By Stephane Pesch, LPEA – As the world tumbles into a period of economic and political uncertainty, private equity relies on its long term investment strategy and eyes the calm after the storm. Meanwhile, investors and fund managers are drawn to the safe harbour of Luxembourg, one of the few they can rely on these days.
By Derbhil O’Riordan, Dillon Eustace – Consistently heralded by industry as a flexible and efficient place to do business, Ireland is Europe’s leading onshore jurisdiction for the establishment of private equity structures.
ESG investing continues to gain momentum and prominence among global institutional investors as they increasingly look to benchmark not only the performance of funds in their portfolios but the impact they have on the world.
Palm Capital, a pan-European real estate private equity and special situations specialist, has acquired Project Falcon, a GBP150 million sub-performing loan book secured against a portfolio of 80 UK commercial real estate assets, from Lone Star.
One of the biggest issues facing the global PE industry currently is allocating capital to the right investments without falling into value traps and overpaying for companies, such are the record levels of dry powder in the market.
The United States dominates the PE marketplace when it comes to size of AUM size. It is estimated that the top 300 global PE managers manage USD1.5 trillion in assets, of which US-based managers account for USD1 trillion; this compares to USD177 billion among UK-based managers.
In a recent 2019 PE Outlook Report produced by Private Equity Wire, Andrew Bentley, Partner at Campbell Lutyens, a leading global placement agent in private markets, made the following comment when asked how he viewed the fundraising environment for 2019: “We expect most capital will be applied to servicing re-up requests from LP’s core existing managers, with new relationships being harder to consummate versus 2017 and 2018. Smart money will be looking for cycle-tested managers, proven cross-border reach and a technology edge.”
No matter who you talk to, global private equity has enjoyed a period of enormous growth in the last few years and, in Luxembourg, this has proven to be a key factor as it has looked to drive interest, globally, in regulated private equity funds.
The last two years have been a boon for global private equity managers. In 2017, total net new assets reached USD552 billion according to Preqin, and although slightly down in 2018, the asset class still attracted USD426 billion.
Following the initial boom of liberalisation, new restrictions are having a severe cooling effect on the nascent international Chinese PERE market – fund managers that are in it for the long-haul will need to up their game during this period of tightening, writes Jimmy Leong, Managing Director in Asia, at Augentius.