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July 4, 2022

“Private equity forms the major part of the economic fabric of many developed countries. Therefore, it shouldn’t be viewed merely as an alternative asset, but rather a building block in the constitution of a portfolio – much like bonds,” says Edouard Nouvellon, founder of European financial consultancy Risk Return.

Private equity-backed companies are a vital part of the economy and a significant driver of economic growth. In France, for instance, 120 of the most promising startups are doubling their turnover every year, according to consultancy firm Roland Berger. By contrast, companies in the CAC index are growing at just 3% a year on average.

July 4, 2022

Raphael Roettgen, managing partner of E2MC Ventures, discusses how investing in space doesn’t have to be rocket science.

For many decades, space travel was only possible for government-funded initiatives. More recently, privately funded ventures have taken the step to boldly go where few have gone before. Now, it’s becoming increasingly more rewarding and affordable, and less risky, to invest in a host of off-world initiatives.

June 30, 2022

Recession fears and central-bank tightening are driving market volatility. Equity markets are oversold and US core inflation has likely peaked. This should help markets stabilise and possibly recover over the second half of 2022, says Andrew Pease of Russell Investments.

Recession fears and central-bank tightening are driving market volatility. We think equity markets are oversold, and believe US core inflation has likely peaked. In our view, this should help markets stabilise and possibly recover over the second half of 2022.

June 27, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, EssilorLuxottica chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio passes away aged 87; Barry Hearn and son are set to receive a £150 million windfall from Matchroom Sport stake sale; and Henry Cheng's family office bids for control of clothing retailer Giordano.

EssilorLuxottica chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio passes away aged 87
Leonardo Del Vecchio, the chairman of spectacles maker EssilorLuxottica and owner of iconic sunglasses brand Ray-Ban, has died aged 87.

“EssilorLuxottica sadly announces today that its chairman has passed away,” the group said in a statement, adding that the board would meet soon to “Determine the next steps”.

June 21, 2022

The potential for uncorrelated, income-driven returns and structural inflation protection are two reasons why an allocation to unlisted infrastructure should be considered, says Michael Steingold of Russell Investments.

The potential for uncorrelated, income-driven returns and structural inflation protection are two reasons why an allocation to unlisted infrastructure should be considered [1]. However, there are several practical challenges facing investors to build and maintain a well-balanced, diversified infrastructure allocation that is appropriately positioned to harvest the benefits of the asset class.

June 20, 2022

Investors face one of the most complex market environments in history, says Ruffer LLP investment director Alexander Chartres.

Investors face one of the most complex market environments in history.

Simultaneous shifts in the global energy system, geopolitics, demography, technology and much else besides promise a more inflation-prone and volatile world ahead. This brings with it elevated risks, but also potential rewards.

Amidst all the uncertainty, this presentation from Ruffer LLP Investment Director Alexander Chartres will examine what investors can have conviction about.

June 20, 2022

Professor Benoît Dubuis, president of the Inartis Foundation, executive director of Campus Biotech, and chair of the 32nd MedTech Investing Europe Forum, talks to Campden FB about promoting innovation and supporting entrepreneurs.

As president of the innovation-promoting non-profit Inartis Foundation and executive director of Swiss life-sciences hub Campus Biotech, Professor Benoît Dubuis knows a thing or two about fostering interactions between visionaries and investors.

June 16, 2022

The escalation in social awareness wrought by COVID-19 has energised businesses to reflect on their purpose and values and their capability to deliver what really matters, says Ian Beaumont of KPMG.

The escalation in social awareness wrought by COVID-19 has energised businesses to reflect on their purpose and values and their capability to deliver what really matters.

They want to achieve this in a financially, environmentally and socially responsible way.

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) is a reflection of who we are and how we choose to do business.

June 14, 2022

In this week’s FB Roundup, Mukesh Ambani makes a £5 billion bid to buy Boots; Billionaire Joe Tsai invests millions in Just Women's Sports; and Patrick Drahi’s proposed takeover of BT is expected to be blocked by the UK government.

Mukesh Ambani makes £5 billion bid to buy Boots
Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani has teamed up with American private equity company Apollo Global Management to make a £5 billion tender for the UK pharmacy retail giant Boots.

Ambani, who is the richest person in Asia and the seventh richest in the world (according to Forbes), has been working on a potential buyout for the high street chain since April through his Reliance Industries firm and is now placed for a formal takeover.

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