Indian companies attracted $2.2 billion in private-equity investments last year, the most in the Asia-Pacific region, said a Thomson Financial report released on Monday.
The firms received the investments in 143 deals. Chinese companies emerged second with $1.7 billion from 145 deals, and Singapore was third with $1.5 billion from 17 deals.
Australia took the fourth spot with $915.5 million from 91 deals, followed by Taiwan with $477.2 million from 14 deals.
Investments in South Korean firms amounted to $306.3 million and $271.5 million went into New Zealand companies from 12 and 13 deals, respectively.
Loans to finance Asia-Pacific projects reached record volumes in 2006, the report added. The region posted $39.2 billion in borrowing from 153 issues, an 82.6 per cent increase from the previous year.
The transportation sector raised the most.
Australian companies were the most active borrowers with proceeds worth $10.7 billion from 41 issues. India and Japan were ranked second and third with $8.9 billion and $4.6 billion, respectively.