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19 February 2002

The characteristics of US institutional investorsp

US institutional investors are increasingly looking to invest in European venture capital partnerships. This edited extract from SITRA's ‘Attracting foreign investment into early-stage Finnish technology companies' examines the characteristics of US investors, their criteria for placing commitments with VC funds and the opportunities for VC firms in Finland to raise capital from the US.

19 February 2002

Venture capital and private equity in Austriap

The Austrian venture capital industry is comparatively young - activity only began in 1995 - and is therefore often overlooked by investors, both institutional and VCs alike. Nikolaus Spieckermann of Invest Equity Group provides an overview of the industry and discusses some possible trends.

18 February 2002

Venture capital investment in China after WTO entryp

Until recently, China had no specific laws or regulations on venture capital investments. Foreign investors have therefore relied on China's general corporate law and its foreign investment regime when structuring investments in the PRC, which has presented them with a range of difficulties. Vivienne Bath from Courdert Brothers looks at how new Chinese regulations aim to define a legal framework for venture capital investment.

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.

12 February 2002

Leveraged buy-outs in Spainp

Legal and regulatory hurdles are often cited as the largest obstacle to growth of LBOs in Spain. But, argue Jose Maria Alvarez and Estibaliz Aranburu of Gomez Acebo & Pombo, other countries have managed to overcome similar hurdles. The main barrier must be cultural, they say, offering an outline of how Spanish LBOs may be structured.

12 February 2002

Equity and the economic mazep

Both the global and UK economies underwent a period of uncertainty in 2001 and this is unlikely to abate in 2002. However, as David Thorp of ISIS Capital says, private equity is able to thrive in these conditions – managers just need to know how to spot the opportunities and exit when the time is right.

12 February 2002

The diversity of a public to privatep

There has been an increasing trend over the years for smaller, publicly listed companies to go private. Frustrated by low ratings, a lack of interest from institutional investors, and the cost of being a publicly traded company, managers of these companies are turning to the private equity market for some answers, says Ian McIntosh of Addleshaw Booth & Co.

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