SINGAPORE (July 22): More often than not, high-profile deals around the globe involve a private equity firm. This alternative asset class has been around for decades, but its rise to prominence in recent times shows that it has become an integral component of the capital market.

In 1H2019, there were 1,494 global private equity buyouts valued at US$245.1 billion ($332.5 billion), according to Mergermarket. In Southeast Asia, there were 16 deals valued at US$1.49 billion. At least two of the deals were in Malaysia.

These figures are in stark contrast to those of the IPO market. According to EY Global IPO Trends for 2Q2019, the global IPO market raised US$71.9 billion from 507 deals in 1H2019.

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