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26 March 2002

Effective exit strategies $

It may be a good time to invest now, but as Jon Moulton from Alchemy Partners says, private equity managers would do well to think about their exit strategies before they commit their cash. He points to some disturbing trends in the UK, mainly that the most common form of exit is receivership.

25 March 2002

Cash flows from private equity investments are notoriously random. Doesn’t this make it hard for investors to maintain their allocations? $

A: From Stephen McCourt, Meketa Investment Group. Unlike public common stock investments, private equity partnerships are self-liquidating. Thus, if assets are committed to private equity in a single partnership, and if the lifetime of that partnership is ten years, then a fund will be liquidated back out of private equity within ten years.

20 March 2002

Private equity in Australia $

Australian private equity is increasingly attracting foreign investment, although it remains far behind both the US and the UK. Nick Abrahams and Tim Woodforde of Andersen Legal provide a general background to private equity in Australia, including the competitive landscape, fund structures currently available and the government's involvement in developing the industry.

20 March 2002

High-tech venture capital: portfolio realism and realisation $

Venture capitalists believe that mergers and acquisitions will be the main exit route for their technology company investments as the IPO window will stay shut until at least 2003, according to research undertaken by Ionic Advisors and the Miller Insurance Group.

20 March 2002

Venture capital for industrial development $

The risks associated with investing in developing countries and the limited nature of the VC industry has made institutions wary of committing capital to Africa. Adrie de Groot of UNIDO outlines the problems that the African VC industry is facing and proposes a scheme that would aid the industry's success across this continent.

20 March 2002

Nanotech White Paper $

Investors are becoming increasingly interested in nanotechnology and the opportunities it presents. But what is it? CMP Cientifica explains current developments and commercial opportunities in this space.

20 March 2002

Certain characteristics of private equity and venture capital in the Republic of Hungary. $

New laws introduced in the 1990s have allowed greater opportunities for foreign investment into Hungary's private equity market and the country has enjoyed an increase in its overall range of transactions. Annamaria Csenterics of Hogan & Hartson LLP provides an insight into the characteristics of the country's private equity and venture capital industry.

20 March 2002

The impact of venture capital on firm growth: An empirical investigation $

Do venture capitalists add value? This study, which takes into account the fact that venture firms fund only high growth potential companies, suggests that they do. Dirk Engel of the Centre for European Economic Research, author of the study, found that surviving venture-backed companies had higher growth rates than non venture-backed companies.

20 March 2002

VCs get cut down to size $

Many investors are refusing to provide cash to VC firms - they have become disillusioned by poor performance and feel that the initial objectives set up by these private equity firms have not been met. Tom Stein from Red Herring says that something must be done to reassure and appease limited partners.

20 March 2002

Jilted by broadband $

In its most basic form broadband is an ‘always on' connection with data transfer speed that is faster than those of dial-up modems. Despite initial interest, without a surge of high-speed internet access, the technology industry, and the economy at large will remain stalled, argues Michael Copeland and Om Malik from Red Herring. New technologies from start-ups may provide a solution to promote and develop this.

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