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19 March 2002

Foreign investors in venture capital funds exempt from Israeli tax $

In September 2001, Israel's Minister of Finance, in accordance with an agreement reached with the Israeli Venture Capital Association, announced that investors in Israel-based venture capital funds will not be subject to Israeli tax on fund gains. Law firm Dr Avi Alter & Co, looks at the impact these reforms will have on encouraging venture capital activity in the region.

15 March 2002

The managing directors of management buy-outs: a comparison with corporate executives $

As a number of companies come under pressure from banks or look to restructure, 2002 could well be a vintage year for private equity buyers looking to acquire quality businesses with strong management teams, say 3i and INSEAD.

12 March 2002

We have been told that funds of funds can help investors learn about the asset class. What can they teach us that we wouldn’t be able to learn on our own? $

A: From Timothy J Reynolds, general partner, von Braun & Schreiber Private Equity Partners. The simple answer is nothing. A fund of funds is merely doing already what you want to do – investing in private equity funds – and merely possesses already the knowledge and abilities that you need for success. Thus, before the learning question, you and your organisation should decide who is best suited to handle the professional private equity investor function – you, an external private equity professional or some combination of the two.

12 March 2002

Taxation of venture capital and private equity funds in Germany $

Taxation on Germany's private equity and venture capital funds will become more favourable to investors if proposals in a recent draft circular are brought into effect. Rather than treating funds as commercial partnerships, thereby making investment returns subject to taxation, the draft circular proposes that funds become tax-transparent, non-commercial vehicles. Goetz Wiese, John Walker and Jiyeon Lee-Lim explain the implications of the ‘safe harbour' intended to provide a comfort zone to fund investors and argue that its reach is far too limited.

12 March 2002

Portfolio construction $

In the early days of private equity investing, there were few choices open to limited partners. These days, the huge scope available to investors offers a great opportunity for diversification within the asset class. Gail Sweeney, Joe Taylor, Lisa Edgar, and Robert Eu of WR Hambrecht Asset Management explain how it is possible to develop a disciplined approach to building a portfolio of private equity partnerships.

12 March 2002

Secondary market in private equity – an asset class in expansion $

The private equity secondaries market has experienced dramatic growth in recent years and is set to rise more than five-fold in the next five years. Charles Soulignac of Fondinvest Capital discusses the fundamentals of this sub-sector of private equity and the reasons behind its projected growth.

12 March 2002

China’s first national foreign venture capital rules what they do and what needs to be done $

Restrictions on foreign investment in China's private companies have eased since the government established a set of rules on establishing foreign-invested venture capital enterprises. Jeffrey Wood and Richard Xu of Debevoise & Plimpton examine these ground-breaking rules that should attract foreign investors, but also suggest that they do not go far enough.

12 March 2002

Preferred stock and venture capital under the commercial companies code $

Poland's commercial companies code of September 2000 made important legal amendments that help make the country more attractive to investors. Eighteen months on, Zdzislaw Wieckowski of Hogan & Hartson LLP discusses the characteristics of preferred stock as a financial instrument for venture capitalists in Poland and argues that the commercial companies code needs a further amendment to fully benefit the VC industry.

11 March 2002

US private equity in 2001 $

Despite steep falls from 2000's levels, 2001 was the third best year in the history of US private equity in both total dollars raised and total dollars invested in companies. John Taylor, the vice president of the NVCA, looks at the year 2001, analysing developments and trends, asking what lies in store for 2002.

11 March 2002

Israeli venture capital funds raised and exits slowed dramatically in 2001 $

The Israeli venture capital market had a miserable year in 2001. The volume of funds raised, the value achieved on exits, and the amount of merger and acquisition activity among venture-backed firms all slowed dramatically. The latest figures from research centre Israel Venture Capital found that Israel-related venture capital funds and investment companies managed to raise just $1.4bn in 2001, a 64 per cent fall from 2000 and a 25 per cent fall from 1999.

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