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10 December 2007

Why specialised fund of funds focusing on US venture capital complement a private equity portfolio wellp

Fund of funds have become one of the most important LP groups in private equity funds. According to The 2007 Fund of Funds Review approximately 38 per cent of worldwide private equity assets are controlled by fund of funds. Smaller institutions having assets under management below $10bn are the most important customers of these fund of funds, writes Holger Seidel of BPE Fund Investors.

1 November 2007

Q3 2007 MAVA Venture Capital survey resultsp

The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association has released its Q3 2007 MAVA Venture Capital survey results, indicating that regional investors were not as active during the third quarter as previously forecasted, as the timeframe for closing a new deal increases, valuations and term sheet competition shows strengthening in the market.

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

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.

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.

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.

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