Asia Pacific Private Equity Deals Tripled in 2006 

The value of private equity deals in Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, has more than tripled this year to $26 billion from $7 billion in 2006, driven by billion-dollar investments in Australia and China, market data firm Dealogic reported. 

Australia accounted for $11.7 billion in activity. Indian sub-continent deals have jumped to $3.1 billion this year from $764 million in 2005, with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.'s $900 million purchase of Flextronics Software Systems, India's largest deal.

  • North Asia deals totalled $10.4 billion, led by Goldman Sachs' $2.6 billion investment in Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, this year's biggest regional deal
  • Private equity buyouts have accounted for 7% of regional merger and acquisition volume this year, up from 3% in 2005 but still below the global figure of 17%.
  • Investment banks have raked in $304 million in net revenue from private equity investors thus far in 2006, compared with $239 million last year.

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