Tom Barry is the CEO and Founder of Zephyr Management, a global emerging markets investment manager that specializes in the creation and management of private equity and marketable securities funds. Tom discusses the rationale behind his firm’s investment strategy and candidly shares his views on what he sees as the greatest challenges for the industry today. Since its inception in 1994, Zephyr has sponsored 22 funds with approximately US$1.2 billion in committed capital.
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EMPEA’s Private Equity Talent Management in Emerging Markets Survey aims to provide our members and the broader industry with a greater understanding of the current state of hiring for employment at private equity firms; the challenges that GPs face in staffing their emerging market teams; and, how practitioners anticipate the job market will evolve over the next five years. The findings of this Survey are based on data collected from 88 respondents representing 70 private equity fund managers based in 34 countries and operating across the emerging markets, as well as interviews with industry professionals.
A joint study of private equity exits in Latin America by EMPEA and Ernst & Young
Our second annual study, looking at how PE investors create value in Latin American businesses, extends our research into PE’s transformational role in Latin America’s continued economic development. The results of this year’s study confirm our initial findings — PE firms are focused on growth and hands-on partnerships with entrepreneurs to transform companies into market leaders. Through extensive involvement, PE investors work with the entrepreneurs they back to identify and develop new products, expand geographically and exit profitably.
This EMPEA Brief explores the impact of European bank deleveraging on the emerging markets, with a view toward identifying the opportunities and challenges the process presents to private equity investors. Authored by EMPEA’s Mike Casey, this article includes an examination of the drivers and scale of European bank deleveraging over the short-, medium- and long-term time horizons, and quantifies the impact of deleveraging across all emerging market regions.
Drawing on input collected from over 100 Asian private equity funds that were actively fundraising during 2011, the Asia Pacific Private Equity 2011 Fund Terms Survey, conducted by Squadron Capital in association with EMPEA, provides a snapshot of current industry practice around management fees, preferential terms, distribution waterfalls, no-fault divorce provisions and key person clauses, as well as issues particularly pertinent to the Asia Pacific region, including the flexibility to invest in PIPEs and potential conflicts of interest with parallel RMB and U.S. dollar funds.
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