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1 March 2002

Growth by transition: an overview of private equity in Germany $

A new model of German private equity is emerging out of a period of extraordinary transformation. The combination of domestic and external factors since the middle of the 1990s resulted in a highly compressed evolution and produced one of the continent's largest and most sophisticated markets. Almeida Capital presents an overview of the German private equity market in their speech at the Super Return Summit in Munich, February 2002.

28 February 2002

Europe’s biotech VCs are waiting out the downturn – by making larger investments. $

The public markets may have abandoned European biotech but, says Red Herring's Guy Paisner, venture capitalists are helping to keep the industry afloat.

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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