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Private Equity Spotlight February 2015

Biggest challenges facing private equity managers in 2015

Wed, 18/02/2015 - 11:47

In an extract from the recently released 2015 Preqin Global Private Equity & Venture Capital Report, we analyze the results of Preqin’s latest survey of private equity and venture capital fund managers in order to gauge their concerns, views and plans for the year ahead. »

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Private real estate fundraising maintains momentum in 2014, while debt funds raised record USD20bn

Fri, 09/01/2015 - 11:46

Closed-end private real estate debt funds raised a total of USD20bn in capital in 2014, higher than in any other previous year. Andrew Moylan, Head of Real Assets Products at Preqin, comments on the state of private real estate fundraising heading into 2015: »

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French middle class housing fund FLI exceeds targets

Tue, 06/01/2015 - 17:45

Just four months after launch, SNI’s Intermediate Housing Fund (FLI) has posted results that exceed several targets including invested volume, location attractiveness and financial returns.  »

Preqin Hedge Fund Spotlight November 2014

Only three of the 100 top performing hedge funds featured in last year’s list, finds Preqin

Mon, 05/01/2015 - 13:19

One of the inherent risks to investing in hedge funds is the inherent volatility of performance. A top fund today might be the worst tomorrow. In Preqin’s latest November Hedge Fund Spotlight report, which looks at this year’s top 100 performing hedge funds, only three funds feature on the list from 2013.  »

Pounds and coins

M&G Real Estate concludes 2014 with circa GBP4 billion of global transactions

Fri, 02/01/2015 - 10:50

M&G Real Estate has concluded 2014 with circa GBP4 billion of acquisitions and sales. Total transactions for the past two years stand at GBP7.3 billion. »

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Student Cribs second fund now fully invested

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 17:30

Student Cribs has completed the investment of its second fund of GBP34 million. The fund has invested into 100 student houses – equating to 523 student bed spaces, and taking the Student Cribs portfolio up to 150 student homes (cribs) and 819 bed spaces. »

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Aviva Investors’ Lime Fund celebrates 10 year anniversary

Tue, 04/11/2014 - 06:20

Aviva Investors’ Lime Property Fund has passed its 10-year anniversary with over GBP1 billion in assets under management (AUM). »

Hedge Fund Performance Update: Q3 2014

Hedge Fund Performance Update: Q3 2014

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 12:40

Preqin looks at the performance of hedge funds in Q3 2014 and in 2014 so far. »

Hedge Fund Performance Benchmarks: Q3 2014

Hedge Fund Performance Benchmarks: Q3 2014

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 12:36

Preqin provides the most up-to-date hedge fund performance benchmarks. »

Preqin Quarterly Update: Real Estate, Q3 2014

Preqin Quarterly Update: Real Estate, Q3 2014

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 12:32

Despite a slight fall in fundraising in Q3 2014 compared to the previous quarter, the total capital raised in 2014 so far remains strong, with the USD63bn raised in the first three quarters of the year surpassing the USD56bn raised during the same period last year. However, the number of funds reaching a final close has declined from 166 to 121 over this time period, and almost two-thirds of capital raised by funds holding a close in Q3 came from just five firms, suggesting that capital is increasingly concentrated among fewer managers. »

Preqin Quarterly Update: Infrastructure, Q3 2014

Preqin Quarterly Update: Infrastructure, Q3 2014

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 12:28

Fundraising for private infrastructure funds has remained strong in 2014 to date, with the 14 funds closing on an aggregate USD8.5bn in Q3 2014 bringing the total raised throughout the year to USD27bn, a small increase on the USD23bn raised over the same period last year. However, capital is further concentrated among a smaller selection of managers, with the number of funds to close falling. Just 28 funds have closed in the first three quarters of this year, compared to 41 in the same period in 2013. »

Preqin Quarterly Update: Private Equity, Q3 2014

Preqin Quarterly Update: Private Equity, Q3 2014

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 12:25

The third quarter of 2014 saw 199 private equity funds reach a final close, raising USD80bn in aggregate capital, representing 21% fewer vehicles and a significant 44% decrease in capital commitments compared to the previous quarter. However, the relatively low number of funds means that the average fund size of USD402m is particularly high. Investors seem to be more inclined to commit capital to the larger, more established private equity fund managers, and these statistics serve as evidence of continuation of the trend seen in the fundraising market last year. »

Gold stars

Nuveen Real Asset Income Fund gets five-star Morningstar rating

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 12:42

Nuveen Investments’ Nuveen Real Asset Income Fund has received a five-star Overall Morningstar Rating across the A Load Waived and I share classes as well as a four-star rating for its A share class. »

Green world

SLI achieves nine GRESB ‘Green Stars’

Tue, 14/10/2014 - 06:01

Standard Life Investments collected a total of nine ‘Green Stars’ in the 2014 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB) Survey – one for each of the funds it submitted. »

Numbers and magnifying glass

REITs do well during the Fed tightening cycle

Wed, 08/10/2014 - 16:02

Real estate investment trusts (REITs) sold off about seven per cent from their peak in early September initially on the back up in 10 year US Treasury yields, according to Land and Buildings’ latest Commercial Real Estate Outlook. »

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Kames Property Income Fund passes GBP100m mark

Tue, 23/09/2014 - 10:06

The Kames Property Income Fund has surpassed the GBP100 million assets mark less than six months after its launch. »

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Mayfair Capital’s PITCH fund exceeds GBP300 million portfolio value

Mon, 15/09/2014 - 12:24

Mayfair Capital Investment Management’s flagship fund, the Property Income Trust for Charities (PITCH), has increased its portfolio to more than GBP300 million of assets, having completed another acquisition. »

Dollars

Versus Capital Multi-Manager Real Estate Income Fund reaches USD100m in assets

Fri, 12/09/2014 - 06:00

Versus Capital Advisors’ Multi-Manager Real Estate Income Fund has reached USD100 million in assets. »

Accounts

Charities Property Fund AUM rises 380 per cent in five years

Tue, 12/08/2014 - 10:08

The Charities Property Fund, a flagship fund of Cordea Savills, has delivered an average total return of 10.8 per cent per annum in the past five years compared to 9.1 per cent for the AREF All Balanced Funds Index. »

features
Article

Fund managers and investors are in a tug-of-war over the issue of transparency. Once content with a performance update, basic valuation and general market commentary, Limited Partners (LPs) are now digging deeper, asking more questions and requiring more information from General Partners (GPs) than ever before. ... »

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How to Access Europe using third party AIFMs

Read how managers seeking to distribute in Europe can appoint a third party AIFM (or ManCo), and the fund distribution benefits this can bring, both for new fund launches and redomiciled funds... »

Comment
Richard Hoey, BNY Mellon

Global gross domestic product (GDP) growth should accelerate somewhat in 2015 and 2016 from the pace of the last three years because of much lower oil prices, the avoidance of special drags on the world economy, and continuing easy monetary policies from global central banks, according to  BNY Mellon Chief Economist Richard Hoey. Hoey (pictured) made the comments in his February outlook.  ... »

Article
Christiopher Elvin, Preqin

55% of private equity firms surveyed by Preqin at the end of 2014 stated they would deploy greater levels of capital in 2015, although 39% suggested it is more difficult to find attractive investments. Preqin’s Christopher Elvin comments: ... »

Article
Christopher ELvin, Preqin

977 private equity funds held a final close throughout the year raising a total of USD486bn, higher than any annual amount between 2009 and 2012, and on track to match the 2013 total. Preqin’s Christopher Elvin (pictured) reviews a year of private equity fundraising:  ... »

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