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2020 Private Markets & Alternatives Assets in Asia AUM at $1.7 Trillion

18th June 2021 | Hong Kong

The Private Markets and Alternatives Assets in Asia AUM in Asia has reached $1.7 trillion in 2020 (Sept), in a report released on Alternative Assets in Asia-Pacific by Preqin.  Private markets and alternative investments such as private equity, venture capital, hedge funds, real estate etc, have played an increasing role in asset allocations across Asia-Pacific, and is forecasted to grow at 28.3% compound annual growth rate from 2020 to 2025, growing from $1.7 trillion (Sept 2020) to $6 trillion in 2025. (AUM ~ Assets under Management)

” 2020 Private Markets & Alternatives Assets in Asia AUM at $1.7 Trillion “


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Asia-Pacific-focused Private Markets and Alternative Investments AUM has grown nearly 6 times over the last 10 years, reaching $1.71 trillion in September 2020.  Dry powder (cash or reserves to be deployed) held by fund managers sits at a record $446 billion as of April 2021 (excluding hedge funds).

In the report on Alternative Assets in Asia-Pacific by Preqin, Greater China’s private equity and venture capital industry has AUM of more than $1.04 trillion, representing 13% of the global total and 61% of Asia-Pacific region.

Venture capital fund managers held AUM of $574 billion in September 2020, representing 36% of total Asia Pacific AUM.

New hedge fund launches dropped over 20% in 2020 to 117 new launches.   At the end of 2020, Asia-Pacific hedge funds AUM is at around $156 billion.


Highlights of Report

Alternative Assets in Asia-Pacific Report by Preqin


  • $14 billion total dry powder held by Australia-focused private equity & venture capital firms at the end of H1 2020, a new record.
  • 20% increase in total capital raised by Australia-focused private capital funds in 2020 compared with 2019. 

Greater China:

  • Venture capital remains the dominant private equity strategy in Greater China with 46% of total AUM as of September 2020.
  • As of September 2020, PEVC funds based in Greater China had combined AUM of over $1.04 trillion. 


  • Japan-based private equity AUM focused on buyouts reached $22 billion, double the total of five years ago.
  • Dry powder as of September 2020 stood at $24 billion for Japan-focused private equity and venture capital funds combined, up 40% from the previous December. 

South Korea:

  • South Korea private equity AUM has been driven to a record $102 billion as of September 2020.
  • South Korea-focused buyout funds raised a record $17 billion in 2020. 


  • ASEAN-focused PEVC industry assets under management (AUM) stood at a record $33 billion as of September 2020, almost doubling in five years.
  • In 2020, ASEAN saw the completion of 400 venture transactions valued at a combined $8.2 billion.


Preqin Founder and CEO, Mark O’Hare:

“Asia-Pacific has been an engine driving global growth for more than a decade now and is in the middle of an historic transformation. Investor demand to access this fast-growing and diverse region remains robust, while structural challenges to deploy capital are easing.

The dawn of the Asian Age – or rather the re-emergence of the region’s economic dominance on the world stage – has been widely anticipated.”




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