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7 December 2001

Focus on fundamentalsp

Biotechnology companies are a major driving force behind the new economy of the 21st century, according to the latest biotech review from Ernst & Young. The report shows that these companies are poised to achieve long-term success, despite the downturn in capital markets in the first half of 2001.

5 December 2001

We have been advised to start investing in private equity with just a one per cent allocation. Isn’t that a lot of extra work for a minimal difference in overall returns?p

From Peter Murray, chief executive, Railways Pension Trustee Company: No, because it makes sense to start with a small allocation and increase that gradually as you become more familiar with private equity.

4 December 2001

Deloitte and Touche Private Equity Confidence Survey Q4p

UK venture capitalists are more downbeat than ever about the prospects for their investee companies, deal activity, and the availability of new funds, according to the latest Deloitte & Touche Private Equity Confidence Survey.

4 December 2001

Formal venture capital in Southern Europe: history and developmentp

The Southern Europe VC market has grown quickly thanks to stock market development and the move towards a single currency. For investors with an interest in this region, Jose Marti of WebCapitalRiesgo offers an overview of the developments and how the market stands in the present day.

3 December 2001

How to build a successful private equity programmep

To achieve long-term success in private equity investments, institutions need to take a structured approach. LGT Capital Partners provides an overview of the phases that investors should go through when programme-building at a time when the market is proving challenging.

3 December 2001

M-commerce – early incubation issuesp

Mobile commerce looks set to be a success, in the medium term at least. Here, KPMG's Clive Hyman offers some valuable observations on the issues facing players in the m-commerce arena.

3 December 2001

Mid-market players and technology investingp

Is technology investing a sensible option following the tech stock crash? Is e-business now a no-go area? Wol Kolade of Friends Ivory & Sime private equity provides some answers to these questions in this presentation.

3 December 2001

Venture capital – rising from the dot com ashesp

Venture capitalists are exercising caution, having had their fingers burned by failed dot coms. Due diligence and a sound business plan are the best route to profitability says Mark Samuels of Computing magazine. He foresees technology investment to be directed towards proprietary technologies that are protected by patents. So much has changed since the dot com boom that smarter start-ups are revising their business plan, he says.

3 December 2001

Tapping China’s venture capital marketp

Venture capital, is a relatively new concept in China. Although some claim that venture capital funds have been active in China for more than 20 years, the more modern breed of high-tech venture capital only began to appear in 1993, according to Janine Canham and Catherine Guo of CMS Cameron McKenna

3 December 2001

China’s entry into the WTO: What lies ahead?p

After years of negotiation, the World Trade Organization agreed on Nov. 10 to open its doors to the world's most populous country and bring its 1.3 billion consumers more closely into the global economy. The decision will create new sets of business winners and losers for years to come. But perhaps more important, it presents a fresh opportunity for governments, industries and individual companies to reshape the very nature of the global marketplace. In a report prepared in collaboration with Beijing-based People's Daily Online, Knowledge Wharton interviewed experts for their assessment of what lies ahead for China.

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