Asia, Where PE Firms Have the Most Women in Senior Roles

While in the U.S., the picture for women in the field of private equity remains largely unchanged, a decidedly different picture is emerging in Asia, says Preqin.

According to a newly released study by the private equity data provider, women hold 12.8 percent of senior roles at Asia-based PE firms, roughly a fifth more than those held by women in North American or Europe-based PE firms, where the average is 10.3 percent and 9.9 percent, respectively.

Part of the driver? Larger and mid-size PE firms have been boosting their numbers of female senior employees over the last year, evidently. Prequin says women at firms with 11 to 20 senior employees accounted for 9.3 percent of the team last year. At the start of this year, that number had jumped to 10.7 percent. Meanwhile, at firms with more than 20 employees, women at Asia -based firms hold 11.9 percent of the senior roles, compared to 9.9 percent a year ago.

It’s very much worth noting that all of these percentages are far lower than those of women represented in the workforce at large, which is about 50 percent.

Interestingly, Preqin notes that females have become more or less highly represented at some firms based on the firms’ focus. According to its findings, Asia-based PE firms focused on infrastructure have seen a sizable drop in the percentage of senior roles held by women, from 13.5% last year to 10.5% at present. In contrast, women at firms focused on real estate hold the highest percentage of senior roles.

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