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23 January 2002

I have been told that now is a great time to be investing in private equity because it is counter-cyclical, but my pension fund is not ready to invest. How much difference does timing really make? $

A: From Michael D Smith, Hewitt Investment Group: The question of timing is an important one, but it should be kept separate from the decision to invest in private equity. That is, regardless of private equity's attractiveness, institutional investors should not make an allocation until they are ready. Investors first must ensure that adding the asset class to their plan is consistent with their goals and risk posture.

22 January 2002

Reforming capital gains tax – a barrier to exit and a fetter on liquidity $

A substantial cut in American capital gains tax 20 years ago has elevated the US to world leader in the venture capital industry. Here, Patrick Burgess from Gouldens examines how the UK must alter its taxation policies to be able to enjoy similar success.

22 January 2002

Learning from high-tech deals $

Mergers and acquisitions, especially in the high-tech sector, are a favourite target of business pundits and academics, since many studies show that up to three-quarters of these deals destroy value. But if they are so unproductive, why are the most successful high-tech companies the most prolific deal-makers, asks McKinsey Quarterly. A study of 485 companies shows that high performers pursue their transactions as part of a disciplined and ongoing programme, link their transactions to clear strategic goals, and are organised for fast decision making and effective implementation.

22 January 2002

Alternative investment review $

Western Europe is expected to experience enormous growth in its alternative investment market over the next couple of years, with many institutions increasing their allocations from one per cent to five per cent. This edited extract from Indocam and Watson Wyatt gauges the future interest in this field from a survey of European pension funds.

22 January 2002

Small worlds $

Nanotechnology, which began life as a niche trend, is slowly emerging as a sector, ripe for investment. With unprecedented government funding, academic development, and growing interest from VCs, the industry has never looked so appealing, argues Red Herring.

22 January 2002

Australia on top in global study of entrepreneurial activity $

Australia, New Zealand and Mexico proved to be the most entrepreneurially active countries last year, while the United States, long a dominant powerhouse in entrepreneurial new business formation, slipped sharply in the level of new business start-ups. Furthermore, most of the countries comprising the European Union, including the United Kingdom, were among the least entrepreneurial countries, according to this article from the Association of Corporate Growth. This article gives the key findings from the latest Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.

22 January 2002

Revitalising India’s banks $

If India doesn't find the capital to revive its weak public-sector banks and to tackle the mounting problem of non-performing loans, its banking system will founder. To prevent this from happening, India's government must commit itself to reforming and consolidating the sector, says McKinsey Quarterly.

22 January 2002

The smart VC: down but not out $

A ‘down round' of financing occurs when an investor places a lower valuation on a company than in a previous round. This can have a devastating effect on a business and dilutes investors shareholdings. Red Herring explores the issues involved.

22 January 2002

Telecommunications investment opportunities in the UK $

Even at a time when the telecommunications sector overall is out of favour with investors, the UK is emerging as the European centre for the industry's latest technologies. Invest UK discusses why this is occurring and which of the industry's leading companies have been attracted to the United Kingdom.

22 January 2002

Private equity in Finland $

Investment in venture capital from Finnish institutional investors has been steadily increasing since the early 1990s. Jyrki Tähtinen and Jari Vikjö of Borenius & Kemppinen examine the factors behind this trend, who the major players are, the legal issues concerned and current market trends.

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