China Comes Down Heavy On Private Equity

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China's State Administration for Foreign Exchange is playing it SAFE by making it even harder for private equity firms and venture capitalists to invest in Mainland companies, according to Asian PE News. Teaming up with the Ministry of Commerce, SAFE introduced new rules that require every resident of China to get SAFE approval for business plans that involve overseas holding companies, including all deal structures -- and it's retroactive, to boot. In addition, the aforementioned ministry and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce require, among other things, agency approval at every stage of a transaction and the listing of all shareholders that hold stakes of 5%. And you thought Sarbanes-Oxley was tough.