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20 November 2002

Iberian M&A Activity $

At a time when virtually every other region in the world has experienced some sort of decline in M&A activity, the Iberian Peninsula has bucked the trend and shown an increase in the 12 months to September 2002 on the previous year. Dealogic gives an overview of the M&A market in Spain and Portugal and offers some insights into what the immediate future may hold.

20 November 2002

Is Asia exciting European investor interest? $

European investors have been much slower at entering into the Asian venture capital market than their counterparts in the US. Yet their interest is mounting, particularly in China and Japan. David Porter of the AVCJ argues that European investors could miss out on a wealth of opportunities if they don't act soon.

20 November 2002

Private equity investing under Russia’s amended law on joint stock companies $

After suffering a disastrous financial crisis three years ago, Russia has bounced back and last year it was one of the best performing markets. The uptick in the market has led to avenues opening up for venture capitalists. Robert E Langer, Marc E Gold and Mark A Stoleson of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld discuss how a new amendment to the law on joint stock companies will affect the venture capital industry in Russia.

18 November 2002

Swedish biopharma at large – what next? $

Sweden has a rapidly expanding biotechnology sector that presently ranks fourth in Europe after Germany, UK and France. BioSeeker Group provides a useful update on the subdivision of the sector known as biopharma with a focus on Sweden.

18 November 2002

How to achieve high IRRs in the current economic climate $

The French private equity market has grown substantially in recent years. But, says Dominique Gaillard of AXA Private Equity, with increasing numbers of ‘Anglo-Saxon' private equity houses eager to get into the French market, the fight for deal making is tougher than ever.

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.

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.

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.

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