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McKinsey Global Private Markets Review 2022

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Welcome to the 2022 edition of McKinsey’s annual review of private markets investing. Our ongoing research on the industry’s dynamics and performance has revealed several insights, including the following trends: 

Private markets bounced back in 2021. After a year of pandemic-driven turbulence that suppressed fundraising and deal activity, private markets rebounded across the board. Fundraising was up by nearly 20 percent year over year to reach a record of almost $1.2 trillion; deal makers were busier than ever, deploying more than $3.5 trillion across asset classes; and assets under management (AUM) grew to an all-time high of $9.8 trillion as of July, up from $7.4 trillion the year before. Dollars continued to fund higher risk-return strategies in private equity (PE) and infrastructure and rotated into riskier strategies in real estate.

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