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16 April 2002

Private equity in Mexicop

The Mexican private equity industry is still in its infancy. As a result, its funds are largely foreign - and the majority are, predictably, from the US. Frank Schneider and Luis Videgaray, of Harvard University and Protego respectively, discuss the characteristics of the asset class in Mexico.

15 April 2002

Private equity funds of funds: a checklist of legal and regulatory issuesp

Funds of funds play an important role in providing investors with diversification in private equity commitments. But, these funds face a barrage of regulatory and tax issues in the US and this should be a matter of concern to everyone in the industry, say Joseph A Hugg and David W Tegeler of Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault.

10 April 2002

The state of the marketp

Private equity evolved throughout the 1990s into a means for institutional investors to improve the long-term risk/return profile of their portfolios. The downturn in the industry over recent years, however, is forcing investors to reassess the benefits of the asset class. Ivan Vercoutere and Giacomo Biondi Morra of LGT Capital Partners argue that the private equity industry is merely returning to a state of normality after a period of euphoria and that now is a good time to invest.

10 April 2002

Uncharted territoryp

Have investors in the venture capital industry become more cautious since the burst of the dot-com bubble and the events of 11 September? Many industry players believe that the downturn is an inevitable part of the cycle of a maturing industry; others see it as the beginning-of-the-end of an industry that has already enjoyed its most successful years. John F Ince of UPSIDE examines the state of the venture capital business in the US and discusses what the future holds for this industry.

9 April 2002

Aftermath of the bubble, the defaulting investorp

The face of the limited partner has changed. Gone are the days of guaranteed commitment from well-financed institutions at the initial close. Daniel Finkleman of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault offers advice for the GP who has found that one of his LPs cannot meet commitments as a result of plummeting personal fortunes.

3 April 2002

Biomedicine: The next wave for California’s economyp

Biotechnology stocks are down and several promising biotech drugs have recently been hitting regulatory walls. However, the future looks bright for California's biomedical cluster, according to this report from PwC and the California Healthcare Industry.

26 March 2002

The Silicon Valley venture capital confidence survey, Q1 2002p

Following one of the most dismal years for the venture capital community in nearly a decade, venture capitalists responding to the Silicon Valley venture capital confidence survey, conducted by Deloitte & Touche, have a positive outlook for the economy in 2002. For the first time since the survey's inception, the majority of respondents expect the overall economic climate to improve during the next six months, but see no return to the heady investment levels of 1999 and 2000.

20 March 2002

Jilted by broadbandp

In its most basic form broadband is an ‘always on' connection with data transfer speed that is faster than those of dial-up modems. Despite initial interest, without a surge of high-speed internet access, the technology industry, and the economy at large will remain stalled, argues Michael Copeland and Om Malik from Red Herring. New technologies from start-ups may provide a solution to promote and develop this.

11 March 2002

US private equity in 2001p

Despite steep falls from 2000's levels, 2001 was the third best year in the history of US private equity in both total dollars raised and total dollars invested in companies. John Taylor, the vice president of the NVCA, looks at the year 2001, analysing developments and trends, asking what lies in store for 2002.

11 March 2002

Strategies in global venture capital for the 2002 recoveryp

Now that the technology hype has died down, the opportunities for the next generation of venture capital fund managers is genuinely exciting. In his annual presentation to Canada's McGill University, Jim de Wilde, previously a professor at the University of Ontario, explores the opportunities available, with a particular emphasis on the Canadian market.

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