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22 November 2002

Corporate reform hits home: Is there still a place for private equity fund managers on public company boards? $

The recently-enacted Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 will have a substantial impact on the fiduciary duties of independent directors of public companies. Rufus C King of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault points out the problems inherent in the new burdens for fund managers considering whether or not to remain on the boards of companies they have helped to go public.

28 October 2002

Camps face off on ‘transparency’ $

Following the disclosure of UTIMCO's private equity fund performance, the San José Mercury announced that it has filed a law suit in an attempt to force Calpers to do the same. Beth Healy of The Boston Globe wonders what the upshot will be.

16 October 2002

Risk capital – the venture capital market $

Venture capital has grown in popularity in Canada although it still remains firmly in the shadows of its neighbour, the US. However, this has also worked to its benefit, as the massive downturn felt by the US has not hit Canada so hard. This article by Strategis discusses the growth of the industry in Canada compared to the US

1 October 2002

Rethinking the aviation industry $

Can today's major carriers fly their way clear of the airline industry's problems? Only if they make concerted long-term efforts to improve their profitability by changing their fleet structures, their labor agreements, and their basic operating assumptions.

1 October 2002

Canada’s venture capital industry in Q2 2002: an overview $

The Canadian venture capital industry invested just CAN$416m in the second quarter of 2002, 69 per cent down on the same period in 2001. It is the first major contraction of Canadian venture investment since the bursting of the TMT bubble in 2000, according to Macdonald & Associates.

27 September 2002

Canadian M&A activity in the 12 month period to July 2002 $

The 12 months to July 2002 saw a considerable slowdown in M&A activity in Canada. Trends for the region tend to follow those shown on a global scale with telecommunications, the media and technology suffering the most. This survey from Dealogic examines the year for the Canadian M&A market and highlights the areas that are continuing to drive the market at this difficult time.

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

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.

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.

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