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Unrealized Capital in Tail-End Funds: Q3 2016 Oct 2016
In this factsheet, we look at the latest figures regarding the size of unrealized assets in maturing funds and their evolution; as fund managers face pressure to realize investments and return capital to their investors from ageing funds, the secondary market presents a potential exit option for these assets.
2017 Preqin Private Capital Compensation and Employment Review - Sample Pages Oct 2016
Produced in collaboration with leading compensation specialists FPL Associates, the 2017 Preqin Private Capital Compensation and Employment Review is the industry’s leading guide to compensation practice, featuring detailed benchmark remuneration data for 69 positions at firms spanning the private capital industry. The Review analyzes data on thousands of employees actively employed by over 160 leading private capital firms worldwide that have contributed data. It also includes the results of our detailed survey on all aspects of compensation practices.
Preqin Quarterly Update: Private Equity & Venture Capital, Q3 2016 Oct 2016
Private equity & venture capital dry powder continues to reach record levels, with an aggregate $839 in available capital as of the end of Q3 2016. Portfolio company valuations have also increased, with the average buyout deal size standing at $405mn this quarter. 2015 witnessed record levels of capital distributions ($443bn), marking the fifth consecutive year during which they outstripped capital calls. The majority of institutional investors active in private equity stated that their confidence in the asset class remains strong; buyout remains the most sought-after fund type, with 70% of investor searches in Q3 2016 including this strategy.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Real Estate, Q3 2016 Oct 2016
Thirty-one private real estate funds reached a final close in Q3 2016, collectively raising $18.5bn – a slowdown compared with Q2. However, the 808 completed PERE deals resulted in the second highest quarter for deal activity since the beginning of 2014. In terms of performance, closed-end private real estate funds continue to perform strongly for investors, as Q3 marks an increase in NAV for 23 consecutive quarters. In the wake of the Brexit vote in the UK, institutional investors are increasingly looking to Europe, which has overtaken North America in terms of investors’ preferences compared with Q2.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Private Debt, Q3 2016 Oct 2016
Private debt fundraising was substantially down in Q3 compared with one year ago, with 24 private debt funds securing $11bn globally. North America remained the most prevalent region, with private debt funds focused on the region securing $8.6bn. Although two distressed debt funds reached a final close in the quarter, the strategy surpassed all others in terms of aggregate value – collectively, the two funds secured $4.2bn in commitments. Twelve mezzanine vehicles and five direct lending funds also reached a final close in Q3 with $3.9bn and $2.5bn respectively. The direct lending segment could continue to see opportunity in a questionable credit environment globally.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Hedge Funds, Q3 2016 Oct 2016
Amid a turbulent political backdrop, which has seen an increase in the proportion of new hedge funds launched in North America at the expense of Europe, the third quarter of 2016 marked seven consecutive months of positive returns for the overall hedge fund industry, which may go some way towards alleviating investors' concerns over fees and performance. Despite notable high-profile withdrawals from the asset class, there are some large investors planning to increase their allocation to hedge funds over the longer term. There were 118 hedge funds launched in Q3, but the prevalence of equity strategies funds is in steady decline as fund managers continue to lose confidence in the strategy.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Infrastructure, Q3 2016 Oct 2016
Infrastructure fundraising in Q3 was particularly strong, reaching $23bn – a level last seen in Q4 2013. Demand for the asset class continues to be strong as a result of the risk-adjusted returns it can provide, as well as offering less volatility. However, the number and estimated aggregate deal value of infrastructure transactions fell for a second consecutive quarter, the lowest since Q3 2012. Institutional investors in the asset class maintain a strong preference for domestic investment opportunities, although with Brexit uncertainty, Europe may be viewed with caution: 18% of North America-based investors are targeting Europe, compared with 30% in Q2.
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Preqin Quarterly Update: Natural Resources, Q3 2016 Oct 2016
Q3 saw a marked uptick for unlisted natural resources fundraising, with 15 funds reaching a final close securing a combined $25bn in investor commitments. However, there is a divergence in where the commitments are flowing as half of funds closed in 2016 failed to reach their initial target. Energy-focused funds continue to dominate the industry, with little activity in other sectors. A protracted period of losses and uncertainty for the mining industry has seen interest withdraw, while agriculture has seen very few funds raised despite being the second largest sector in natural resources. In line with struggling commodity prices, the performance of the asset class continued to fall into the tail end of 2015. 
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Privcap Report: Q3 2016 Private Equity Fundraising Round-up Oct 2016
Experts from Preqin, Mercury Capital Advisors and Privcap discuss the latest trends in private equity fundraising. Plus, read a special guest interview with Steve Pagliuca of Bain Capital.
Privcap Report: Q3 2016 Private Equity Dealmaker Round-up Oct 2016
Experts from Preqin, RSM, Harris Williams and Privcap discuss the Q3 deal tally, whether the surge in deals will continue, hot sectors for transactions, and exit activity. Plus, a special guest interview with Rodney Cohen from The Carlyle Group.