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Venture Briefing: Private Equity Accounted for 40% of M&A in First Half of 2019 Venture Briefing: Private Equity Accounted for 40% of M&A in First Half of 2019

Venture Briefing: Private Equity Accounted for 40% of M&A in First Half of 2019

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Private Equity Accounted for 40% of M&A in First Half of 2019
PE-led acquisitions accounted for almost 40 percent of North American M&A volume in 1H. That's a remarkably high share for the asset class, which has historically led less than 30 percent of all acquisitions, and that percentage has been creeping up over the past few years, according to PitchBook's 2Q 2019 North American M&A Report.
(Source: PitchBook, 2019-08-02) Read the full article
Alternative Investments Expected to Reach $14 Trillion by 2023
As investors pile ever more capital into alternative investments, including private equity, some in the industry are beginning to wonder about the wisdom of holding illiquid investments if stocks crash. Preqin expects alternative investment assets under management to reach $14 trillion by 2023.
(Source: Pensions & Investments, 2019-08-05) Read the full article
Start-Ups Investing in Other Start-Ups, as Companies Raised $55B
Start-ups raised $55 billion in venture capital in the first half of this year, the most since 2000, according to CB Insights and PwC. And a burgeoning class of these companies is thriving by catering to a fast-growing market: other start-ups.
(Source: The New York Times, 2019-08-02) Read the full article
Companies Expected to Spend Record $940B on Buybacks in 2019
Stock buybacks by S&P 500 companies are heading for another record year, raising alarms about declining levels of corporate cash. Goldman Sachs is now projecting that S&P 500 firms will spend $940 billion on share repurchases in 2019, easily beating last year's record of $806.4 billion.
(Source: CFO, 2019-07-31) Read the full article
Number of Securities Fraud Case Filings Still Close to Record
The number of securities fraud case filings remained near record levels in the first half of 2019, according to a report by Cornerstone Research and the Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse. The report, "Securities Class Action Filings -- 2019 Midyear Assessment," found that plaintiffs filed 198 new federal class actions in the first six months of the year, in line with the 199 filed in the second half of 2018.
(Source: Pensions & Investments, 2019-07-31) Read the full article
Survey Finds 70% of Small Businesses Have Outstanding Liabilities
According to the recently published research which polled 6,614 small business owners (employing less than 500 workers) from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, a majority of small businesses faced financial challenges last year. The Small Business Credit Survey reveals that 70 percent of small employer firms have outstanding liabilities.
(Source: SmallBizGenius, 2019-07-22) Read the full article
CROOK Act to Crack Down on Corruption Abroad Introduced in House
A new, bipartisan bill introduced in the House aims to help the U.S. pump up funding for anti-corruption efforts elsewhere -- and help slow the rise of kleptocratic networks eroding democracies abroad. Introduced by Rep. Bill Keating (D-MA) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), the Countering Russian and Other Overseas Kleptocracy Act -- known as the CROOK Act -- would provide an innovative solution to helping the U.S. move beyond mere pro-democracy statements.
(Source: Think Progress, 2019-07-22) Read the full article
DOL Eases Small Business Employee Access to 401(k) Plans
The Labor Department released a final rule that's intended to make it easier for the nation's smaller firms to band together to offer 401(k) plans to their workers. Under the rule, businesses in different industries will be able to team up for a retirement plan as long as they are located in the same geographical area.
(Source: CNBC, 2019-07-29) Read the full article
Fake Email Experiment Studied Gender, Racial Bias at V.C. Firms
Along with Will Gornall, his former student and a finance professor at the University of British Columbia, Ilya A. Strebulaev sent 80,000 emails pitching fake start-ups to 28,000 venture capitalists and angel investors, signed with names indicating gender and ethnicity. The results of the field experiment were unexpected: Entrepreneurs with female and Asian-sounding names received a higher rate of interested replies than their presumed male or white counterparts.
(Source: Fast Company, 2019-08-02) Read the full article
V.C.s Have Invested $2.6 Billion in Drone Companies in Since 2012
Venture capital funding for the drone industry reached record levels in the first half of 2019 as bets become more concentrated on nearer-term payoffs. Over the period from 2012 to June 2019, venture capitalists have invested $2.6 billion in drone companies to take advantage of the large consumer drone market and the rapidly growing commercial drone market.
(Source: Forbes, 2019-07-22) Read the full article
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