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Private equity managers downbeat on 2023 fundraising prospects

Venture capital executives are more cautiously optimistic on their fundraising prospects for this year, in contrast with a comparatively downbeat outlook among private equity peers, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence’s new 2023 Private Equity Outlook Survey.

The report surveyed a total of 511 private equity, venture capital and limited partner respondents between December 2022 and mid-January 2023.

According to the outlook, 45% of private equity executives surveyed expect fundraising conditions in their location to deteriorate this year, while 34% said conditions will remain the same.

Venture capital professionals were split, with 35% forecasting a deteriorating fundraising environment and a similar percentage expecting conditions to remain unchanged.

The survey examined deal activity expectations, changes in strategy, challenges, preferences in Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG), and technology adoption.

Among its key findings, GPs have more pessimistic expectations for deal activity, with 24% predicting a deterioration this year compared to 7% last year. Meanwhile, 43% of LPs investing in PE will increase their asset allocation in PE in 2023, while VC and private debt are likely to see a decrease in allocation.

Elsewhere, PE and VC professionals have differing opinions on the effect of geopolitical factors on their strategies. 52% of European PE professionals believe that the geopolitical situation will affect their strategies, whereas only 39% of their VC counterparts share this view.

A significantly higher proportion of LPs in North America (25%) are considering changing their GPs in 2023 compared to their counterparts in Europe, where only 9% are contemplating a GP switch.

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