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11 December 2001

The economic impact of management leveraged buy-out $

Buy-out deals offer private equity investors the opportunity to exploit growth potential and create value. This study, carried out by the Universita Cattaneo Castellanza and INSEAD, analyses the effects of buy-outs on the value creation of their target companies.

11 December 2001

My pension fund has been investing via a fund of funds for a few years. We’re now looking to make our own fund investments, but the due diligence seems endless. What should we really be looking at? $

From Jeremy Golding, Golding Capital Partners: You should be able to get some advice from the fund of funds you have been investing with. However, you can follow a structured approach that takes into consideration the past, present and future of the funds that you are looking at.

11 December 2001

Is Europe’s venture capital market finally emerging from the hotbed? $

The private equity industry claims to think over the long term. If that were really true, the inflow of capital and the amount invested would grow roughly at the pace of the overall economy. However, the numbers offer another reading. André Jaeggi of Adveq Management discusses.

11 December 2001

The struggle for economic growth in Africa $

African nations are in desperate need of investment capital to jump-start economies that lack such basic infrastructure as roads, railways and electric power. This was the message from three African leaders in Philadelphia last month to attend the biennial summit of the Corporate Council on Africa. In a discussion moderated by James Harmon, former chairman of the Export-Import Bank, African officials offered a blueprint to help Africa compete in the global economy. Knowledge Wharton 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.

7 December 2001

Focus on fundamentals $

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? $

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

Formal venture capital in Southern Europe: history and development $

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.

4 December 2001

Deloitte and Touche Private Equity Confidence Survey Q4 $

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.

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