New Index Ranks Country Attractiveness for Private Equity Investing

November 24, 2009 ( - IESE Business School's International Center for Finance Research, in collaboration with Ernst & Young, has developed a broad international index which measures countries' attractiveness to investors in venture capital (VC) and private equity (PE) limited partnerships.

Sixty-six countries, spanning six continents, were included in the survey, according to a press release. The index is based on six key criteria that investors cite as most important: economic activity; the depth of capital markets; taxation; investor protection and corporate governance; the human and social environment; and entrepreneurial culture and opportunities.

Countries that fared well in the ranking excelled in enhancing “competition, openness and professionalism” within their borders, said IESE Professor Heinrich Liechtenstein, in the announcment.

The top 10 ranked countries are:

  1. United States
  2. Canada
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Australia
  5. Hong Kong
  6. Singapore
  7. Japan
  8. Switzerland
  9. Netherlands
  10. Germany

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