Research - APRIL 19, 2017

One mega-fund accounts for more than half of capital raised

by Denise DeChaine

Early numbers for infrastructure investment funds closing in first quarter 2017 indicate that funds are continuing to grow, but they are taking longer to reach a final close.

During the past two years, the total amount of capital raised each year was relatively stable. 2015 saw $56.1 billion raised, while 2016 came in at $56.4 billion. 2017 might end up blowing these numbers out of the water, as more than $30.9 billion has closed in the first quarter alone. However, more than half this total was the result of one ultra-megafund —Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) Fund III, which closed with $15.8 billion in commitments.

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