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19 July 2011

UK government proposes new venture incentive $

Stimulating investment in Europe's small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) is very much on the agenda of Europe's policy-makers, writes Simon Witney of SJ Berwin. Only a few weeks ago, the European Commission launched a discussion paper on its proposals to create a "single market" for European venture funds, aiming to give them access to a "passport", allowing them to raise money from professional investors right across the EU without subjecting them to significant additional regulatory burdens.

5 July 2011

Investing in venture capital: limited partner or fund of funds? $

Investor confidence in venture capital is at an all time high, writes Igor Sill, founder of the Geneva Group. The unusually strong IPO market and its pent-up pipeline is due in part over the tremendous success of venture capital-backed business networking site Linkedin’s recent public market debut. Its shares skyrocketed to a high of $92.99 per share from its opening of $45, establishing a market value of $8.9bn virtually overnight.

21 June 2011

Why is the evidence on private equity performance so confusing? $

Private equity industry associations announce aggregate performance every quarter. Typically these returns are largely above those of public equity markets over long horizons. Investor reports, such as that of Yale university endowment, are often cited as providing consistent evidence. These numbers are widely disseminated and commented on by the press and have probably played a role in the strong increase in allocation to private equity over the last decade.

14 June 2011

What is subprime venture capital? $

A couple of years back we first coined the phrase “subprime Venture Capital”, and many of our blogs since have followed, describing its foolishness and demise. LPs have recently become more interested in the definition of “subprime VC”, jazzed up by the temporal resurgence of IPOs (remember: IPOs are just another promise of value), juxtaposed with reduced access to an even smaller group of venture capital firms that seems to benefit from them. The pool of confidence for LPs, driven by negative 10-year average VC returns has gotten smaller and smaller.

31 May 2011

SMEs at the heart of Europe’s economic recovery, according to SJ Berwin’s Simon Witney and James Bromley $

Small to medium-sized companies (SMEs) might be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed by the attention they attracted last month. For the venture capital and private equity sector, though, this attention is welcome - because on the whole it reinforces a European-wide policy of seeking to stimulate growth in privately held businesses.

26 May 2011

Two significant regulations for leveraged buy-out firms in China $

RMB fund specialists Michael Wu and Judy Deng, attorneys at law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, examine two key documents issued by Chinese regulators, and their implications for leveraged buy-out firms in China.

17 May 2011

Witches Brew? $

On the floor in my den, under a stack of half-finished books, I recently unearthed an article I had pulled out of Scientific American in July of 2009, titled, "The Science of Bubbles & Busts" by Gary Stix. I was motivated in my search by all the talk of a bubble swirling around the social networking business model in our Silicon Valley cauldron. Most knowledgeable market commentators with memories of 1999-2000 are dismissing any bubble out of hand.

6 May 2011

Institutional Investor Profile: Henry Potter, Senior Banker, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development $

Henry Potter on Central Europe, the Balkan states and why the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has been very active in Russia recently. Potter joined the bank some ten years ago. He is now one of a team of three senior people who run EBRD's funds programme.

27 April 2011

The Ones to Watch: promising investment sectors for the next twelve months $

Daniel Sasaki, MD of the London arm of LDC, looks at the year ahead in private equity and outlines which sectors he believes are likely to outperform and offer the best returns.

12 April 2011

Private Equity Firms Must Invest In Their Own Businesses, by Simon Havers $

Private equity professionals are very adept at looking at a business and turning their nose up at it. But, can they take a fresh look at their own business and challenge the underlying assumptions for how they compete to create value for their underlying investments and, ultimately, for their investors?

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