The asset manager is readying its first pan-Asia Ucits fund and considering adding other products to its hedge fund platform, including mainland, macro and multi-strategy offerings.
The German private equity firm is tapping Asian demand for European small- and mid-caps with a technology focus and ambitions to expand into Asia, its MD told AsianInvestor.
Falling interest rates should be good news for India's prospective new asset class – infrastructure investment trusts – as long as issuers price the first few deals to perform.
Yet Asia-based private equity firms view fundraising as their main concern, according to research house Preqin. Meanwhile, mid-market buyout deals are in high favour.
But getting investors to allocate more capital to the asset class may rest on a more rational approach to fees, says manager selection specialist Robert Mullane.
MBK Partners has seen its sale of a 60% stake in CNS fall through again, underscoring the difficulty for private equity firms looking to exit Taiwan in the face of regulatory challenges.
So say M&G and Savills Investment Management. The latter has won two Japan property mandates this year, is readying more Asia funds and is eyeing a Korean office. The former has a new research head.
As many asset owners pull money out of hedge funds, the likes of Australia's Future Fund and Korea's National Pension Service are prepared to go against the trend.
Many asset owners are pulling out of hedge funds, dismayed by their relatively high fees and low returns. Others, including some Asian institutions, are reviewing their allocations.
Amid 18 months of poor performance, China-focused strategies have suffered heavy outflows and will likely continue to see low demand this year, says eVestment's head of research.
After a strong showing in 2016, the gold price has been pegged back by dollar strength and a positive outlook for the US. Still, demand from China is growing, notably through ETFs.
The history of investors trying to make co-investments with private equity firms or even go it alone is strewn with casualties.
Conflicts of interest and strains are seen to be growing as more asset owners in Asia eye co-investments and direct deals. Regulators are watching the situation closely.
Big Chinese insurers such as Anbang and Ping An are making strides into property. Korea's Poba is doing the same, and fund managers hope more smaller asset owners will follow suit.
Asian institutions look set to continue their love affair with overseas property, but the coming year may test their resolve in light of lofty valuations and growing uncertainty.
AsianInvestor spoke to Asia-Pacific chairman Chris Heady about the private equity giant's regional approach to property investment and the potential impact of Donald Trump's policies.
Axiom, a private equity fund-of-funds firm, explains why it is putting more of its new $1 billion fund to work in markets such as South Korea and Thailand than ever before.
AsianInvestor spoke to Chris Heady, Asia-Pacific chairman and Asia head of real estate at the private equity giant, about co-investment, personnel and LP trends.
The private equity arm of the mainland group targets $500 million for the first close of a strategy that will largely invest in Asia and Europe. It ultimately hopes to raise $5 billion.
More industry experts are voicing concerns about Hong Kong's planned fund manager conduct rules, saying the city risks losing business to its main rival.