China-focused funds raise $12 bln in Q2

Reuters Shanghai- Ten new China-focused private equity funds raised $12 billion (six billion pounds) in the second quarter, but poor market conditions have forced foreign funds to delay exits of their investments through IPOs and secondary offerings, consultant firm Zero2IPO said on Thursday.

The second-quarter figure is up 107.6 percent from the same period of 2007 but down nearly 40 percent from the first quarter of this year, according to the firm’s quarterly report.

Some 8.1 percent of capital raised by the 10 funds in the second quarter, or $972 million, target investments in Chinese property markets despite China’s tight monetary policy, which may hurt its real estate industry.

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