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1 February 2002

One step forward… $

Germany's recent tax reforms will cause a surge in European M&A and buy-out activity – eventually. But in their current form they will also affect investors and the private equity industry in some rather unfortunate ways, says SJ Berwin

1 February 2002

Canadian budget 2001 $

The latest federal budget, in Canada made changes to its rules on limited partnerships and amended the Income Tax Act to encourage more venture capital financing from domestic and foreign investors.

30 January 2002

Selection of private equity fund of funds – managers: a few clues $

Private equity's ‘euphoria' period of 1995-2000 has given way to a downturn in the industry as investors face a slowdown on stock markets and have less capital to commit to the asset class. Charles Soulignac of Fondinvest Capital documents the rise in fund of funds activity and suggests some fundamental points when selecting a fund of funds manager.

28 January 2002

What happened to Israeli high tech in the l990s? $

It is high time that Israeli high tech returned to its roots and began to serve, once again, the Israeli public and the national economy, rather than small groups of foreign investors and their local partners, says Joel Bainerman of Israel Technology.

28 January 2002

Renewed emphasis on the value of IP – it’s back to basics $

The plummet in valuations of technology start-ups over the last year has led many VC firms to reassess their investment criteria. Michael Kagnoff and John Benassi of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP discuss the importance of a solid intellectual property rights strategy for companies seeking future rounds of financing.

28 January 2002

Securities regulation in the new economy $

The gradual and prolonged development of the venture capital industry throughout the 1990s created a unique investment infrastructure which was to play a central role in the recent ‘tech boom'. However, as Warren Scott and Anthony O'Hea of Coudert Brothers argue, VCs' rush to IPO with their investments and the lack of pervasive action from the securities regulators led to the ‘tech wreck' of 2001.

28 January 2002

Cautious optimism from Canadian venture capitalists $

Venture capital investments may have been down in the third quarter relative to the same period of 2000, but Canadian VCs are cautiously positive, says this survey from Deloitte & Touche and the Canadian Venture Capital Association.

28 January 2002

Performing manager due diligence and monitoring performance and risk $

Due diligence on prospective fund managers is an essential process for investors before committing to a private equity fund. This presentation from Hewitt Investment Group offers some guidance on which areas to investigate in alternative investments.

28 January 2002

UK private equity exit market $

In the current difficult climate, many UK private equity houses are considering their exit options - and wondering where they will come from and when. Graeme Shankland at the Bank of Scotland looks at the buy-out exit market as a whole and the state of individual exit routes.

28 January 2002

Investor report: Views on the German market from private and institutional investors $

After a period of strong growth in the 1990s, the private equity and venture capital sector in Germany is beginning to enter a phase of consolidation, according to this report from Golding Capital Partners. Confronted with the current challenging economic and political environment, investors have become even more demanding in selecting only the more experienced fund managers. And nowadays only the best business plans are able to convince investors to commit capital.

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