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
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
A nationwide extension of the relaxed foreign investment policies available in China's free trade zones should simplify a cumbersome deal-making environment. Wider sector openings, however, remain on hold
The Taiwan government is attempting to reconcile its conservative tendencies with a need for innovation as the local venture capital industry marks mixed progress in filling an early-stage vacuum
As regulatory pressure to increase fee transparency among US private equity funds ramps up, the industry will have to learn how to follow new rules, even as they’re being formed
Chinese interest in semiconductor assets has again put the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US under the spotlight. Not all deals get through, but corporate China is generally braver and better informed
The mixed ownership model that features in China’s latest push on state-owned enterprise reform sounds exciting in theory but some private equity investors must revise their expectations in practice
Recent changes to India’s double taxation agreement with Mauritius have brought welcome clarity to the country’s private equity investors, but are also likely to require changes to their business practices
India has unveiled significant changes to its e-commerce industry, allowing 100% foreign ownership of marketplaces but restricting these businesses control over pricing. Industry feedback is mixed
Changes to Indonesia’s “negative list” are expected to open up the country to more foreign investment, but private equity players will have to remember to tread cautiously
Indonesia’s government is serious about supporting VC investment, but regulatory inconsistency continues to slow development of the industry. Participants say engagement with major players is essential
The rapid growth of online finance technology has turned China into a hotbed for illegal fundraising, with local PE fund managers drawn into the mess. Can new regulation restore investor confidence?
Australia’s innovation agenda is intended to serve as the foundation stone of a technology-driven economy. Do the promises made to start-ups address areas where they want to see change?
The rapid descent of Dick Smith Electronics from a $500 million valuation to bankruptcy has led to sharp criticism of private equity. Once again, the industry must explain why it isn’t the bad guy
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