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EMPEA: Emerging Asia reaches highest fundraising level since 2008

Funds with a final target size of $1bn or more accounted for 62% of capital raised in 2017.

Actis: African recovery could whet LP appetites

Continued spending and economic growth in Africa could hint at a return for private equity fundraising in 2018, according to Sherif Elkholy, partner at Actis.

McKinsey: mid-market inconsistency fuels manager selection risk

Private equity mega-funds have historically delivered more consistent returns than those targeting the mid-market, according to a McKinsey report.

Blackstone, AIC, NVCA splash cash on lobbying

The three entities spent more than $5.3m in total trying to influence US government policy in 2017.

Blackstone pushes use of data, AI

The alternative asset manager has built an internal data group that collaborates with other units.

ESG: how the regions compare

Asia saw the greatest improvement with 57% of LGT Capital Partners managers now having excellent or good integration of ESG.

PE fundraising nears 2008 levels – updated

Several huge closes drove the average fund size to $778.8m in 2017, up from $564.2m the previous year.

Asia PE buyout value soars to $122.7bn in 2017

Mega deals in China and Japan have boosted buyout value and numbers, according to data published by Mergermarket.

HarbourVest: Private equity firms are taking on more risk

Greg Stento, a managing director at HarbourVest Partners, worries the lessons learned from prior downturns are fading.

Perspectives 2018 Asia-Pacific: Looking west

Western political instability is one of the top worries for Asia-Pacific investors, writes Sam McMurray.