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2 July 2002

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor – India $

India's culture, with its social organisation, is often identified as the reason for the country's slow rate of economic development and low level of entrepreneurial activity. This study commissioned by the Global Enterprise Monitor and conducted by the Indian Institute of Management looks at what steps must be taken to foster a spirit of entrepreneurship.

2 July 2002

The impact of the internet on private investment funds in the US $

More and more investment institutions, including private equity funds and their advisers and placement agents, are using the internet to market funds to potential investors and to provide information to existing investors. Jeffrey Tabak of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP discusses the US federal securities law issues that are faced by funds, advisers and placement agents using the internet for fundraising, including the implication of liability for information placed on a web-site.

2 July 2002

Finland’s venture capital market in 2002: An overview $

Both the European and US venture capital industries are in the midst of a period of self-evaluation after the overheated years of 1999 and 2000. Both general and limited partners have been forced to look in the mirror and figure out what happened and why. The past few years saw expectations and valuations rise to levels no longer met by the demands of the current marketplace and, after this joyride, 2001 was about little more than survival for many companies. Pekka Lehtinen and Heikki Jaatinen at Castrén & Snellman consider the impact this environment will have on the private equity industry in Finland.

2 July 2002

The current investment opportunity $

The economic slowdown in Europe has not been of the same magnitude as that in the US. Debt availability in Europe has been greater than in the US, though it is more restricted than in the past, and the fundamental opportunities in Europe remain the same. Rajveer Ranawat of AIG Global Investment examines where some of the brighter areas lie.

2 July 2002

Impact of recent legislative developments on private equity investments in Brazil $

Venture capital investment relies strongly on the quality of rights of minority shareholders of the target company and the quality of corporate governance standards as a whole. The easier the enforceability of shareholders' rights, the more transparent the management of the company will be and the friendlier the environment for private equity investments. Augusto Cesar Barbosa de Souza of Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro examine how far Brazil has developed laws to encourage foreign investment.

2 July 2002

Asia’s Silicon Valley $

Is the Silicon Valley experience transferable to Asia? Many of the panellists in this discussion agree that it is, but that there are plenty of improvements needed first – deregulation, improved education and greater encouraged for entrepreneurs were all cited.

2 July 2002

Overview of foreign investment in Korea $

Lawyers from Korean law firm Kim & Chang discuss the regulatory regimes and considerations for overseas investors in Korea. There are various structures available that should be considered before making any investment.

2 July 2002

Winning strategies for private equity in Spain $

The private equity market in Spain is raising its profile as it develops into a high-return market. If the market is to continue its success, however, it must learn a few lessons from the US model, says Jose Antonio Marco of Web Capital Riesgo. Only then can investors in the region fully understand and exploit the opportunities that are slowly evolving.

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.

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