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Around Asia Pacific - Australia

November 2016

"Around Asia Pacific” is Hogan Lovells periodic overview of the private equity landscape in the Asia Pacific region and supplements our “Around Europe” series.

This edition focuses on Australia, following our recent reviews of Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Greater China (including Hong Kong). As a general observation, the Australian private equity market remains strong, with successful fundraisings in the last twelve months and cheap finance offsetting recent political instability and macroeconomic headwinds.

As highlighted later in this edition, the historically active industries of healthcare, education, financial products and natural resources have seen a number of successful transactions, while IPO exits have noticeably slowed with institutional investors digesting the collapse of some recent private equity sponsored ASX listings.

Looking forward we expect to see the upward pressure on valuations continue as larger amounts of domestic capital compete for a finite number of investments.

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