No downturn for China private equity

Thanks to capital constraints elsewhere, China's private equity industry is still growing rapidly.

Although overall growth is expected to slow in 2012, China’s private equity PE sector will continue to thrive. The penetration of PE in China, measured by the total annual flow of PE funds as a percentage of GDP, is only 0.1%, as opposed to 0.8% in the US and 2% in the UK, but McKinsey predicts the figure will jump fivefold during the next five years.

“2011 is likely to be a record year for China PE in terms of both funds raised and deal levels,” said PwC in a media roundtable last week. PE fundraising for China investments peaked at $34.8 billion in 2008, followed...

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