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17 June 2002

Distressed asset investment in Asia $

In addition to the more glamorous history of venture capital investments in technology-related enterprises, one of the roots of the private equity industry is in the less flashy but often more profitable area of investment in distressed assets. William Hay of Lovells looks at the opportunities available in Asia.

14 June 2002

‘PFIC’ means potential taxes on foreign investments $

US private equity funds and foreign private equity funds with US investors frequently invest in portfolio companies organised outside the United States. Among the many challenges faced by funds investing in foreign corporations, the US passive foreign investment company (PFIC) tax rules can have a significant impact on investment returns. William J Corcoran, Michael J Sutton of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault offer some guidance.

14 June 2002

Tax considerations in structuring US-based private equity funds $

When forming a US-based private equity fund, fund managers must address tax and other structuring issues. Patrick Fenn and David Goldstein of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld examine the investor-level tax issues that managers face when deciding which type of structure to use and in which jurisdiction the fund should be domiciled.

14 June 2002

To be or not to be . . . an SBIC $

Originally set up to expand the amount of capital available to US business, the SBIC structure has recently become popular among venture capitalists. The scheme may help VCs raise sufficient capital, but it does contain some pitfalls for fund managers and investors alike say Heather M Stone and Joseph A Hugg of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault.

14 June 2002

It may hurt your IRR $

Venture capital funds need to structure their business in accordance with the economic and legal environment in which they operate if they want to protect their IRRs. Failure to do so could affect the returns they distribute to investors. Erica Berthou, Peter Alhanko and Ulf Söderholm of Mannheimer Swartling look in particular at the situation in Sweden.

14 June 2002

Private equity in Spain 2001 $

The level of funding for Spanish private equity firms fell in 2001. They raised just E1bn, a 60 per cent drop from the E2.5bn figure recorded the year before, according to Jose Marti Pellon at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in association with the Spanish Venture Capital Association and the European Venture Capital Association.

14 June 2002

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor South Africa 2001 $

The key to improving levels of new business growth in South Africa is education, says this report for the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor. While not desperate - South Africa has average rates of entrepreneurial activity in international terms - there are concerns about the lack of a ready supply of entrepreneurs.

13 June 2002

Q1 2002 Money Tree Survey $

US venture capital investments continued their pattern of decline falling 24 per cent, to $6.2bn in the first quarter, according to figures released by PwC/Venture Economics and National Venture Capital Association MoneyTree Survey.

12 June 2002

Biotechnology in India $

Despite spanning several decades, the Indian biotechnology sector is limited when compared to the US and Europe. However, the country is making considerable investments in the sector through its government and venture capital funds. Utkarsh Palnitkar of Ernst & Young examines the growth of India's biotechnology sector and assesses what the future holds

6 June 2002

Micro lessons for Argentina $

Macroeconomic reform in Latin America has failed to promote sustained economic growth- a failure that has led to one financial crisis after another in Mexico, Brazil, and now, Argentina. Why? McKinsey's analysis of the Argentine economy reveals that barriers at the micro level are distorting competition, protecting outdated business practices, and holding back labour productivity and economic growth

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