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Stephen Johnston, Agcapita Partners

Comment: Brazil appears to be moving to ban foreign farmland ownership

The Brazilian government recently announced an “immediately binding” decision that appears to outlaw all foreign ownership of Brazilian farmland. Stephen Johnston (pictured) of Agcapita Partners outlines the implications. »


Joseph F. Winterscheid, partner, McDermott Will & Emery

Comment: New competition guidelines will require greater care in discussing and documenting decisions

Joseph F Winterscheid (pictured), partner and head of the global Antitrust & Competition Practice Group at McDermott Will & Emery, outlines the implications of the FTC’s revised Horizontal Merger Guidelines. »


Stanley Druckenmiller

Comment: Druckenmiller retirement indicates a new era for hedge funds

Stanley Druckenmiller one of the world’s most successful hedge fund managers, decided to stepdown this week, telling investors in a full and frank letter, "For me the disappointment of each interim drawdown over the years has taken a cumulative toll that I cannot continue to sustain.” »


Hans Markvoort, head of private equity investment solutions, LGT Capital Partners

Comment: Private equity opportunities in Asia

Hans Markvoort, head of private equity investment solutions, LGT Capital Partners and lead manager of Castle Private Equity (Castle PE), highlights the growing range »


Comment: Property & Tax – how to get the best from Tax Tribunals

Comment: Property & Tax – how to get the best from Tax Tribunals

Maryanna Sharrock, partner and Catherine Robinson (pictured far left, with Sharrock), associate in the tax group at law firm Stephenson Harwood, outline the role and implications of the new Tax Tribunal system in real estate transaction disputes in the UK. »


Morten Spenner, CEO, International Asset Management

Comment: Funds of hedge funds and institutional investors

Morten Spenner, CEO at International Asset Management (IAM), comments on the results of the Towers Watson Global Alternatives Survey 2010 pertaining to funds of hedge fund assets managed on behalf of pension funds. »


Sean Geraghty, Partner, Dechert  LLP

Comment: UK Stewardship Code for Institutional Investors

The Financial Reporting Council (the FRC) published the first UK Stewardship Code (the Code) for institutional investors on 2 July 2010. Sean Geraghty, Partner with Dechert LLP’s Corporate and Securities Group, outlines the purpose and implications of the Code. »


Donald A. Steinbrugge, CFA, Managing Member, 
Agecroft Partners

Comment: SEC approves registered third party marketers doing business with public pension funds

Last week the SEC officially changed its position, voting to adopt new rules concerning public pension funds’ pay-to-play practices. Donald A. Steinbrugge, CFA, Managing Member,
 Agecroft Partners, LLC, examines the impact of the new rules. »


Mary Chris Gay, portfolio manager of the Legg Mason US Equity Fund

US in sweet spot of equity investment cycle, says Legg Mason

Mary Chris Gay (pictured), portfolio manager of the Legg Mason US Equity Fund, explains how low inflation rates, slack in the economy and continuing high rates of unemployment have put the US in a ‘sweet spot’ of the equity investment cycle… »


Andrew Milligan, head of global strategy, Standard Life Investments

Comment: Trains, planes and financial regulation

Andrew Milligan, head of global strategy at Standard Life Investments, argues that it will take time before the effectiveness – or otherwise – of the UK’s proposed new structure financial for financial regulation becomes clear. »


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