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4 July 2005

2005 CFO Outlook survey $

Despite a less sanguine outlook for the US manufacturing sector, CFOs appear to see growth opportunities for their individual companies. Twenty-three percent of manufacturing company CFOs expect to participate in a merger or acquisition in 2005, up sharply from 14% in the 2004 CFO Outlook, says Bank of America Business Capital.

7 June 2005

NASD enforcement actions target private investment fund sales literature $

In three recent enforcement actions in the USA, the NASD has made it clear that it intends to scrutinize the use of member sales materials even when only disseminated in private placement transactions to sophisticated and high net worth clients, say Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

1 June 2005

2004 Review of venture capital investment activity in Canada $

Capital invested by Canada’s venture capital industry increased slightly in 2004 however, funds raised by the industry declined in 2004 according to the industry’s annual statistics report of 150 venture capital investment firms released today by the CVCA and research partner Macdonald & Associates.

27 April 2005

MoneyTree Survey: Q1 2005 $

US venture capitalists invested US$4.6 billion in 674 companies in the first quarter of 2005, according to the MoneyTree Survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, Thomson Venture Economics and the National Venture Capital Association. Funding was below Q4 2004 of US$5.4 billion, but matched Q3 2004 of US$4.6 billion. Over the past two years, quarterly investing has floated between US$4.4 billion and US$5.9 billion.

19 April 2005

DealMaker’s Survey $

Following an active 2004 for mergers and acquisitions, a survey of 1803 dealmakers by Thomson Financial and the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) finds them even more bullish about the current climate and prospects for M&A in 2005.

12 April 2005

Mid-Atlantic VCs Indicate Improving Investment Climate $

Year-end data released by the Mid-Atlantic Venture Association illustrates an improving market for venture investment in the mid-Atlantic region. Coming off an active investment quarter in Q4 2004, VCs forecast an even stronger investment period in the first quarter of 2005.

12 April 2005

US Venture-Backed M&A Valuations Nearly Doubled In 2004 $

The venture-backed mergers and acquisitions market in the USA experienced a rebound in activity in 2004 after three years of steady decline, according to Thomson Venture Economics and the National Venture Capital Association.

29 March 2005

Section 754 survey $

NYPPE has conducted a survey among private equity partnerships, legal and tax advisors as to their best practices for implementing the recently enacted US tax legislation referred to as Section 754.

9 March 2005

US 2004 venture-backed IPO activity exceeded prior three years combined $

Twenty-seven venture-backed companies raised $2.99 billion through Initial Public Offerings in the fourth quarter of 2004 marking the third consecutive quarter of more than twenty IPOs and the fourth consecutive quarter with at least $2.0 billion in total offerings, according to Thomson Venture Economics and the National Venture Capital Association.

22 February 2005

The U.S. patent game: how to change it $

Entrepreneurs and venture capital firms are paying too high a price in the current US patent system, say economists Adam B. Jaffe and Josh Lerner. They describe what's wrong, and shine a light on ways to fix the system too, in this HBS Working Knowledge article.

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