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Private Equity and Venture Capital explained

Find out what the private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) industry is, how it operates and get an overview of the industry in Australia. Read 'Private equity & venture capital explained' here.

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  • Medical Research Future Fund announces its priorities

    The Medical Research Advisory Board (MRAB) recently announced a list of priorities which will guide the funding decisions made by the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) – an endowment fund providing financial grants to support health and medical research and innovation. AVCAL’s Yasser El-Ansary is a member of the Medical Research Advisory Board and therefore will play an instrumental role in ensuring the MRFF is an essential part of the health system investing in prevention research through to clinical application. After a thorough consultation process, which included written submissions, public forums, webinars and roundtables, both the Strategy…

  • Another strong quarter for PE & VC returns

    Author: Kosta Sinelnikov, Senior Research Analyst, AVCAL AVCAL and Cambridge Associates today released the latest Australian PE and VC performance figures for the period ending 30 June 2016.  The figures reveal that the performance of our industry, and the net-of-fee returns going back to investors, remain consistently strong amid financial market uncertainty both in Australia and overseas. Over the one-year and three-year periods, Australian PE and VC funds returned 12% and 19%, respectively. Over the longer term, Australian PE and VC generated 10% (over 10 years) and 12% (over 15 years) – such returns are…

  • Submission: Debt and equity tax rule improvements

  • Venture capital funding hits record high

    Friday, 18 November 2016: Australian venture capital funds raised a record $568 million in FY2016 with investment jumping 50 per cent to $347 million, according to the latest Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL) and EY Yearbook. Collectively private equity and venture capital raised $2.74 billion in FY2016, slightly down from $2.87 billion in FY2015. While private equity fundraising was lower than the previous year ($2.55b) at $2.17b, $628m of this is earmarked for growth/expansion deals. Investments made by the industry in the past financial year grew 5 per cent with $3 billion…

  • BLOG: Exposing cyber risk, investing in cyber opportunity

    Author: Fergus Brooks is National Practice Leader for Cyber Risk at Aon Australia Private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) firms are unlikely to be the foremost target of a cyber- attack. While there is important intellectual property information and confidential deal data under the computer hood of such firms, there are not the credit card details, the health records, the political insights that generally stir interest from the so-called black hats of the cyber underworld. However PE and VC firms still face a significant cyber risk as their underlying investments often do exist as highly viable and…

  • Turning Innovation into Action at NZVCA and PM’s Prize for Science

    The NZVCA, AVCAL’s New Zealand counterpart, is hosting its annual conference this week with Chairman of Innovation & Science Australia, Bill Ferris kicking off the agenda by highlighting the importance of innovation in bringing prosperity to our economies. Mr Ferris said he admired the success of local start-ups, “there are some great stories about innovative companies coming out of New Zealand. These types of successes are important, and not merely for the founders, investors and end-users of innovative new products or services, but for the trajectory of the national economy as a whole.” Ferris…

  • Independent body will guide australia's economic transition

  • Medical Devices Fund Boosts Member Backed Innovations

    AVCAL members ATP Innovations and Brandon Capital were behind three of the four medical devices to receive $8.6 million in funding from the NSW Government’s Medical Devices Fund. The NSW Government set up the Medical Devices Fund in 2012 to bring research hubs, mid-tech companies and investors together to commercialise devices for export and to streamline the clinical assessment required for use in the NSW health system.  AVCAL CEO, Yasser El-Ansary said, “We are proud of the contribution our members are making to develop a strong medtech industry in Australia. Nano-X, Respiratory…

  • Members Talk Diversity at AVCAL Connect

    AVCAL hosted its popular Connect event on 11 October with members of the PE/VC industry talking diversity, with a panel discussion followed by networking drinks at Sydney’s Tank Stream bar. The panel, featured four women who have each carved out successful careers in the PE and VC space and feel passionately about improving diversity and welcoming more women in to what each described as a flexible and rewarding industry. The panel included: Bing Jiang, Investment Manager at Next Capital Anne-Marie Birkill, Partner at OneVentures Chania Rodwell, Investment Manager at M.H. Carnegie & Co Fiona Lock…

  • KKR Funding Helps Expand Sundrop Farms Down Under

    Sundrop Farms, backed by global investment firm KKR, today launched a new, 20-hectare facility in Port Augusta where it will grow more than 15,000 tonnes of sustainable produce, through innovative arid-climate agricultural techniques. Growth capital from KKR helped construct the $200 million state-of-the-art greenhouse capable of producing 15-30 times more fruit and vegetables per hectare than conventional field production, with minimal environmental impact. Sundrop Farms will supply 15,000 tonnes of truss tomatoes each year to 500 Coles supermarkets in NSW, Victoria and South Australia for 10 years - the longest fresh food…