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17 December 2002

UK Retailing $

The UK retail sector is highly fragmented, with about 200,000 retailing enterprises registered for VAT, according to Barclays Bank plc. The players have been operating in an increasingly competitive environment, although the sector remains healthy – the industry's output has risen at a much faster rate than total GDP growth over the last ten years.

11 December 2002

A prescription for building a venture capital industry in Brazil $

Brazil has slowly been opening its doors to venture capital since the mid 1990s. In the intervening years, the industry has become increasingly professional. Robert Binder of the Brazilian Venture Capital Association charts the rise of the industry in Brazil but argues that more must be done to ensure its future success.

10 December 2002

Underpricing of IPOs and the certification role of venture capitalists: evidence from Germany’s Neuer Markt $

Venture-backed companies that are underwritten by top banks are more likely to be underpriced than their non-venture-capital-backed counterparts, finds Tilo Kraus of the University of Warwick, in this study of Germany's Neuer Markt between 1997 and 2001.

10 December 2002

Venture capital update $

The Australian federal government has been making efforts to make the tax regime more favourable to the venture capital industry in recent months, points out Charles Mendel of Phillips Fox. The government has outlined tax concessions for foreign investors into Australian venture capital funds.

10 December 2002

PwC US Moneytree Survey Q3 2002 $

The third quarter brought no good news for the US venture community. Investment activity fell 26 per cent on the previous quarter to its lowest level for four years, according to the latest MoneyTree Survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers/Venture Economics/National Venture Capital Association.

4 December 2002

Venture capital firms: getting the right rights $

A recent Department of Labor advisory opinion has at last clarified the ways in which venture capital firms can avoid ERISA's strict fiduciary mandates. Legal firm Palmer & Dodge explains.

4 December 2002

UK management buy-outs Autumn Review 2002 $

After a slow start to 2002 with just £7.2bn recorded in the first half of the year, the third quarter has seen greater confidence in the UK buy-out market with a total of £5.5bn of buy-outs completed. Although this shows an uptick in the amount of capital invested, dealflow remained consistent with the previous two quarters with 145 deals made compared to 157 in Q2 and 140 in Q3, according to CMBOR.

2 December 2002

Private equity in the Nordic Region $

Relative to population size, the Nordic region has a large and rapidly developing private equity industry. In an overview of the market, Staffan Elmgren of Wassum Investment Network/NEN Advisors provides information essential for investors considering moving into the region.

2 December 2002

China notes $

China remains a conundrum to many foreign investors. But its vast size and rapid economic growth seem to indicate that China will be a source of rich opportunities for those private equity firms prepared to take the risk. In the July/August edition of China Notes, global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer gives an update on legal developments in China.

2 December 2002

2002 first semester Spanish private equity report $

According to José Martí of Web Capital Riesgo's latest report about private equity in Spain, total funds under management and investments decreased sharply in the first semester of 2002. The main figures are highlighted in the executive summary offered here.

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