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Comment:  Bridging venture capital uncertainty and fair value

Comment: Bridging venture capital uncertainty and fair value

Expansion and later-stage venture capital companies present unique valuation challenges for investors. Mark McMahon, a Director in the Portfolio Valuation group at international financial advisory investment banking firm Duff & Phelps, discusses what a robust Fair Value analysis should consider. »


Comment: Regulatory arbitrage - the case of credit default swaps

Comment: Regulatory arbitrage - the case of credit default swaps

Dr Richard Reid (pictured), director of research at the International Centre for Financial Regulation in London, says the controversy surrounding the role of credit default swaps in allegedly aggravating Greece’s fiscal problems illustrate differences between countries in Europe and beyond on the priorities for financial sector reforms. »


Comment: The future of international financial centres

Comment: The future of international financial centres

Geoff Cook (pictured), chief executive of Jersey Finance, argues that international financial centres such as Jersey, which are well regulated and have demonstrated their co-operation in efforts to curb tax evasion, are not part of the problems that led to the global financial crisis, but are an important part of the solution. »


Comment: Final stage of talks to water down EU hedge fund rules

Comment: Final stage of talks to water down EU hedge fund rules

Ronald Paterson (pictured), partner at international law firm Eversheds, comments on the latest stage of the countdown to the Alternative Investment Fund Management (AIFM) directive. »


Comment: Domicile ruling calls for advisors to reassess their client’s affairs

Comment: Domicile ruling calls for advisors to reassess their client’s affairs

Rex Cowley (pictured), Head of Marketing, at the International division of Close, comments on the renewed interest in Qualifying Recognised Overseas Pension Schemes (QROPS) from British expats and their advisors, following the recent collapse of the Robert Gaines -Cooper case: »


AIMA comments on CESR short-selling plans

AIMA comments on CESR short-selling plans

Andrew Baker (pictured), CEO, AIMA gives a cautious welcome to CESR’s proposals for a pan-European short-selling disclosure regime. »


Comment: Private equity on the rebound

Comment: Private equity on the rebound

Philip Millward (pictured) and Julian Ashworth, a partner and associate respectively with Walkers’ private equity group in the Cayman Islands, argue that the environment is starting to look brighter for private equity, with fundraising becoming easier, dealmaking poised to rebound and exits becoming easier. But government tax and regulatory intervention remains a cloud on the horizon. »


Comment: On balance, a reasonably encouraging Indian Budget

Comment: On balance, a reasonably encouraging Indian Budget

Kommera Chakradhar (KC) Reddy (pictured), Head of India Equities at Baring Asset Management Limited (London) summarises the impact of India’s latest Budget. »


Comment: Outlook for private equity investment in Asia

Comment: Outlook for private equity investment in Asia

  Last year demands for exports from many Asian countries dropped, economic growth stagnated and foreign direct investment, including from private equity, fell. However, Anubha Shrivastava (pictured), MD of CDC Group’s Asia Team, sees cause for optimism in 2010.   »


Comment: Cayman investment vehicle obtains Chapter 15 Protection in USA

Comment: Cayman investment vehicle obtains Chapter 15 Protection in USA

Jennifer Deacon of Cayman Islands law firm Harneys outlines the significance of a recent US court decision concerning the liquidation of a Cayman investment vehicle. »


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