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Exclusive: Baring Private Equity Asia raising new $6 billion fund - sources

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By Carol Zhong and Kane Wu

(Reuters) - Hong Kong-based Private Equity is aiming to raise $6 billion in a new Asian private equity fund, as investors hungry for growth in emerging markets fuel a regional fund-raising bonanza, five people with knowledge told

Baring's 7th and largest to date is expected to close in eight to 12 months, said one of the people, who could not be named as the information is confidential. declined to comment.

Global and regional private equity firms have raised a total of $48.2 billion in Asia-focused funds this year, already surpassing 2016's full-year amount of $43 billion, according to data provider Preqin.

The surge comes as investors worldwide continue to allocate capital to catch growing market and economic momentum in countries including China and India, pushing up the average size.

Baring's new would be the biggest in the region since KKR & Co (KKR. N) closed a record $9.3 billion Asia-focused buyout in June, surpassing similar fundraising efforts by global peers such as Carlyle Group (CG. O) and Blackstone Group LP (BX. N).

Carlyle is reaching first-close of a planned $5 billion Asian buyout fund, while Blackstone is seeking to raise up to $3 billion in its first pan-buyout fund, aiming to lock in the first-tranche of investment by the end of 2017, sources told previously.

Chinese firms Primavera Capital Group and CITIC Private Equity also plan to raise new dollar-denominated funds of about $2.8 billion and up to $2.2 billion respectively.


Asia, one of the largest regional funds, is busy striking deals alongside fundraising.

It is nearing a deal to acquire Wall Street English from Pearson for $350 million to 400 million, in a consortium with Chinese private-equity firm CITIC Capital Holdings, reported in October.

The firm has also submitted a first-round bid for Trimco International Holdings, a garment label maker owned by Switzerland-based investment firm Partners Group, according to a person with direct knowledge. The company could be valued at over $600 million, according to sources involved in the transaction.

had no comment on the deal. Partners Group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

started operating its first Asian private-equity in 1999 at $305 million, and over the years has grown into one of the largest independent investment firms in the region with over $10 billion of committed capital. Its last was raised in 2015 at $4 billion.

Its portfolio companies include U. K.-based affordable fashion brand Cath Kidston, corporate services firm Vistra Group and state-owned Chinese company COFCO Meat, in which it has a minority stake.

(Reporting by Carol Zhong of Basis Point and Kane Wu; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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First Published: Thu, November 09 2017. 10:36 IST