Data from PERE Research & Analytics has revealed that European fundraising has regained traction in total percentage of capital raised between 2008 and 2013. Like all other regions, 2010 represents the lowest point in total capital raised in the time period, raising $55.4 billion. However, since that point, fundraising had picked up each year, with 2013 raising a total of $117.5 billion, a 112 percent increase over 2010.
Along with total capital raised increasing each year, European fundraising also increased throughout the years, raising 20 percent of the $117.5 billion in 2013, or $23.4 billion. It seems that Europe is becoming a more popular market for fundraising for more capital is being raised each year with Europe taking a bigger chunk as well. Additionally, more capital had been raised for European fundraising relative to the number of funds devoted to the region. In 2013, Europe saw 39 funds closed at a total of $23.4 billion. North America, which raised the most amount of capital, closed 162 funds at a total of $46 billion. On average, European devoted funds had an average capital raise of $600 million while North America averaged $284 million.
2014 looks to follow the same growth for European focused fundraising. As at H1 2014, a total of $56.3 billion had been raised, with European funds making up just below half of that total. Europe saw a number of mega funds close in the half year, with 15 funds raising over $1 billion. The largest fund to close in the half was the Blackstone Real Estate Partners Europe IV, managed by The Blackstone Group, which closed on €5 billion this past March. With the proposed launch of the European Property Investors Special Opportunities 4, managed by Tristan Capital Partners, at a target of €1 billion, Europe continues to be a very hot market for private real estate.