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3i Fifty Years Investing in Industry

Richard Coopey and Donald Clarke


3i (Investors in Industry, and 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 political parties, Whitehall, the Bank of England, and the clearing banks, the organization has played a significant role in post-war investment banking and industrial development. The first part of the book traces 3i's history, from the early years of post-war reconstruction and the role played by Piercy and Kinross, through the years of consolidation, to the higher-pr ... More

Keywords: 3i, Investors in Industry, venture capital, Whitehall, Bank of England, clearing banks, industrial development, post-war reconstruction, Piercy, Kinross, 1994 flotation, MBOs, risk assessment methods, capital markets, British Caledonian, Oxford Instruments, Laura Ashley

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198289449
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289449.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Coopey, author
London School of Economics
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Donald Clarke, author