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12 February 2002

A poker player’s guide to life after the bubble $

There are some things in life that never change, says Inflexion's Christopher Blake in this tour of what happened before, during and after the dotcom bubble.

12 February 2002

The diversity of a public to private $

There has been an increasing trend over the years for smaller, publicly listed companies to go private. Frustrated by low ratings, a lack of interest from institutional investors, and the cost of being a publicly traded company, managers of these companies are turning to the private equity market for some answers, says Ian McIntosh of Addleshaw Booth & Co.

12 February 2002

I’ve heard a lot recently about private equity firms distributing shares as a way of providing returns to investors. Doesn’t this just create headaches for investors? $

A: From Ed Rieger, J&W Seligman & Co: Stock distributions have been a growing issue for many institutional investors and, yes, they can be quite burdensome.

12 February 2002

Gensec Survey 2002 $

South Africa, along with many other countries of the world, is unlikely to be immune to the slowdown and uncertainty being experienced in the US, says this survey from Gensec Bank. The survey looks at the present economic climate in South Africa so that investors may ascertain whether this country is an attractive investment destination.

12 February 2002

Building biotech in Ohio – you can if you think you can $

This edited extract of a speech by Dan Eramian, Vice President Communications at the Biotechnology Industry Organisation, discusses the development of venture capital funding in the US biotechnology sector. It also looks at the emergence of biotech clusters and why they have formed.

12 February 2002

How do traditional Anglo-Saxon legal tools need to be adapted to private equity deals on the Continent? $

The single jurisdiction traditional management buy-out deal has faded into distant memory for the larger participants in the UK buy-out industry. Allison Hampton from Lovells looks at how lawyers from across Europe, and particularly those in the very active markets such as Germany, France and Italy, have adapted their traditional structures and company law principles to accommodate Anglo-Saxon style buy-out concepts.

12 February 2002

Leveraged buy-outs in Spain $

Legal and regulatory hurdles are often cited as the largest obstacle to growth of LBOs in Spain. But, argue Jose Maria Alvarez and Estibaliz Aranburu of Gomez Acebo & Pombo, other countries have managed to overcome similar hurdles. The main barrier must be cultural, they say, offering an outline of how Spanish LBOs may be structured.

6 February 2002

Every private equity firm I meet claims to be ‘value-added’. How exactly do they add value? $

A: From Ian Armitage, HgCapital. This is a great question and one that my colleagues ask me every day.

6 February 2002

Sale of the century? $

With the current downturn and Coller's recent Lucent acquisition, the secondaries market is something of a hot topic in private equity circles at the moment. And, as new research shows, this sub-set of the industry will become an increasingly important and innovative market as it starts shedding its shady image and enters the mainstream.

5 February 2002

Finns looking further afield $

Finland's institutional investors are still approaching private equity with caution, says Perttu Järvenpää of Investments & Pensions Europe. Private equity funds have not been selling well recently, in stark contrast to the surge in international corporate bonds, with Europe becoming the dominant market.

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