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DOWNLOAD: Infrastructure fundraising sets new record in 2021

The world might not be back to normal but fundraising certainly is with 2021 exceeding 2019 figures.

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While the first half of 2021 was looking subdued with regards to fundraising, the year managed to end on a high note, with the asset class raking in $136.5 billion in total, according to Infrastructure Investor data.

This was a slight 6 percent increase compared with 2019 figures, but an increase nevertheless.

EQT Infrastructure Fund V, which closed on €15.7 billion was the largest close last year, followed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners IV and DigitalBridge Partners II, each of which raised $8.3 billion, underscoring the rise of specialist funds witnessed in recent years.

Consolidation in the industry is also not new but it is continuing and at a strong pace, considering that the average fund size has more than doubled within a five-year period reaching $1.5 billion last year.

Looking ahead, we expect more GPs to raise mega-funds – what we define as those being at least $14 billion in size, though that might not be immediately clear when looking at the target size of funds currently in market. Take for example, KKR, which is targeting $12 billion for Global Infrastructure Investors IV, but in August had already reached a $14.2 billion first close.

Brookfield’s Global Transition Fund is another example. Its stated target is $7.5 billion, but in December, BAM’s chief executive Bruce Flatt said the Canadian fund manager expects to reach final close next month on more than $15 billion.

Check out our interactive fundraising report above for the full breakdown of fundraising activity in 2021 and further insights the data reveals. You can also download the report as a PDF HERE and download the data HERE.