Private equity fund economics – what a difference (or not?) a year makes

Every year, MJ Hudson surveys the terms of a large, diverse sample of recently-closed private equity (PE), venture capital (VC) and growth capital funds, for which we have advised either the fund manager or a prospective investor. In this article, we assess the recent trends in core economic terms. For more information, please contact one…

Fundraising for venture managers: The missing piece of the puzzle

Recently traditional ways of communicating have gone through a radical transformation, and the importance of connecting and sharing information is more vital than ever. With the lack of physical interaction, we need to find new ways to adapt and connect with our clients and wider networks. Every venture firm should be using a CRM system…

10 VC facts: past, present and future

This month MJ Hudson celebrated it’s 10-year anniversary. So, for this View from the Bridge newsletter, we wanted to capitalise on it by shining a light on ten key facts of the Venture Capital industry that illustrate its state of play, scope, and successes. We have seen in past financial crises that Venture Capital has…

Loyalty – Asset management’s most undervalued attribute

What causes private equity LPs to re-up in subsequent funds when performance is just ok? What prevents LPs from redeeming when the performance of a hedge fund falters? What prevents top employees from pursuing “opportunities” elsewhere? Why do founders approach specific VC firms first? Why do people working as institutional allocators invest in the same…

The top 4 investment articles for summer reading 2019

Summer rolls on…as many of our readers will be enjoying a well-deserved break, whether it be on the beach or by the poolside, we have taken the opportunity to put together a summer investment reading list. The articles below have helped to shape our thinking within the venture capital space, in terms of analysing investment…

Can you spot talent that “gets” top talent?

As the leading reviewers of venture capital funds, one of the topics we delve into in our due diligence is how investment teams assess the management of potential investee companies. Some, of course, have a more sophisticated and thoughtful approach than others. What is remarked upon and explored less often, however, is how investment teams…

Seed funds need fertile soil: Sourcing high quality venture opportunities

As analysts in the venture capital space, our team at MJ Hudson have conversations every week about different venture funds’ investment criteria, as managers and investors look to identify promising entrepreneurs and profitable ideas. So too, when outside the office, our team is often greeted with a startup idea, or is told about a new…

Africa R(a)ising – How to secure commitments for Africa strategies from non-African investors (Part II)

Concluding our two part series on securing capital for Africa funds from non-African investors, Matthew Craig-Greene and Ross Manton provide a number of additional nuggets of advice. Data1 from AVCA (the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association) shows that fundraising for Africa slowed significantly from $3.4bn in 2016 to $2.3bn in 2017, not much…

Reviewing the Patient Capital Review

Well, the uncertainty is over, Philip Hammond has taken his shiny red box and delivered the Budget and the Patient Capital Review, and was even able to throw in a joke or two. Overall, we think that the changes proposed to EIS and VCTs are balanced. They are certainly more positive than what the market…

The changing face of the British pub industry

The British and Irish pub is an institution unique to this corner of Europe. Pubs sit at the centre of most British communities, simultaneously serving as restaurants, drinking establishments and social venues. Where a pub drifts into being a bar, restaurant, or even a hotel is hard to define, but what makes a pub a…

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