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Basic Bioinformatics - A Beginner's Guide

RRP $436.99

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This manual offers a stand-alone reading companion, unique in simplifying the practical components of Bioinformatics in a unique and user-friendly manner. It covers the practical component of syllabi used at most leading universities and discusses the most extensively used tools and methodologies in Bioinformatics. Research in the biological sciences has made tremendous strides in recent years due in part to the increased automation in data generation. At the same time, storing, managing and interpreting huge volumes of data has become one of the most challenging tasks for scientists. These two aspects have ultimately necessitated the application of computers, giving rise to a highly interdisciplinary discipline-Bioinformatics. 

Despite the richness of bioinformatics resources and methods, the exposure of life sciences undergraduates and postgraduates to bioinformatics is extremely limited. Though the internet offers various tools for free, and provides guides for using them, it fails to help users interpret the processed data. Moreover, most sites fail to update their help pages to accommodate software upgrades. Though the market is flooded with books discussing the theoretical concepts in Bioinformatics, a manual of this kind is rarely found. The content developed to meet the needs of readers from diverse background and to incorporate the syllabi of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at various universities. 


A Guide To Asian High Yield Bonds, Second Edition

RRP $378.00

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Starting with a general description and definition of the product, and where it sits in the corporate capital structure, the book looks at the suitability of high yield bonds for family-owned growth enterprises through a new and expanded discussion as to why Asian issuers should or should not issue high yield bonds and to what extent high yield bonds can supplement or even replace traditional bank lending. This includes a look at capital markets alternatives for family owned companies, the search for an optimal capital structure, the relevance of optimal debt and capital structure theories, key aspects driving financing decisions and their objectives against this backdrop, from a practical and theoretical point of view. Against these parameters the suitability of high yield bonds is being established and, finally, compared with other financial instruments.

As far as the history ofand development of the product are concerned high yield in the US and Europe is thoroughly looke at before analyzing the relative short history of the sector in this region. Within this context the guide will also assess the key advantages of high yield bonds as opposed to bank debt funding -- incurrence rather than maintenance covenants, tenor, bullet repayment, investor diversification -- and as opposed to equity and equity-linked funding -- non-dilutive, cheaper and less volatile.

This is followed by a comprehensive anatomy' of the high yield bond market in Asia, looking at issuer countries and industries, ratings and size distributions. This would include a comprehensive look at the diversification of the high-yield issuer universe, including the recent non-property issuance out of China as well as examples from "new" high yield geographies, such as Japan and Mongolia (in which the author transacted benchmark offerings).

Any anatomy of Asian high yield would not be complete without a thorough technical analysis of high yield bond structures commonly employed in Asian transactions and their key concepts. The discussions of the respective covenants and security packages will be embedded into revised and new chapters on the key building blocks of high yield credit analysis, including business risk, financial risk, management / ownership risks and covenant analysis. Asian high yield covenant packages which vary immensely across the region, lead into a thorough analysis of high yield bond risks and fundamentals, including transfer of cash or other forms of value from a restricted group, risky investments in assets, increase in leverage, subordination/dilution of bondholders claims and abrupt changes in governance or control. Based on real deal examples these covenants packages will be analyzed versus the US and European models and assessed for comparative strengths and weaknesses. Special attention will also be given to issues such as to corporate governance, the business model, business strategies, quality of earnings and cash flows and auditors.

In many cases, the senior financial executive of the company in question will be interviewed to provide insight on the company's rationale for issuing high yield bonds, their view on the strengths of the products, their reservations about it, their assessment of high yield versus other funding products and the place that high yield bond issues will have in their future funding plans. The author will also offer technical analysis on why each company employed its particular structure and an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses.

This is followed by a thorough analysis of the buyside, including interviews with leading institutional investors in Asian high yield, principally real money asset managers and hedge funds. They will update the development of the investor base post 2008, the reasons behind the decline of Asian high yield and its resurgence, culminating in an analysis of the migration from fast money to real money and private wealth. The chapter will demonstrate high yield investors' priorities, dealing with their preferences in terms of countries and industries, their views on which recent structures they have found more or less attractive -- and why -- and how they expect the market to evolve in Asia.

Another new chapter will be on high yield bond restructuring. We will look at Asian high yield bonds from their recovery value, compare these with the US, and analysis how the rating agencies are looking at "Loss Given Default" scenarios. Various liability management options are open to issuers to avoid default or deal with default scenarios and the book will assess all these, together with key objectives issuers and investors may associate with them, before presenting case studies of debt restructuring propositions that failed and succeeded (again, the author transacted some high profile deals of this nature in 2009/2010).

Another new chapter of interest is high yield in the new "Dim Sum" market. The guide will assess the genesis of this sector, to what extent high yield structures can be applied and which formats of high yield and covenant packages have been placed with investors.The Asian high yield private placement market shut down in 2008/2009 but resurfaced on the back of a public bond market recovery to offer to a broad spectrum of issuers fast, discreet and, in many cases, vital funding solutions. We will describe the issuers that drive this market, ranging from credits with a challenging history in Indonesia to real estate start-ups in China, and look at how these deals were structured to attract equity return-orientated hedge fund and proprietary desk investors.

Starting with a general description and definition of the product, and where it sits in the corporate capital structure, the book looks at the suitability of high yield bonds for family-owned growth enterprises through a new and expanded discussion as to why Asian issuers should or should not issue high yield bonds and to what extent high yield bonds can supplement or even replace traditional bank lending. This includes a look at capital markets alternatives for family owned companies, the search for an optimal capital structure, the relevance of optimal debt and capital structure theories, key aspects driving financing decisions and their objectives against this backdrop, from a practical and theoretical point of view. Against these parameters the suitability of high yield bonds is being established and, finally, compared with other financial instruments.

As far as the history ofand development of the product are concerned high yield in the US and Europe is thoroughly looke at before analyzing the relative short history of the sector in this region. Within this context the guide will also assess the key advantages of high yield bonds as opposed to bank debt funding -- incurrence rather than maintenance covenants, tenor, bullet repayment, investor diversification -- and as opposed to equity and equity-linked funding -- non-dilutive, cheaper and less volatile.

This is followed by a comprehensive anatomy' of the high yield bond market in Asia, looking at issuer countries and industries, ratings and size distributions. This would include a comprehensive look at the diversification of the high-yield issuer universe, including the recent non-property issuance out of China as well as examples from "new" high yield geographies, such as Japan and Mongolia (in which the author transacted benchmark offerings).

Any anatomy of Asian high yield would not be complete without a thorough technical analysis of high yield bond structures commonly employed in Asian transactions and their key concepts. The discussions of the respective covenants and security packages will be embedded into revised and new chapters on the key building blocks of high yield credit analysis, including business risk, financial risk, management / ownership risks and covenant analysis. Asian high yield covenant packages which vary immensely across the region, lead into a thorough analysis of high yield bond risks and fundamentals, including transfer of cash or other forms of value from a restricted group, risky investments in assets, increase in leverage, subordination/dilution of bondholders claims and abrupt changes in governance or control. Based on real deal examples these covenants packages will be analyzed versus the US and European models and assessed for comparative strengths and weaknesses. Special attention will also be given to issues such as to corporate governance, the business model, business strategies, quality of earnings and cash flows and auditors.

In many cases, the senior financial executive of the company in question will be interviewed to provide insight on the company's rationale for issuing high yield bonds, their view on the strengths of the products, their reservations about it, their assessment of high yield versus other funding products and the place that high yield bond issues will have in their future funding plans. The author will also offer technical analysis on why each company employed its particular structure and an assessment of its strengths and weaknesses.

This is followed by a thorough analysis of the buyside, including interviews with leading institutional investors in Asian high yield, principally real money asset managers and hedge funds. They will update the development of the investor base post 2008, the reasons behind the decline of Asian high yield and its resurgence, culminating in an analysis of the migration from fast money to real money and private wealth. The chapter will demonstrate high yield investors' priorities, dealing with their preferences in terms of countries and industries, their views on which recent structures they have found more or less attractive -- and why -- and how they expect the market to evolve in Asia.

Another new chapter will be on high yield bond restructuring. We will look at Asian high yield bonds from their recovery value, compare these with the US, and analysis how the rating agencies are looking at "Loss Given Default" scenarios. Various liability management options are open to issuers to avoid default or deal with default scenarios and the book will assess all these, together with key objectives issuers and investors may associate with them, before presenting case studies of debt restructuring propositions that failed and succeeded (again, the author transacted some high profile deals of this nature in 2009/2010).

Another new chapter of interest is high yield in the new "Dim Sum" market. The guide will assess the genesis of this sector, to what extent high yield structures can be applied and which formats of high yield and covenant packages have been placed with investors.The Asian high yield private placement market shut down in 2008/2009 but resurfaced on the back of a public bond market recovery to offer to a broad spectrum of issuers fast, discreet and, in many cases, vital funding solutions. We will describe the issuers that drive this market, ranging from credits with a challenging history in Indonesia to real estate start-ups in China, and look at how these deals were structured to attract equity return-orientated hedge fund and proprietary desk investors.


Business Valuation Guide, 2017

RRP $1.00

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Imagine a business where every new assignment is a unique case study in people, managment, customers, risks, and rewards. In business valuation, no two companies are alike; nor do numbers and financial statements tell the whole story. Successful business valuators have to be detectives while sifting through the details of a company, and they need a diverse knowledge of finance, economics, law, marketing, and sales to do that. They must also be able to step back and see the big picture from the viewpoint of a buyer. It is this variety, and the intellectual challenges it provides, that makes business valuation both interesting and exciting.


Diversity In American Higher Education

RRP $332.99

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Diversity has been a focus of higher education policy, law, and scholarship for decades, continually expanding to include not only race, ethnicity and gender, but also socioeconomic status, sexual and political orientation, and more. However, existing collections still tend to focus on a narrow definition of diversity in education, or in relation to singular topics like access to higher education, financial aid, and affirmative action. By contrast, Diversity in American Higher Education captures in one volume the wide range of critical issues that comprise the current discourse on diversity on the college campus in its broadest sense.

This edited collection explores:

  • legal perspectives on diversity and affirmative action
  • higher education's relationship to the deeper roots of K-12 equity and access
  • policy, politics, and practice's effects on students, faculty, and staff.

Bringing together the leading experts on diversity in higher education scholarship, Diversity in American Higher Education redefines the agenda for diversity as we know it today.


A Guide To Canine And Feline Orthopaedic Surgery 4e

RRP $377.99

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This successful book, first published in 1980 and now in its fourth edition, provides an authoritative guide for busy practitioners trying to keep pace with current trends in small animal orthopaedic surgery. In this new edition Hamish Denny and Steven Butterworth have retained the same practical approach but have completely rewritten and updated the book to provide a comprehensive review of orthopaedic and spinal conditions in the dog and cat. The illustrations have also undergone a major overhaul and the many line drawings are now combined with photographs and radiographs to clarify diagnostic and surgical techniques. <p><p>Although the size of the book has increased, its regional approach to problems still enables the reader to use it as a rapid reference guide. It will prove an invaluable source of information for veterinary practitioners diagnosing and treating orthopaedic and spinal problems, while postgraduate students taking further qualifications in orthopaedics will find a sound basis for their studies and further reading provided here.



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