Three Ways Private Equity Firms Can Increase Value of Health Care Portfolios

Since 2012, the total number of private equity deals have increased within the healthcare sector year after year. As of mid-December 2018, a record breaking 464 private equity deals had closed with a combined value of $35 billion. Attracted by the high return on investment the healthcare sector can generate for portfolios, the current investment […]


A political perfect storm for private equity

Policymakers and politicians have become increasingly aware of the remarkable rise of private equity. True to form, the Beltway has done its part to add growing pains to the growth of the industry. Throughout 2016 and 2017, during the runup to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, political crosshairs were set on the carried interest […]

Co-investing: the struggle is real

Co-investing is an area in which investor interest doesn’t seem to be abating. There are plenty of ardent proponents of the practice, as well as some vehement skeptics. One thing that seems certain, though, is that co-investment is an ingrained and fundamentally important part of the private markets landscape and a subject that commands ongoing […]


Why the loyalty business is becoming a rewarding investment target

The old adage about the finance industry is “if you want loyalty on Wall Street, get a dog.”  That mentality has slowly crept onto Main Street as cultural norms have shifted, a strong job market has persisted and the options for consumers have exploded and are just a click away. A much-referenced LinkedIn study reported that […]


Increased corporate venture partnering in healthcare is reshaping industries

The growing role of corporate venture capitalists (CVCs) in financing innovation is undeniable. In 2018, according to CB Insights, CVCs invested $52 billion in U.S. startups, an historic high and more than triple the $15.2 billion they invested in 2013. But what’s changing in corporate venture capital is not only the increased activity, but also […]

VCJ Guest Column

What you should know before entering the Russian market

By Victor Orlovski, Fort Ross Ventures As the ninth largest population in the world, Russia is home to a budding and dynamic tech scene. Moscow was ranked as the No. 2 city for fastest-growing private companies, and St. Petersburg was cited as the ninth best city for fast-growth firms according to last year’s Inc. 5000 […]

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Is this really a SaaS deal?

By Scott Meyer, Glenview James LLC Everyone wants to invest in a high-growth software-as-a-service deal. It’s the holy grail. But many times PE investors spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on diligence, only to find out that the target business isn’t really SaaS after all. Here’s how to save time and money and make smarter […]

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Cyber due diligence: considerations before a merger or acquisition

By Michael Abboud, TetherView Do you have any idea how often hackers attack? A University of Maryland study says a cyberattack on average happens every 39 seconds. That’s 2,200 attempts a day, more than 800,000 a year. Countless companies — Sony, JP Morgan, Target and Equifax, to name just a few — have fallen prey to […]


Slack offers new test of direct listings

By Alejandro Ortiz, SharesPost Slack Technologies, the workplace messaging and collaboration platform, will be making its public market debut on June 20, 2019. This liquidity event will be different than the blockbuster IPOs of 2019 to date, as the company is pursuing a direct listing in lieu of a traditional initial public offering. While Spotify, […]

VCJ Venture Contrary Guest Column

Contrarian investing in venture capital today

By Paul Asel, NGP Capital These are heady times. Every day it seems a new unicorn is created. New vocabulary – unicorn, minicorn, decacorn, mega round, super mega round – is now common in venture parlance to describe the current investment frenzy of large rounds at high valuations. While surely it is a great time […]

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Gender equity: PE can do a lot better

By Tyler Newton, Catalyst Investors  No one these days needs statistics to show that private equity and venture capital are too male-dominated. But here they are, from Bella Private Markets, showing that females control only 3.4% of the assets in PE. Go to investment-firm websites and see how many women are on the investment teams. That’s […]

VCJ Venture Guest Column

The next Theranos is when, not if

By David Siegel, Grellas Shah As a lawyer representing early-stage companies, it is common for me to receive an email from a client with an executed $100,000 note or SAFE of which I had no knowledge. But with the rise in unicorns and competition among investors, what frightens me is seeing multi-million dollar investments come […]


The hidden IT issues that can hurt a PE deal thesis and RoI

By Chris Steele, Saggezza Skydivers and police officers know their daily jobs come with inherent risks. Likewise, private equity firms know that any given deal thesis might not realize the expected return on investment, even after meticulous due diligence. But some risks, particularly in IT, can be spotted and addressed pre-deal signing. Unaddressed, these four […]

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Making money when every deal is a tech deal: Part IV: The risk of process over results

By Scott B. Meyer, Glenview James Due diligence today requires a deep understanding of digital transformation. In this series, so far we’ve looked at the impact of buzzwords; claims of immunity; and the digital transformation conundrum. In this final installment we’ll examine the importance of a company’s actual process for digital product development. Changing a […]

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Welcome to Private Techquity: PE’s inexorable adoption of tech at every level

By Nick Leopard and Jon Apter, Accordion A number of private equity firms have retained a “Barbarians at the Gate” fondness for the pre-digital era. Now, the sector’s awakening to automation, systemization and machine collaboration. Welcome to Private Techquity, the beating heart of efficiency. We’re not there just yet. Technology has not yet been woven […]