Turning the tables on private equity, we caught up with directors in GLS Communications, AVG, Ziggo and Lékué at the EVCA Symposium in Barcelona to find out in practical terms, how they benefited from private equity. In addition to long-term equity and financial expertise, you may be surprised by the directors' portrayals of stimulating working relationships where their private equity investors are described as engaging partners.
In a video interview with Unquote magazine, John Holloway, European Investment Fund Director and EVCA (now Invest Europe) Vice-Chairman, tells how venture capital is today on an "upward trajectory" with a handful of fund closes building momentum. He believes that the venture capital industry is "much stronger now than it was in 2000". Have a look to hear why Europe's largest VC investor is "more optimistic than ever".
Simply asking the public's opinion is an effective litmus test to assess public consciousness of any issue. So we sent out a team of charming interviewers to ask reluctant or hurried passers-by a few "simple" questions. How often do you think someone answered the question, "What is private equity or venture capital?" with "... a form of investment where investors commit money and management expertise over time to help private companies achieve sustained growth"?
In an insightful and down-to-earth interview, the 2011 Chairman of EVCA (now Invest Europe), Karsten Langer, answers some key questions about the state and future of private equity in Europe. Whether a novice or seasoned observer, you won't want to miss this unassuming account of private equity growing up.
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