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In the wake of the recent global financial crisis regulators and supervisors became aware that the ‘risk appetite’ of hedge funds and private equity funds was to a significant extent shielded from public scrutiny, as it was only through banks’ financing of these funds that public authorities could obtain a view on the role of these funds in the wider financial system. In order to disperse this lack of reliable and comprehensive data, measures were adopted both in the European Union – the Alternative Investment Management Funds Directive – and to a lesser extent in the United States to impose a risk-sensitive framework. Individual EU Member States and other countries followed suit.
This book reprints reports delivered by representatives of fifteen countries at the Eighteenth International Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law, held in Washington on the 29th of July 2010. The reports present a wealth of information on the different approaches and the specific rules that a variety of national legislators have adopted on the regulation of hedge funds and private equity funds. They greatly clarify the current understanding of such factors as the following: