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8 May 2002

Venture capital in India $

The venture capital industry in India has grown dramatically in the last few years, even boasting its own ‘Silicon Valley' in the form of Bangalore. However, VCs and their investors recently lost a great deal of money when India's stock markets crashed. Michael J Ybarra of Upside argues that the industry is now characterised by massive risk-taking but that there are opportunities for some very substantial returns.

8 May 2002

US venture capital fundraising plummets in Q1 $

US private equity fund-raising suffered another dismal quarter in the first three months of the year, falling 56 per cent on the fourth quarter to just $2.2bn, according to figures from Venture Economics and the National Venture Capital Association. 44 funds managed to close in the first quarter, compared with 65 in the fourth.

8 May 2002

Private equity in Central and Eastern Europe $

Usually seen by most institutional investors as a risky investment, Central and Eastern Europe's venture capital industry has grown substantially in the last ten years. Kurt Geiger of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development charts the rise of the industry, the growth of its fund-raising efforts and the prospects for its future.

7 May 2002

First setback for Italian private equity market as investment levels fall $

The Italian private equity market suffered its first setback after a decade of stable growth. The amount of funds invested fell 26 per cent - to E2.185bn - in 2001. The number of deals also declined, falling 24 per cent from 646 in 2000 to 489 in 2001, according to AIFI, the Italian venture capital association, in collaboration with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

7 May 2002

3i UK Enterprise Barometer Q1 $

The two-year slide in confidence among venture-backed companies has halted, according to the 3i UK Barometer. The Index rose from -139 to -82. It had previously fallen for the last seven successive surveys. This increase has recovered the lost ground in the two preceding surveys, but still remains at a historically low level.

7 May 2002

Private equity and venture capital rules lack focus $

As the German private equity and venture capital investment market has grown, so has the demand for clear rules for the tax treatment of such investments. The recently published draft guidelines address some, but by no means all, of the open questions in connection with private equity and venture capital activities in Germany. Christian Ehlermann of Deloitte & Touche explains further.

30 April 2002

German tax reform – the never-ending story $

The German tax system continues to change, both as part of the formal ‘tax reform' process and a more wide ranging debate, with substantial implications for private equity in each case. It is clear that this will remain an area that is of key interest, with opportunities as well as risks for the German private equity industry, say Uwe Schimmelschmidt and Christopher Kellett of Clifford Chance Pünder.

30 April 2002

The resilience of Australia’s VC industry $

Venture capitalists in Australia are often the subject of unjustified criticism. Entrepreneurs find them too wary of making investments while institutional investors are concerned that they are too risky. Worth Noting, a publication by L21, compares the Australian VC industry with that of the US and concludes that, contrary to popular opinion, the Australian VC industry is making great progress.

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.

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