Softbank invested about 2,500 million U.S. dollars in e-commerce giant Flipkart in 2017 making it India's biggest deal of the year. Limited partners (LP) are increasingly investing in the Indian market. LPs invested about six billion U.S. dollars in 2017 across India.
The financial services and real estate sectors across India have benefited the most out of PE/VC deals that took place in 2017. The financial services sector accounted for almost 27 percent of the total private equity investment deals across India making it the most sought after sector for PE/VC investment.
The information technology sector is a key part of the country's economy. Private equity investment in the IT/ITeS industry amounted to about 3,682 million U.S. dollars in the third quarter of 2017 alone. Although there were plenty of PE investments in the IT/ITeS sector during 2017, there were also many exit deals valued at about 2,955 million U.S. dollars in the IT/ITeS sector.