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28 June 2002

2001 IPO market review $

The IPO market was sluggish throughout 2001 in the face of unreceptive capital markets, cautious investors and economic recession. The 91 IPOs in 2001 formed the lowest annual total since the 62 IPOs in 1979. With no IPOs between August and early October, September 2001 was the first month since 1975 without a single new offering. But what is the outlook for the rest of 2002, ask Hale & Dorr.

28 June 2002

Venturing in China’s internet market $

The Chinese government now actively promotes the internet, and e-commerce in particular, say Yongfu Li and Aili Zhao of Cameron McKenna. It recognises the technology as a way of improving efficiency and sharpening the competitive edge of companies, particularly state-owned enterprises. In addition to government encouragement, investors can expect rapid expansion in the sector, with turnover increasing from $94.6m to $1.2bn over the coming year.

28 June 2002

Venture financing and the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act $

Venture capital investors should be aware that they may be required to comply with the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 in venture financing transactions. Whether a particular transaction is subject to the Act will depend on the facts of the transaction. Richard Kimball of Hale & Dorr looks at the implications of the Act.

28 June 2002

Venture capital outlook in New Zealand $

New Zealand's venture capital industry has grown rapidly in recent years from a low base. While 2001 was a grim year for the venture capital industry worldwide, as venture capitalists concentrated on shoring up existing investments with no hope of exiting in the short term through the IPO markets, the sector in New Zealand approached 2002 with some cause for optimism. Andrew Lewis and Shelley Cave of Simpson Grierson look at the opportunities in New Zealand.

28 June 2002

Private equity investment in Mexico $

For Mexican companies, private equity investment often represents an attractive source of capital. Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw provides an overview of the Mexican market for investors looking to commit outside the more traditional US and European markets.

27 June 2002

The Nordic life sciences investment opportunity $

The Nordic region is home to approximately 22 per cent of all European entrepreneurial life sciences companies. As a result, there is a substantial need for capital and experienced management teams in the immediate future says Leif Helth Jensen of Danske Life Science.

27 June 2002

An overview of the Austrian market $

Compared to other European markets, the Austrian private equity market is still very small and underdeveloped. Nevertheless, it has taken a sharp upturn in recent times. In Austria, the funds made available for investment have increased significantly from E1m in 1995 to E163m in 2000 - a record year so far. Government incentives, such as federal guarantees, have begun to take effect with the result that private equity is becoming increasingly important. Stefan Weber of Saxinger Chalupsky Weber & Partners looks at recent developments.

26 June 2002

Suitable vehicles $

After the enthusiasm shown by Paul Myners over private equity as an asset class, UK pension funds are now increasingly attracted to it. However, Mark Frary of Pensions Age argues that institutional investors must carefully select their private equity managers if they are to enjoy high returns.

25 June 2002

The middle kingdom beckons $

With China's recent accession into the World Trade Organisation, barriers to trade and investment have all but vanished. VG Kulkarni of the Asian Venture Capital Journal discusses the rise of private equity in the country and examines some of the remaining hurdles.

25 June 2002

US: Focus on fundamentals $

Nowhere has the global rise of the biotechnology sector been more apparent than in the US. Indeed, investors are now positively embracing the sector. Scott Morrison of Ernst & Young addresses the rise of life sciences and discusses what the future may hold.

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