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26 October 2001

Weathering telecom’s dark and stormy nightp

In this interview from McKinsey Quarterly, McKinsey adviser and former FCC chairman Reed Hundt probes the future of the telecommunications industry and discusses how companies in it are reacting to deregulation and to their current travails with high debt and sluggish revenues.

25 October 2001

Finding new life in a troubled industryp

The telecoms sector faces many challenges if it is to prosper once again. Red Herring argues that current developments in the broadband sector, however encouraging may not be enough to revive things.

25 October 2001

Opportunity and growth in private equityp

Market integration, the changing role of government, the internet downturn, and other factors make for a volatile time in private equity investing in Europe. But one thing seems clear, according to participants in a panel on 'Late Stage Private Equity in Europe': the number of deals in the pan-European arena will continue to grow. HBS Working Knowledge reports.

24 October 2001

Due Diligence – just what is it?p

Due diligence is an essential process for investors when considering which private equity funds to commit money to and for the funds themselves to assess whether or not to invest in an underlying company. Here, Tom Edens of Marion Financial Corp provides an overview of the different stages involved in due diligence.

24 October 2001

Tax reforms for investors in Australian private equity fundsp

Recent tax reforms could net an extra $A1bn for Australia's growing private equity industry. AVCAL explains why it believes the new regime will benefit overseas investors and takes a whistlestop tour around the current Australian market.

23 October 2001

From small acorns…p

New UK government measures to ensure the success of new enterprises should mean that investors will find rich pickings in the British venture capital market. Invest UK explores these proposals.

23 October 2001

Private equity – the investors perspectivep

Private equity has come of age, according to Graham Sturrock of Bank of Scotland. Here, Sturrock presents the evidence that shows the acceptance of private equity as an asset class.

23 October 2001

Why is there so much confidence in biotech?p

Biotech has traditionally been considered a risky option for investors. But this is no longer the case, argues Dr Hellmut Kirchner of Venture Capital Management. He explains why, in many respects, biotech is now a safer bet for investors than other, more fashionable industries.

23 October 2001

Global venture trends – the view from Asiap

This presentation from Marc Staal, chairman of the Hong Kong Venture Capital Association offers an up-to-date overview of the private equity market in Asia.

23 October 2001

Institutional investors seek alternatives to plain-vanilla bonds and equitiesp

Alternative investments are becoming more common in Canada and thw outlook is promising, according to Scot Blythe of However, much needs to be done for the sector to develop to its full potential.

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