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Appetite for private equity grows in Japan, offering managers "huge" opportunity

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The private equity (PE) market in Japan is enjoying a healthy period of growth, and investment opportunities are abundant, says Preqin.

As the appetite for private equity continues to grow among the universe of investors in Japan - spearheaded by maiden investments from major institutional investors such as Government Pension Investment Fund and Japan Post Bank - fund managers are facing huge opportunity, provided they can successfully navigate the competition for capital.

In August 2019, Preqin surveyed over 50 Japan-based PE fund managers to gauge their views on the key trends at play in the domestic market.

Reflecting on the findings from the global fund manager survey, rising valuations are the key concern among PE fund managers in Japan.

While more than 60% of buyout firms also recognized the rising level of valuations, more buyout firms have found it easier to find attractive deals than harder over the past year.

As investor appetite for PE continues to grow, competition for capital has become more intense: almost half of the survey respondents are currently in the market raising a PE fund.

"Given that 24% of surveyed buyout firms plan to sign the United Nations-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in the next five years, we anticipate that ESG incorporation will accelerate far and wide across the PE scene in Japan," Preqin said in the report.

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