Global private equity and venture capital news and research

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12 February 2003

VCs are turning to PIPEs $

Venture capitalists across the globe are slowly turning their attention towards investing in public equities, an investment known as a ‘PIPE'. Michael Chin and Melissa Schubert of Jones Day discuss this deal type and its attractions for venture capitalists.

10 February 2003

Investment – a transparent case? $

The European private equity industry is much less mature than that of the US. But as returns from the more traditional asset classes become less stable, it looks as though increasing numbers of investors will seek to diversify their investment portfolios with an allocation to private equity. However, recent news shows that private equity has its own set of risks and is a notoriously untransparent sector. In an overview of the industry, with comparisons to the US market, George Anson of HarbourVest Partners looks at the issues involved and gives advice to investors looking to move into the sector.

5 February 2003

Exits? You haven’t even entered yet. $

Exits have become something of a rarity in the private equity arena of late as the financial markets continue to struggle. Toby Mansel-Pleydell of Concorde Aquila Corporate Finance looks at the exits issue from an entrepreneur's viewpoint.

5 February 2003

Fund size & fee level $

With the declining private equity market has come another problem – venture capital funds are handing money back to investors and funds of funds are sitting on huge piles of money and still raising more. Stefan Herzog of VCM Venture Capital Management discusses the issue of too much money in the system and what needs to be done to rectify the situation.

29 January 2003

The fifth class $

The US has historically been the undisputed leader in terms of investing in private equity. However, as Nick Lodge of I-Cap Partners discusses, the rest of the world is rapidly catching up.

22 January 2003

Due diligence – getting at the telling details $

In the world of finance, the phrase ‘due diligence' pops up everywhere…but what does it mean when you're talking about investments in Asian companies? Brian McLeod of the AVCJ discusses the issues that must be addressed by investors.

15 January 2003

Coming of age $

The private equity industry is seeing a sustained interest among pension funds, both in the US and in Europe. Nadine Wojakovski, writing for Global Pensions, examines the attractions of this asset class.

15 January 2003

The truth about venture capitalists $

Venture capitalists are either exalted as the engine of economic growth or demonised as greedy and exploitative. Jim Gunton of NJTC Venture Fund attempts to dispel some of the misconceptions surrounding venture capital.

8 January 2003

Private equity fund of funds $

For those interested in investing in private equity but unsure where to start, the fund of funds may be the best option. In an extract from The Handbook of Alternative Investments (ed. Darrell Jobman, John Wiley & Sons 2002) Geoffrey Hirt, Thomas Galuhn and Paul Rice provide an introduction to funds of funds. They also outline important points to look for when making the investment decision.

18 December 2002

Saving private equity $

Investment in private equity is a growing issue for UK pension funds, particularly since the Myners Review of 2001. In this overview, Russell Borland of Hymans Robertson emphasises the importance of diversification in order to ensure that exposure is not limited to one part of the market.

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