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30 April 2002

An introduction to registration rights $

Exit strategy is one of the most important items on any private equity investor's checklist. Many investors, particularly in new economy investments, look to a US listing for this exit. But simply getting the initial listing of the target company in the US is only half the battle, says Andrew Ostrognai of Debevoise & Plimpton. The investor must also be able to register its shares for sale to the public after IPO - a process that can be complex and that needs to address a number of issues.

30 April 2002

China vs Japan: the race to create a market economy $

Japan's deteriorating economy is of great concern. If China stabilises its own economic climate and implements market reform it may well reap the benefits from Japan's current difficulties. Knowledge Wharton speaks to William Overholt, a senior fellow at the Harvard University Asia Centre, to discuss the future for these countries.

30 April 2002

Guidance for compliance with the USA PATRIOT Act $

On 26 October, 2001, President Bush passed the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act (PATRIOT). The act contains amendments to existing federal anti-money laundering (AML) law and now extends to venture capital funds and the firms that manage them. This guidance document issued by the NVCA discusses the new laws and reveals that those providing private equity firms with capital will find themselves under greater scrutiny in the future.

30 April 2002

Private equity comes into its own at last in SA $

Private equity is a relatively small asset class in South Africa both in relation to other traditional asset classes and compared to the size of the market elsewhere. There is an estimated R10-15bn currently invested with as many as 50 players. Marcia Klein from the Sunday Times newspaper in South Africa looks at the emerging market.

24 April 2002

I understand that there are moves in Europe to restrict the percentage that pension funds can allocate to private equity. Why is this? $

A: From SJ Berwin. A very large proportion of investment in European private equity comes from pension funds, and many hope that the allocations of pension funds in Europe will increase further in the coming years.

23 April 2002

Israeli VC in flux $

Are Israeli venture capitalists running out of cash? With few new domestic commitments to its VC players, Israel has become massively dependent on foreign capital, particularly from the US and Europe. However, as a result of a number of factors, including political instability and the technology downturn, this source of capital has begun to dry up. Elinor Arbel, managing editor of D&A Hi-Tech Information, examines the current state of venture capital fund-raising in the country.

23 April 2002

Total US private equity funding report $

The private equity market has finally begun to rebound, according to Growthink's annual report. For the first time in two years, there has been an increase in the number of companies receiving funding. But, the amount raised by these companies did decline, falling from $8.3bn in 2000 to $8.1bn last year.

23 April 2002

Mergers and acquisitions index $

Venture capital buyers are set to drive the Australian M&A market in 2002 in what will admittedly be a flat year overall. Ernst & Young's Mergers & Acquisitions Index explores the areas in which we are likely to see most activity over the months to come.

23 April 2002

State of the venture capital sector in Finland $

The Finnish venture capital industry has been one of fluctuating fortunes – as with most other countries the promise shown in late 2000 was shattered by the technology downturn and the IPO slump of 2001. Olavi Anko of the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Finland gives a historical overview of the market and examines its current status.

23 April 2002

Corporate decision-making in private equity transactions $

The traditional corporate decision making model of electing board members does not work so well in private equity investments, especially in Asian family-run businesses. Ian Johnson at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP reviews the most common issues, primarily from the perspective of a financial investor in an Asian company.

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