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Yearly Archives: 2010

On the Challenges and Opportunities we see in Latin America

By : Ziad K. Abdelnour| 17 May 2010
Despite previous Venture Capital (VC) and Private Equity (PE) activity in Latin America since the mid 80s, the asset class can still be considered a “new species” in the region. Taking however into account the growth levels the asset class experience...

On the Challenges and Opportunities we see in Turkey

By : Ziad K. Abdelnour| 15 May 2010
Although Turkey is today at the center of the world with on one side Russia, on another side the Gulf countries, and on the other side the Central East Asian countries., it is without a doubt turning into a tourist and financial and investment center...

On the Israeli hi-tech experience and what we should all learn from it

By : Ziad K. Abdelnour| 13 May 2010
In the 1990s, Israel emerged as a leading center for technology start-ups and innovation. In 2000, near the peak of the high-tech boom, Israel had 4000 high-tech firms and new ones were forming at the rate of about 500 start-ups per year. Today, out...

On the Challenges and Opportunities we see in Africa

By : Ziad K. Abdelnour| 11 May 2010
Though the allure of private equity might have faded in developed markets, we at Blackhawk believe that Africa is providing golden opportunities for funds that are willing to swallow a bit more risk. It was a geographer, George Kimble, who best summe...

On the Challenges and Opportunities we see in India

By : Ziad K. Abdelnour| 9 May 2010
We believe that despite a challenging regulatory environment, strong fundamentals in India continue to offer some highly attractive investment opportunities. After some difficult times that witnessed both the global financial crisis and an internal f...

On the Challenges and Opportunities we see in Russia

By : Ziad K. Abdelnour| 7 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 indus...

On the Challenges and Opportunities we see in China

By : Ziad K. Abdelnour| 3 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 po...

On the Challenges and Opportunities we see When Investing in Rollups

By : Ziad K. Abdelnour| 1 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...