Strong and steady may win the race

The first half of 2010 was another difficult six months for M&A and private equity, and Zephyr data suggested total global M&A value reached its lowest point since 2004. However, some sectors witnessed sharp gains in deal value against the lows. Certain investment darlings are emerging and these are not the distressed assets that have been suggested.

Will emerging markets provide a PE upsurge?

When Bridgepoint Capital agreed to sell UK pet store chain Pets at Home to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts for USD 1,542 million in January, many heralded the return of private equity. There have since been 11 leveraged deals worth over USD 1,000 million announced or completed but the question of how private equity will adapt to the post-Lehman M&A arena still remains.

Is now the time to turn to renewable energy?

The disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill crisis, which threatens to become an unparalleled environmental disaster, highlights the need for the world to turn to the cleantech sector. As engineers battle to plug an out-of-control BP oil well, president Barack Obama calls for an overhaul of the US energy policy.


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