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June 4, 2020

Silver Lake’s coronavirus bets: a make-or-break moment for Egon...

The private equity firm’s bold investments in tech and travel could struggle if the pandemic lingers In late March, as the coronavirus pandemic was grinding global travel to a halt, Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky was forced to shelve preparations for a stock market listing and urgently seek a financial

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February 17, 2020

INSEAD report shows how private equity is helping family firms un...

Institutionalisation is key to family firms’ survival A significant ‘proficiency gap’ exists between second generation family companies and those with more intergenerational transfers of power Expertise from external sources – such as PE – can help a family business leapfrog the institutionalisation curve. Family firms are the cornerstone of the

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October 23, 2019

The curse of SoftBank

The Japanese group’s investment fund poured a torrent of cash into Silicon Valley. But did it gamble blindly on a series of overpriced unicorns? BY ALEXI MOSTROUS For technology executives gathered at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California, last month, no expense was spared. Long-term residents of the five-star property More Details
September 19, 2019

Foreign investment drives surge in south-east Asia tech takeovers

Acquisitions of regional start-ups more than doubled in the first half of the year South-east Asian deals have been led by the region’s tech unicorns, such as Indonesian ride-hailer Go-Jek, which acquired seven companies between 2017 and 2019 © Bloomberg Acquisitions of south-east Asian technology start-ups more than doubled in

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September 5, 2019

Cartier Women's Initiative

The Cartier Women’s Initiative is an annual international programme created in 2006 to identify, support and encourage projects by women entrepreneurs. The Jury for the Cartier Women’s Initiative is composed of 35 high-profile individuals and is divided in 7 regional juries. They are chosen on the basis of their entrepreneurial

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July 26, 2018

新书上架丨克劳迪娅·纪斯伯格:揭开私募股权的...

股权投资是非常古老的一个行业,但是私募股权(private equity,简称PE)投资则是近30年来才获得高速发展的新兴事物。《2018中国私募股权投资发展报告》数据显示,在募资方面,2017年中国私募股权市场募资金额达到1.8万亿元的水平,已经成为全球募资量最大的市场。在投资方面,2017年全年投资额达到1.2万亿元,已经远远超过欧洲市场。

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March 24, 2018

Research: The Institutionalization of Family Firms from Asia-Paci...

As family offices grow in Asia, issues such as institutionalization and succession planning are becoming more important in the region, according to recent findings from INSEAD.

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March 12, 2018

Time for Boards to see Private Equity as more than a financial in...

The model and workings of the Private Equity (PE) has evolved over the years. The image of vultures seeking to prey on underperforming companies with steady cash flows in heavily leveraged transactions and riding the investment out to a successful exit has developed to one of highly proficient transformation agents seeking to impact businesses at critical junctures of their development.

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March 12, 2018

From “Barbarians” to Skilled Industrialists

Some 41 years ago, George Roberts, Jerry Kohlberg and Henry Kravis pulled together US$120,000 to form their first private equity (PE) fund. There were no such funds in those days and nobody else appeared to be doing what was then called leveraged buyouts. Little did they know that they were starting an industry.

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December 7, 2017

INSEAD Professor writes guide to private equity for investors and...

INSEAD business school has announced two new books on Private Equity (PE) by Claudia Zeisberger, Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences

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November 29, 2017

Private equity: Not for the faint-hearted

Alas, private equity deals do not fall into one’s lap, like manna from heaven. Identifying potential deals may be quite simple, given the number of companies seeking funding in the corporate jungle.

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November 15, 2017

When will private equity surpass commercial banking?

The chances are, you are already quite familiar with private equity (PE). Yet, how much do you know about the intricacies of the industry, its deal-making habit

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