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It was all action in the venture stream this afternoon at Super Return. A particularly impressive line-up included Simon Cook of DFJ Esprit, Kate Bingham of SV Life Sciences, Helmut Schuhsler of TVM Capital, Patrick Lee of Advent Venture Partners — with Anne Glover of Amadeus moderating. What started out as a fairly run of […]
The highly-anticipated Walker Report was finally released today, with its “comply or explain” recommendation in tact. The report is the result of inquiry launched by Sir David Walker at the behest of the BVCA, and lays out a series of disclosure guidelines for larger private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Download the report here: […]
Highland Capital Partners, the US VC behind such companies as Ask Jeeves and Lycos, is opening up an office in Europe, but not in London as is the norm, but in Geneva.This isn’t a sign that non-UK firms are shunning London– according to a piece in the FT, Geneva was chosen because it’s a more […]
First up a correction to yesterday’s post following a rather “robust” conversation with a chap from Permira. I mistakenly wrote that both CVC and Charthouse were attending today’s Treasury Select Committee hearing. It turns out Charterhouse isn’t; but plenty more are. Other leading lights called before the committee included David Blitzer, senior managing director at […]
As you probably know Dan’s away for the next fortnight so the Thomson private equity team is taking it in turns to fill his shoes while he is on holiday. First up is me, Tom Allchorne, the associate editor of EVCJ, and, I think, the first ever none American to do the Wire. As such, […]
Three years ago, The Economist ran a feature called ‘The Kings of Capitalism,’ written by the EVCA Symposium’s first keynote speaker Matthew Bishop. Because of the way private equity was investing – building companies, creating jobs, taking constructive risks and professionalising businesses – the piece painted private equity as the top dogs of the capitalist […]
The EVCA Symposium officially opened today with a welcoming speech by EVCA chairman Javier Loizaga. He reeled off the usual stuff about what an exceptional year it’s been for the industry, confirmed by the official stats released earlier this week which showed the new heights the buyouts industry is reaching in Europe with more money […]
Well it’s here, the EVCA Symposium, the highlight of the European private equity calendar. Never one to shy away from glamorous locations — apart from that odd year when it was set in Edgeware, London — EVCA is following up last year’s spectacle in Monte Carlo with another impressive setting – Rome. It’s hot, obviously, and the […]

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