UBS Sets Up Chine Unit for PE Deals

UBS has set up an asset management unit in Beijing to work on private equity deals in the country. The unit will help launch private equity funds, make direct private equity investments and provide other related management and advisory services, Reuters reported. UBS follows banks like Goldman Sachs, and private equity firms Blackstone and the Carlyle Group, into China’s $650 billion private equity market.

(Reuters) – Swiss bank UBS said on Thursday it has set up an asset management unit in Beijing to tap China’s rapidly growing $650 billion private equity market.

“China’s strong economic growth has positioned the market as one of the most promising emerging markets globally and resulted in a booming domestic equity investment market,” Xinyuan Ling, China Chairman of UBS Global Asset Management, said in a statement.

The newly established unit, UBS Global Asset Management (China), will help launch private equity funds, make direct private equity investments and provide other related management and advisory services, it said.

Rivals Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, as well as global buyout firms such as Blackstone , Carlyle and TPG , have already launched or announced plans to set up private equity funds in China, taking advantage of Beijing’s support for the sector.

Morgan Stanley set up a China private equity unit in May, aiming to raise 1.5 billion yuan ($230 million) in its first yuan-denominated fund. Goldman Sachs also plans to raise up to 5 billion yuan in a China fund, a source told Reuters in May.

China is hoping that the entry of foreign expertise can boost the domestic private equity market, so as to improve local corporate governance and channel more money into the private sector to aid economic growth.

Capital committed to China’s private equity market totaled $652 billion at the end of June, Ling added. (Reporting by Samuel Shen and Kazunori Takada)