2023 preview: Fundraising
Fundraising is difficult for all but the fortunate few private equity managers in Asia. GPs are delaying launches, shaking up strategies, and offering sweeteners; LPs are in no hurry to make commitments
Q&A: CICC Capital’s Mengyang Yang
Mengyang Yang, an executive director and head of private equity in Hong Kong at CICC Capital, on China’s post-pandemic revival, plans for a flagship US dollar fund, and managing guidance funds
2023 preview: Mass access to PE
More individuals will be able to invest in private equity as fund fractionalisation technology matures. But a global downturn, ever-malleable regulations, and blockchain gloom loom large
To pastures new: Asia PE people moves
A selection of the transfers, promotions, arrivals, and departures in the private equity community in 2022
Dalma Capital buys Singapore's Global CIO Office
Dalma Capital Group, a Dubai-headquartered alternative investment management platform, has agreed to buy The Global CIO Office, a Singapore-based outsourced CIO business that primarily serves family offices.
Overallocation-driven secondary sales more talk than action – Coller
More LPs are considering sales of private equity positions via the secondary market as they find themselves overallocated to the asset class following sharp adjustments in public markets valuations, but Coller Capital has yet to see this translate into...
Raffles Family Office appoints digital assets CIO
Raffles Family Office, a Hong Kong-based multi-family office, has named Zann Kwan as CIO and managing partner of its digital assets unit.
LP appetite for Asia weakens - survey
Institutional investor interest in Asia has fallen significantly over the past two years, according to a survey conducted by Probitas Partners, with pan-regional funds, venture capital, and single country-focused funds among the least popular strategies...
Northleaf launches Tokyo office, targets Asian LPs
Northleaf Capital Partners, a Canada-based asset manager that invests in private equity, private credit, and infrastructure, has opened a Tokyo office to spearhead fundraising activity in Asia and is considering the addition of a Korea presence.
Asia secondaries: Layers and structures
With private market valuations yet to see a meaningful reset in Asia and heightened risk factors in China, investors are exploring ways to drive secondary deal flow by closing the bid-ask spread
Superfunds top-up Series B for Australia's Morse Micro
Five Australian superannuation funds have backed a AUD 30m (USD 20.4m) investment in local Wi-Fi chipmaker Morse Micro, extending a recent Series B round to AUD 170m.
Asian family offices seek greater PE funds exposure - survey
More than half of family offices in Asia Pacific plan to increase their exposure to private equity funds next year, according to a survey conducted by Raffles Family Office and Campden Wealth.
Q&A: Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s Patrick Reid
Patrick Reid, a UK-based managing director for alternatives distribution management at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, plots the future of themes around secondaries, longer holds, and hybrid approaches to PE
India's Multiples targets up to $1b for Fund IV
Multiples Alternate Asset Management is looking to raise up to USD 1bn for its fourth India-focused fund, with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) proposing a USD 60m commitment.
ESG: The case for convergence
With ISSB pursuing pre-eminence in sustainability-related financial disclosures and TCFD emerging as a preferred climate framework, investors and investees will have to get more serious about reporting
Tread more cautiously in PE-infra overlap – AVCJ Forum
Investors are increasingly challenged to reconcile a vanishing divide between some infrastructure and PE strategies, the AVCJ Private Equity & Venture Forum heard.
Investors see 2022 as a 'turning point' in GP-LP relations - AVCJ Forum
The private equity industry has undergone a profound shift as under-allocations have become over-allocations, fundraising and deployment have slowed, and the dynamic between GP and LPs has changed, the AVCJ Private Equity & Venture Forum heard.
Team diversity impacts fundraising prospects - AVCJ Forum
Asia-based managers are slower to implement diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) policies than their peers in other markets, but LPs told the AVCJ Diversity & Inclusion Forum that action on this issue is increasingly important to fundraising.
LPs’ ESG checklists get ever more intricate – AVCJ Forum
LPs want more nuanced emissions measurement from their portfolio managers, the AVCJ ESG Forum heard.
Q&A: Northwestern University’s Tianhao Wu
Tianhao Wu, a managing director in the investment team at Northwestern University’s endowment, on adding new GP relationships, addressing China risk, and pursuing geographic diversification in Asia
Q&A: CPPIB’s Suyi Kim
Suyi Kim, global head of private equity at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, on investing amid uncertainty, finding alignment with partners of all types, and the evolution of direct investment
Hong Kong vs Singapore: No zero-sum game
Pandemic-related restrictions have dented confidence in Hong Kong as a private equity hub, while Singapore is on a roll. But gains for one don’t necessarily translate into losses for the other
Q&A: BlackRock’s Michael Dennis
Michael Dennis, managing director and head of alternatives strategy and capital markets for Asia Pacific at BlackRock, on co-investment, customisation, and what Asian investors want from alternatives
Taking PE in-house: Less limited partners
Institutional investors continue to pursue more active roles in private equity, even as a souring macro backdrop makes the game harder to play. Talent is always the key variable