Keyword: Venture capital

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OMERS Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, has closed a US$750 million venture capital fund — its largest fund to date. The transatlantic fund is investing in companies related to financial systems, insurance, property, logistics, health and workplace technology in Canada, the U.S. and U.K., as well as Europe. […]

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  • April 29, 2020 December 13, 2020
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Worldwide private equity fundraising hit US$692 billion in 2019, surpassing the asset class’s peak in 2007. Private equity activity trended towards fewer but larger funds seeing commitments from investors, according to a new report by the Callan Institute. Buyout funds, in particular, saw a leap in commitments, jumping to 55.1 per cent of commitments overall […]

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  • March 25, 2020 December 13, 2020
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Private equity sees robust investment in 2019: report

Worldwide private equity fundraising hit US$692 billion in 2019, surpassing the asset class’s peak in 2007. Private equity activity trended towards fewer but larger funds seeing commitments from investors, according to a new report by the Callan Institute. Buyout funds, in particular, saw a leap in commitments, jumping to 55.1 per cent of commitments overall in 2019, up […]

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  • March 20, 2020 November 12, 2020
  • 09:30
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Private equity firms are increasingly buying out venture capital-backed companies, according to a report from Pitchbook. Indeed, between 2000 and 2019, the number of venture to private equity buyouts grew at a compounded annual growth rate of 18.1 per cent, compared with buyouts overall which only grew at 9.5 per cent. According to the report, […]

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  • March 2, 2020 December 13, 2020
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Canadian venture capital funding continues to rise for the third year in a row, according a report from MoneyTree Canada Over the course of 469 deals in 2019, Canadian VC-backed companies raised US$4.1 billion, representing a 16 per cent rise in capital raised from 2018, but an 11 per cent drop in deal activity. “Canadian […]

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  • February 7, 2020 December 13, 2020
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A topic that has received a lot of attention recently in many markets, especially the United States, is the fall in the number of listed companies, said Jay Ritter, the Joseph Cordell Eminent Scholar in the finance department at the University of Florida, speaking at the Canadian Investment Review‘s 2019 Investment Innovation Conference in November. […]

Will institutional investors favour private equity in 2020?

Looking back on last year’s investment activity, institutional investors continued to pile into private equity. Globally, commitments to private equity funds jumped 27 per cent, or US$41 billion, in the third quarter, although there were only 201 final closes for the period, down seven per cent from the quarter prior, according to a report from […]

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  • January 3, 2020 November 12, 2020
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OMERS Ventures hires former Uber executive as London managing partner

OMERS Ventures, the venture capital investing arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, has hired former Uber Technologies Inc. executive Jambu Palaniappan to join its London office as a managing partner. Palaniappan joined Uber in 2012 and led its expansion into the Europe, Middle East and Africa regions before being named the general manager […]

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  • December 12, 2019 November 12, 2020
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The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the Public Sector Pension Investment Board are among several institutional investors committing $427 million in the final closing of Portag3 Ventures II, a fund focused on early stage investments in the global financial technology sector. This is Portage3 Ventures’ second fintech fund, which to date has […]

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  • December 3, 2019 December 13, 2020
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The shifting nature of private equity

While private equity’s original advantage was taking over a firm to revamp its governance and operations, private equity companies are now finding fewer underperforming firms to fix and the private equity model is changing, according to a new paper by Elisabeth de Fontenay, a professor of law at Duke University. The paper, which is set […]