Thomas Duffell is the Asia Editor for PEI Media. Based in PEI’s Hong Kong office, he is responsible for the cohort of Hong Kong-based reporters and Research & Analytics personnel as the company’s senior editorial representative in the region. He was previously Features Editor for PEI’s private equity real estate title PERE, where he was responsible for the publication's long-form journalism and analysis.
Continuing uncertainty caused European M&A activity in April to decline to its lowest total since 2009. However, one London-based lawyer believes this landscape could present 'Once in a lifetime' opportunities for the private equity industry.
Luxembourg’s Minister of Finance aims to have legislation in place by the end of the year to make the popular fund domicile compliant with the AIFM Directive. The legislation will also contain financial instruments to entice more business to the country.
Proposals to the UK’s CRC scheme will mean fund managers can more easily separate carbon reduction liabilities amongst portfolio companies, but the bureaucracy of the scheme for complex structures like private equity funds is still leaving room for concern.