PE Asia Releases the PE Asia 30

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Latest ranking of Asia Pacific and MENA private equity firms shows growing investor appetite for Asian fund managers

PE Asia 30
It’s clear that emerging markets-focused firms are increasingly on the radar of institutional investors, with Asia-focused managers leading the charge

● The 30 largest private equity firms in Asia Pacific and the Middle East and North Africa have raised $81 billion over the past five years, up from the $80.5 billion the PE Asia 30 raised in the prior five-year window;
● China- and Hong Kong-based fund managers accounted for the bulk of capital raised by the PE Asia 30, together accounting for $33 billion, up from just over $27 billion last year;
● MENASA-focused Abraaj Capital has topped the ranking for the third year running with a total of $6.2 billion raised in the past five years;
● The largest China-focused fund is Hony Capital with $3.8 billion raised;
● Sydney-headquartered Pacific Equity Partners is the largest Australasian manager, placing second with $5.4 billion raised

PE Asia, the leading magazine for Asia’s private equity markets, today unveiled its highly anticipated PE Asia 30 for 2011, its third annual ranking of private equity firms by size.

The list may be viewed at

“The firms making this year’s PE Asia 30 list have collectively raised just under $81 billion in the past five years, representing an increase of nearly a half a billion dollars for the second year running. That speaks volumes as to their traction with LPs given the fundraising climate has remained challenging since the onset of the global financial crisis,” said Philip Borel, PEI’s Editorial Director. He added that by contrast, the capital raised by the 50 largest firms globally, as tracked by sister publication Private Equity International’s PEI 300 ranking, has been decreasing each year since 2009 by about 5 percent.

“It’s clear that emerging markets-focused firms are increasingly on the radar of institutional investors, with Asia-focused managers leading the charge,” Borel said.

The capital raised by both Hong Kong- and mainland China-based fund managers – together accounting for nearly $33 billion of the PE Asia 30 cumulative fundraising total this year – highlights that investors are clamouring for access to investments expected to capitalise on Asia’s, and in particular China’s and Southeast Asia’s, projected macroeconomic and demographic trends.

Dubai-headquartered private equity firm Abraaj Capital topped the PE Asia 30 list with $6.2 billion raised over the last five years starting 1 January 2006. Sydney-based Pacific Equity Partners was second with $5.39 billion, ahead of Investcorp Bank with $4.68 billion. Hong Kong’s Baring Private Equity Asia placed fourth with $4.47 billion raised, followed by Beijing-based Hony Capital, with $3.8 billion.

The PE Asia 30 firms are explored in detail in the May issue of PE Asia magazine.

For editorial enquiries:
Philip Borel, Editorial Director, PEI:     Philip(dot)b(at)peimedia(dot)com / +44 20 7566 5434

For research enquiries:
Dan Gunner, Director of Data Products, PEI: Dan(dot)g(at)peimedia(dot)com / +44 20 7566 5423

For copies of PE Asia:
Fran Hobson, Customer Services, PEI:    Fran(dot)h(at)peimedia(dot)com / +44 20 7566 5444

About PE Asia:
PE Asia and its news website provide in-depth news, analysis and insight on the world’s fastest growing private equity markets.

About PEI:
PE Asia is published by PEI, which provides news, data and conferences for the global alternative asset classes of private equity, real estate and infrastructure. With offices in London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore, PEI is the leading source of news and analysis for professionals engaged with these industries worldwide. The company has five print/digital publications, manages a suite of databases, runs more than two dozen conferences globally, publishes a library of 20 books and directories and has a fast-growing training business all dedicated to alternative assets. The company, founded in 2001, is owned by management. In 2009 PEI won the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.


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