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3 October 2001

Collateralised debt obligationsp

Private equity firms in Europe are following the lead of their US counterparts by pricing collateralised debt obligations. An expert in the field, Jason Nelson, explains the world of CDOs and the risks attached to these transactions.

3 October 2001

Wireless Data Report – Executive Summaryp

What will the wireless data world look like in the coming years? How large will the key markets be? And what are the likely services and products in the new mobile world? This summary of a JP Morgan/Andersen report has some of the answers.

3 October 2001

Diversificationp

Much debate surrounds the issue of diversification within a private equity portfolio. Here, Bruno Raschle of Adveq Management outlines recent issues surrounding diversification and suggests ways in which investors may have to change their strategies in the coming years.

3 October 2001

Not just peanutsp

The UK is the most effective country in Europe at fostering growth companies, according to this benchmark report by Andersen and GrowthPlus. The report aims to help governments to review strategies to attract growing businesses and to increase co-operation between businesses across Europe. This should help improve deal flow opportunities for private equity firms operating in Europe.

3 October 2001

Communications softwarep

We are in the early stages of a communications revolution, says this report from Crescendo Ventures. Internet traffic is growing at approximately 111 per cent year on year. The dramatic growth of the internet has created the need for more robust and secure software that can efficiently capitalise the underlying network. This sector should provide greater opportunities for private equity investment.

3 October 2001

Taxation of private equity and venture capital fundsp

German tax authorities recently agreed on certain rulings concerning the trade tax position of private equity and venture capital funds. Linklaters & Alliance outlines the main areas of agreement in this article.

26 September 2001

Silicon Valley venture capital confidence survey, Q3 2001p

The news for investors is relatively positive – only 40 per cent of venture capitalists questioned for this Deloitte & Touche survey expected exit valuations to decline further in the coming six months. That's down from 79 per cent in quarter two.

25 September 2001

Private equity in Spain – 2001 updatep

The Spanish private equity market continues to grow, following the record E2.35bn funds raised in 2000. The money now available should be enough to sustain increasing levels of investment throughout the next two years, according to this report by Professor Jose Marti of the University of Madrid.

25 September 2001

A white paper on enterprise, skills and innovationp

The government's drive to increase enterprise and growth is underway. A relaxation of the insolvency laws and a review of the listing rules for technology companies are some of the proposals put forward in this white paper.

25 September 2001

View from Spain – an analysis of the Spanish marketp

A comprehensive overview of the Spanish private equity market, analysing the future drivers for growth. In this presentation, Javier Loizaga of Mercapital provides an insight into the past development of the private equity market in Spain and how it will continue to develop into the future.

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