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18 December 2001

Next generation managers: The prospects for first time private equity funds in Europe $

As the shake-out in the private equity industry continues, many private equity managers struggle to raise funds. However, says Almeida Capital, the prospects for a select group of private equity firms are surprisingly positive. Next generation private equity firms can take advantage of unprecedented demand from institutional investors who are looking for the star performers of the future.

18 December 2001

Global M&A market feels the squeeze $

Global merger and acquisition activity fell 52 per cent in 2001 from the previous year's levels, according to the latest survey results from KPMG Corporate Finance. Without an upturn in activity, private equity firms will continue to struggle to find exit routes for their investments. The IPO route is still effectively closed and until there is more life in the M&A market, then trade sales are also going to offer limited options.

18 December 2001

US private equity funds remain confident in Latin America, finds PwC survey $

US private equity investors are confident that the overall economic performance of Latin America in 2001 will be positive, according to the fourth annual survey of US-based private equity funds by PricewaterhouseCoopers' Latin America Business Centre. The survey participants include some of the largest US private equity funds with active investments in Latin America.

18 December 2001

Private equity and sources of funding in Asia $

This panel explored the role of private equity in Asia and how that role has changed over the past several years. Professor Kennedy, the panel moderator, opened discussion by asking panelists to comment on the key differences between private equity in Asia and in the United States. This article is extracted from the Harvard Asia Quarterly.

18 December 2001

Bridging the gap – making venture capital work $

Why do private equity deals fail? Janine Canham of Cameron Mckenna and Tony Mitchell of Andersen ask why venture capital deals go wrong, both pre- and post-investment. The paper addresses specific market, legal and investor/investee conditions that might influence whether a deal succeeds, and in particular discusses current conditions in the Asian venture capital market

18 December 2001

Successfully riding the private equity cycle: an institutional investor’s perspective. $

Institutional investors should look beyond yearly returns when considering alternative investments – especially private equity. Maximilian Brönner of LGT Capital Partners offers an insight into how institutional investors can build a well-structured private equity portfolio, based on longer term prospects.

18 December 2001

3i UK enterprise barometer $

3i's barometer of UK business optimism has fallen for the sixth consecutive survey and now stands at its lowest level since the last recession. However, it shows that the events of 11 September seem to have had little impact on this downward trend.

18 December 2001

Management shrugged: the case for leveraged buy-outs $

More than a decade has passed since corporate raiders, junk bonds and the power of Drexel Burnham dominated the pages of the financial press and the agendas of major corporate boards of directors across the US. Yet, the impulse to improve financial performance through ‘re-engineering' operations, ‘restructuring' portfolios and balance sheets or ‘rethinking' strategy and organisation is still the dominating theme of corporate life. Donald Gogel from Clayton, Dubilier & Rice discusses the case for leveraged buy-outs.

18 December 2001

Venture capital and private equity in Italy – first semester 2001 $

The first half of 2001 displayed the first signs of a slowdown in the private equity and venture capital market in Italy. After six years of constant growth, this year's figures paint a much bleaker picture.

18 December 2001

Running on empty $

There are a number of alternatives available to fund managers for dealing with current liquidity issues. Fund managers will need to review their own unique circumstances when determining which alternative provides the best solution for their fund. With careful planning and consideration, managers will be able to present to investors a path to liquidity for their portfolios in today's challenging environment. Stephen Mears from THT looks at some of the options.

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