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6 June 2002

Structuring a venture capital transaction in Italy $

In the last ten years, the phenomenon of private equity has assumed previously unknown dimensions and importance for the Italian economy. As a result, the use of structures other than the pure and simple acquisition of the target's share capital has become more widespread. Paolo Montironi of Negri-Clementi, Toffoletto, Montironi & Soci look at the other options.

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analysis of the Argentine economy reveals that barriers at the micro level are distorting competition, protecting outdated business practices, and holding back labour productivity and economic growth

6 June 2002

3i UK Barometer Q2 2002 $

The 3i UK barometer makes encouraging reading for investors, signalling some hope that conditions will improve in the months ahead. Although still negative, the index is now at its highest level for over 18 months.

6 June 2002

German tax issues for private equity funds $

Private equity funds attracted the interest of the German tax administration when it turned out that significant gains were tax-free under the existing rules. Since then, a debate between the tax authorities, private equity companies and advisers has taken place, with the tax authorities wanting to lay down their principles on the treatment of private equity funds in a public ruling letter. Although the publication of this ruling letter has been postponed several times and only a draft letter has been issued at the time of writing, in this article Christoph Lorenz of KPMG illustrates some of the key issues involved in the debate.

31 May 2002

Australian private equity confidence survey Q1 2002 $

While the general feeling in the global VC industry is gloomy, Australia is managing to keep its head above the water and remain insulated from global trends. The Q1 Deloitte & Touche private equity confidence survey demonstrates that respondents are confident of riding out the storm.

31 May 2002

The past and future of venture capital and private equity $

The face of the Hungarian private equity industry, and that of Central and Eastern Europe in general, has changed considerably over the last few years. What does the future hold for the asset class in the region given the current troubled climate? Gabor Baranyai of the Hungarian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association puts forward his view.

31 May 2002

New anti-laundering legislation and regulations to create new compliance requirements for private equity funds $

As the last steel girder is removed from Ground Zero, the effects of 11 September are still felt across all industries. Here, PricewaterhouseCoopers discusses the impact of the USA Patriot Act on the private equity industry.

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.

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.

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.

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