2017 Trend 4: Taking India Public

2017 was the year that sovereign wealth funds really embraced the Indian market.

The world’s largest democracy has become an increasingly attractive investment destination for investors looking for long-term growth. The International Monetary Fund expects India’s gross domestic product to grow at 7.4% in 2018 and 7.8% in 2019, overtaking China as the world’s fastest-growing economy.

SWFs did brave India’s notoriously tricky private markets, frequently with a local partner with the knowledge to successfully execute real estate development projects and manage assets. However, SWFs’ preferred way of accessing India’s economy was as anchor investors in IPOs.


Source: IFSWF Database

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