The Centre for Private Equity and Management Buyout Research (CMBOR) has returned to its founding institution, Nottingham University Business School, after a hiatus in 2020.
CMBOR will reinstate its practice of providing comprehensive data and insight around European buyout activity and extend its 35-year track record as a leading academic institute devoted to the study of private equity, sponsored by Equistone.
The Centre, led by Dr Kevin Amess, Associate Professor in Industrial Economics at Nottingham University Business School, will continue in its previous scope of independently analysing management buy-outs and providing private equity statistics for Europe in a comprehensive and objective way.
CMBOR produces internationally esteemed reports that include journalistic content summing up trends along with charts and graphs ideal for reporting purposes. These reports are an essential investment validation tool for market practitioners looking for valuable evidence.
The Centre was founded in 1986 at the Nottingham University Business School by the late Professor Mike Wright, before moving to Imperial College Business School with him in 2011. Professor Wright, a dearly valued friend and colleague who died in 2019, established CMBOR and led it to receive global recognition as a leading provider of buyout data in Europe.
Dr Kevin Amess was the natural fit to lead the relaunched Centre, having previously worked with Professor Wright and sharing his passion for management buyout research. As well as being CMBOR’s original home, Nottingham University Business School today boasts a strong record of high-quality research and a prestigious reputation in management and finance.
Dr Amess said: “I have long admired the quality and longevity of CMBOR research, having been involved with the centre for a number of years. I am delighted to be leading the programme into the future. Having researched private equity and leveraged buyouts, I recognise the value of sourcing and analysing data of this kind, which is rare in private markets.”
Private equity is facing a transformed post-pandemic landscape and we’re excited to shed light on the fundamental shifts that have taken place over the past year, as well as the emerging trends that will shape the future of the industry.
Professor Duncan Angwin, Dean of Nottingham University Business School, said: “I am delighted that CMBOR is returning to its home under the leadership of Dr Kevin Amess and with the sponsorship of Equistone. CMBOR has long shown how excellent research and analysis has real impact on industry and it will continue to illuminate and inform fundamental changes in financial and business landscapes.”
Equistone, a supporter of CMBOR since its inception, has signed a new exclusive sponsorship agreement to fund the Centre upon its return to the University of Nottingham.
Christiian Marriott, Partner and Head of Investor Relations at Equistone, said: “We are excited to have Kevin and the University of Nottingham on board to bring back this longstanding research, providing in-depth analysis and insight on European buyout markets. Kevin’s expertise and enthusiasm will ensure that CMBOR remains a widely respected source of data on private equity deal activity. We are proud to resume our sponsorship of what is a trusted and highly valued resource for the industry.”
CMBOR will issue its next half-yearly analysis of data on European buyout activity later this month (June 2021).