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15 January 2002

Alternative investment strategies post-MFR $

For trustees and pension fund managers to make informed decisions about private equity investments, they need access to in-depth research and comprehensive information. In this presentation, Dr Ann Robinson, former director general of the NAPF and non-executive director at Almeida Capital, discusses how this might be achieved.

14 January 2002

A new sheriff at the SEC $

There is a new sheriff at the Securities and Exchange Commission. On 3 August 2001, after seven years of SEC leadership under Arthur Levitt, President Bush appointed securities lawyer Harvey L Pitt as the twenty-sixth Chairman of the SEC. THT asks to what extent this will have an impact on the private equity industry.

14 January 2002

BIS Quarterly Review December 2001 – International banking and financial market developments $

The terrorist attacks in the United States on 11 September brought uncertainty in global financial markets to a new level. During the summer, fading hopes for economic recovery had already weakened the major stock markets and problems in emerging markets had resurfaced. The attacks shook consumer and business confidence still further and reinforced prospects for a broad global slowdown. Nevertheless, once the initial shock had worn off, market participants again began to anticipate a recovery during the course of 2002, despite continued unfavourable macroeconomic data.

11 January 2002

Private equity and European M&A: future expectations $

Private equity funding in the European M&A market will continue to grow in the first half of 2002 even though the overall economic climate will deteriorate further, says this report published by Cinven.

11 January 2002

What do venture capitalists do? $

Venture capitalists have been known to receive a bad press in the past. BBC News Online takes a closer look at what venture capitalists actually do in an attempt to set the record straight.

10 January 2002

Should old 2001 be forgot? VCs say yes, set sights on better $

The Chinese dubbed 2001 the year of the snake, but it may forever be remembered as the year of the post-tech wreck recovery, at least in venture capital circles. Private Equity Week's Robyn Kurdek offers a view from the US.

9 January 2002

Building entrepreneurial networks $

Networking is an essential and effective tool for entrepreneurs, according to this report from the US National Commission on Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial networks can promote regional economic growth by allowing new entrepreneurs to learn from their peers and create successful fast-growing businesses as a result. This type of business can provide good deal flow for private equity firms.

9 January 2002

China spurs venture capital investment $

The Chinese authorities are creating a framework that they hope will attract venture capital funds onshore. Lawyers from Morrison & Foerster present the pros and cons of the new regime.

9 January 2002

Venture capital: hot markets and hot industry trends $

A dispatch from the recent 2001 Harvard Business School Entrepreneurship Conference. In a panel discussion, covered by this article from HBS Working Knowledge, venture capitalists discussed the ‘hot' new investment sectors for 2002: network infrastructure, photonics, nanotechnology, enterprise software and healthcare. Moreover, the panelists analysed the changing dynamics of the VC industry created by the slowdown in the technology sector.

9 January 2002

Facing disconnection: hard choices for Europe’s telcos $

Most European telecom companies resemble holding companies with majority interests in a variety of businesses. Over the next few years, this structure will change dramatically, says McKinsey Quarterly. Only a very few incumbents have pockets deep enough to remain integrated; most of the others will have to start shedding assets and abandoning activities.

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