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Archive for March, 2003

26 March 2003

UK Pharmaceuticalsp

The UK pharmaceuticals industry has been growing at a rate of around 11 per cent per annum, according to the latest report from Barclays Bank plc.

26 March 2003

Opportunity in adversity: private equity secondaries and directsp

Historically, the private equity secondaries market has been characterised by the exchange of limited partner interests. However, a number of recent ‘direct' secondary transactions looks set to challenge this dynamic. Columbia Strategy examines the changing landscape for the private equity secondaries market.

26 March 2003

White paper on small and medium enterprises in Japan: The age of the local entrepreneur – birth, growth and revitalization of the national economyp

The importance of entrepreneurialism to the recovery of the Japanese economy is recognised by the Japanese government, which supports the Japan Small Business Research Institute. This report, first published in September 2002, highlights recent trends among small and medium-sized companies in the continuing recession.

26 March 2003

Selected trends and developments in private equity compensationp

The freedom for small, entrepreneurial companies to provide stock options as a form of remuneration has been threatened in the US by new accountancy regulations. Michael J Nathanson of Hale and Dorr takes a look at some of the problems.

26 March 2003

Capital requirements for banksp

The Basel II Accord, expected to come into practice in 2007, has caused some upset among private equity professionals. SJ Berwin points out the problems for the industry in terms of fundraising should there be no further modification to the new rules.

26 March 2003

Australia private equity confidence survey Q4 2002p

Private equity players in Australia and New Zealand are showing signs of optimism – a rare glimmer of hope in the current global environment. Deloitte & Touche's private equity confidence survey for Australia and New Zealand assesses the sentiment of venture capitalists for the immediate future of the industry.

26 March 2003

Foreign direct investment – a market overview and discussion of opportunitiesp

The Asian financial crisis of the late 1990s has in the long term had positive effects on the Korean economy, particularly from the point of view of foreign investors, argue Timothy O'Brien and Edward Kim of Coudert Brothers. The government made various legal reforms to encourage direct investment from overseas, some of which are explained here.

26 March 2003

The Enterprise Act 2002p

The UK Enterprise Act is expected to receive a staggered introduction from April 2003. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer summarises the Act and considers its effects on UK companies

26 March 2003

Creative valuation techniques for venture capital fund reportingp

Following the recent high-technology bubble, disillusioned investors have become more cautious about their venture capital investments, especially with regard to the portfolio company valuations supplied by general partners. Mika Kaneyuki of Venture Valuation offers investors an insight into the reasons behind ‘creative' valuations in an attempt to increase transparency.

26 March 2003

Finnish Securities Market Act 2002p

There is no specific legislation for Finnish venture capital funds and their management companies. Yet a recent amendment to the Finnish Securities Market Act of 2002 means that such management companies should take note of some of its provisions. Jari Vikio and Paulus Hiden of Borenius & Kemppinen discuss the impact of the amendment on Finland's venture capital community.

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