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20 May 2002

Israel and the virtues of necessityp

Israel has proved to be a remarkable case study in the transfer of technology from research into commercial exploitation. This has been to a large extent dependent on government initiatives. How will the region be able to continue to exploit these opportunities in a worsening economic climate and a difficult political situation, ask David Gill, Tim Minshall, Martin Rigby and Bob Campbell at the University of Cambridge Entrepreneurship Centre.

23 April 2002

Private equity opinions surveyp

As fund size has increased, the role of the fund manager has changed - they must now adapt their working patterns to cope with the strains of these large funds. This is according to a survey released by ICOSR who spoke to 29 separate private equity funds and assessed their current performance in the light of these changes.

16 April 2002

KPMG MBO statistics: April 2002p

Deal volumes for larger UK management buy-outs fell once again in the first quarter of 2002. However, the market continues to show signs of being poised to pick up – a recovery expected to begin in Q3 or Q4. According to figures from KPMG Corporate Finance, secondary buy-outs are also becoming increasingly popular as the IPO window remains limited as an exit route.

10 April 2002

Opportunistic investing: real estate private equity fundsp

Real estate private equity funds date back to the late 1980s/early 1990s and have since become more sophisticated. This survey by Ernst & Young explores the dynamics of real estate private equity funds, the tax issues involved and the need for greater transparency in reporting methods.

3 April 2002

Investment benchmarks – European private equity preliminary reportp

Unsurprisingly, the tech downturn, falling company valuations and the stock market's deflation have affected short-term returns in European private equity. One-year pooled IRR stands at –2.3 per cent, although long-term returns remain robust, according to figures recently out. Gillian Middleton of Venture Economics presents the preliminary findings of the investment benchmarks study.

26 March 2002

3i Europe Barometer Q1, 2002p

For the first time in two years, Europe's private companies signalled an increase in confidence, according to the 3i European barometer. The survey's index of optimism about the business, economic and political climate jumped to minus 64, compared with minus 109 in November.

20 March 2002

High-tech venture capital: portfolio realism and realisationp

Venture capitalists believe that mergers and acquisitions will be the main exit route for their technology company investments as the IPO window will stay shut until at least 2003, according to research undertaken by Ionic Advisors and the Miller Insurance Group.

6 March 2002

VCs bring in new year with renewed optimismp

The VC sector has been badly bruised by a convergence of factors over the past two years: weak and volatile public markets, a darkening macro-economic outlook, and a brutal collapse in technology markets in particular. This survey from Deloitte & Touche reports an increase in confidence among UK venture capitalists about the outlook for their business for the first time in nearly three years.

5 March 2002

Insight into portfolio management – Private equity research managementp

The business model used by successful private equity houses in the 1990s may no longer be so effective in generating the best class of returns. KPMG and Manchester Business School conducted a survey, which finds that the traditional deal-making expertise may need to be supplemented, particularly in the mid-market, with additional portfolio management skills. This will enable private equity houses to add value more readily throughout the investment cycle. A useful overview for investors looking to understand current practice and the ways in which portfolio management can be developed and improved to maximise returns.

5 March 2002

Report on the EU candidate countries, measures to promote entrepreneurshipp

If successfuly integrated into the European Union, the accession countries could provide a large and exciting new market for many private equity investors who are currently adopting a wait-and-see approach. The key is whether the countries are doing enough to foster their home-grown entrepreneurs and therefore provide dealflow for venture capitalists. This European Commission study looks at what the candidate countries are doing in this vital area.

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