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Private debt AUM across APAC grew at 30% to $77.5bn over the past five years

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The private debt across APAC as a whole has grown at an annual rate of 30% over the past five years, said a study. Although private equity continues to dominate, investors are increasingly turning to private debt.

The region's total AUM of $77.5bn is equivalent to only 9% of the US total of $858bn, so there's plenty of room for even more expansion, said Preqin Territory Guide.

The number of investors committing to private debt has increased from 489 in 2018 to 925 in 2022.

"We saw that, while the growth of private debt in more mature markets in APAC has been sustained, the Greater China region still accounts for the highest proportion of APAC-based private debt AUM. The largest APAC-focused private debt funds in the market today predominantly target China and India," the report said.

The number of private debt investors has more than doubled in China, and more than tripled in ASEAN in the same period. Almost half (49%) of investors with past investments in Asia-Pacific-focused private debt funds are based in the region, while 43% are based in North America, 7% in Europe, and 1% Rest of the World.

At the same time, the number of active fund managers in APAC has increased by 53% from 249 in 2018 to 382 in 2022. There are now 86 active fund managers in China, 60 in India, and 59 in ASEAN. At 51%, ASEAN saw the highest increase of the three between 2018 and 2022.

According to the report, although private equity has been t......................

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