Buyout Executives Speak Up on Europe, Asia, and PE


May 16, 2012

Asia remains an attractive target for private equity investment, while Europe is a destination for only the bravest investors, says Kevin Roose, reporting proceedings of a recent industry event for Dealbook. He notes some of the more interesting statements made at the Milken Institute’s annual global conference by a panel of private equity executives, which we summarized below.

Quotes from the article:

  • David Bonderman, a founding partner of TPG Capital, said Chinese regulations were challenging but not a deterrent to investing in the world’s second-largest economy. “It’s actually harder to get money into China than it is to get it out,” Mr. Bonderman said. “We haven’t had any trouble getting money out.”
  • The panel said Europe’s continuing financial crisis is creating potential opportunities but that heavy regulation made it difficult to invest in the region. “Europe is in kick-the-can-down-the-road mode,” Mr. Bonderman said.
  • Jonathan Sokoloff, a managing partner at Leonard Green & Partners, said the resilience of the U.S. consumer made the world’s largest economy a good place to invest because “Americans like to spend.”
  • Roose said that the panelists also noted that the U.S. remained attractive “although many of the most desirable investments had already been made”.


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