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Asia Pacific PE/VC dry powder sets new record at $476bn

Tuesday, February 02, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Asia Pacific PE/VC capital reserves, or 'dry powder', has reached a record level of more than USD476 billion as of November 2020, representing 25% of the global total, above Europe (19%), according to alternative asset data provider Preqin.

Dry powder allocated to the Asia Pacific to continue to outgrow the US and EMEA in 2021 as institutional investors continue to increase allocations toward Asia PE/VC, according to KPMG analysis.

The Asia Pacific PE market is expected to continue to see strong activity, with the amount of capital allocated to the region at record highs, and the industry proving its resilience through the increased number of deal volume and average deal sizes despite the pandemic, according to KPMG's latest PE outlook.

Despite the current challenges, PE firms have demonstrated the ability to continue to deploy capital, help guide portfolio companies through the pandemic, and return capital to their investors, all of which has led to advantageous fundraising opportunities for top-performing managers, said the report.

Andrew Weir, Global Chair, Asset Management, and Real Estate, and Regional Senior Partner and Vice Chairman, KPMG China, said: "In Asia, General Partners (GPs) remain overwhelmingly bullish on the outlook for 2021, as demonstrated by the large amount of capital that continues to be raised and that is to be deployed in the Asia Pacific region. Given the capital available, the wider range of a......................

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