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12 March 2002

Portfolio construction $

In the early days of private equity investing, there were few choices open to limited partners. These days, the huge scope available to investors offers a great opportunity for diversification within the asset class. Gail Sweeney, Joe Taylor, Lisa Edgar, and Robert Eu of WR Hambrecht Asset Management explain how it is possible to develop a disciplined approach to building a portfolio of private equity partnerships.

12 March 2002

Secondary market in private equity – an asset class in expansion $

The private equity secondaries market has experienced dramatic growth in recent years and is set to rise more than five-fold in the next five years. Charles Soulignac of Fondinvest Capital discusses the fundamentals of this sub-sector of private equity and the reasons behind its projected growth.

11 March 2002

US private equity in 2001 $

Despite steep falls from 2000's levels, 2001 was the third best year in the history of US private equity in both total dollars raised and total dollars invested in companies. John Taylor, the vice president of the NVCA, looks at the year 2001, analysing developments and trends, asking what lies in store for 2002.

11 March 2002

Israeli venture capital funds raised and exits slowed dramatically in 2001 $

The Israeli venture capital market had a miserable year in 2001. The volume of funds raised, the value achieved on exits, and the amount of merger and acquisition activity among venture-backed firms all slowed dramatically. The latest figures from research centre Israel Venture Capital found that Israel-related venture capital funds and investment companies managed to raise just $1.4bn in 2001, a 64 per cent fall from 2000 and a 25 per cent fall from 1999.

11 March 2002

Good news for Australian venture capital sector $

Venture capital continued to produce strong growth in 2000-2001, apparently unaffected by the beginning of the global downturn. These statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics note a 14 per cent increase in funding commitments from investors to $5.7bn to June 2001.

11 March 2002

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2001 – Denmark $

Denmark has a medium level of entrepreneurial activity. One in twelve of Danes is involved in entrepreneurial activity in some way, thereby providing venture capitalists with a source of deal flow. This study from the University of Southern Denmark, conducted by Michael Hancock and Torben Bager, shows that Denmark ranks 17th out of 29 countries surveyed.

11 March 2002

Venture capital and private equity in Asia $

Opportunities in venture capital and private equity still exist - but only for those who can understand and capitalise on the cultural and business differences that make the region unique, according to experts with long-term experience in Asia. Julia Hanna from HBS Working Knowledge reports.

11 March 2002

Strategies in global venture capital for the 2002 recovery $

Now that the technology hype has died down, the opportunities for the next generation of venture capital fund managers is genuinely exciting. In his annual presentation to Canada's McGill University, Jim de Wilde, previously a professor at the University of Ontario, explores the opportunities available, with a particular emphasis on the Canadian market.

11 March 2002

Implications of a bear market $

The last 18 months have seen some major issues emerge for the private equity industry in the Asian region, say Ron Arculli from Arculli & Associates and Neil Tomlin of Gilbert & Tobin. There have been continuing initiatives to foster the growth of private equity investment across the region, but Asia has not been immune to many of the problems faced by other markets, such as falling valuations and the need to structure follow-on investments.

7 March 2002

Jilted by broadband $

In its most basic form broadband is an ‘always on' connection with data transfer speed that is faster then 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, In its most basic form broadband is an ‘always on' connection with data transfer speed that is faster then 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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