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12 February 2002

Equity and the economic mazep

Both the global and UK economies underwent a period of uncertainty in 2001 and this is unlikely to abate in 2002. However, as David Thorp of ISIS Capital says, private equity is able to thrive in these conditions – managers just need to know how to spot the opportunities and exit when the time is right.

12 February 2002

The diversity of a public to privatep

There has been an increasing trend over the years for smaller, publicly listed companies to go private. Frustrated by low ratings, a lack of interest from institutional investors, and the cost of being a publicly traded company, managers of these companies are turning to the private equity market for some answers, says Ian McIntosh of Addleshaw Booth & Co.

12 February 2002

A poker player’s guide to life after the bubblep

There are some things in life that never change, says Inflexion's Christopher Blake in this tour of what happened before, during and after the dotcom bubble.

5 February 2002

Fund of funds and investment strategiesp

In this light-hearted presentation, Ray Maxwell of Invesco discusses the parallels between private equity and football. taking in market developments, liquidity issues and the future.

5 February 2002

Over-regulation of the venture capital industryp

If venture capital firms are to successfully invest in SMEs there needs to be wide-ranging regulatory reform. In this extract from ‘Unlocking Growth', published by the Centre for Policy Studies, Patrick Burgess, from law firm Gouldens, discusses the measures that need to be put in place to ensure that VC funding can reach the smaller business.

5 February 2002

Challenges facing venture capital in Africap

The African private equity industry is still in its infancy, but it has been growing steadily in the past few years. At the end of 2000, the South African private equity industry had approximately ZAR33bn under management. Paul Inbona from Modern Africa looks at the key obstacles that venture capitalists must overcome in Africa if the industry is to grow.

5 February 2002

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2001 – Australiap

In the year 2001, Australia remained one of the most entrepreneurial countries in the world, according to this survey from Kevin Hindle and Susan Rushworth of Swinburne University of Technology. But despite this encouraging finding, Australia's venture capital industry remained small in comparison with other countries surveyed for this Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. Australia ranked 16th – out of 24 - on venture capital investment as a percentage of GDP.

5 February 2002

Venture capital investment increases in Q4p

The economic and psychological climate for venture investing is beginning to improve after 18 months of steady decline, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers/Venture Economics/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree Q4 Survey. The survey also shows that despite an extremely difficult economic environment, $36.5bn was invested in the twelve months of 2001, ranking the year as the venture capital industry's third best in terms of total dollars invested.

5 February 2002

Finns looking further afieldp

Finland's institutional investors are still approaching private equity with caution, says Perttu Järvenpää of Investments & Pensions Europe. Private equity funds have not been selling well recently, in stark contrast to the surge in international corporate bonds, with Europe becoming the dominant market.

1 February 2002

Canadian budget 2001p

The latest federal budget, in Canada made changes to its rules on limited partnerships and amended the Income Tax Act to encourage more venture capital financing from domestic and foreign investors.

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