Asian private equity: Tentative steps forward

September 16, 2021

Asia’s private equity story has until recently largely been one of expansion. New managers have set up shop, Western firms have planted flags and underexposed investors have built portfolios. In a post-covid landscape, however, growth has become more concentrated, tempered by a degree of caution.

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Continuation solutions encompass a host of transaction types in which a GP secures interim liquidity and/or additional primary capital for their LPs in a strongly performing asset, or set of assets, that the GP will continue to own and control. Specifically, they include continuation funds, new funds created by GPs for the purpose of acquiring the asset(s) that continue to be managed by the same GP and capitalized by one or several secondary buyers, or equity recapitalizations involving a direct equity or structured equity investment into a portfolio company. These transactions can also include a parallel investment from the GP’s latest fund into that same pool of assets (a “cross-fund trade”).