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30 May 2002

Getting nowhere: private equity in China $

Just two years ago private equity was still a new concept in China. Despite this, China still experienced a new economy bubble, along with the rest of the world, before the 2000 Nasdaq crash. During that period entrepreneurs began to raise money for start-ups that presented ambitious but untested business models. By the time the Chinese market had begun to understand private equity, the frenzy was suddenly gone, says Jonathan Zhou of Fangda Partners.

30 May 2002

Turning public equity into private equity $

Germany's Takeover Act, introduced this year, provides a statutory framework for acquisitions. It could open the door to a string of public to private deals, says Markus Strelow of Ashurst Morris Crisp.

29 May 2002

Structuring investments in India $

Investments in India can often be subjected to heavy tax burdens. However, there are ways and means of overcoming this as an obstacle. Fred Greguras of Fenwick & West examines some of these means, including the use of a venture capital fund that is registered with the Securities and Exchange Board of India.

29 May 2002

Where is the money? $

Venture capital has come a long way since its early beginnings as a boutique industry. The boom of 1999/2000 has been quickly followed by a dramatic decline as the technology markets crashed and the IPO exit route became virtually non-existent. John F Ince of Upside assesses what the future may hold for the US venture capital industry.

28 May 2002

Brazil Venture News Q1 2002 $

Almost half of investment firms in Brazil are currently managed by international players. However, macroeconomic uncertainties and the September 11th attacks have slowed foreign activity in this region. This is according to the Stratus monthly newsletter.

27 May 2002

Private equity trends and developments $

As a relatively young industry, the Australian private equity market has not suffered as greatly in the general global downturn in early-stage investment. The last financial year saw the second highest ever level of private equity investment both in number and value. Kon Mellos and Nick Wormald of Freehills look at the developments to date.

27 May 2002

China gives preference to high-tech industries $

China has a stated policy of encouraging investment into high-tech industries and, as a result, a variety of special concessions are on offer to foreign investors. Yunfang Wendy Guo of KPMG seeks to help foreign investors understand and take advantage of these preferential policies.

23 May 2002

The impact of downturns on private equity vintages $

The events of 11th September all but halted private equity activity. This gave LPs and GPs alike the opportunity to prepare for a recession that seemed to be looming both in the US and in Europe. Lim Hock Tay of GIC Special Investments looks at the lessons learned from previous downturns and how private equity investments both suffered and managed to rebound.

21 May 2002

Pay your dues before, not after $

Until recently, investors in China found that the greatest barrier to the success of its venture capital industry lay in its limited opportunities for exit. However, as Chris Boddington of PricewaterhouseCoopers discusses, exit routes are becoming easier to identify and increased due diligence prior to investment is taking over as the stumbling block.

21 May 2002

Tough challenges of defined contribution $

One of the greatest threats to UK pension funds increasing their allocations to private equity is the gradual shift from defined benefit to defined contribution schemes. Brian Lim of Watson Wyatt explains why DC schemes will find it hard to invest in the asset class, but outlines some of the opportunities that may become available.

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