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28 April 2008

Capital gains: taxing timesp

In the US, obtaining long-term (over one year) capital gains treatment is a key objective for investors from a tax perspective. The maximum rate applicable to such gains is 15 per cent, compared to 35 per cent for ordinary income, plus any applicable state income taxes, writes Jim Smulkowski, a partner at law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman.

22 April 2008

M&A Executive Insights 2008p

2007 proved to be a year of two distinct halves for the US M&A market, especially in terms of overall deal value, according to this survey from Nixon Peabody and mergermarket. In the first six months of the year, transactions worth $846.8bn were undertaken in the US while the onset of the credit crunch in August weighed heavily against H2 figures – only $479.2bn of deals were completed during the period, just 57 per cent of total H1 value.

8 April 2008

District Court dismisses antitrust suit against private equity biddersp

In late February, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle dismissed an antitrust lawsuit against two private equity firms that jointly acquired a publicly traded corporation. In rejecting the claim that the agreement to jointly acquire the target was an unlawful restraint of trade in violation of US federal antitrust laws, the decision provides some clarification for private equity firms who desire to form bidding consortia to pursue acquisitions, writes law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

6 February 2008

Mid-Atlantic VCs Close Out 2007 on a High Notep

Investments were up and timeframes to close deals shortened in the fourth quarter, according to The Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA).

29 January 2008

American Jobs and the Impact of Private Equity Transactionsp

Strong job creation has been a hallmark of the American economy for a half century. From 1960 to 2006, American businesses expanded the U.S. private-sector workforce from some 46 million positions to more than 115 million, adding 12.7 million net new jobs in the 1960s, 15.9 million more jobs in the 1970s, another 15 million in 1980s, and an additional 20.6 million in the 1990s.

25 January 2008

2008 CFO Outlookp

In this year's CFO Outlook survey from Bank of America Business Capital, manufacturing CFOs see a strong economy today, but are cautious as they look ahead to 2008. Less than half of the CFOs surveyed predict the US economy will expand next year and less than a quarter believe it will outperform the world economy. However, a majority of CFOs believe the actions taken by the Federal Reserve Board over the past year have helped the economy and that there will be further rate cuts in 2008.

23 January 2008

Private equity funds: a look at the domestic marketp

Despite the political difficulties that arose in 2006, analysts nonetheless forecasted a 2007 characterized by stability and a favorable investment environment, and announced that Mexico would offer a good market for private equity funds in the coming years. This study, the second study prepared by Deloitte in collaboration with the Asociación Mexicana de Capital Privado, focuses on the level of activity of the private equity funds in Mexico during 2006, and their expectations for 2007.

23 January 2008

US venture capital investment climbs to $29.9bn in 2007p

Last year saw record investments in biopharmaceutical, medical device and energy companies, according to the Quarterly Venture Capital Report released by Dow Jones VentureSource. Web-related investments were also up.

10 January 2008

Recent securities law amendments may increase sponsor liquidityp

The SEC recently approved amendments to Rules 144 and 145 of the Securities Act of 1933. These amendments are expected to increase the liquidity of privately-placed securities for investors and therefore reduce the cost of this capital, write Amir Iliescu and Michael Szlamkowicz of Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

10 December 2007

Why specialised fund of funds focusing on US venture capital complement a private equity portfolio wellp

Fund of funds have become one of the most important LP groups in private equity funds. According to The 2007 Fund of Funds Review approximately 38 per cent of worldwide private equity assets are controlled by fund of funds. Smaller institutions having assets under management below $10bn are the most important customers of these fund of funds, writes Holger Seidel of BPE Fund Investors.

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