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Blackstone raises more than $9 billion in new Asia funds

Blackstone raises more than $9 billion in new Asia funds
Blackstone Group LP said it has raised about $9.4 billion in new Asia-focused funds, including its first private equity fund for the region, adding to a massive industry-wide pool of money for Asian acquisitions and investments.
The US private equity firm closed the Asian private equity fund at about $2.3 billion, while raising $7.1 billion for its second regional "opportunistic" real estate fund, it said in two separate statements.
Investor interest in Asia-focused private equity has grown as deals have increased in size following corporate restructuring and as global private equity funds make headway in key markets, including China, India and Japan.
"The region continues to experience strong growth compared to other major markets, presenting compelling investment opportunities across sectors," said Joe Baratta, Blackstone's global head of private equity.
With the new Asia private equity fund, Blackstone said it now has at least $3.8 billion to invest in Asia equity when "associated commitments" from its global buyout fund are counted.
Carlyle Group is set to close its biggest Asia private equity fund at $6.5 billion, Reuters reported last month, after other global groups including KKR & Co raised fresh capital.
Blackstone said its real estate fund was the largest ever dedicated to real estate investing in Asia.
Global investors have shown robust appetite for shopping malls, warehouses and other property assets in Asia, buoyed by growing urbanization and rising incomes in its two most populous countries of China and India.
"The size of this fund...gives us flexibility to pursue a range of opportunities and commit capital with speed and scale," Ken Caplan, global co-head of Blackstone Real Estate said.
Blackstone's real estate business was founded in 1991 and has about $120 billion in capital under management globally. The portfolio includes hotel, office, retail and industrial properties in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
The firm raised $5.08 billion in its first Asia-focused property fund.

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