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A strong majority (78 percent) of respondents to the DLA Piper Technology Leaders Forecast Survey believe that the presidential campaign dialogue that has centered on Mitt Romney’s business background in, and the role of, private equity has damaged the reputation of the private equity and venture capital industry. Further, a strong majority (65 percent) predicted this focus could lead to new regulation of the industry.
In the face of global economic headwinds and amid a high-stakes 2012 presidential election, technology leaders – ever focused on the promise of the future – are seeking clarity with respect to the economic, regulatory and political landscape.
This was the pervasive theme throughout DLA Piper's fifth Technology Leaders Forecast survey, which was developed in conjunction with the firm's 2012 Global Technology Leaders Summit.
Will there be greater economic certainty following November’s election? What is the direction of tax policy? Will the next administration ease regulations – or increase the regulatory burden? How will China’s role in technology development and financing evolve? Will the IPO market cool down or heat up? What are the most promising and challenging areas for the technology economy?
This is just a sampling of the issues addressed in DLA Piper's latest survey of the major trends, challenges and opportunities confronting the technology industry.