China-focused venture capital and private investment funds are facing a sluggish start to the year, dragging down Asia-Pacific fundraising to its lowest in a decade, as reported by Preqin, an alternative assets research firm. The economic rebound in China from the pandemic has slowed in recent months, and challenges for the venture capital sector have been exacerbated by the fallout surrounding Didi’s U.S. IPO in 2021 and increased regulatory scrutiny from both the U.S. and China. These factors have led to a drop of over 50% in China-focused venture capital funds raised in the second quarter, contributing to the lowest Asia-Pacific VC fundraising in at least five years, totaling $4.5 billion.
Geopolitical tensions and regulatory risks have made investors cautious about allocating funds to the Chinese market. Despite this, some firms are still exploring opportunities in China and India to maximise returns, as they recognize the potential of China’s economy in driving a full recovery in the Asia-Pacific region. Japan has become an attractive destination for investment, with Asia regional funds seeing growth in private equity fundraising in the second quarter. Japan-focused funds, such as Advantage Partners, raised significant capital, and the country witnessed the highest private equity deal-making in the Asia-Pacific region for two consecutive quarters. As the technology race between China and the U.S. intensifies, analysts expect an increasing focus on advanced technologies across the Asia-Pacific, leading to more investment opportunities along these value chains.
What do you think about the venture slump in China? And will it ever recover?
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