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Italy offers a warning

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 17 July 2011 There aren’t many signs of national bankruptcy in Siena. There is the odd boarded-up shop and the occasional “everything under 99c” store but the cafes are full and la dolce vita goes on. So it came as a shock to find …

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Islay reaps its tidal power

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By Ian Fraser Published: The Sunday Times Date:  22 August 2010 The Hebridean island has teamed up with energy giant Scottish Power to tap a reliable source of electricity with underwater turbines When the MV Eilean Dhiura ferry crosses the Sound of Islay, passengers often think she is heading in …

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FTSE rise ‘based on fraud’

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By Ian Fraser Published: The Sunday Times Date: 27 September 2009 The stock market rally is a “dash for trash” based on a “fraud” that is likely to be harmful to investors’ wealth, according to one of Scotland’s leading investors. Robin Angus, a director of the £200m Edinburgh-based Personal Assets …

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Banks baulk at backing newbies

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By Ian Fraser Published: Scottish Business Insider Date: August 2008 The credit crunch and the economic climate mean funders and investors are looking for less risky projects IF START-UPS are a barometer of a nation’s economic health, then Scotland must be a pretty sick place. There were only 15 recorded …

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An awfully busy two way street

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By Ian Fraser Published: Scottish Business Insider Date: August 2008 Although a number of high-profile deals have seen ownership of some Scottish stalwarts leave the country, Scots firms have done their fair share of buying IT was a bumper year for sales, acquisitions and mergers which, once again, was the …

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Liquid venture

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By Ian Fraser Published: European Venture Capital Journal Date: 1 June 2008 The emerging venture secondaries market is gaining traction as VCs look to offload investments and free up capital. Many of the technology investments made in haste by venture capitalists at the peak of the dot.com bubble are now being …

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Winning hand

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By Ian Fraser Published: European Venture Capital Journal Date: 1 June 2008 While the LBO players are fretting over the state of the buyouts market and the future of their portfolios, the secondaries specialists are rubbing their hands at the prospects as they look to clean up. A few years …

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HBOS forced to defend housing buys

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By Ian Fraser Published: Sunday Herald Date: 4 May 2008 PETER CUMMINGS, chief executive of Bank of Scotland Corporate, has defended the bank’s decision to take big equity stakes in two of the UK’s leading house-building companies at the onset of the credit crunch. Cummings defended the Edinburgh-based bank’s decision …