HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hillhouse Capital, an investor in top Chinese technology firms including Tencent (0700.HK) and Baidu (BIDU.O), has closed its latest funding round at $10.6 billion, it said, making it the region’s biggest private equity capital raising.
The new fund, Hillhouse Fund IV, will look for investment opportunities across the healthcare, consumer, technology and services sectors globally, with a focus on Asia, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.
Hillhouse’s $10.6 billion (£8 billion) fundraising exceeded the $9.3 billion raised by private equity firm KKR & Co’s (KKR.N) Asia-focused buyout fund in June 2017, which was a record for the region at that time.
Hillhouse, a Chinese investment firm founded in 2005 by Zhang Lei with seed funding from Yale University’s endowment, is among several China-focused investment managers that have funds in both U.S. and Chinese currencies.
Hillhouse said the new fund, which would leverage its capabilities to drive long-term growth in portfolio companies, was heavily oversubscribed.
The Hillhouse fund adds to a massive industry-wide pool of money for Asian acquisitions and investments, with investors attracted by rapid economic growth and a growing number of technology companies compared to other major markets.
In June, Blackstone Group LP (BX.N) said it had raised about $9.4 billion for two new funds - the largest-ever fund dedicated to real estate investments in Asia as well as its first private equity fund for the region.
A Hillhouse-led consortium last month expressed an interest to offer $46 per share for Yum China Inc (YUMC.N), which was later rejected by the biggest fast-food chain in China, Reuters reported, citing sources.
Reporting by Kane Wu and Sumeet Chatterjee; Editing by Darren Schuettler