialists top a list of in-demand roles in 2019, as employers focus on navigating an increasingly digitalised business landscape and a shortage of key skills among the UK workforce, reveals Robert Half UK.

8th January 2019

Allocations to infrastructure funds set to soar says Foresight Group

The research, conducted among 200 intermediaries by Foresight Group LLP, a leading independent infrastructure and private equity investment manager, reveals that three-quarters (75%) expect to see more infrastructure funds recommended to clients.

UK infrastructure’s rapid transition from a niche to an increasingly mainstream asset class has been underlined by a new study, which reveals that over six-in-ten (62%) financial advisers are looking to increase their clients’ allocation to infrastructure over the next three years, a dramatic increase from 32% last year.

8th January 2019

Silicon Valley Bank’s 2019 Healthcare Report: record investment in the U.S. and Europe

Healthcare venture investment in the U.S. and Europe reached a new high in 2018, according to Silicon Valley Bank, the bank of the world’s most innovative companies and their investors. Investment totals in 2018 grew more than 50 percent over 2017, with the activity due in large part to record Series A investments in U.S. biopharma companies.

21st December 2018

Faster capital deployment linked to lower returns says eFront

New research from eFront shows an inverse correlation between the pace of capital deployment and fund performance.  

Limited partners in private equity funds should be wary of putting managers under pressure to deploy capital – that is the conclusion of new research published by eFront, the world’s leading alternative investment management software and solutions provider.

eFront’s research shows that there is an inverse correlation between the level of capital deployed during the first year of a fund’s investment period, and its eventual performance.

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