New AFIC/Ernst & Young Study on Business Growth and Private Equity Investment in France

November 5, 2008

The French national private equity association, the AFIC (l’Association Française des Investisseurs en Capital) and Ernst & Young have just released a study concerning how private equity effects business growth in France.  The study found that PE-backed firms outperform the national average as well as the CAC 40.  Here it is for your reading pleasure:

AFIC/Ernst & Young Growth Study for France – November 2008 (in French)

A side note to the AFIC in case anyone there is reading: you all really need to work on the English language version of your site.  I often get asked by people from all over the world for information, studies, reports, etc. in English concerning private equity in France.  There’s some great info on the AFIC site, but it’s all in French which limits the audience which is unfortunate.

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US Venture Capital Investment in Cleantech Sets Record High in Q2 2008

August 6, 2008

Ernst & Young has just released a report covering Q2 2008 numbers for U.S. venture capital investment in cleantech. For the quarter American VC investments in the sector were nearly $1B which is an increase of 41% from Q1 2008, and up 83% from a year earlier (not bad considering overall VC investment in the U.S. was down 8% in Q2 versus Q1). According to the Cleantech Group U.S. venture investment represented 74% of the global total, while European venture-backed investments accounted for 13%.