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12 February 2002

Gensec Survey 2002p

South Africa, along with many other countries of the world, is unlikely to be immune to the slowdown and uncertainty being experienced in the US, says this survey from Gensec Bank. The survey looks at the present economic climate in South Africa so that investors may ascertain whether this country is an attractive investment destination.

5 February 2002

Over-regulation of the venture capital industryp

If venture capital firms are to successfully invest in SMEs there needs to be wide-ranging regulatory reform. In this extract from ‘Unlocking Growth', published by the Centre for Policy Studies, Patrick Burgess, from law firm Gouldens, discusses the measures that need to be put in place to ensure that VC funding can reach the smaller business.

5 February 2002

Challenges facing venture capital in Africap

The African private equity industry is still in its infancy, but it has been growing steadily in the past few years. At the end of 2000, the South African private equity industry had approximately ZAR33bn under management. Paul Inbona from Modern Africa looks at the key obstacles that venture capitalists must overcome in Africa if the industry is to grow.

5 February 2002

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2001 – Australiap

In the year 2001, Australia remained one of the most entrepreneurial countries in the world, according to this survey from Kevin Hindle and Susan Rushworth of Swinburne University of Technology. But despite this encouraging finding, Australia's venture capital industry remained small in comparison with other countries surveyed for this Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. Australia ranked 16th – out of 24 - on venture capital investment as a percentage of GDP.

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.

5 February 2002

Finns looking further afieldp

Finland's institutional investors are still approaching private equity with caution, says Perttu Järvenpää of Investments & Pensions Europe. Private equity funds have not been selling well recently, in stark contrast to the surge in international corporate bonds, with Europe becoming the dominant market.

5 February 2002

Fund of funds and investment strategiesp

In this light-hearted presentation, Ray Maxwell of Invesco discusses the parallels between private equity and football. taking in market developments, liquidity issues and the future.

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.

1 February 2002

One step forward…p

Germany's recent tax reforms will cause a surge in European M&A and buy-out activity – eventually. But in their current form they will also affect investors and the private equity industry in some rather unfortunate ways, says SJ Berwin

28 January 2002

Investor report: Views on the German market from private and institutional investorsp

After a period of strong growth in the 1990s, the private equity and venture capital sector in Germany is beginning to enter a phase of consolidation, according to this report from Golding Capital Partners. Confronted with the current challenging economic and political environment, investors have become even more demanding in selecting only the more experienced fund managers. And nowadays only the best business plans are able to convince investors to commit capital.

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