DATES: SEP  19 - SEP 23, 2016    
TUITION: $1995    




This course highlights the foundational issues relating to the development and regulation of private equity in developing economies. Participants will discuss the major building blocks supporting an effective private equity sector and the policy environment needed to assist its development. The seminar will cover issues related to the growing interaction of private equity in emerging markets with institutional investors in developed capital markets and its nexus with economic development.

Course Outline

Overview of Private Equity

  • Data on Private Equity Market in emerging markets
  • Private Equity as asset class

Structures and Roles of Participants in Private Equity

  • Investment funds
  • Managers
  • Investors
  • Governments and regulators
  • Multilateral and bilateral development institutions
  • Professionals:  auditors, lawyers
  • Financial participants
  • Portfolio companies


Administration of Private Equity Vehicles

  • Governance
  • Reporting
  • Disclosure


Legal, Regulatory and Institutional Framework

  • Securities and tax laws
  • Competition laws
  • Offshore financial centers
  • EMPEA Guidelines *Transparency and anti-corruption
  • Examination and enforcement
  • Comparison of regulatory regimes

Course Advisors

Don Scott De Amicis is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches international business transactions. He was previously Vice President and General Counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. government’s development finance institution, which provides financial support to private equity funds investing in developing countries. Don had also been a partner at the international law firm Ropes & Gray, where he represented numerous private equity clients. The ILI works closely with EMPEA (the global industry association for private capital in emerging markets) on this seminar: please refer to for more information.

Robert van Zwieten is President and CEO of EMPEA, the global association for private capital in emerging markets. EMPEA has over 300 member firms, comprising institutional investors, fund managers, and industry advisors who, together, manage more than US$1 trillion of assets and have offices in more than 100 countries across the globe. Prior to EMPEA, Robert was the Asian Development Bank’s Director of Private Sector Capital Markets, based in Manila, Philippines, responsible for origination and structuring across 40 Asian emerging and frontier markets. He is a citizen of both the Netherlands and the United States.