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17 December 2001

In the absence of reliable data, how are investors supposed to evaluate performance? $

From John McCrory, chief executive, Westport Private Equity: Private equity has made great strides over the last five years in terms of performance data. Figures compiled by venture capital associations and other organisations have increased the industry's transparency, but there is still a long way to go.

17 December 2001

The ‘branding’ of private equity – can private capital be saved from becoming a commodity? $

There has been a great deal of discussion concerning the emergence of 'brands' within the private equity industry. What trends in the industry have caused this concern about branding private equity groups, and what are the long-term implications of this trend, asks Robin Painter of THT.

17 December 2001

Australian M&A trends in 2001 $

The year 2000 and the first half of 2001 were characterised by an increasing trend towards global consolidation. This resulted in unprecedented M&A activity in Australia. While Australian targets constitute just three per cent of the global M&A market, Australia is the seventh most active M&A market in the world.

14 December 2001

Emerging from the shadows $

The secondaries market is attracting a lot of interest at the moment. As many limited partners seek to liquidate their private equity interests, others are jostling to buy them. But what does this mean for the industry? And is there anything worth buying anyway?

12 December 2001

3i European enterprise barometer $

Confidence about the business outlook continues to fall among Europe's venture-backed firms, according to the latest 3i barometer. The barometer now stands at its lowest ever level of minus 109.

12 December 2001

Biotechnology clusters $

Improved incentives for private investment are needed in Britain if it is to continue to lead in the European biotechnology market. This report by the Department of Trade and Industry examines biotech clusters – one characteristic that encourages investment in biotechnology in the UK.

12 December 2001

All in the familia $

Family-owned businesses are the backbone of the economies of Latin America and of most other emerging markets. But many such businesses are finding it hard to compete with the global scale, focused strategies, cutting-edge management practices, and deep pockets of multinational companies. McKinsey Quarterly reports

11 December 2001

First steps for Russian private equity $

Russia is keen to entice offshore venture capital and private equity onshore. Daniel Gogek of Lovells, Moscow, explains the steps it is taking and how far it has to go.

11 December 2001

Now is the right time to invest in venture capital $

Venture capital has undergone a difficult time recently. Rufus King of THT insists that despite the palpable difficulties in the market, it is necessary to put the situation in perspective by looking at the history of the market in the last ten years.

11 December 2001

Legal pitfalls in the fundraising process $

What do venture capitalists look at when they invest in portfolio companies? Written from an entrepreneur's perspective, this article by Janine Canham and Wen Leung of CMS Cameron Mckenna helps investors to understand the considerations VCs must take into account.

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