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ASEAN: Private equity interest is rising, venture capital is booming

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The outlook for the private equity and venture capital industry in Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is promising, said Preqin.

Fundraising has hit new highs in recent years - a record 17 ASEAN-focused venture capital funds raised $0.9bn in 2018, although buyout and growth fundraising was below historical levels.

In the first half of the year, venture capital funds have raised a further $0.5bn, and buyout and growth funds have already matched 2018's total. There are a further 70 ASEAN-focused funds currently in the market, targeting an aggregate $8.5bn in capital.

A large proportion of the interest in the region comes from international investors - 84% of the known investors in ASEAN-focused funds are based outside the region, while half of the domestic investors on Preqin's platform are currently active in private equity.

Ee Fai Kam, Head of Asia Research & Operations at Preqin said: "Southeast Asia presents a wealth of opportunities to private equity and venture capital investors, and clearly many of them are starting to take an increased interest in the region. With several large cities on the global stage and governments that are encouraging entrepreneurship and technological innovation, these countries make fertile ground for venture capital investment in particular."

"But the fractured regulatory environment can pose a challenge for investment, and investors characterize it as 'diverse', 'fragmented' and 'segme......................

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