- May 1, 2017: Vol. 29, Number 5

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A closer look: Real estate private equity funds brace for financial reforms and shifts in regulatory landscape

by Beth Mattson-Teig

It is still early days in the presidency of Donald Trump, but there is no question his administration has brought sweeping change to financial markets already, with potentially “radical” changes ahead for private equity real estate funds and commercial real estate investors.

President Trump campaigned on promises of delivering financial, regulatory and tax reform, and his administration is clearly staying that course. Specific to private equity funds, the regulatory climate already has shifted, with an executive order to review existing financial regulations, a freeze on pending regulations, and a leadership change under way in key regulatory agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Signs of some easing in the regulatory environment are welcome news for real estate private equity funds. Yet, the main focus for fund managers and investors is looming tax reform. “Those are where the big changes are expected, and all the rest of the changes are goin

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