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24 October 2007

Buy-outs continue to set new records in Q2 2007p

Investment by private equity buyout firms into Canadian companies continued its record setting pace during the second quarter of 2007, according to the industry’s quarterly statistical report released today by the CVCA and research partner Thomson Financial. A total of 52 transactions were announced during the quarter with a total value of approximately $55.6 billion, led by the record breaking $47.2 billion Bell Canada buyout. This is up dramatically from the 44 transactions recorded during the first quarter with a total value of $5.4 billion.

3 September 2007

Corporate venture capital investment at highest levels since 2001p

Corporate venture capitalists invested $1.3 billion into 390 deals in the first half of 2007, representing the highest percentage of corporate venture deals and dollars since 2001 according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) based on Thomson Financial data.

8 August 2007

Q2 2007 MAVA venture capital surveyp

The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association has released its Q2 2007 MAVA Venture Capital survey results, indicating that deal activity continued to be strong during the second quarter with increases reported in: future regional deals; the number of deal proposals/business plans received by VC firms; and the percentage of firms expected to raise larger sized funds. Survey respondents reported that valuations rose slightly this quarter but are not as high as a year ago.

9 July 2007

Venture-backed IPOs continue to make gains while acquisition activity declines in Q2 2007p

Twenty-six venture backed companies raised $4.27bn through initial public offerings on US exchanges in the second quarter of 2007, according to the Exit Poll report by Thomson Financial and the National Venture Capital Association. This dollar volume represents 112 per cent increase from the second quarter of 2006 when nineteen venture-backed companies went public raising $2bn.

9 July 2007

Perspective of the Mexican private equity industryp

Should European and US LPs start paying more attention to private equity managers in Mexico? asks Luis Perezcano, managing partner at Nafta Fund.

9 July 2007

US M&A to accelerate through 2007p

Mergers and acquisition activity will continue to accelerate through 2007 as deal values soar, according to the Transaction Services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Deals involving US targets totaled $845bn during the first five months of 2007, 53 per cent of the total for 2006, and 10 per cent more than deal value in the entire first half of 2006.

21 June 2007

Global IPO Trendsp

Thriving US companies conducted the world's highest number of IPOs in 2006 with a streak that looks set to continue in 2007. Global data shows US-based companies generated the largest number of IPOs (187) in 2006, raising $34.1bn, according to Ernst & Young's Global IPO Trends Report.

15 June 2007

MAVA VC survey: Q1 2007p

Mid-atlantic venture capitalists are reporting stability in term sheet competition and more realistic valuations, finds MAVA. Their forecast predicts a modest number of exits, but growth in new deals.

15 June 2007

US IPOs surgingp

IPOs on US exchanges enjoy their best first quarter since 2000, with financial services and technology leading the way, finds PricewaterhouseCoopers. Building on a record fourth quarter, US IPO activity during the traditionally quiet first quarter hit a seven year high in terms of both volume and proceeds, with $12.1bn raised through 64 IPOs, up from $11.6bn from 54 IPOs in Q1 2006, but down from $19.7bn from 89 IPOs during Q4 2006.

15 June 2007

Québec’s venture capital results for Q1 2007p

Réseau Capital finds that in the first three months of 2007, venture capital activity in Québec rose significantly, as $175m was invested in total, or 51 per cent more than the $116m invested at the same time last year. The number of Québec-based companies financed with VC was largely unchanged on a year-over-year basis: 55 firms in Q1 2007 versus 57 firms in Q1 2006.

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