Asia Alternatives raises $1.8b for deal machines

The fund of private equity funds sees China dealmakers offering more downside protection in wake of IPO shutdown and eking out deals in midst of economic reform.

Asia Alternatives said on Wednesday it has raised over $1.8 billion to back private equity fund managers at a time when reform in China is creating deal opportunities and prompting more cautious structuring.

The fund of private equity funds expects to deploy roughly half of the fund in Greater China, the region’s biggest PE market by volume.

The fund raising comes as the private equity industry hopes Chinese president Xi Jinping’s efforts to prop up economic growth will translate into more deals as he presses for restructuring of state-owned enterprises and increased domestic consumer spending.

“Private equity is often considered a form of transition...

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