India’s government has made promising signals about its willingness to engage the venture capital community. GPs are optimistic, but reservations remain about the details
Hong Kong is following in Singapore’s footsteps with the announcement of meaningful support for technology start-ups. Why is the government moving on the issue now, and what difference can it make?
With private equity’s traditional training tools coming under increased scrutiny, some are calling for standardized qualifications - before outside forces take matters out of the industry’s hands.
Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission has put forward guidelines intended to make the approvals process for PE-backed take-privates more transparent. Industry participants are cautiously optimistic
Environmental regulations in Asia are not keeping track with the needs of local markets. PE professionals say investors can take the lead in developing and enforcing necessary standards
Social and governance issues may not command the same level of attention as environmental factors, but GPs are nevertheless highly aware of their importance - before and after making an investment
The shareholder spat between Samsung and Elliott Management put Korea’s corporate governance shortfalls under the spotlight, but industry participants don’t expect to see the chaebol brought into line
There are various ways for PE investors to seek legal recourse against portfolio companies that have behaved improperly – provided they have structured deals properly and don’t mind getting their hands dirty
The fact that the US needs to improve much of its public infrastructure is undisputed. But the fragmented nature of the market and politicization of deals still leave private investors frustrated
With Chinese entrepreneurs considering domestic IPOs, foreign VCs face the prospect of having to sell off investments in restricted industries. But the trend can only be sustained as long as valuations remain high
Japan’s corporate governance code will not trigger a torrent of non-core divestments, but it may encourage boards to think strategically about how – and with whom – they can improve performance
India’s public markets are at record highs, but IPO activity remains lackluster. Investors want an overhaul of the listings approval process and a regulatory system that is suited to PE and VC-backed companies
Several large funding rounds – plus the birth of a new bank – have shown how far India’s microfinance institutions have come in just four years. But more is to come, and more VC backing will be required
Indonesia’s new president is still carrying goodwill from the investment community and has made some reassuring moves. Now investors are waiting to see if the new direction will pay off
The first full budget by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government was one of the most eagerly anticipated events for Indian private equity since last year’s election. Did it live up to the hype?
Plans to reinstate tax breaks for Australian start-ups that issue share options to staff rather than pay sizeable salaries has cheered VC investors. They are generally positive about the government role in fostering innovation
Many Asian managers are coming to terms with how the EU’s Alternative Investment Fund Managers’ Directive might impact their fundraising plans. Unfortunately the legislation remains difficult to fathom
China has proposed a new set of rules that would regulate the use of variable interest entity (VIE) structures that underpin VC investment in restricted industries. It is a positive sign but questions remain
Regulations proposed by the government for China’s National Social Security Fund include a provision that suggests the pension fund could invest in offshore private equity. But how soon?
Taiwan’s future success as a foreign investment – and a private equity – destination largely hinges on the future of its free trade relationships. But the territory must first manage its ties with mainland China
Innovation hubs have traditionally been defined by the size of their immediately addressable market. But with better access to capital, information and technology, some Asian jurisdictions are going global
China’s foreign exchange regulator has issued new rules simplifying the use of offshore special purpose vehicles for investment purposes. It’s good news for VCs but questions remain about implementation
Plans to open up Chinese infrastructure projects to the private participation are encouraging but not life-changing for PE investors who are already accustomed to operating in and around the state apparatus
The election of Narendra Modi has breathed new hope into India’s beleaguered economy, with private equity investors anticipating much-needed reforms. But the road to recovery is long and likely uneven