In 2009 to date, 66 buyout funds have raised a total of $85.5 billion in aggregate capital. This is less than half the total raised during the same period in 2008, proof that fundraising conditions, although improving, are still tough. During 2009, eight buyout funds achieved a final close in excess of $3 billion, with these funds garnering $52 billion in capital commitments. During the same period in 2008, funds of this size accounted for $137.3 billion of the $181.7 billion raised.
Some of the largest buyout funds to close during 2009 include: CVC European Equity Partners V, which closed in January 2009, with €10.7 billion in capital commitments; Hellman & Friedman VII, closed on $8.8 billion in capital commitments; KKR European Fund III, which reached its final close during the spring 2009.
For more information on private equity fundraising, please see Preqin's Funds in Market online database.