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Raising Venture Capital Finance in Europe

Raising Venture Capital Finance in Europe

A Practical Guide for Business Owners, Entrepreneurs and Investors

Keith Arundale


The book focuses on the entire venture capital process from how to select and approach a venture capital firm, preparing a winning business plan, negotiating the terms of the deal, the due diligence process, warranties and indemnities, and post-investment monitoring by the venture capital firm.

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About the book

European private equity investment reached €47 billion in 2005, up 27% from 2004. Funds raised for private equity were €72 billion, up 250% on the previous year, both figures being all time highs. Raising Venture Capital Finance in Europe provides business owners, entrepreneurs and investors alike with a step-by-step approach to exploiting this market and funding new projects effectively.

Written by Keith Arundale, an advisor and commentator on the European and US VC and private equity industry for over 20 years, the guide blends business experience with practical approaches to enable the reader to maximize the opportunities available. The book includes a series of real-life case studies from venture capitalists and entrepreneurs from around Europe, each with practical tips for successful venture capital finance raising.

With forewords from Sir Paul Judge (Chairman, Enterprise Education Trust) and Patrick Sheehan (Chairman, Venture Capital Committee, European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association) the book begins with a brief introduction to the field, including an analysis of current trends and issues in the industry, and goes on to provide a detailed framework for an objective assessment of each business opportunity. The book looks at sources of finance and private equity, shows how to write a successful business plan, details the entire investment process, and considers the tax and legal issues involved.

A particular feature of the book is that it looks at the topic from both sides - showing what the venture capitalist is looking for as well as detailing how an entrepreneur or business owner can make proposals attractive to those investors This means that the reader will be able to minimize time wasted on unnecessary activities and therefore develop investment approaches which are succinct, relevant, and give every chance of success.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
    • Chapter - 01: Introduction to private equity;
    • Chapter - 02: Growth and trends in the European private equity marketplace;
    • Chapter - 03: Issues facing the European private equity industry;
    • Chapter - 04: European early-stage and technology venture capital investing;
    • Chapter - 05: What venture capitalists look for from a potential investee company;
    • Chapter - 06: Sources of finance;
    • Chapter - 07: Sources of private equity and selecting a private equity firm;
    • Chapter - 08: The keys to a successful business plan;
    • Chapter - 09: The investment process;
    • Chapter - 10: Tax and legal issues and the role of professional advisers;
    • Chapter - 11: The ongoing relationship with the investor;
    • Chapter - 12: Exit routes

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749448493
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd April 2007
  • Hardback
  • Dimensions: 241x163
  • 336 pages

About the Author

Keith Arundale worked for PwC as European Venture Capital Leader and European Business Development Director. He founded Arundale Consulting Ltd and wrote the Guide to Private Equity for the British Venture Capital Association.

Keith Arundale