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27 March 2002

China permits foreign investors to establish venture capital companies in China $

Over the last three years, China has acknowledged that to sustain its high growth rate it must open its doors to foreign investment in venture capital funds. This in turn will allow the country to develop its technology and knowledge-focused industries. Lawyers at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey discuss the opening for foreign investors in China's venture capital market.

27 March 2002

Mergers & acquisitions in the Pharmaceutical sector 2001 $

The pharmaceutical sector appears to have remained buoyant while others continue to suffer a downward trend. Neal Ransome, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, assesses M&A activity in the sector for 2001 and discusses how the current trend is creating a ‘Big Biotech' sector to compete with ‘Big Pharma'.

27 March 2002

Privately placed closed-end funds for cross border investment from and into Germany $

Germany's closed-end funds, such as venture capital and buy-out funds, tend to attract foreign investment rather than capital commitments from its own domestic market. Reinhard Pollath and Andreas Rodin of P&P Pollath & Partners examine why Germany's business, tax and legal structures for such funds promotes this cross border investment trend.

26 March 2002

Effective exit strategies $

It may be a good time to invest now, but as Jon Moulton from Alchemy Partners says, private equity managers would do well to think about their exit strategies before they commit their cash. He points to some disturbing trends in the UK, mainly that the most common form of exit is receivership.

26 March 2002

Why primary and secondary funds of funds are still of key interest $

Investors in private equity funds have seen their returns plummet over the last couple of years and are understandably cautious at the moment. However, as Charles Soulignac of Fondinvest argues, primary and secondary funds of funds remain an effective vehicle – allowing investors to take advantage of private equity while still controlling risks.

26 March 2002

The Silicon Valley venture capital confidence survey, Q1 2002 $

Following one of the most dismal years for the venture capital community in nearly a decade, venture capitalists responding to the Silicon Valley venture capital confidence survey, conducted by Deloitte & Touche, have a positive outlook for the economy in 2002. For the first time since the survey's inception, the majority of respondents expect the overall economic climate to improve during the next six months, but see no return to the heady investment levels of 1999 and 2000.

26 March 2002

The Gresham Monitor $

The stasis of the last couple of quarters has led to pent up demand for financing from private equity firms, many of whom are still beating a discreet retreat from the embarrassment of failed technology investments during the late 1990s. As a result, merger and acquisition activity in the UK mid-market will improve significantly throughout 2002, according to this survey of UK managers by Gresham Trust.

26 March 2002

Time for the experience curve to take effect $

Successful private equity investing is dependent on experienced deal-makers but, says John Hartz of Inflexion, grey hair is scarce these days. Two-thirds of executives working in the asset class are of a high calibre but have less than five years' experience.

26 March 2002

3i Europe Barometer Q1, 2002 $

For the first time in two years, Europe's private companies signalled an increase in confidence, according to the 3i European barometer. The survey's index of optimism about the business, economic and political climate jumped to minus 64, compared with minus 109 in November.

25 March 2002

Cash flows from private equity investments are notoriously random. Doesn’t this make it hard for investors to maintain their allocations? $

A: From Stephen McCourt, Meketa Investment Group. Unlike public common stock investments, private equity partnerships are self-liquidating. Thus, if assets are committed to private equity in a single partnership, and if the lifetime of that partnership is ten years, then a fund will be liquidated back out of private equity within ten years.

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