Reposted from Asian Investor
Thomas Hugger is COO of Leopard Capital
By Georgina Lee
Private equity and fund-of-hedge-fund managers in Asia point to growing fundraising difficulties outside the region amid a regulatory clampdown.
The alternative investment fund managers directive (AIFMD) comes into force in Europe as early as this June – reform that will reshape the way alt funds are marketed in the EU. No matter where they are domiciled, all non-Ucits funds are covered under the directive. More…
Reposted from The Caribbean Property Investor
By Douglas Clayton, CEO of Leopard Capital
As billions of dollars of foreign assistance pour into the “Pearl of the Antilles” driving economic growth, the CEO and Founder of pioneering private equity firm Leopard Capital explains why he believes Haiti is poised for growth and mutually beneficial investment opportunities abound. More…
By Steve Hashim
Each weekend we take a step outside our normal coverage to provide our readers with links to some of the stories we find the most intriguing from around the globe.
Diverging Markets, “On navigating the choppy waters of logistics, supply chain and customer relations”
David Roodman’s Microfinance Open Book Blog, “A Banking System Is More Than a Bunch of Banks”, David Roodman
The Economist, “Global non-cash payments”
Asia News Network, “Cambodia among fastest-growing economies in 5 years: IMF” More…
Reposted from Abu Dhabi City Guide
10.1 percent increase from 2011 due to the development of the country’s tourism sector and an increase in exports
The UAE’s non-oil exports to Cambodia have risen by 639 percent from 2010 to 2011, with total Emirati exports to the Asian country going up by 271 percent during which the UAE achieved a surplus in trade between the two countries of around More…
Reposted from The Financial Times
By Jude Webber
What do you do if you’re a small country, rich in minerals that went from boom to bust when the bottom fell out of the commodities market? Copy Chile, is the answer.
Chile’s experience as a small, copper-dependent economy that prudently stashed cash during the boom years, allowing it to ride out the 2008-09 world economic crash and uncork anti-cyclical spending, was the perfect case study for Mongolia. More…
Reposted from Bloomberg
By Rakteem Katakey
Oil and Gas companies want a bite into Myanmar
Myanmar, shunned since the 1990s for tolerating corruption and human trafficking, is set for record foreign investment in 2012 led by oil companies after the southeast Asian nation took its first steps toward democracy. More…
Reposted from East Asia Forum
By Sean Turnell
Struggle between liberal reformers and the beneficiaries of Myanmar’s past regime will ultimately shape the new Foreign Investment Law
The Asian Development Bank recently stated that Myanmar could soon become ‘one of the rising stars in Asia’.
This assessment, contained in a report on the country released in August 2012, is the latest in a slew of similar verdicts reached by multilateral institutions, academic think tanks and various government and non-government agencies. More…
Reposted from Fundweb
By Helen Burnett-Nichols
Frontier markets, such as those in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, offer opportunities and an alternative investment universe as economies grow and systems stabilise, writes Helen Burnett-Nichols.
While compelling growth stories abound in the world’s frontier investment markets, uncertainty around rapidly evolving political situations as well as ongoing corporate governance and liquidity problem seem to be keeping some investors on the sidelines. More…
Reposted from TIME
By Michael Schuman
Burma has all the necessary tools to grow
On paper at least, Burma has all of the elements required to create another Asian economic miracle. With a population of 48 million, the country has a large pool of low-cost workers custom-made to attract the labor-intensive manufacturing that jump-started income growth from South Korea to Malaysia. More…
Reposted from The Wall Street Journal
By Patrick Barta
The World Bank said it was making plans to resume aid to Myanmar after cutting off new lending to the country some 25 years ago, marking the latest major milestone in Myanmar’s rapprochement with the Western world. More…