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Archive for December, 2001

19 December 2001

The Carlyle Group appoints top Coutts banker to wealth management role

US buy-out giant the Carlyle Group has appointed the chief executive of royal bank Coutts to a ‘wealth management' role, according to its parent Royal Bank of Scotland. Andrew Fisher will leave for Carlyle at the end of February.

18 December 2001

Venture capital in Swedenp

It is widely accepted that venture capital promotes research and understanding into many industries such as biotechnology and technology. As a result, the venture capital market is integral to a nation's economic development. Sweden is no exception to this. This thesis from David Lundborg and Fredrik Cardelius discusses the need to develop a vibrant VC market in Sweden.

18 December 2001

3i UK enterprise barometerp

3i's barometer of UK business optimism has fallen for the sixth consecutive survey and now stands at its lowest level since the last recession. However, it shows that the events of 11 September seem to have had little impact on this downward trend.

18 December 2001

Next generation managers: The prospects for first time private equity funds in Europep

As the shake-out in the private equity industry continues, many private equity managers struggle to raise funds. However, says Almeida Capital, the prospects for a select group of private equity firms are surprisingly positive. Next generation private equity firms can take advantage of unprecedented demand from institutional investors who are looking for the star performers of the future.

18 December 2001

A paper on private equity funds: tax issues affecting organisation and investmentp

Ireland's tax laws have been formulated to attract inward investment and improve the environment for setting up private equity funds. Here, David Glynn of A&L Goodbody explains private equity fund structures in Ireland from an Irish tax perspective.

18 December 2001

US private equity funds remain confident in Latin America, finds PwC surveyp

US private equity investors are confident that the overall economic performance of Latin America in 2001 will be positive, according to the fourth annual survey of US-based private equity funds by PricewaterhouseCoopers' Latin America Business Centre. The survey participants include some of the largest US private equity funds with active investments in Latin America.

18 December 2001

The year in reviewp

Once again, it has been a mixed year on the tax and regulatory front across Europe for the private equity community, says SJ Berwin. There have been plenty of positive developments, but some disappointing setbacks. All in all, however, it is clear that the industry has grown in importance to the European economy. It has achieved a much higher profile among policy makers, which (most of the time) has been very welcome.

18 December 2001

Venture capital and private equity in Italy – first semester 2001p

The first half of 2001 displayed the first signs of a slowdown in the private equity and venture capital market in Italy. After six years of constant growth, this year's figures paint a much bleaker picture.

18 December 2001

Successfully riding the private equity cycle: an institutional investor’s perspective.p

Institutional investors should look beyond yearly returns when considering alternative investments – especially private equity. Maximilian Brönner of LGT Capital Partners offers an insight into how institutional investors can build a well-structured private equity portfolio, based on longer term prospects.

18 December 2001

Management shrugged: the case for leveraged buy-outsp

More than a decade has passed since corporate raiders, junk bonds and the power of Drexel Burnham dominated the pages of the financial press and the agendas of major corporate boards of directors across the US. Yet, the impulse to improve financial performance through ‘re-engineering' operations, ‘restructuring' portfolios and balance sheets or ‘rethinking' strategy and organisation is still the dominating theme of corporate life. Donald Gogel from Clayton, Dubilier & Rice discusses the case for leveraged buy-outs.

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