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Alternative investment dealmaking to resurge by the end of 2021, says survey

Friday, October 16, 2020

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

A majority (74%) of private equity and venture capital executives believe the industry's rebound will only happen by the end of 2021, a recent survey by consultancy EisnerAmper has found.

The EisnerAmper poll, which was conducted in September with over 250 global alternative investment professionals, revealed that two in five (41%) respondents predicted an even swifter recovery, with a return to pre-pandemic deal activity by the end of Q2 2021.

When asked to identify the industries that present the best chance for growth in Q4 2020, respondents pegged technology and health care/life sciences as the sectors with the greatest opportunities. This largely mirrored results from EisnerAmper's 2019 survey, when technology, cannabis, and health care/life sciences were named as the strongest growth sectors.

EisnerAmper's survey also identified the major trends that will impact how the alternatives sector operates moving forward. Many dealmakers hit the pause button in March 2020 when COVID-19 caused a global economic crisis and dramatically shifted how deals get done.

Despite the investment industry continues to largely operate in a work-from-home setting, 80% of private equity executives agree that they have been able to satisfactorily conduct deal due diligence during the pandemic.

Executives even see the potential for some elements of the virtual process to last beyond COVID-19, with 73% of respondents expecting a decrease in in-perso......................

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