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Kirkland & Ellis LLP's Kirk Radke on PE in Asia and the Middle East

Eighty percent of the capital that private equity firm Blackstone Group LP invested last year was deployed in Asia, "and that's not an anomaly," says Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Kirk Radke in The Deal magazine's special video series Globalization of Private Equity, sponsored by Merrill DataSite. All of the major private equity firms in the U.S. and Europe have been investing in Asia for a number of years, he points out. In the Middle East, most of the discussions are about managing money and limited partner and strategic relationships, says Radke, "but there are opportunities in that region, which a few of the houses are actively considering." Senior writer David Marcus caught up with Radke at the recent International Bar Association's 10th Annual Mergers and Acquisitions Conference in New York. - Mary Kathleen Flynn