Korean private equity sees opportunity in policy changes

New worker-friendly labour policies and a generational shift offer steady stream of opportunities for PE funds as owners of SMEs become more receptive to selling.

Changes in South Korea’s economic policies and challenges faced by business owners in passing control from one generation to another are creating a steady stream of private equity opportunities in the small and medium sized enterprises SMEs space, according to leading market experts.

That opportunity could appeal to local institutional investors, which have been aggressively looking into private equity opportunities in order to improve their annual returns.

“Many SMEs in Korea are faced with increasing costs, so the operating environment has become more challenging,” Jenhao Han, chief executive of growth equity investment firm KCA Capital Partners, told AsianInvestor sister title to Finance...

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