By John Sullivan   Guo Sun Lee  and Jerry Choi  King&Wood Mallesons’ Singapore Office

untitledAs recent figures have shown, after a two-year slump, Asia Pacific’s private equity (PE) sector registered its best-ever performance in 2014, with both deal values and exit activity soaring to a new record of US$81 billion and US$111 billion, respectively (Bain & Co Asia Pacific PE Report 2015).

A closer look at the Asian PE market reveals encouraging signs across the board in fundraising, deals and exits. Improved activity levels have also resulted in interesting trends in the market with many general partners (GPs) adopting new strategies and approaches in an attempt to stand out amongst their peers in an increasingly overcrowded market.

These developments are in stark contrast to the challenges of previous years when analysts described the Asian PE market as having “hit a wall of reality” after high expectations pre-2011. However, it remains to be seen whether these activity levels will continue into 2015 and beyond.

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