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7th May 2021

Global M&A breaks records

US$1.77 trillion worth of M&A deals were announced globally during the first four months of 2021, more than double (+124%) the same period last year and the highest year-to-date total since their records began according to the latest snapshot from Refinitiv Deals Intelligence.

5th May 2021

Private equity holding periods reach all-time high in 2020 says eFront

A new report from eFront, the leading financial software and solutions provider dedicated to Alternative Investments, shows that holding periods extended in 2020 to a record 5.4 years on average, at the same time as returns dipped. The data also showed that investments held for longer periods tend to produce higher returns – though this was not the case in 2020.

30th April 2021

GP Bullhound Q1 2021 Sector Updates

GP Bullhound has published its latest quarterly market reports. Read all about the CEOs and the key trends they see in the Software, Digital Services, Fintech, Digital Media and Marketplaces sectors, as well as an update on Asian tech investments.

27th April 2021

Black and minority founders are being excluded by UK VC

Cornerstone Partners, a leading angel network focused on investing in exceptional black and diverse founder led businesses across the UK, has released a ground-breaking report in collaboration with Engage Inclusivity, Diversity VC and Beauhurst about the barriers to inclusive investment for minority founders in the UK.

The purpose of the research is to identify how many black and minority ethnic founders have achieved VC backing, in addition to unveiling insights into diverse founders’ journeys and experiences of securing funding. The Cornerstone Report takes a closer look at the funding landscape for minority ethnic founders at two specific and critical stages of their funding journey: the seed/pre-VC stage (Cohort 1) and scale up/VC funded stage (Cohort 2).

19th April 2021

Q1 FinTech investment data from Innovate Finance

Innovate Finance, the industry body representing UK FinTech, has released Q1 investment figures for the UK FinTech sector in 2021 that reveal a robust recovery following a tough pandemic year.

16th April 2021

Female investors expected to be £15k worse off than men by 2030

 

A new study by Freetrade has revealed the “gender investment gap” in the UK, with women expected to make a much smaller return on their investments by 2030 compared to men if they start investing now as a result of the gender pay gap.

 

16th April 2021

CMS European M&A Study 2021

Europe has returned to a ‘buyer-friendly’ environment, after the COVID-19 pandemic created more risk-averse attitudes. 

14th April 2021

Highest ever number of European non-bank deals recorded in Q4 2020

 

Non-bank or direct lending recorded the highest number of deals ever in the final quarter of 2020, according to Deloitte’s latest Alternative Lender Deal Tracker. Deal count had dramatically slowed earlier in 2020 resulting in an overall decrease of 25% in the annual total of 385 deals, compared to 2019’s total of 512 deals. Direct lenders consist of a wide range of non-bank institutions that lend directly into corporates at senior secured levels of the capital structure. 

 

13th April 2021

Global lenders raise US$969.1B in the 1st quarter of 2021, down 7.2% year on year

Global syndicated loan volume totalled US$969.1 billion in 1Q21, a decline of 7.2% compared to volume recorded for the first quarter of 2020 according to Refinitiv LPC. 

13th April 2021

Dramatic turnaround for commodities & natural resources sector

 

Commodities & Natural Resources is the top-performing investment company sector over the past year with an average return of 116%, following two years of negative returns. Commodities have a key role to play in the global recovery and transition to a greener future but they could also be well placed to protect portfolios from rising inflation.

 

9th April 2021

VCT fundraising up 11% in 2020/21 tax year

The Association of Investment Companies (AIC) has published the amount of money raised by VCTs for the 2020/21 tax year. During the pandemic and at a time when the UK’s young companies have needed it most, the VCT sector has raised £685 million for investment in small, innovative UK businesses.

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