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Preqin sees huge opportunities for Japanese private equity market

Monday, June 24, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Optimism permeates Japanese private equity landscape, with increased investor interest and an incremental flow of government funding allowing the asset class to gain considerable traction.

In Q1 2019, 13 Japan-based private equity funds secured an aggregate JPY 221bn, 3.8x more capital than in Q1 2018, according to Preqin.

"These early indications suggest that new fundraising records could well be ahead in the Japanese market," said a report titled Preqin Investor Outlook: Alternatives in Japan.

Preqin quoted unnamed spokes person of a Tokyo-based private equity firm saying that: "The fundraising environment has been favourable in recent years compared to the post-Global Financial Crisis period when we raised our predecessor fund. There is a growing number of regional banks keen on private equity investments while in search of steady returns."

Institutional investors of all sizes are turning to private equity, following in the footsteps of giant investors like GPIF and Japan Post Bank.

Preqin tracks 303 Japan-based institutional investors investing in alternatives, of which 58% are active in private equity.

Almost all (96% of) Japan-based investors interviewed for the Preqin said they plan to make new private equity investments in the next 12 months, indicative of a bullish stance towards the asset class.

Such increasing appetite was evident when Globis Capital Partners (GCP) announced the first closure of its sixth ......................

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