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14 January 2002

BIS Quarterly Review December 2001 – International banking and financial market developmentsp

The terrorist attacks in the United States on 11 September brought uncertainty in global financial markets to a new level. During the summer, fading hopes for economic recovery had already weakened the major stock markets and problems in emerging markets had resurfaced. The attacks shook consumer and business confidence still further and reinforced prospects for a broad global slowdown. Nevertheless, once the initial shock had worn off, market participants again began to anticipate a recovery during the course of 2002, despite continued unfavourable macroeconomic data.

9 January 2002

Latest survey of private equity in Spainp

Total funds under management and investments rose in the first semester of 2001, according to José Marti's latest report about private equity in Spain. The main figures are highlighted in this executive summary.

9 January 2002

The Finnish venture capital marketp

Following the information technology boom in Finland in the late 1990s, the venture capital market experienced a period of significant growth. Here, Tarja Wist and Toni Siimes of Waselius & Wist outline the current legal environment for private equity and venture capital investment in Finland.

9 January 2002

China spurs venture capital investmentp

The Chinese authorities are creating a framework that they hope will attract venture capital funds onshore. Lawyers from Morrison & Foerster present the pros and cons of the new regime.

9 January 2002

Building entrepreneurial networksp

Networking is an essential and effective tool for entrepreneurs, according to this report from the US National Commission on Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial networks can promote regional economic growth by allowing new entrepreneurs to learn from their peers and create successful fast-growing businesses as a result. This type of business can provide good deal flow for private equity firms.

20 December 2001

Russian private equity: right time, right place?p

Just a couple of years ago, few investors would have touched Russia. Now, largely untainted by the new economy boom that has affected Western economies and with economic reforms starting to take effect, Russia is looking increasingly attractive. And, as one of the few financing options available to fledgling companies in this huge market, private equity looks set to reap the benefits, says Nikoil's Steve Geiger.

20 December 2001

And the new economy winner is … Europep

The European Union is emerging as a formidable competitor among world economies, thanks to an aptitude for cross-border management and an ease with cultural diversity. Business journalist Stuart Crainer discusses how Europe's economy is finally emerging from the shadow of the US.

18 December 2001

Venture capital in Swedenp

It is widely accepted that venture capital promotes research and understanding into many industries such as biotechnology and technology. As a result, the venture capital market is integral to a nation's economic development. Sweden is no exception to this. This thesis from David Lundborg and Fredrik Cardelius discusses the need to develop a vibrant VC market in Sweden.

18 December 2001

The year in reviewp

Once again, it has been a mixed year on the tax and regulatory front across Europe for the private equity community, says SJ Berwin. There have been plenty of positive developments, but some disappointing setbacks. All in all, however, it is clear that the industry has grown in importance to the European economy. It has achieved a much higher profile among policy makers, which (most of the time) has been very welcome.

18 December 2001

Private equity and sources of funding in Asiap

This panel explored the role of private equity in Asia and how that role has changed over the past several years. Professor Kennedy, the panel moderator, opened discussion by asking panelists to comment on the key differences between private equity in Asia and in the United States. This article is extracted from the Harvard Asia Quarterly.

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