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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.

15 June 2007

US venture-backed IPOs record strongest month since 2004p

Eleven venture-backed companies raised $1.6bn through initial public offerings on US exchanges in May 2007, according to data from the National Venture Capital Association and Thomson Financial. This activity represents the first time monthly offerings from venture-backed companies have reached the double digits since October 2004. May 2007 was also the highest month for dollars raised since August 2004 when the IPO offer amount, bolstered by the debut of Google, reached nearly $1.9bn.

14 June 2007

US venture-backed IPOs make gains while acquisition activity declines in Q1 2007p

Seventeen venture-backed companies raised $2.09bn through initial public offerings on US exchanges in the first quarter of 2007, according to Thomson Financial and the National Venture Capital Association. This volume represents a 70 per cent increase from the first quarter of 2006 when ten venture-backed companies went public.

21 May 2007

Canadian venture investment grows during 2007′s first quarterp

Venture capital investment across Canada in the first quarter of 2007 showed very strong growth on a year-over-year as well as a quarter-over quarter basis, totaling $598m, according to a quarterly statistical report released by the CVCA and Thomson Financial.

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