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Private equity and venture capital assets touch $28bn in India

Monday, March 11, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

India-based private equity and venture capital fund firms' assets under management (AuM) have almost tripled from just $10bn at the end of 2008 to $28bn as of June 2018.

According to Preqin, this growth has accelerated since 2015, spurred by strong fundraising momentum: 2015 set a fundraising record for the country, only for 2017 to surpass it, and annual capital totals have exceeded $2.0bn in the past four years.

Fundraising has been spurred by a virtuous cycle of strong distributions from private equity & venture capital funds driving investor appetite and reallocation: India-based private equity & venture capital funds have returned more capital to investors than they called up in each year since 2014.

At the same time, regulatory changes and government backing have contributed to a strong deals market.

"India is one of the fastest-growing global economies, and is on track to surpass the UK to become the fifth-largest economy in the world in the coming months. Private equity & venture capital have played an integral part in this development: the provision of private capital has spurred the boom in technology start-ups that have characterised the country's modernisation," said Christopher Elvin, Head of Private Equity at Preqin.

"The momentum of recent years seems set to continue unabated - investors have a strong appetite for investments in India, and there are a record number of funds in market to cater to that app......................

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