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11 August 2005

M&A Roundup: U.S. & Europe, First Quarter, 2005 $

US dealmakers were left scratching their heads after a first quarter that failed to live up to market expectations, says FactSet Mergerstat. Despite early predictions of a big start to 2005 acquisition activity, dealflow fell back to the sluggish levels of recession-era 2002 and 2003. New announcements reached just 1,986 for the quarter, versus 2,366 in the fourth quarter of last year and 2,574 in the first quarter of last year.

4 August 2005

Accessing US private equity by European institutional investors $

European interest in private equity is increasing and the United States remains a significant target for investment from Europe. In particular the more entrepreneurial segments of the US market appeal to European investors, while in the European markets investors prefer larger buy-out transactions, Cécile Krikke-Fritz's research shows.

20 July 2005

Securities and Exchange Commission adopts final rule requiring advisers to private funds to register as investment advisers $

Last year the US Securities and Exchange Commission voted three to two to adopt a final rule requiring advisers to private funds to register as investment advisers under the Investment Advisers Act, says Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

20 July 2005

Value of US IPO activity weakens in second quarter of 2005 $

The number of IPOs on US exchanges rose to 54 in the second quarter from 43 in the first, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers US IPO Watch, a survey of IPO activity in the US. However, proceeds fell to $9.3bn from $10.8bn in the first quarter, as average deal size declined. Second quarter results also reflect a decline from last year, when 63 IPOs raised a total of $12.4bn.

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.

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