Like any industry, private equity has its myths and promised lands: those places of great untapped potential and riches, or hidden dangers and disappointments.
From an outsider’s perspective, attitudes towards Japanese private equity (and indeed public equity) have tended to oscillate between these two extremes in recent decades. With the advent of several high-profile Japanese LBOs led by Western buyout houses during 2017, the stage is set for a swing back to optimism.
A more statistical approach to analysing the attractiveness of the market is not without its challenges, but ultimately provides a more robust and realistic view of this large, exciting, and sometimes intractable, market.
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