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  • On the Challenges and Opportunities we see in Russia

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 07 May 2010

    Although Russia is today the world's largest producer of oil and gas, which is the primary source of its power, we at Blackhawk believe that multiple challenges in the Russian context presently impede the development of the private equity industry and will continue to do so until effective changes t...

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  • On the Challenges and Opportunities we see in Private Equity in the Middle East (MENA) Region

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 05 May 2010

    Private equity in the MENA region is a relatively new phenomenon, although it has been an attractive funding avenue for international firms for decades. Since the oil shock of the 1970s, petrodollars have found their way back into the West, often as investments in private equity funds. The invest...

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  • On the Challenges and Opportunities we see in China

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 03 May 2010

    The practice of doing business in China has come into question early this year. The disputes between Google Inc. and the Chinese government have been one factor; others have included the continued concerns raised in the West about China’s currency policy, and in China about Western financial polic...

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  • On the Challenges and Opportunities we see When Investing in Rollups

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 01 May 2010

    For all those not familiar with rollups….. A rollup is a technique used by investors where multiple small companies in the same market are acquired and merged. The principal aim of a rollup is to reduce costs through economies of scale. Rollups also have the effect of increasing the valuation mult...

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  • Our Thoughts regarding New Exit Strategies for Today's Venture Capitalists

    By: Ziad K. Abdelnour | 07 Feb 2010

    It is a fact that venture capitalism today is not what it used to be. The bountiful returns of the dotcom years are long gone and venture capital (VC) firms are now struggling to exit their investments via initial public offerings (IPOs) or mergers and acquisitions (M&A). Also, a new regulatory ...

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