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20 January 2012

Optimism over US VC growth checked by lack of seed stage capital $

dollar_lrg While US venture capital investment in 2011 reached the third highest annual investment total in the past ten years, investments into seed stage companies decreased 48 per cent in terms of dollars, new research has found.

16 November 2011

Canadian venture investment grows 51%

After a comparatively slow first half of 2011, venture capital market activity in Canada made gains in the third quarter, with particularly substantial year-over-year growth in dollars invested, new research has found.

2 November 2011

US private equity continues recovery $

Amidst a still challenging global macroeconomic environment, private equity and venture capital funds in the US continued to generate positive returns for their investors during the quarter ending 30 June 2011, the ninth consecutive quarter of positive earnings for each asset class.

5 October 2011

US exit market in recovery $

The US private equity lifecycle has neglected to focus on completely realising mature investments, according to the Private Equity Exits Report from PitchBook & Grant Thornton.

26 July 2011

US venture investments rise 19% to $7.5bn in 966 deals $

US venture capitalists invested $7.5bn in 966 deals in the second quarter of 2011. Quarterly venture capital investment activity increased 19 percent in terms of both dollars and the number of deals compared to the first quarter of 2011 when $6.3bn was invested in 814 deals.

22 July 2011

US venture investment levels dip in Q2 2011 $

US venture investors put $8bn into 776 deals during the second quarter of 2011, a five per cent decrease in investment and two per cent decrease in deals from the same period last year, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.

28 July 2009

US financial industry reform proposals would affect private equity and venture capital funds $

The Obama Administration’s proposal for comprehensive restructuring of the federal government’s supervision and regulation of the financial industry, announced by Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner on June 18, 2009, includes several proposals that, if adopted, would affect private pools of capital, including private equity funds, venture capital funds, and funds of funds, according to William E Kelly of law firm Nixon Peabody.

5 June 2009

Potential implications of the Obama Administration’s international tax reform proposals for US private equity firms $

The international tax reforms proposed by the Obama Administration on 4 May will pose challenges for private equity firms, and existing fund and portfolio company structures will need to be assessed under the new proposals. The proposed changes set forth a number of international tax reforms aimed at curbing perceived tax haven abuses and removing tax incentives the Administration believes are responsible for shifting jobs overseas. On 11 May, the Treasury Department released its “General Explanations of the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2010 Revenue Proposals,” commonly referred to as the Green Book due to the colour of its cover, providing more details on the Administration’s international tax reform proposals while adding new ones. However, neither the press release issued by the Administration nor the Green Book proposes transition rules for or grandfathering of existing arrangements that are impacted by the proposed changes, according to this report by Ernst & Young.

9 May 2008

Driving growth: how private equity investments strengthen American companies $

The private equity industry is as diverse as the hundreds of firms that manage private equity investment funds. But each of these investment firms has a common goal: seek out companies with the potential for growth and put in place the capital, talent and strategy needed to permanently strengthen the company and raise its value. How private equity firms accomplish that objective is the subject of this paper from the Private Equity Council.

9 May 2008

American jobs and the impact of private equity transactions $

Strong job creation has been a hallmark of the American economy for a half century. Many factors contribute to America’s strong job-creating performance, most notably robust economic growth. The most important element contributing to that growth is the way America’s markets work, especially the relative ease and speed with which they move labor as well as capital and expertise from enterprises using those resources ineffectively to others that put them to better use. Private equity funds can facilitate those shifts by taking over underperforming firms and reforming their operations, and acquiring healthy businesses and then injecting capital and management expertise to enable them to expand further, write Dr Robert J Shapiro of Sonecon and Dr Nam D Pham of NDP Group in this research paper from the Private Equity Council.

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