Dec
5
2014

The Latest Trend for Pension Funds: Private Equity Investment

When one of the largest institutional investors in the world talks openly about its investment strategy, people listen. In September the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) announced it was getting out of hedge funds, closing its Absolute Return Strategies portfolio, worth $4 billion — a sum roughly equivalent to the gross domestic product of Fiji.…

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Nov
25
2014

Is Green the new Black in Real Estate?

As the United States and China, the two largest carbon dioxide producing nations,[1] agree to curb their emissions, global attention refocuses on reductions in greenhouse gases. Sustainability certifications and regulations for real estate development and retrofit will play a significant role in this change.…

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Oct
30
2014

Emerging trends raise expectations of GPs to report non-financial data

Increasing requirements of stock exchanges, government regulation, and voluntary initiatives are three emerging trends that attempt to provide investors with increased quality and depth of non-financial or environmental, social, and governance (ESG) information. While ESG reporting for Private Equity firm holdings may not be mandatory yet, understanding these trends and proactively developing policies and practices for ESG data collection and reporting is both pragmatic and strategic for GPs.…

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May
23
2014

FATCA Compliance: Asia is next!

It is hard to imagine a recent regulation as far-reaching in its effect as The U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Although originally envisioned as a means to detect U.S. taxpayers using offshore holdings to evade taxation, FATCA has mushroomed into a global phenomenon with implications for nearly every participant in the financial services and alternative investment industries.…

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