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28 February 2002

O Canada – US start-ups look north for funding. $

While US venture capitalists have been scaling back their investments, VCs from a little further north have been assessing the opportunities. Less exposed to needy technology companies, Canadian venture capitalists are finding some bargains south of the border that have been ignored by their US counterparts, says Lawrence Aragon of Red Herring.

26 February 2002

Future is bright for Italian leveraged buy-out market $

Although hindered by cultural and legal factors, the Italian leveraged buy-out market could soon experience considerable growth. Fabio Sangiovanni of The Royal Bank of Scotland discusses the obstacles to Italian LBOs but explains why investors should be quietly optimistic about the market's future.

26 February 2002

The outlook for private equity $

There are mixed reports about the immediate future of the European private equity industry. Many institutional investors had their fingers burnt in 1999 and 2000 and are reluctant to commit in the present climate. However, it is looking far healthier than the US market, as Trevor Cook of Investments & Pensions Europe argues.

26 February 2002

Biotechnology: a promising high-tech sector in Finland $

The growth in Finland's venture capital industry since its beginnings in the late 1980s has helped to shape the country's booming biotechnology sector. Hannele Kuusi of Finnish Bioindustries examines this influence and discusses the rise of biotechnology in Finland.

26 February 2002

The sub-asset classes $

Private equity is going through a difficult time at the moment, with declining returns, plummeting valuations and a difficult fund raising market causing many firms to flounder. At the same time, investors who have been less disciplined than usual over the last few years may well be regretting some of their decisions. Gail Sweeney, Joe Taylor, Lisa Edgar and Robert Eu of WR Hambrecht Asset Management examine the importance of structured sub-asset allocations in private equity (part one of a three part study).

26 February 2002

The place for European venture capital in a balanced portfolio $

The European private equity market has grown dramatically in recent years and is showing signs of coming of age. Private equity can offer investors the opportunity of diversification in a balanced portfolio and can help reduce risk. Rhonda Ryan of Clerical Medical Investment Management examines the changing face of private equity and why it is attractive to investors.

25 February 2002

The risk and return of venture capital $

Venture capital investments carry more risk than most investments in the broad public market and their returns are much more modest than commonly thought, according to this paper by John Cochrane, of the University of Chicago. He concludes that VC investments are not dramatically different from publicly listed small growth stocks.

25 February 2002

Europe’s mid-market evolution and dynamics $

The European mid-market has swung back into vogue recently as investors have abandoned technology and internet firms. Mark Wordsworth from Bridgepoint Capital considers the gradual development of the market in the last five years and the characteristics that make it unique.

25 February 2002

Technology hub – sector of ups, downs, rides out storm $

There's nothing like a recession to bring corporate America back from a trek in the wilderness. While companies are fretting about boosting profits in their core businesses, extras like venture capital are definitely out. This retrenchment comes as no surprise to the rest of the VC world. Beth Healy from the Boston Globe considers the future prospects for corporate venturing.

25 February 2002

Why private equity? $

Private equity can be a good investment, but only if a portfolio is developed gradually, says Richard Hotchkis of the Co-operative Insurance Society. Investors should be cautious and fully appreciate all the risks of committing to this asset class.

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