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24 October 2005

Canadian pension funds: new freedom to address a familiar problem $

Strong asset growth over the past year has helped raise the average funding ratio of Canada’s pension plans. However, under-funding remains the most pressing problem facing Canadian pension fund LPs, according to new research from Greenwich Associates.

4 October 2005

The US private equity market $

A historic perspective on US private equity together with views on the importance of manager selection and on portfolio construction are what Chris P. Welch discusses in his presentation.

27 September 2005

US venture-backed valuations climb to $15.6 million in second quarter $

Fueled by continuing investor interest in late-stage technology companies, valuations of U.S. venture-backed companies hit their highest point in four years in the second quarter. Overall, the median premoney valuation rose to $15.6 million in the quarter, an increase of $2.1 million over the same period a year ago, according to VentureOne.

26 September 2005

Executing a privately-held business succession plan with a leveraged recapitalisation $

With the rise in valuations for many middle-market companies in recent years, owners of privately-held businesses are once again confronting the decision of whether or not to sell. Owners who are not ready to retire completely, but want to unlock the value of the equity they have built in their business have alternatives, says Bank of America Business Capital.

21 September 2005

US leveraged buyouts of Canadian targets: Effective structuring isn’t just for billion-dollar deals $

Non-Canadian residents have acquired Canadian corporations by incorporating a Canadian acquisition corporation (CanAcquireco) in a Canadian jurisdiction and funding it by way of interest-bearing debt and equity on a 2:1 basis to comply with Canadian thin capital rules, say Corrado Cardarelli and Stephen Donovan from Torys LLP.

21 September 2005

Staying out of the courthouse $

These are good times for private equity sponsors. Interest rates remain relatively low, says Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Credit is generally easy to obtain and leverage multiples are high. The press talks of quick flips and large profits for private equity sponsors rather than of troubled investments. Bankruptcy filings are down significantly from a few years ago.

7 September 2005

Private Equity Alert $

This Nixon Peabody Alert discusses recent amendments to the US laws affecting Delaware alternative entities, including those formed under the Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act, the Limited Liability Company Act and the Revised Uniform Partnership Act.

31 August 2005

Third Annual US Middle Market Private Equity Survey $

This survey from RW Baird measures the climate of the US private equity community, gains an overview of their portfolio composition, assesses the impact of the current market environment on their investing activity and gathers their perspectives on the outlook for M&A activity in 2005.

31 August 2005

Leveraging the US Earnings Repatriation Tax Incentive $

There are a number of issues that need to be addressed by private equity houses and their portfolio firms before determining whether repatriation of foreign earnings at a deeply discounted tax rate is an optimal business strategy, says Bank of America Business Capital.

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.

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