Buyout Funds by Geographic Focus: 2008-2009ytd.

by Adam Palmer

  • 09 Nov 2009
  • PE

In a previous blog we highlighted the aggregate capital raised by private equity buyout funds in 2009 to date. We used data from Preqin’s Funds in Market product to explore the geographic focus of these funds.

67 buyout funds closed in 2009 to date raising a total of $85.5 billion. 34 funds focusing on investing in North America garnered $46.1 billion in capital, accounting for 53.7% of the aggregate capital raised this year.

Preqin data reveals that of the remaining aggregate capital raised by buyout funds in 2009, Europe focused funds account for 37.3% whilst funds focusing on Asia and Rest of World made up the remaining 9%, with the latter achieving $7.7 billion in capital commitments.

In the same period in 2008, North America focused funds accounted for 43.1% of the aggregate capital raised, revealing a 10.6% increase in 2009. In contrast, Preqin’s Funds in Market data reveals a 5.9% decrease in the share accounted for European focused buyout funds in 2009. Similarly, funds focusing on Asia and Rest of the World accounted for 13.7% of the total capital raised in 2008, 4.7% more than compared to 2009.

For more information on private equity fundraising, please see Preqin’s Funds in Market product.

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