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Legal & Regulatory Bulletin - Issue No. 20, Winter 2017

Posted On: 15 Feb 2017

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The Bulletin features contributions from lawyers and private equity executives based in Bogota, Dubai, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Tokyo on legal, regulatory and market matters. The variety of the content reflects EMPEA’s global footprint.

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Private Equity in Vietnam

Posted On: 15 Feb 2017  |  Tony Foster, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Chris Freund, Mekong Capital

One of the first deals by a global private equity firm in Vietnam was in 2006, when TPG and Intel Capital invested in FPT, a local IT firm. Now FPT has grown to the point where it is purchasing companies outside Vietnam.

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Colombia: Ten Years of Development of the PE Industry

Posted On: 15 Feb 2017  |  Luis Gabriel Morcillo,Brigard & Urrutia Abogados and Lyana De Luca, Brigard & Urrutia Abogados

Colombia’s PE industry has reached its first decade (2006-2016). Incorporation of local funds has been successful for an emerging economy, placing Colombia in the spotlight of foreign and domestic GPs willing to incorporate local PE vehicles or to raise capital from local investors, specifically in the real estate and infrastructure sectors. Simultaneously, local investors such as pension funds and insurance companies are increasingly seeking attractive PE opportunities offered by international managers abroad. 

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Amendments to Foreign Fund Private Placement Exemptions in the UAE

Posted On: 15 Feb 2017  |  James Stull, King & Spalding and Dora Chan, King & Spalding

In August 2016, the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), the federal securities regulator of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), adopted new investment funds regulations (the 2016 Fund Regulations), which repealed the prior funds regulations adopted in 2012 and amended in 2013 (the 2013 Regulations). This clarified the formation process for the establishment of locally domiciled funds and introduced significant changes to the marketing of foreign domiciled investment funds in the UAE. The 2016 Fund Regulations impose substantial hurdles and costs for managers seeking to promote foreign funds in the UAE and have generally been subject to negative feedback.

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The Auction Process: Advantages and Disadvantages and the Key Steps

Posted On: 15 Feb 2017  |  Mark Davies, King & Spalding and Trinh Chubbock, King & Spalding

Mergers and acquisitions represent a key growth strategy for many corporations. The M&A landscape is becoming increasingly competitive and the balance of power is shifting further in favour of buyers. For attractive businesses, however, sellers may wish to make divestments through an auction process which is designed to elicit competitive bidding among interested parties to facilitate the sale of a business or stake in a company at the highest price and on the best possible terms. 

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