Vietnam’s state-owned enterprise (SOE) privatization initiative continues to produce investment opportunities, but private equity firms must be prepared for a hard sell when negotiating
Indonesia’s resources sector has proven a socially and politically tumultuous investment environment in recent years. GPs are monitoring the headline issues and maintaining long-term confidence
First Super, an Australian pension fund that represents workers in the timber, pulp and paper and furniture and joinery industries, has suspended its PE investment program over concerns about poor labor practices in portfolio companies.
Despite regulatory curbs on Chinese outbound investment, companies are still interested in M&A opportunities – and they are pursuing less high-profile assets with greater sophistication
Lorna Chen, partner and head of the Asia asset management and investment funds practice at Shearman & Sterling, discusses China outbound investment
The Australian government has proposed an amendment to foreign investment rules introduced in late 2015 that require some private equity firms to obtain regulatory approval when making a buyout.
Restrictions on outbound investment have China’s investor community scrambling to adapt, but devising a proper response depends on future decisions from notoriously opaque regulatory agencies
Australian regulators want greater consistency in how superannuation funds report costs and fees to members. While sound in principle, the draft measure is problematic in practice, especially for private equity
The collapse of a Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia-backed bid to acquire CNS from MBK Partners once again underlines the challenges facing buyout investors in Taiwan, on entry and exit
Singapore should make it easier for venture capital firms to establish themselves locally and take steps to attract more private equity investors to the country as part of efforts to fill the funding gap, a government-appointed panel has recommended.
Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia (MSPEA) and Far EasTone Telecommunications have withdrawn their bid for Taiwan cable TV operator China Network Systems (CNS) after the deal became bogged down by regulatory reviews.
India’s new Union Budget includes several measures intended to provide much-needed clarity related to tax burdens for investors in Indian companies including private equity funds.
Controls on capital outflows imposed by Beijing and concerns about a more aggressive trade policy out of Washington mean Chinese investment in the US is unlikely to match 2016's highs, but this is not necessarily bad for Chinese PE investors
Taiwan’s government has reiterated its openness to foreign investment, despite several notable private equity and M&A deals getting rejected by the regulators.
Hong Kong's regulatory approach can cause headaches for GPs, but the territory offers investors a number of advantages as well
India’s demonetization policy, which has seen the most commonly used banknotes removed from circulation as part of efforts to combat counterfeiting and black money, will hurt private equity in the short term, but the longer-term outlook for the industry...
India's demonetization policy means short-term headaches for private equity, but probably long-term gains
Hong Kong introduced legislation intended to give private equity investors greater tax certainty, but the implementation guidelines have moved it further from this goal. The implications could be wide-ranging
Singapore's move to strengthen its financial technology ecosystem underlines the importance of creating appropriate infrastructure and incentives for start-ups in the space
Singapore is promising to provide venture capital firms with streamlined approval processes and tailored incentives as part of efforts to develop the fundraising landscape for local start-ups.
As governments of Southeast Asia’s emerging economies look to create more workable VC policy environments, start-ups and investors have proliferated across a patchwork of imperfect systems
Since the dawn of the internet in the mid-1990s spurred a global rebalancing of economic power, Asia’s newest VC heavyweights have raised questions as to how this technology-driven shift will be governed
Hong Kong is the only major international center openly seeking to treat carried interest as income rather than capital gain for tax purposes. The private equity industry wants to know where it stands
Development has been inconsistent in Asia’s IPO markets, with frequent pacing issues and challenges unique to each region. But in the right hands, they can still be highly rewarding for PE investors