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23 April 2002

LPs consider ‘cash-in and cash-out’ policyp

The GP and LP relationship has become rather heated of late, with many investors seeking new and raised terms from their fund managers. One key area is performance management. Carolina Braunschweig of Private Equity Week looks at the new proposals from the ILPA, which seek to abolish IRRs and offer instead a more transparent method of measuring performance.

23 April 2002

Israeli VC in fluxp

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 reportp

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 indexp

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 Finlandp

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 transactionsp

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.

16 April 2002

Performance record rivalling the USp

European private equity has provided excellent returns and can compare favourably with the US market. However, as Dominique Peninon, Agnes Nahum and Philippe Poggioli from Access Capital Partners argue, investors will only benefit from these if they can select the best managers.

16 April 2002

Venture capital’s sleeping reformp

The Australian government's approach to the venture capital industry has generally been positive for investors. Despite the current difficult economic climate, the legal and regulatory structure of the industry bodes well for the future, argues Niki Scevak of australia.internet.com.

16 April 2002

Venture capital’s sleeping reformp

The Australian government's approach to the venture capital industry has generally been positive for investors. Despite the current difficult economic climate, the legal and regulatory structure of the industry bodes well for the future, argues Niki Scevak of australia.internet.com.

16 April 2002

Private equity in Mexicop

The Mexican private equity industry is still in its infancy. As a result, its funds are largely foreign - and the majority are, predictably, from the US. Frank Schneider and Luis Videgaray, of Harvard University and Protego respectively, discuss the characteristics of the asset class in Mexico.

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