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Standardisation may still be a work in progress but fund managers are already seeing positive outcomes from ESG initiatives, both in terms of social benefits and financial returns.
The two regions led the asset class to buck last year’s trend, experiencing a 17% increase in fundraising growth compared to the 11% drop private markets experienced as a whole, McKinsey reveals in a recent report.
The provision of institutional debt in European PPP projects has increased by 55%, as well as increasing the number of countries lent to.
Infrastructure has overtaken private debt and alongside real estate now makes up a majority of bfinance’s private market manager searches.
ESG has become a ‘matter of strategic positioning’ rather than the ‘compliance consideration’ it used to be, according to the group.
Gender divide
Private equity's diversity issue goes deeper than firms not seeing enough female candidates.
Expect another year of healthy trading in the market for second-hand fund stakes.
Insurers in the region that have increased their exposure to alternative assets face regulatory changes that may hinder future investments.
North American pensions have the largest appetite for alternatives while their Asia-Pacific counterparts are the least enthusiastic, according to Willis Towers Watson.
The Danish pension scheme’s half-year activities included joining a $6.7bn Macquarie-led ticket to buy telecoms group TDC.
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