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6 March 2002

Canada’s venture capital is really shelter capitalp

The Canadian government has taken a number of steps that will encourage investors to commit to the country's venture capital funds. But, as Mark Schwartz of Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe LLP argues, recent tax reforms have not gone far enough.

5 March 2002

What’s a VC to do with all that cash?p

There are currently unprecedented levels of uninvested capital in the hands of US VC firms. Many raised vast amounts during the internet boom, and, now that comapny valuations have dropped, they are finding it difficult to invest it. John Cooke from the Seattle Post Inteligencer Reporter looks at the challenges posed by these piles of untapped capital.

28 February 2002

O Canada – US start-ups look north for funding.p

While US venture capitalists have been scaling back their investments, VCs from a little further north have been assessing the opportunities. Less exposed to needy technology companies, Canadian venture capitalists are finding some bargains south of the border that have been ignored by their US counterparts, says Lawrence Aragon of Red Herring.

19 February 2002

2002 fearless forecastp

Investment managers in the US will shift away from alternative assets in 2002, particularly private equity and venture capital, according to this survey by William M Mercer.

18 February 2002

Economic impact and public policy implicationsp

This report by Michie Slaughter at the Kauffman Center identifies major trends and developments that have made entrepreneurship a significant social and economic force in the United States. It provides an overview of why entrepreneurship is different from small business, and it presents a rationale for understanding why this area of study and research has been steadily gaining momentum over the last 20 years.

18 February 2002

Distributing private equity funds to US investorsp

With their home market in the doldrums, many US institutions are increasingly looking to invest elsewhere. And yet, overseas private equity firms have traditionally considered fund-raising in the US as particularly difficult and burdensome. In reality, however, many of the regulatory tax and legal barriers can be overcome says Geoffrey Kenyon and Martin Charmichael of Goodwin Procter LLP.

13 February 2002

US sees record amounts of uninvested capital in Q4, venture investing downp

The amount of venture capital raised in the US fell by 39 per cent from $104.6bn in 2000 to $40.6bn in 2001, according to figures by Venture Economics and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). The Q4 total for 2001 was 80 per cent down on the previous year. These figures seem to back up anecdotal evidence suggesting that many investors were adopting a ‘wait and see' attitude at the end of last year in the uncertainty following the 11 September terrorist attacks.

12 February 2002

Building biotech in Ohio – you can if you think you canp

This edited extract of a speech by Dan Eramian, Vice President Communications at the Biotechnology Industry Organisation, discusses the development of venture capital funding in the US biotechnology sector. It also looks at the emergence of biotech clusters and why they have formed.

5 February 2002

Venture capital investment increases in Q4p

The economic and psychological climate for venture investing is beginning to improve after 18 months of steady decline, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers/Venture Economics/National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree Q4 Survey. The survey also shows that despite an extremely difficult economic environment, $36.5bn was invested in the twelve months of 2001, ranking the year as the venture capital industry's third best in terms of total dollars invested.

1 February 2002

Canadian budget 2001p

The latest federal budget, in Canada made changes to its rules on limited partnerships and amended the Income Tax Act to encourage more venture capital financing from domestic and foreign investors.

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