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Private equity firms raise $109bn in Q2 2019

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

The private equity industry raised significant amounts of capital through relatively few fund closures in Q2 2019, said Preqin Quarterly Update.

Total fundraising for the quarter was $109bn, on par with Q1, but only 244 funds globally reached a final close. This is significantly fewer than the 399 that closed in Q2 2018, which itself was a decline from 503 a year prior.

Fundraising activity was focused on North America, as 139 funds secured $68bn. Europe and Asia were level in terms of fund closures - 43 and 45 respectively - but Europe-focused funds raised $21bn compared with just $15bn in Asia.

Just 19% of funds closed so far in 2019 have failed to meet their targets, continuing a long-term trend of increasing fundraising success for private equity firms.

At the same time, high demand from investors is allowing fund managers to speed up the fundraising process. Forty-one percent of funds closed in H1 2019 were in market for six months or less, and more than six in 10 were on the road for less than a year.

This is encouraging for managers launching new vehicles, but does suggest that those that have been in market for a significant period face an uphill challenge to secure funding.

Private equity funds launch continues to rise

The number of private equity funds coming to market continues to rise, reaching almost 4,000 at the start of Q3.

The level of capital being sought has stayed level in recent......................

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