Interview: EU law set to discriminate against private equity – European Commission proposals to regulate alternative investment funds discriminate against private equity and favour direct competitors like sovereign wealth funds or maverick businessmen, Javier Echarri, secretary-general of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA), told EurActiv in an interview.

"We are not against regulation, but it has to be fair," Echarri said, complaining that an EU draft directive on alternative investment funds will hit private equity firms in a disproportionate manner in comparison with other financial actors, further damaging the credit market "when most European companies are in desperate need for capital".

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