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Baring Private Equity Asia raises $11.2 bln in its largest buyout fund

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Laxman Pai, Opalesque Asia:

Asian private equity firm Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA) has closed its eighth pan-Asia fund at $11.2 billion, the largest in the firm's history.

According to a press release from the Hong Kong-based firm, BPEA's final close, which exceeded its $8.5 billion initial target and is also 70% more than its previous fund, is also one of the largest private equity funds raised in Asia this year.

Fund VIII, which is materially larger than its predecessor, received strong support from both existing and new investors globally. "As with BPEA's prior funds, Fund VIII is very well diversified geographically, with commitments equally split between local Asian investors, and those based in North America and EMEA," said the release.

As per the company statement, the Fund will pursue the same proven investment strategy as BPEA's prior funds, focusing on being an active owner in control-oriented investments throughout the entire Asia Pacific region across seven core sectors, including healthcare, technology services, business services, education, financial services, consumer, and advanced manufacturing.

As of June 2022, BPEA's predecessor Fund VII was delivering a gross internal rate of return (IRR) of 38% and is one of the top-performing funds in its vintage, it said.

Jean Eric Salata, Chief Executive and Founding Partner of BPEA said: "We are grateful to our existing investors who have continued to support us by committing to Fund VIII, and a......................

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