PitchBook's 2017 PE & VC Fundraising Report analyzes the banner year both private equity and venture capital fund managers are having, as limited partners contribute billions to both asset classes. PE firms are raising more capital than at any point since 2007, while VC fundraisers are on pace to close over $40 billion—the fourth consecutive year they have done so. As the fundraising market grows ever more crowded, will future returns for both PE and VC become dampened?
Report Highlights Include:
PE firms across North America & Europe have garnered $212.6 billion across 214 funds, on pace for a 24% increase in capital committed.
The largest PE & VC funds of all time closed in 2017: Apollo Global's $24.7B vehicle and New Enterprise Associates' $3.3B sixteenth flagship fund
PE dry powder has hit a staggering $738.7B as of year-end 2016, exceeding the heights of the last fundraising cycle