Private equity investors in OECD countries investing in Asia

by Tom Carr

  • 15 Feb 2011
  • PE

Preqin’s Investor Intelligence database shows that 34% of limited partners within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have previously committed to private equity funds that focus on Asian markets. In addition, around 34% of limited partners within the OECD are likely to consider investing in private equity funds focused on Asia. Approximately 10% of OECD-based investors that may consider committing to vehicles targeting Asia are not known to have invested in the region in the past.

When broken down by country within the OECD, the largest proportion of limited partners with a preference for investing in Asia come from the US (48%) with a further 11% based within the UK. Public pension funds are the most prevalent investors, representing about 18% of OECD-country limited partners that look to gain exposure to private equity opportunities within Asia. Fund of funds managers make up a further 13% of investors, while endowments are the third most prevalent investor type, making up over 10% of the total OECD investors that may consider private equity fund investments in Asian markets.

Of the 80 private equity investors in the six member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), 61% have expressed an interest in funds focused on Asian markets, whereas only 43% are known to have previously invested in these types of vehicles. Over half (54%) of private equity investors located in MENA (Middle East North Africa) have expressed an interest in investing in funds focused on Asia, and 38% of MENA private equity investors are known to have invested in Asia-focused funds in the past.

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