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30 July 2002

Management buy-outs in Asia $

Management buy-outs are a prominent feature of the global private equity market, especially in the US, the UK and parts of Europe. They have also showed signs of taking hold in Asia but they have not yet fulfilled expectations in the region. CMS Cameron McKenna gives an overview of management buy-outs and assesses the benefits that they could bring to the Asian market.

23 July 2002

Greater China regional venture capital survey 2002 $

China's venture capital industry is undergoing development and is showing some very positive signs. The second Greater China regional venture capital survey from CMS Cameron McKenna reflects some interesting trends in the market and demonstrates the potential that China offers for this year and next.

23 July 2002

How the German foreign investment act applies to foreign private equity funds $

When marketing foreign funds to German investors, one of the first barriers is the foreign investment act (FIA). Alexander Vogts and Benedikt Weiser of Linklaters & Alliance discuss the effects of the act on foreign private equity funds and how such funds can avoid its application.

23 July 2002

Money for Growth – an Irish perspective $

Private equity is set to undergo a period of consolidation as firms look to keep their current portfolio companies afloat. VCs in Ireland must now ask themselves whether they have the skill sets required to carry out the necessary in-depth analysis of their portfolio companies, according to the Money for Growth survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

16 July 2002

Regulation of mergers and acquisitions in the Hong Kong telecoms sector $

On 15 May 2002, a bill intended to regulate mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications market was presented to the legislative council in Hong Kong. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer discusses the new regulations and the effects they may have.

8 July 2002

Privates on parade $

The UK government, led by the findings of the Myners Review into institutional investment, is seeking to encourage investors to look at private equity. While it's still too early to tell whether the review has had much impact, there are moves by some pension funds that suggest an increasing interest in the asset class, says James Thomas of Pensions World.

8 July 2002

M&A in Japan $

M&A activity in Japan has increased dramatically in recent months. Management buy-outs, the foreign acquisition of ailing Japanese companies and hostile take-overs have all seen their numbers rise although Japanese companies, often backed by private equity firms, show a strong preference for MBOs above hostile take-overs, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer discusses.

8 July 2002

Legal challenges confronting private capital investors in Mexico $

The Mexican economy is going through a process of deregulation. It's a process that could create a good environment for private equity investing. There are, however, still a number of legal stumbling blocks that private equity investors should be aware of, say Samuel García-Cuéllar and Jean Michel Enriquez of Creel García-Cuéllar y Müggenburg.

8 July 2002

The China syndrome $

China's entry to the World Trade Organisation will bring about some massive changes – many of them to the overseas investor's benefit. Its private equity pool has grown to over $24bn and its government is eager to promote the industry. However, as David Leidl of the AVCJ discusses, while offering a multitude of benefits, investors must also be cautious of the inevitable pitfalls.

8 July 2002

Russian issuers return to the international capital markets $

For one of the first times since the August 1998 financial crisis, Russian issuers are finding that the windows to international capital markets are opening again, say Robert Langer and Marc Gold at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. In addition, a number of Russian companies have been raising debt financing in the Russian Federation. While it is too early to forecast any trends, there are positive signs that Russia is beginning to pick itself up off the floor.

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