Key Legal and Structural Considerations for Asian Equity Investments

The favorable economic fundamentals of many growth-stage economies across the Asian region can provide tremendous investment opportunities for hedge funds and other investors. To generate good returns on a consistent basis, however, requires a deep understanding of the structural and legal issues that, in many cases, are unique to the countries in that region. For example, there is a greater tendency toward family control over listed and unlisted businesses in Asia in comparison to the U.S. or many European markets. In addition, the unique features of the legal and regulatory systems – which vary significantly across Asia – can, in some instances, either make or break investment returns. In a guest article, Akin Gump attorneys Matthew Puhar, Daniel Cohen, Steven Franklin and Sonia Lor examine several areas where knowing how best to navigate key legal and structural issues and opportunities in particular Asian jurisdictions can provide fund managers with a concrete investment edge and analyze various topical examples. For commentary from other Akin Gump attorneys, see “What Fund Managers Need to Know About the Legislative Response to #MeToo” (May 3, 2018).

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