Komfie Manalo, Opalesque Asia:
Private equity funds have raised $190bn in the first six months of 2014, setting them on course to match, if not exceed, 2013’s performance in terms of capital collected, according to PEI Alternative Insight.
PEI said funds globally pooled some $420bn in 2013, the highest figure since fundraising was hit by the financial crisis in 2008.
Historically, more funds close in the second half of any given year, and with some still to announce H1 closings, it looks highly likely 2014 will be the strongest fundraising year for the asset class since 2008.
Dan Gunner, Director of Research and Analytics, PEI said, "At the midway point of 2014, we are witnessing a private equity fundraising world in good health, in most parts of the world. We are particularly seeing Asia-focused private equity picking up again, and investors keen on opportunities in Africa."
Other highlights of the study showed:
• The largest fund closed in H1 was AXA Secondary Fund VI, collecting $9bn
• Funds looking for buyout opportunities remain most popular, collecting $94bn. However, venture capital fundraising is looking strong
• Successful fundraising was largely driven by North-American focused funds - $78bn was collected by firms looking for investment opportunities in the region.
Gunner went on to say, "Another significant trend has been towards investors seeking greater control over their invest......................
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