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26 November 2002

The threat to enterprise Britain $

For the IPO to be a viable exit option in private equity, there has to be sufficient interest among institutions in investing in small quoted companies. But, say Jaffe Associates in this report commissioned by the Quoted Companies Alliance, trends in institutional investment over recent years show that SQCs are decreasing in popularity among investors.

26 November 2002

Total US venture capital report – Q3 2002 $

As with the previous quarter, total US venture capital funding in the third quarter 2002 continued to fall. Some 25 fewer companies raised financing rounds this quarter and there was a 35 per cent drop in the number of companies that raised $20m or more. Growthink's total US venture capital report gives an overview of the industry, highlighting the regions and sectors that have performed well this quarter.

26 November 2002

Anti money-laundering provisions $

Following months of uncertainty, the US Treasury department issued a proposed final rule on the USA Patriot Act in September that excludes certain private equity funds from the obligation to comply with the anti money-laundering requirements. Nixon Peabody explains the new proposal and what it means for private equity firms.

26 November 2002

Recent amendments to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act $

Anyone involved in mergers and acquisitions should take note of recent developments and amendments to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. The Act, originally passed in 1976, has undergone recent amendments that relax pre-merger filing requirements. Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe summarise the changes.

26 November 2002

People’s Republic of Capital $

China has been embracing Western-style capitalism with increasing enthusiasm in recent months, as evidenced by the recent formation of the China Venture Capital Association. Julie Landry of Red Herring discusses what the creation of this association will mean for the region.

26 November 2002

Irish companies seeking green – and help – from Valley firms $

Many fledgling internet and software companies from Ireland have begun to court US venture capitalists for funding, disillusioned with the state of the domestic market. But this is not the whole story. Chris Gaither of The Boston Globe discusses the importance of the connections that come with funding from the US.

25 November 2002

White paper on small and medium enterprises in Japan: a wake-up call to small business – building a self-sustaining enterprise $

Japan may not strike investors as particularly innovative at first glance. On top of the business culture, which is perceived to be unfriendly to start-ups and new businesses, the stagnant economy and apparent inability of the Japanese government to initiate reforms, have all put off foreign investors for some years. But in January 2001 a new ministry, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, was set up. This White Paper, the first to be published by the new ministry and written by Japan Small Business Research Institute, finds that conditions for small businesses and start-ups are gradually improving.

22 November 2002

Corporate reform hits home: Is there still a place for private equity fund managers on public company boards? $

The recently-enacted Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 will have a substantial impact on the fiduciary duties of independent directors of public companies. Rufus C King of Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault points out the problems inherent in the new burdens for fund managers considering whether or not to remain on the boards of companies they have helped to go public.

22 November 2002

A tune-up for China’s auto industry $

Global carmakers can not only manage their costs and capital better by contracting out the manufacture of whole vehicles to Chinese companies but also work their way toward an even more valuable endgame: building Chinese automakers into a global manufacturing resource.

22 November 2002

Is the liberalisation of the French energy sector gathering momentum? $

Deregulation is making the energy sector more attractive to investors all over the EU. In France, however, there are unique factors that have made liberalisation more difficult to implement. Dominique Brault of Coudert Brothers explains the issues and provides an overview of the situation in France, as well as the possibilities for the future.

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