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Private Equity International‘s H1 2021 Investor Report is available for download, presenting granular detail on how investors are operating in the market.
The 15 largest commitments to the asset class during the first half of the year totalled nearly $9.4 billion. Investors committing sizeable tickets tended to target either multi-regional or North America-focused vehicles, with 13 of the 15 largest fund commitments focusing on these regions.
US pensions were among the most active private equity investors during the period. The top 10 investors by number of known fund commitments made a total of 230 commitments between them in the first six months of the year. Of these 10 institutions, eight were US pensions, with the State of Wisconsin Investment Board topping the table at 31 commitments.
Private equity continues to represent an important component of institutional investor portfolios. Private equity investors increased their allocations to the asset class from 8.7 percent on average at the end of last year to 10.8 percent at the end of June 2021.
Foundations and endowments are historically above-average allocators to the asset class, and were allocating on average 12.53 percent of their portfolios to private equity as of end-June. Sovereign wealth funds are the next highest average allocators, with an average 11.04 percent private equity allocation as of the end of H1.
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