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8 May 2002

US venture capital fundraising plummets in Q1p

US private equity fund-raising suffered another dismal quarter in the first three months of the year, falling 56 per cent on the fourth quarter to just $2.2bn, according to figures from Venture Economics and the National Venture Capital Association. 44 funds managed to close in the first quarter, compared with 65 in the fourth.

30 April 2002

Guidance for compliance with the USA PATRIOT Actp

On 26 October, 2001, President Bush passed the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (PATRIOT). The act contains amendments to existing federal anti-money laundering (AML) law and now extends to venture capital funds and the firms that manage them. This guidance document issued by the NVCA discusses the new laws and reveals that those providing private equity firms with capital will find themselves under greater scrutiny in the future.

30 April 2002

An introduction to registration rightsp

Exit strategy is one of the most important items on any private equity investor's checklist. Many investors, particularly in new economy investments, look to a US listing for this exit. But simply getting the initial listing of the target company in the US is only half the battle, says Andrew Ostrognai of Debevoise & Plimpton. The investor must also be able to register its shares for sale to the public after IPO - a process that can be complex and that needs to address a number of issues.

23 April 2002

Total US private equity funding reportp

The private equity market has finally begun to rebound, according to Growthink's annual report. For the first time in two years, there has been an increase in the number of companies receiving funding. But, the amount raised by these companies did decline, falling from $8.3bn in 2000 to $8.1bn last year.

23 April 2002

LPs consider ‘cash-in and cash-out’ policyp

The GP and LP relationship has become rather heated of late, with many investors seeking new and raised terms from their fund managers. One key area is performance management. Carolina Braunschweig of Private Equity Week looks at the new proposals from the ILPA, which seek to abolish IRRs and offer instead a more transparent method of measuring performance.

16 April 2002

Private equity in Mexicop

The Mexican private equity industry is still in its infancy. As a result, its funds are largely foreign - and the majority are, predictably, from the US. Frank Schneider and Luis Videgaray, of Harvard University and Protego respectively, discuss the characteristics of the asset class in Mexico.

15 April 2002

Private equity funds of funds: a checklist of legal and regulatory issuesp

Funds of funds play an important role in providing investors with diversification in private equity commitments. But, these funds face a barrage of regulatory and tax issues in the US and this should be a matter of concern to everyone in the industry, say Joseph A Hugg and David W Tegeler of Testa Hurwitz & Thibeault.

10 April 2002

Uncharted territoryp

Have investors in the venture capital industry become more cautious since the burst of the dot-com bubble and the events of 11 September? Many industry players believe that the downturn is an inevitable part of the cycle of a maturing industry; others see it as the beginning-of-the-end of an industry that has already enjoyed its most successful years. John F Ince of UPSIDE examines the state of the venture capital business in the US and discusses what the future holds for this industry.

10 April 2002

The state of the marketp

Private equity evolved throughout the 1990s into a means for institutional investors to improve the long-term risk/return profile of their portfolios. The downturn in the industry over recent years, however, is forcing investors to reassess the benefits of the asset class. Ivan Vercoutere and Giacomo Biondi Morra of LGT Capital Partners argue that the private equity industry is merely returning to a state of normality after a period of euphoria and that now is a good time to invest.

9 April 2002

Aftermath of the bubble, the defaulting investorp

The face of the limited partner has changed. Gone are the days of guaranteed commitment from well-financed institutions at the initial close. Daniel Finkleman of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault offers advice for the GP who has found that one of his LPs cannot meet commitments as a result of plummeting personal fortunes.

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