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12 November 2002

Investing in life sciences – things for VCs to look out for $

Biotechnology has become the hottest topic around for private equity investors. Yet investing in the sector must not be undertaken lightly – especially in emerging markets. CMS McKenna discusses these issues for the Chinese venture capital industry.

12 November 2002

The Australian venture capital industry – developments and trends $

Australia has enjoyed a greater exposure to private equity in the last few years and has developed into one of the stronger markets in the Asian region. This report by Axiss Australia, a government initiative, charts the rise of private equity in the country and the trends that have shaped it today.

11 November 2002

Draft venture capital and private equity annex to the Money Laundering Guidance Note (July 2002) $

Since the 11 September tragedy more and more emphasis has been placed on the importance of anti-money laundering processes. It is important for financial institutions to ensure that there is no possibility they are inadvertently laundering money that may have been raised from crime and/or which will be used to fund terrorist activities. These draft guidelines, drawn up by a BVCA task force and awaiting approval by the Money Laundering Advisory Committee and HM Treasury, give useful procedures specifically for private equity houses to follow.

5 November 2002

Bollywood breaks loose $

Until recently, private equity firms have shied away from investing in the Indian media sector – it was heavily restricted by regulations on foreign investment and was an untidy and disorganised sector. VG Kulkarni of the Asian Venture Capital Journal discusses the sector's phenomenal growth and the opportunities now abounding.

5 November 2002

Disclosure obligations on take privates $

The UK's City Code on takeovers and mergers is intended to achieve a level playing field on which takeovers of public companies can be conducted. But recent changes to the code may be detrimental to private equity-backed take privates, argues SJ Berwin.

1 November 2002

Recent Trends in Private Equity $

The Japanese MBO market has grown rapidly in the past 18 months. As many Japanese companies are forced to undergo drastic restructuring and are spinning off non-core businesses, deal flow is extremely robust. Ross Kerley and Russell Taylor of PricewaterhouseCoopers give an overview of recent developments in Japan, which appear positive for the future of the private equity industry.

31 October 2002

Local/international allocations for Australian superannuation funds $

Australian private equity funds should be included in Australian pension fund allocations, argues Quay Partners in its fourth occasional research report. The long term prospects for Australian private equity funds are broadly similar to those for international funds, although there is a perceived lack of opportunity in the domestic market.

29 October 2002

Australian private equity confidence survey – Q3 2002 $

The Australian and New Zealand private equity community remain downbeat about the outlook for the operational environment over the next six months. But there is some cause for optimism. The volatility of the capital markets and global political tension may create an opportunity for private equity to dominate the funding of M&A activity. Deloitte & Touche's private equity confidence survey for Q3 2002 assesses the sentiments of venture capitalists for the coming six months.

29 October 2002

Nordic M&A activity $

In common with the global trend, the Nordic M&A market has suffered a decline over the last twelve months. Only private equity provided a glimmer of light in the surrounding gloom – it saw a modest increase in the number of deals done, when compared with the previous year, according to Dealogic.

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.

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