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Private Equity Comment

Bring it on: UK private equity supports enhanced disclosure under the Walker Guidelines

The British private equity community has declared itself willing to take on enhanced disclosure requirements on a par with the latest rules for listed companies in its response to the GMG's recent consultation on the Walker Guidelines.
Marketing non-EU funds to EU investors - is there light at the end of the tunnel?

In theory, the main benefit to the industry which was delivered by AIFMD is a “passport” which allows EU-based fund managers to manage or market their EU-based funds across the EU. In practice, this "passport" might not be as straightforward as policy-makers in Brussels would have you believe.

A new start for Europe?

With the seemingly endless list of new and updated rules for the world of financial services at a European level over the past few years, has the recent change in personnel in key EU posts signalled a new start for Europe?

The increasing importance of defined contribution pension schemes

An increasingly important pool of capital now resides in “defined contribution" pension schemes and private equity managers are looking at ways to access it by dealing with the regulatory and practical hurdles that must be overcome.

The EU's Energy Efficiency Directive: more red tape for private equity firms, or a genuine opportunity?

The EU's Energy Efficiency Directive requires all “large enterprises” to carry out an energy audit at least every four years. Private equity firms may find that small companies are required to comply with the rule, being part of a private equity fund’s wider “group”.

The debate over tax deductability

The OECD’s Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (“BEPS”) may have some additional impacts for the European private equity industry.

BVCA finalises standard form venture capital documents

The BVCA has re-launched its suite of documents for venture capital deals, with the aim of reducing the time and costs involved in Series A investment rounds by professional investors.

European Commission moves closer to targeting minority shareholders

European Commission moves closer to reform which could enable Commission to review acquisitions of non-controlling minority shareholdings.

New tax information exchange rules include helpful clarifications

Most people in the European private equity community are now familiar with the acronym FATCA and its extra-territorial reach and associated burden for fund managers. Recent guidance has gone someway to help iron out problems and streamline the approach.

OECD's new paper on treaty shopping is good news for funds

OECD initiative to crack down on tax avoidance by multi-national companies could be very damaging for funds and their investors but the latest paper released shows that concerns have been taken into consideration.

Scotland votes No to independence, but Yes to more devolution

After a long campaign, a record number of Scottish residents voted to remain part of the United Kingdom. However, as made clear by leaders of the UK's three main political parties, the No vote is not a vote for the status quo, but a vote for more powers for the Scottish Parliament.

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