- Second Quarter 2015

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Hot Start, big numbers: 2Q data has 2015 on track for record-setting year

by Sheila Hopkins

As noted in the previous IREI FundTracker publication, the first quarter 2015 saw the highest fundraising volume since third quarter 2008. The quarterly volume of $31.9 billion ranked as the highest first quarter total since FundTracker began collecting data in 2007.

Now that second quarter numbers are in, we can start beginning to think that the first quarter numbers might be part of a trend as fundraising in second quarter 2015 is continuing the record pace. The $28.4 billion total capital reported by funds holding final closings in April, May or June is the most of any second quarter since 2008.

While the first quarter total received a significant boost from the close of the record-setting $15.8 billion Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII, which accounted for almost half of the total raised that quarter, the second quarter relied on the sheer volume of funds closing for its higher-than-normal total. Thirty-nine funds closed in second quarter 2015 com

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