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27 September 2002

UK Private equity confidence survey Q3 2002 $

Despite some concerns over the economy, triggered by recent stock market volatility, venture capitalists are confident that deal activity will pick up over the next six months. Disposals of non-core subsidiaries are providing the biggest source of opportunities, says Deloitte & Touche in the Q3 UK private equity confidence survey.

27 September 2002

Brazil venture news $

Fundraising in Brazil took a dramatic downturn in 2001. The positive aspects, such as the removal of important restrictions for local institutional investors, were far outweighed by the negatives. The crisis in Argentina, the international macro-economic uncertainties, the performance of existing venture capital funds and the extended regulatory transition of the local pension funds industry all helped to accelerate the decline, according to Stratus Investimentos.

27 September 2002

Canadian M&A activity in the 12 month period to July 2002 $

The 12 months to July 2002 saw a considerable slowdown in M&A activity in Canada. Trends for the region tend to follow those shown on a global scale with telecommunications, the media and technology suffering the most. This survey from Dealogic examines the year for the Canadian M&A market and highlights the areas that are continuing to drive the market at this difficult time.

27 September 2002

Denmark: opportunity waiting to be seized $

The Danish venture capital industry is very much in its infancy but recent developments are ensuring that it becomes increasingly attractive to investors. Kim Forum Jacobsen of the Danish Growth Fund charts the country's rise and discusses its potential for future growth.

24 September 2002

Barclays Small Business Survey: Start-ups and closures Q2 2002 $

Uncertainty in global equity markets and the political outlook began to have a knock-on effect on entrepreneurial activity in the second quarter of 2002, according to the Barclays Small Business Survey. There was an 11 per cent drop in the number of start-ups from the same period last year. Some 110,000 businesses closed, ten per cent more than in the first quarter. The findings do represent a small grain of hope, though, as the percentage decline in start-ups is less marked than the same period last year. The levels of start-ups and closures in the UK provides an important insight into the level of opportunities for private equity firms in the current gloomy climate.

24 September 2002

Overview of the venture capital markets in Canada and the US $

Although geographically Canada and the US could not be closer, their venture capital markets are fundamentally different. Industry Canada gives an overview of the Canadian and US venture capital markets and provides analyses of the trends in the two markets and the differences in their structure and performance.

24 September 2002

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor New Zealand 2001 $

New Zealand's levels of entrepreneurial activity outstrip even those of the US, according to this Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report by the New Zealand Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This provides an excellent platform for growth in the country's fledgling private equity industry.

17 September 2002

Money laundering prevention in the US $

With an increased focus on money laundering in the US the private equity industry now faces new regulations. Congress is now of the opinion that private equity funds could potentially act as financial havens for terrorists and thus the Patriot Act was passed in October 2001. Zini & Associates discuss the overall money laundering regulations in the US and explains the requirements of the Patriot Act for private equity firms in more detail.

17 September 2002

Barclays Small Business Survey: Start-ups and Closures Q1 2002 $

The number of start-ups in the first quarter of the year was five per cent down on the same period last year, but the closure rate for firms under two years of age fell slightly. The entrepreneurial spirit is bearing up well though, as three per cent of the adult population of England and Wales said they were starting a business. The survey is an indicator of the health of the economy and of the flow of new investment opportunities.

17 September 2002

Barclays Small Business Survey: Start-ups and Closures Q4 2001 $

There were fewer start-ups and more closures in the final quarter of 2001 compared to the same period last year, according to the Barclays Small Business Survey. The survey concludes that the perceptions of a slowing economy and the deterioration in public markets were to blame for the lack of start-ups. The level of start-up activity provides a good indication of the health of venture capital deal flow – without a steady stream of new businesses, VCs may find their investment options limited.

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