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3 July 2012

VC-backed IPO market stalls despite Facebook boost $

stocks2_lrg Venture-backed IPO activity marked its strongest quarter on record, by dollars raised, bolstered by the record-breaking offering from Facebook in May.

22 June 2012

US rallies with dollar increase in June’s M&A activity $

As in Europe, US M&A declined in May, although there was a ray of light as its announced dollar volume showed improvement for the second straight month.

22 June 2012

North America’s endowments stick with private equity $

doorway_lrg Despite the ongoing market constrictions, North American endowments have steadily increased their investment in private equity in recent years, in recognition of the asset class’s unique return characteristics.

20 June 2012

Opinions divided over fate of US IPOs in 2012 $

question_170sq There remains little agreement among capital markets executives at leading investment banks when asked to forecast US IPOs during the remainder of 2012, with opinions divided as to whether the number will remain flat, or experience either positive or negative growth.

18 May 2012

Venture capital: “The triumph of hope over experience” $

While the recent struggles of the venture capital industry will come as no surprise, a recent report from US endowment the Kauffmann Foundation highlights fundamental flaws in the model and calls for a complete rethink as to LPs' involvement in the asset class.

17 April 2012

Bank regulators tackle leveraged lending $

The recent joint guidance on leveraged lending activities looks set to lead to increased regulatory scrutiny on the availability and terms of financing to private equity firms and their portfolio companies.

16 April 2012

Communications sector to outpace wider US economy $

The US communications industry looks set to grow at an accelerated 5.6 per cent in 2012, outpacing wider GDP growth of 4.4 per cent.

12 April 2012

Established US VCs enjoy fundraising success in 2012 $

A familiar selection of high profile US venture firms made fundraising look easy in the first quarter, helping to push fundraising for the sector to $7bn across 47 funds in the first quarter.

5 April 2012

US venture-backed IPOs enjoy strongest quarter for 5 years $

US venture-backed IPO activity marked its strongest opening quarter - by number of issues and dollars raised- since the first quarter of 2007. Bolstered by increased stability in the broader US stock market indices, 19 venture-backed companies went public during this period, raising $1.5bn.

23 March 2012

US internet, digital media, software seed valuations on the up $

Valuations of US seed financings in internet, digital media and software companies grew year on year, illustrating the greater diversity of funding sources for seed investment.

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