BlackRock, the largest asset manager in the world, threw its weight around recently. Chairman and CEO Larry Fink wrote a letter to CEOs in January explaining BlackRock’s further divestment from the fossil fuel industry. He said BlackRock would hold companies and directors accountable when they don’t address sustainability and climate change.
Is the United States ready for “private techquity”? That’s the name a consulting company gave to the adoption of technology in private equity, including machine learning and data-heavy databases.
Two IPO experts share advice for private equity leaders ahead of going public. They also discuss popular types of IPOs, the trend of direct listings, and why super shares are bad for companies in the long term.
The shifting attitude of regulators has been welcome news for the industry after the roll-out of the Dodd-Frank Act in 2010, the most significant financial law in decades.
The federal government and the states just can’t seem to agree these days. Two major areas of disagreement are the legal status of marijuana and the issue of the environment.
It’s no secret that corporations globally plan to spend a significant amount on digital transformations in the next few years. But how much? And exactly what are they spending money on?
The modern age has entered a technological boom phase. But what could happen to technology companies if the U.S. or the world falls into a recession?
The latest salvo in the debate over the role of the corporation in society was struck by Jamie Gamble, a former lawyer for the insurance company American Insurance Group during the financial crisis and beyond. He proposed in an essay that modern executives are “legally obligated to act like sociopaths,” because of settled law for most corporate charters that puts shareholder rights above employees, the environment, customers and the community at large.
“ESG” investing sounds like a great idea. Who can argue with steering your company toward environmental, social and governance practices that reflect the greater good?
But for a company ready to formalize its commitment to ESG, the problem is defining what it means and what qualifies.
Private equity is on the prowl for good deals in the healthcare space right now. There’s a lot of competition and money searching for an investment opportunity. Sometimes, those opportunities involve public companies looking to go private.