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Korea has been among the fastest growing OECD countries in the past decade,
its growth characterized by exports and large companies.
The Korean government is rolling out a series of initiatives to pursue new drivers of growth,
i.e. encouraging SMEs and promoting venture businesses.

Annual growth rates of PEFs and venture capitals

  • PEF(2004 ~ 2013)
CAGR 29%
  • Venture Capitals(2003 ~ 2013)
CAGR 10.3%

* Source : FSS

Status of the Korean PEF market

It has been 10 years since the introduction of private equity funds (PEFs) in Korea, and the private
equity (PE) market has since rapidly expanded in size and significance. The average annual growth rate of the
PEF industry since 2004, when PEFs were first introduced in Korea, is 29%, which is considered high.

PEF commitment and number of PEFs
Year No. of PEF Committed capital (Unit:KRW trillion)
2007 44 9
2008 76 14.6
2009 110 20
2010 148 26.6
2011 181 31.6
2012 226 40
2013 237 44
CAGR 29% rise
(2004~2013)

* Source : FSS

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