3i: Fifty Years Investing in Industry

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byRichard Coopey, Donald Clarke

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* First published history of key investment institution * Combines narrative history of the organization, its people, and the changing political and economical environment * insider's view of assessing investment and structuring the deals * mini case-studies of high-profilecompanies * numerous cartoons and illustrations * significant publicity associated with 3i flotation and 50th anniversary. 3i (investors in industry, formerly the Industrial and Commercial Finance Corporation,etc) is Britain's leading venture capital company. Founded in 1945 as a result of a combination of pressures and counter-pressures from the political parties, Whitehall, the Bank of England, and the clearingbanks, the organization has played a significant role in post war investment banking and industrial development. The first part of the book traces history from the early years to post-war reconstruction and the role played by Piercy and Kinross, through the years of consolidation, to the higher-profile years of the change of name and style and 1994 flotation. The second part offers an inside view of theworkings of this unique institution - the controllers, 3i's role in developing MBO's, methods of assessing risk and return, its relationship with capital markets, etc. During its first 50 years 3i has invested in numerous well known and successful companies - many of these are detailed in the text(British Caledonian, Oxford Instruments, Laura Ashley, etc). The book is also elegantly and innovatively designed, making good use of the well known 3i cartoons.

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* First published history of key investment institution * Combines narrative history of the organization, its people, and the changing political and economical environment * insider's view of assessing investment and structuring the deals * mini case-studies of high-profilecompanies * numerous cartoons and illustrations ...

Richard Coopey is Research Fellow in the Business History Unit at the London School of Economics. Donald Clarke is former Finance Director of 3i.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.1 × 0.01 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198289448

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart IR Coopey: 1. Keeping Government out of the Banking Business2. The Piercy Style3. Establishing Independence4. Consolidation and Diversification5. The 1970s FFI6. The The 1980s Expansion and Change7. 3i: Remaking the Image8. Back to the CorePart IID Clarke: 9. 3i and Innovator10. Investment Capital v Venture Capital11. Raising Funds/3i's Financial Policies12. Management Style and Strategic Direction13. Diversification14. The Tax Case15. The International Dimension16. 3i in the Thatcher Years17. 3i's Contribution to the Economy - An Alternative ModelPostscriptAppendicesGlossary

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`Clarke, a former finance director of 3i, gives the "insider's view" in essays which cover a number of themes, including innovations in investment, accounting and resource funding ... a splendid account of a pioneering organisation.'Business History