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27 September 2002

UK Private equity confidence survey Q3 2002 $

Despite some concerns over the economy, triggered by recent stock market volatility, venture capitalists are confident that deal activity will pick up over the next six months. Disposals of non-core subsidiaries are providing the biggest source of opportunities, says Deloitte & Touche in the Q3 UK private equity confidence survey.

27 September 2002

Brazil venture news $

Fundraising in Brazil took a dramatic downturn in 2001. The positive aspects, such as the removal of important restrictions for local institutional investors, were far outweighed by the negatives. The crisis in Argentina, the international macro-economic uncertainties, the performance of existing venture capital funds and the extended regulatory transition of the local pension funds industry all helped to accelerate the decline, according to Stratus Investimentos.

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.

27 September 2002

Denmark: opportunity waiting to be seized $

The Danish venture capital industry is very much in its infancy but recent developments are ensuring that it becomes increasingly attractive to investors. Kim Forum Jacobsen of the Danish Growth Fund charts the country's rise and discusses its potential for future growth.

27 September 2002

Finnish market comes of age $

A recent flurry of notable deals in Finland has raised the region's profile among private equity players. Jari Vikio and Paulus Hiden of Borenius & Kemppinen discuss the deals and describe the impact this has had on the industry.

27 September 2002

Brazil venture news $

There has been a continued global decrease in investments in the private equity industry in recent months. Stratus Investimentos highlights the most interesting figures and places Brazil within this context.

27 September 2002

Brazil venture news $

The first half of 2002 showed a marked decline in the Brazilian venture capital industry when compared with the previous year. But there are some positive signs with a natural selection process now occurring in the country, according to Stratus Investimentos. There are fewer funds, more experienced and committed teams, and possibly more deals.

24 September 2002

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor New Zealand 2001 $

New Zealand's levels of entrepreneurial activity outstrip even those of the US, according to this Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report by the New Zealand Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This provides an excellent platform for growth in the country's fledgling private equity industry.

24 September 2002

Barclays Small Business Survey: Start-ups and closures Q2 2002 $

Uncertainty in global equity markets and the political outlook began to have a knock-on effect on entrepreneurial activity in the second quarter of 2002, according to the Barclays Small Business Survey. There was an 11 per cent drop in the number of start-ups from the same period last year. Some 110,000 businesses closed, ten per cent more than in the first quarter. The findings do represent a small grain of hope, though, as the percentage decline in start-ups is less marked than the same period last year. The levels of start-ups and closures in the UK provides an important insight into the level of opportunities for private equity firms in the current gloomy climate.

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.

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