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Private equity to attract most investments over next 12 months

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Alternative investors see continued opportunity within the private equity (PE) industry after a record-breaking year, as a survey revealed that half of the respondents (51%) expect PE to be the asset class LPs increase investment allocations the most over the next 12 months, with 27% and 22%, respectively, stating venture capital (VC) and hedge funds.

According to a new survey of alternative investment professionals by advisory and accounting firm EisnerAmper, PE beat out VC and hedge funds as the industry that alternative investors see as most primed for ESG investment in the next three years.

Barriers to implementing ESG still remain, however, with alternative investors citing the lack of standardized reporting and data sets (48%) as the biggest barrier, followed by sourcing quality investment opportunities (20%) and dispelling the notion of poor returns (17%).

The survey also found that the world's second-largest economy is still very much investible as 92% of PE and VC professionals have not changed their investment strategy in China amid the recent regulatory crackdowns on private companies.

Only 3% of hedge fund professionals selected the regulatory crackdowns in China as the factor expected to most impact investments to hedge funds over the next 12 months.

When asked to name the two industries that offered the best investment potential for the remainder of Q4 2021, 50% of all respondents named technology. Healthcare/life ......................

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