Robert Venes is assistant editor of equities and structured equity at IFR. Robert joined IFR in late 2009 from sister title Acquisitions Monthly, where he focused on private equity transactions and fundraisings. He was previously associate editor at Private Equity International and, before that, editor of Venturedome.
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In the space of a week UK ready-meals supplier Bakkavor has gone from cancelling its IPO – creating fear among other UK companies preparing listings – to pricing a revived deal put together in private. In the interim very little has changed, in terms of either the deal structure or the market backdrop that was blamed for the cancellation (this catch-all excuse is rarely valid).
Novares has postponed its Euronext Paris IPO until next year due to a technical issue.
Russian ECM is back, with 2017 already recording the highest US dollar volume of issuance since 2013 and the largest number of priced deals since 2007.