Professor Sophie Manigart participates in hearing at European Parliament

On 20 March 2012 Sophie Manigart (Professor of Corporate Finance at Vlerick Business School) participated as an expert in a public hearing on EU Venture Capital Funds and EU Social Entrepreneurship Funds at the European Parliament. The hearing was organised by the Chair of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON).

She shared her insights on the proposal of European Venture Capital Funds with the ECON Committee members followed by a questions and answers session. The objective of the was to examine whether the regime proposed by the Commission is appropriate and sufficient to boost the European venture capital industry and thus to enhance SMEs' access to equity finance. A second objective was to evaluate how the regime would be implemented in practice.

Sophie Manigart: “I am very honoured that the European Parliament has invited me to share my views on the new proposal on “European Venture Capital Funds” as an expert, based upon my 20+ years of research on venture capital in Europe and my dealings with the venture capital industry. Participating in the public hearing, and thereby contributing to EU decision making, was an interesting experience. The proposal was well prepared by the Directorate General, and I was impressed by the level of discussion we had with the members of parliament. I hope that my contribution will help to develop a stronger proposal.

The written statement of this hearing has been circulated to the Members of the European Parliament and is published online.
The record of the hearing can be found online as well.

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