Bain: Asian PE Deals Hit Record High in 2014

Apr 8 2015 | 4:48pm ET

Private equity activity in the Asia-Pacific region hit a record in 2014, reversing two years of declines. 

Total deal value in the region reached $81 billion, compared to $50 billion in 2013, according to a new report from Bain & Co. The previous high was $77 billion reached in 2007.

Exits, including IPO and trade sales, also hit an all-time high in 2014, reaching $111 billion. This was more than twice 2013’s level of $51 billion, according to the report. Bain cited China's decision to reopen its IPO market as a primary driver of the increase. 

In terms of location, the Bain report noted that China, Hong Kong and Taiwan were responsible for more than half the deal value during the year, inking $40 billion worth of transactions. Korea was next, with more than $10 billion in deals. The two totals represent year-over-year increases of 182% and 34%, respectively, over 2013.

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