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24 September 2002

Overview of the venture capital markets in Canada and the US $

Although geographically Canada and the US could not be closer, their venture capital markets are fundamentally different. Industry Canada gives an overview of the Canadian and US venture capital markets and provides analyses of the trends in the two markets and the differences in their structure and performance.

17 September 2002

Money laundering prevention in the US $

With an increased focus on money laundering in the US the private equity industry now faces new regulations. Congress is now of the opinion that private equity funds could potentially act as financial havens for terrorists and thus the Patriot Act was passed in October 2001. Zini & Associates discuss the overall money laundering regulations in the US and explains the requirements of the Patriot Act for private equity firms in more detail.

10 September 2002

Structure of the venture capital market $

The Canadian venture capital landscape has historically been populated by labour-sponsored venture capital corporations that raise funds from small investors through the provision of government tax incentives. However, to survive the current economic climate, the industry must follow the US and begin to court the larger institutions, says the Small Business Policy Branch at Industry Canada.

10 September 2002

Potentially attractive and timely private equity opportunity: US high- yield CBO equity $

At a time of unpredictable public markets, investors are looking at alternative asset classes. R Todd Ruppert of T Rowe Price suggests that a high yield CBO equity investment may be one way to diversify a private equity portfolio and keep returns on track.

10 September 2002

PwC US Moneytree Survey Q2 2002 $

Venture capital investment continued its downward spiral in the second quarter of 2002. Total disbursements fell to $5.7bn, an 11 per cent decrease on the previous quarter, according to the latest PwC/Venture Economics/National Venture Capital Association Moneytree Survey Q2 2002.

27 August 2002

The state of the venture industry – where do we go from here? $

The state of the venture industry is currently not looking too good and, unless there is a dramatic turnaround, we could even see a negative figure for the net capital raised by venture funds in 2002. Robin A Painter of Testa, Hurwitz and Thibeault assesses the market and outlines what must be done in the industry to recover its lost ground.

3 July 2002

Canadian VC confidence survey $

Canadian venture capitalists are beginning to appear a little more upbeat about the future of the industry. The Canadian Venture Capital Association and Deloitte & Touche discover that investors are showing a renewed optimism in a struggling asset class.

2 July 2002

The impact of the internet on private investment funds in the US $

More and more investment institutions, including private equity funds and their advisers and placement agents, are using the internet to market funds to potential investors and to provide information to existing investors. Jeffrey Tabak of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP discusses the US federal securities law issues that are faced by funds, advisers and placement agents using the internet for fundraising, including the implication of liability for information placed on a web-site.

28 June 2002

2001 IPO market review $

The IPO market was sluggish throughout 2001 in the face of unreceptive capital markets, cautious investors and economic recession. The 91 IPOs in 2001 formed the lowest annual total since the 62 IPOs in 1979. With no IPOs between August and early October, September 2001 was the first month since 1975 without a single new offering. But what is the outlook for the rest of 2002, ask Hale & Dorr.

28 June 2002

Venture financing and the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act $

Venture capital investors should be aware that they may be required to comply with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 in venture financing transactions. Whether a particular transaction is subject to the Act will depend on the facts of the transaction. Richard Kimball of Hale & Dorr looks at the implications of the Act.

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