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Europe-based alternatives funds hit $1.82tn in assets under management

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

2018 has seen record activity across most alternative asset classes, and Europe-based alternative asset fund managers hold €1.62tn ($1.82tn) in AUM as of the end of June 2018 - up almost €300bn in just three years.

Hedge funds remain the largest part of the European alternatives market (€608bn), but AUM in the industry has declined in the past 12 months, leaving private equity poised to overtake as the largest asset class in the region (€559bn), said Preqin in its second annual Alternatives in Europe report.

2018 marked a record year for private capital deal making, with transactions surpassing €374bn, while the record rate of fundraising seen in 2017 showed no signs of slowing.

The opportunities present in Europe are apparent to investors globally - almost half of the institutions with a preference for the region are now based in North America, with significant proportions coming from the Middle East and Asia.

According to the report, the UK remains the largest market by far, with fund managers based in the country holding €948bn. 2018 saw the country match 2015 in activity levels, reversing a decline seen in the wake of the Brexit vote.

There are 6,300 fund managers and 3,000 investors based in Europe that are active in alternative assets in 2019, Preqin said. 3,900 investors now target private equity investments in Europe. The largest proportion (48%) are based in North America.

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