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Fundraising in the first six months of the year was up by more than 50 percent from that of H1 2020, in a sign of the recovering macro-economic environment, pent-up demand for private equity and robust dealmaking during the period.
Some 613 private equity funds had gathered $415 billion as of the end of June – significantly higher than the $271 billion raised during the first half of last year, according to preliminary figures from Private Equity International data.
The 10 largest funds raised $147 billion between them, with the overwhelming majority gathering at least $10 billion. The biggest among these were Hellman & Friedman Capital Partners X, which hauled in $24.4 billion for its largest-ever vehicle; and KKR North America Fund XIII, which held a final close on $18.5 billion in May.
Some 3,060 private equity funds in market as of 1 July were targeting $703 billion between them. Approximately 18 percent, or $125 billion, of that figure is expected to be raised by the 10 largest funds in market. These include Carlyle Partners VIII, which is reportedly seeking $22 billion; and Lexington Capital Partners X, which is targeting at least $15 billion.