The South Korea private equity fund market continues to grow.
Interest in private equity funds have seen a significant growth fueled by investment from Institutional investors. According to Korea Financial Investment Association, investment into PEF has doubled from US $12.6 bn to US $25.2 bn between 2014 to 2018 (US $4.6 bn was real estate related in 2018). In comparison, investment into public funds peaked in 2016 at US $17.1 bn then eased back to US $15.5 bn in 2018.
Contribution from the retail investors was steady, increasing two-fold from 2013 to 2018 to US $1.9 bn. Relaxing of PE regulations such as expanding LP limit from 49 to 100 and continued interest into real estate related strategies support the PEF expansion in Korea.
US/Korean Won: 1210won/$ (19-09-04)