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29 June 2010

Private equity investing for high net worth families and individuals: the time is nowp

Over the next several years, the opportunity for wealth creation in private equity should be significant, particularly for high net worth families and individuals, writes Dan Lubeck, founder and managing director of Solis Capital Partners.

8 June 2010

Europe stakes claim for cleantech VC leadershipp

The traditional view of European venture capital asserts that it is the poor relation to its more established relative on the US West Coast. With the rise of Asia’s private equity scene and as a growing economy in general, some would equally suggest that it is in danger of being marginalised.

25 May 2010

Something ventured, nothing gained – writes Ray Maxwellp

One of the greatest mysteries of our time is the general failure of venture capital to live up to expectations. It is perverse that an asset class that exhibits steroid levels of risk generates such low levels of return. Samuel Johnson, the British linguist of the 1700s who pioneered the English dictionary, remarked that “second marriages are a triumph of hope over experience” and the same comment could aptly be applied to venture capital. As an asset class, it has only periodically delivered returns and, even in good times, the range of returns between the best and worst performers has been immense. It will be worthwhile exploring why this has occurred and whether or not venture capital can survive.

17 May 2010

The AIFM directive: a destructive policy for private equity and EU economiesp

The global financial crisis created tremendous economic turmoil and hardship around the world. But it could create even greater economic and social damage if it becomes a justification for bad public policy. The European Union’s draft Alternative Investment Fund Manager directive (AIFM) looks like such a policy.

30 April 2010

VCs and the cleantech funding dividep

There has been a trend over the last year or two to categorise cleantech investment into one of two streams: capital-intensive projects, such as marine energy turbines, biofuels, geothermal and solar; and efficiency technologies, such as smart grid technology and software products focused on the home, writes Charles Fletcher, an associate at law firm Taylor Wessing.

27 April 2010

Lewis Bantin of ECI Partners on value creation through operational improvementp

During the boom years, private equity funds had access to cheap debt and ran amok, buying up huge companies with vast amounts of leverage in order to drive returns. Fast forward to 2010 and the private equity industry, as well as the rest of the world, is coping with the effects of one the worst recessions to hit since the Great Depression. Today, lenders are not laissez faire about their financing covenants and are far stricter with the levels of debt they are willing to offer.

Lewis Bantin from ECI Partners sat down with AltAssets to discuss what funds can do to create value by making operational improvements within their portfolio companies, as opposed to relying on money from banks.

21 April 2010

Private equity – beyond the recessionp

The financial and economic environment is still far away from its pre-recession heyday. But coordinated initiatives of governments and central banks have prevented a meltdown of the financial systems. GDPs and financial markets have stabilised surprisingly quickly and the likelihood of a prolonged recession appears low. Two scenarios are likely, writes management consultant Dirk Schneider.

13 April 2010

Davinder Sikand of Aureos Capital on PE investing in Africap

Davinder Sikand, Aureos Capital’s regional manager for East Africa, talked to AltAssets about private equity investing in Africa, the need for portfolio companies to formalise their operating procedures, the necessity of transparency, and the resilience of the continent as it emerges from the downturn.

6 April 2010

Simon Cook of DFJ Esprit on US versus European venturep

DFJ Esprit CEO Simon Cook recently spoke with AltAssets about the differences between the US and European venture capital markets, misconceptions about the success of venture in Europe, the importance of the government’s UK Innovation Investment Fund and the foundation of DFJ’s dedicated secondaries team, Encore Ventures.

30 March 2010

Interminable, a feature on measuring GP performance by Acrostic CEO Ray Maxwellp

Like the sighting of the first cuckoo or spotting the first crocuses of spring, I feel impelled to revisit the topic of fund terms and conditions.

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