With the end of the first half of 2014, a total of $56.3 billion was raised from 101 funds. Data from PERE Research & Analytics has revealed that debt fundraising led all other strategies for the period, closing at $18.5 billion. This marks the first time that debt fundraising took the lead, with opportunity fundraising typically being the most favoured strategy. However, opportunity funds did come in second, with an aggregate size of $15.9 billion for H1 2014.
Geographically, Europe was the most preferred region for debt funds, raising a total of $9.9 billion. This represents a significant increase from the prior half where European debt fundraising totalled $3.3 billion. The largest European debt fund raised in H1 2014 was the Kildare European Partners I which closed on $2 billion in May. Global funds also made up a large portion of debt fundraising for the period, due in large part to the final close at $5.5 billion by the PIMCO BRAVO Fund II in March. Additionally, it was also the largest debt fund to close in H1 2014 across a global basis.