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Malaysian regulators launch inaugural guide to VC and PE

The Securities Commission Malaysia has published a “practical guide” to venture capital and private equity, aimed at prospective VC and PE fund managers, service providers and investors, for the first time, according to a report by The Star. 

In a press statement on Thursday, the Malaysian regulator stated: “Key contents of the guide include information on local capital market regulations pertaining to the VC and PE industries, foreign exchange policy, tax matters, fund structuring considerations and other areas critical to fund operations.” 

“The guide will enhance the role of professional fund managers and cultivate a more vibrant investor base capable of channeling investments into startups and high-growth MSMEs. 

“It will also support the national KL20 agenda, which aims to establish Malaysia as a leading global startup ecosystem by providing practical guidance for fund managers and investors looking to establish or expand their presence in Malaysia.” 

The guide forms part of the SC’s efforts under the Capital Market Masterplan 3, a framework aiming to work “towards a capital market that is more relevant, efficient and diversified”, according to its website. 

According to The Star, total fund commitments for venture capital and private equity in Malaysia reached RM17.85bn ($3.78bn) in 2023, up from RM16.08bn ($3.4bn) in 2022. Between 2017 and 2023, VC and PE investments contributed RM5.9bn ($1.3bn) to the total funds raised in Malaysia’s capital markets. 

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