Startup offers legal work from the cloud

Wondering why you’re paying so much to have routine legal documents prepared? The question lies at the heart of the business model of a start-up company called InCloudCounsel, sister magazine Buyouts reports.


Some PE firms chosen for early SEC exams based on risk: Buyouts

A little-noted aspect of the first set of examinations of private equity shops by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is that the agency in some cases picked firms considered to be more likely to have compliance problems, sister magazine Buyouts reported. That fact may help explain the high percentage of problems found.


Publisher Schwimmer: ‘Your tour guide in loan land': Buyouts

After a two-year hiatus, Randy Schwimmer is back with his weekly e-newsletter covering the middle-market leveraged lending scene. The Lead Left, which debuted last week, is the successor to On the Left, the popular e-newsletter that Schwimmer wrote while he was a senior managing director and head of capital markets at Churchill Financial.


Startup seeks to match up projects with consultants: Buyouts

The sheer number of consultants available presents a big challenge. Assuming you don’t have the budget to hire one of the big guns, how do you make sure that your project and your consultant are a good match? And how do you get a competitive price? Sister magazine Buyouts checks in with a startup that is seeking to address the issue.

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Thomson Reuters partners with Cambridge Associates on benchmark data

Thomson Reuters has struck a deal with consulting firm Cambridge Associates to provide the latter’s private equity benchmarking data to subscribers of the Thomson Reuters Eikon service. Thomson Reuters (publisher of peHUB) and its predecessors, including Venture Economics, collected and published buyout and venture capital return data and statistics for more than two decades.

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CalPERS and OMERS crush it on direct investments

Direct investments by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and OMERS Private Equity have generated strong returns, suggesting that a recent Harvard Business School paper showing that directs do no better than fund investments won’t end debate on the question.


More Colleges, Foundations Hand Over Keys to Endowments: White Paper

More and more endowments and foundations, overwhelmed with the job of managing complex portfolios in a volatile world, are outsourcing their investment functions to third-party money managers, according to an August white paper from the Commonfund Institute. The “outsourced CIO” trend has big implications for private equity firms, as money managers gain discretion over more assets.

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