Venture Capitalists May Be Left Out Of Burdensome Regulations On Private Equity

from the good-news dept

Last month, we were a bit worried that an admittedly clueless Congress might lump venture capitalists in with other private equity firms in putting forth new regulations. Venture capital is quite different from basic private equity, and the proposed regulations would be quite burdensome for VCs without having any benefit. These "systemic" risk rules don't make sense for VCs who aren't investing in public investment vehicles for short times, but instead do long term strategic investments in private startups. VCs have been pushing Congress on this, and it looks like they finally got through to someone, as it appears that Barney Frank is looking to exempt VCs from any such regulation. This makes a lot of sense as venture capital and traditional private equity are very different animals, and putting them both under the same regulatory rules makes little sense. Putting VCs under systemic risk regulations makes even less sense, considering how unlikely it is that VCs investing in startups are involved in any sort of systemic risk issues.


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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 14th, 2009 @ 4:08am

    Dear Music Industry:

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 14th, 2009 @ 4:33am

    Oops

    I think you're in the wrong topic...

     

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    SkypeIsHype, Oct 14th, 2009 @ 5:18am

    Skype is hype

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    Ady, Oct 14th, 2009 @ 7:08am

    Sounds greedy

     

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    fogbugzd, Oct 14th, 2009 @ 9:16am

    Defining VC

    The problem with this type of exclusion is that lots of people who aren't Venture Capitalists will try to get themselves under those rules. That kind of things always happens. Minivans look like cars and they are used like cars, but the industry insists they are "light trucks" because that designation exempts minivans from a whole lot of regulations that really should apply to them. We'll probably see the same thing going on here with a lot of traditional investment firms trying to sneak into the VC tent.

     

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