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Has the private equity industry gone topsy-turvy? Record dry powder has pushed valuations to new highs, while fund sizes continue to grow larger – raising concerns over the volume of capital entering private markets. Fund managers, however, insist that they are no longer bound by traditional cycles, citing more diverse offerings, greater variety in fund terms and durations, and innovations in delivering returns. Leading investors contemplate this situation and predict what comes next.
Private equity is rediscovering Taiwan again. After a few quiet years, investors are being drawn back by the opportunities created through generational succession, (the need for) corporate transformation, and the search for better growth in other markets. Despite that fact that successful execution, from sourcing deals to aligning interests and exiting profitably, remains a challenge, GPs have committed to several deals this year. Our panel of seasoned GPs discuss:
Whether it is IoT, AI, big data, or blockchain, technological advances are redefining industries and catalysing business transformation – sometimes upending investment theses and value creation strategies. To deliver alpha, GPs must address disruption in different industries and harness the power of technology to drive operational improvement. Our industry experts discuss how private equity firms can help companies navigate technology shifts to create true value.
The spirit of Taiwanese entrepreneurism is back. This time with a new generation of startups targeting the new digital economy. With its pool of smart entrepreneurs, a history of proven R&D and manufacturing capabilities, as well as public and private resources, Taiwanese startups are in an ecosystem that is fertile ground for success. Yet Taiwanese startups lag behind their regional counterparts in international recognition, valuation, and execution. Can venture capital investors supercharge these companies? Our panel of successful entrepreneurs and venture capitalists discuss how to ramp up Taiwan's VC ecosystem.
Exit options for Asian companies are increasing. While strategic trade sales will continue to be a staple route, the increasingly innovative structures and incentives for a robust IPO in one of the Greater China bourses is making companies of all types consider listing themselves. Meanwhile, GPs may well be spoilt for choice, as more Asian exchanges are launching incentives to attract high-growth technology listings. Which exit route would be the most appropriate? A diverse panel of experts offer their insights.
Family offices have long been touted as a new pool of relatively untapped capital for private equity fundraisers. Taiwan, with its abundance of successful family businesses and evolved HNW community, is a particularly attractive market. However, as with all markets, the challenge of accessing, wooing, and securing commitments from this select group remains difficult. Our panel, including family office executives, will shed light on family offices in Taiwan and reveal what they are looking for.
It may not be a well-known fact, but Taiwan is one of Asia’s most attractive fundraising destinations. The alternatives-active Taiwanese institutional investors will continue to allocate large sums of capital into private equity partnerships. The local pool of LP capital will also increase as the government encourages private capital investment in the local economy. With regulators considering raising the insurance companies’ alternatives cap from 2% to 5% of AUM, Taiwan’s ranking within the global LP community is bound to increase substantially. Domestic and international LPs discuss the outlook for fundraising from Taiwan.