Singapore PE and VC Landscape Series – A Brief Introduction

Singapore’s asset management industry has fast become a global hub for investors and managers and is central to the country’s financial services industry. In 2020, total assets under management (AUM) in Singapore grew 17 percent to reach S$4.7 trillion, up from S$4.0 trillion in 2019[1]. This robust growth was driven by strong inflows into both traditional and alternative investment strategies, including the private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) asset classes. PE and VC AUM grew by 54 percent and 49 percent to S$375 billion and S$16 billion, respectively, in that year. In our view, the size of the industry in Singapore will continue to grow in the coming years.

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Pitfalls to Avoid When Chinese Companies with Singapore Subsidiaries Seek an IPO

In 2020, there were 1,415 initial public offerings (IPOs) globally, which raised a total of USD $331.3 billion in proceeds for the companies involved. This represented a significant increase year-on-year in terms of both volume of transactions and proceeds raised. In contrast, there were only 1,040 IPOs globally in 2019, which raised a combined capital of USD $199.2 billion. The 2020 figures are even more remarkable considering that the COVID-19 pandemic had slowed IPO activity around the world dramatically in April and May 2020.

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