Preqin’s Fund Manager Profiles product currently holds information on 35 private equity firms headquartered in South Korea. Just under half of these fund managers focus predominantly on venture capital investing, with over 40% concentrating on buyout investments. The remainder use other investment strategies like mezzanine or distressed debt investing. Collectively, these South Korean private equity firms have raised just over USD 8 billion over the past 10 years, and have an estimated USD 3.1 billion remaining in dry powder.
All of the fund managers target opportunities throughout Asia, with nearly 90% having a primary regional focus within the region. Just over 10% of the firms have a multi-continental or global focus, with none of the fund managers have a primary focus within Europe or North America. Nearly two-thirds of the firms focus exclusively on Asia, with 20% only targeting opportunities in South Korea.
MBK Partners has raised the most capital over the past 10 years out of all South Korean-based fund managers. Through two buyout vehicles, it has raised a total of USD 3.1 billion for investments across Asia in a variety of industries and sectors. AJU IB Investment is the largest venture capital firm based in South Korea in terms of total capital raised, having accumulated almost USD 500 million through nearly 20 venture capital vehicles over the last 10 years. The firm has a focus on Asian and Middle Eastern companies operating in the biotechnology, IT, renewable energy and nanotechnology sectors, with a tendency to invest at the early and start-up stages.