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14 December 2016 Rupert Bell, Director of DACH

Private equity is no longer just an 'alternative asset', it is mainstream

The private equity industry has expanded significantly in recent years as new capital has flowed into the market, arguably because big LP’s don’t really know where else to deploy it. Private equity is no longer just an ‘alternative asset’, it is very much the mainstream. There is no end to this on the short term horizon.

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13 December 2016 Linn Cheng, Head of Asia

Private equity in Asia is building momentum leading to a healthy hiring market!

We’ve had an interesting and varied year. Considering the political changes in the world, we have not seen this having a significant impact on the Asian private equity market, in actual fact on the contrary, Asia seems to be building momentum with strong fundraising and capital deployment, consequently leading to a healthy hiring market.

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17 November 2016 Alex Horkan, Consultant, Tech Team

There is a larger percentage of female astronauts than female venture capitalists. Time for venture capital to blue sky their thinking around diversity maybe?

According to Pitchbook’s PE & VC Fundraising & Capital Overhang Report, 2015 was the most successful year in almost a decade for Venture Capital funding with over $35.5billion being raised in the US alone. The fundraising trend is showing no signs of slowing down either, with $12billion already being banked in Q1 of 2016 according to Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association.

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20 October 2016 Rupert Bell, Director of DACH

Senior hires are a tricky business

Senior hiring for private equity firms is a tricky business. There is arguably far more downside than upside, from disrupting the existing culture, and demotivating mid-level and junior colleagues, to the financial and PR costs of breaking a contract if the integration doesn’t work.

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13 October 2016 Gail McManus, Managing Director

The importance of online skills testing in the selection process

Online skills tests are becoming increasingly common in private equity recruitment processes. There can be a temptation to fit these in when you get a few minutes without realising the weight that might be put on the results. A below the bar performance can rule you out almost before you have begun. Improve your CHANCE, of success with our six tips to sail through this stage and into the next round.

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13 October 2016 Written by Paul Clarke, eFinancialCareers

Look before you leap: Should you really ditch investment banking for private equity?

Written by Paul Clarke of eFinancialCareers: Quotes from Gail McManus Managing Director of PER

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