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Asia-Pacific PE funds optimistic despite fundraising challenges

Fundraising continues to be the greatest obstacle that private equity (PE) fund managers in the Asia-Pacific (Apac) region face, with large investors focusing on fewer funds, a Dechert report states. While 30% of Apac managers view this concentration as a challenge, they are nevertheless more positive about exit opportunities than global peers, anticipating favourable conditions. Dechert's Boon Siew Kam notes that despite Apac's rapid growth, its exit volumes are lower than in North America and EMEA. With the region's economic strength, managers prefer immediate returns over waiting for market recoveries. Apac's PE deal activity has declined in 2023, echoing a global downtrend, yet Southeast Asian nations are gaining a larger share of the PE market, leveraging demographic and technological advances.


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