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Hedge Fund Research: Venture Funds Raise $17.5 Billion In 2012

New York (HedgeCo.Net) – Private equity funds in the U.S. raised nearly as much capital in the first three quarters of 2012 as during the entire 2011 calendar year, according to new hedge fund research from Dow Jones.

During the first three quarters of 2012, 120 venture capital funds in the U.S. raised $17.5 billion, a 38% increase in capital from the same time period in 2011.

  • During the first three quarters of 2012, U.S. private equity firms raised $130.1 billion for 326 funds
  • In the third quarter alone, 111 U.S. funds raised $40.6 billion as compared with 121 funds in the second quarter of 2012 that raised $47.3 billion, a decline of 14% in capital raised
  • Buyout and corporate finance on the rise in the U.S., fueled by spike in diversified private equity funds
  • Capital raised by diversified private equity funds more than tripled
  • Seventeen diversified funds raised $13 billion in the first three quarters of 2012 compared to the same number of funds raising just $4 billion in the same period last year
  • U.S. buyout and corporate finance funds raised $96.2 billion for 149 funds, a 43% growth
  • Investment in secondary funds rose by 42% for the first three quarters of this year to $5.4 billion.
  • Funds-of-funds are at the lowest seen since the third quarter of 2009
  • Venture capital fundraising in the U.S. and Europe on track to exceed 2011 totals

U.S. and European venture capital funds continue on track to exceed fundraising totals from 2011, which were $19.7 billion from 153 funds and $4 billion among 55 funds, respectively.

Alex Akesson
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