New York (HedgeCo.Net) – At a time when many hedge funds are experiencing their worst year to date, private equity firm The Carlyle Group is launching a new fund with around $14 billion in capital.
According to a report by Reuters, the Washington D.C. – based company launched the U.S. buyout fund in the spring of 2007, and has a target goal of $15 billion.
The current economic conditions make it extremely difficult to raise capital, as fear and unfavorable market conditions prompt investors to rush for withdraws from many large hedge funds. According to the Chicago-based Hedge Fund Research, hedge funds are down about 15.5 percent on the year.
The Carlyle Group is one of the country’s largest private equity firms, with almost $90 billion under management. They recently decided to shut down its Asia leveraged finance group “in light of the current global turmoil and the serious dislocation of the credit capital markets.”
The new fund will be added to Carlyle’s already vast portfolio of investment vehicles. According to the company website, Carlyle manages 55 different funds specializing in buyout, growth capital, real estate and leveraged finance.
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