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Private equity investment surges 55% in emerging markets

Posted in News and Articles by politicalrisklatam on August 4, 2010

by Shannon Bond for The Financial Times Blog, August 4th, 2010.

Emerging markets are seeing a “robust recovery” in private equity investment, led by a surge in Latin America and strong levels in India and China, according to a report by the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association.

Flows are already 55 per cent ahead of where they were this time last year and are expected to remain strong, according to figures collected by the industry group. In the first half of 2010, investments totaled $13bn, compared with $8bn in the first six months of 2009. 402 deals have been completed so far this year, up 44 per cent from 280 last year.

“Emerging market fund managers are increasingly bullish in light of stabilising markets and lower valuations,” said EMPEA president Sarah Alexander in a statement. “We expect this confidence will play right through the cycle the rest of this year. Investors remain cautious in their allocation to new funds, but we anticipate that fundraising levels will continue to pick up on the back of this more active investment environment.” (continue reading…)

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